Shaniko, Oregon

Last weekend we decided to hop on the bike and embark on another adventure. Thanks to sites like Pinterest I have been able to research things to do locally and find is quick weekend adventures. Because of this research I found so many articles about all the little ghost towns within a 2-4 hour drive.

The first of our ghost town adventures was Shaniko, Oregon. Shaniko was once a bustling town that made most of its income by growing sheep and selling the wool. Once the railroad found a more direct route from Eastern Oregon to Portland, Shaniko slowly died. Then half the town burned down from a brush fire. Today the total population of Shaniko is 25-30 residents.

If you ever find yourself on Highway 97 take an hour to stop and walk around. Loved experiencing this little piece of history and intend on returning soon.

Sturgis – Part Two

If you missed part one.

Once pulling off the freeway we pulled onto the main drive through the city of Sturgis and let me tell you it was grid lock. Bumper to bumper bikes! And I may have been a wide eyed kid.

Night one was really relaxed. Everyone unpacked then we headed down to the concert area to see everything the Buffalo Chip had to offer. It was great being able to ride around the camp ground instead of walking. Seriously way to big of a camp ground to walk everywhere.

The next day we rode to Mount Rushmore. Leading up to this trip I was really excited to see Mount Rushmore but once we got there I was kind of disappointed. Its a lot smaller than you think.

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After the disappointment that was Mount Rushmore we rode to Rapid City. Walking around Rapid City was really fun. While we were wondering around we stumbled upon Art Alley. I could have taken so many more photos.

While wondering we found a cute little hole in the wall bar to stop for a quick drink. The weather was so great we decided to sit out on the back patio. To our surprise it was part/connected to Art Alley.

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and enjoying camp. After the long day of riding it was really nice to just relax.

Tuesday was spent just riding. We rode through the Black Hills then over to Custer State Park. We rode through the wild life loop and saw some Buffalo.

Wednesday we decided to stick around town. We rode into Sturgis and just wondered around all day. Eating, drinking, and meeting people. I learned one interesting fact. The waitresses/bartenders in Sturgis, South Dakota wear little to nothing but they are required to wear tights and if they sit on the bar they have to have a “stripper license”. Little tip from me to you.

Before heading back to camp we rode to Full Throttle Saloon. The new saloon is great but I wish I could have seen the original before it burned down. But we did get to see a lot of ladies in little to nothing. I wish I had some of that confidence.

Thursday was another full day of riding. We rode around the Blacks Hills, Hill City, and basically anywhere the rode took us. It was great to be out on the open road and just riding.

Friday was our last and final day in Sturgis. We only did one short ride and I think it was the best ride of the entire trip. We rode to Deadwood. There is so much history here. Well everywhere we went but I really wish we could have taken the historical tour in Deadwood.

The rest of Friday was spent at camp packing then off to another concert. This trip was a lot of work but also worth it. I didn’t even know what Sturgis was until I met L. Stepping outside my comfort zone made this trip happen. We’re already counting down to our return trip in 2020.

Sturgis 2017 – Part One

Back in August L and I loaded up our car with camping gear, our bike was loaded on our friends trailer, and we drove to Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Now I wouldn’t consider us the “typical biker” but this was an experience I knew would be once in a lifetime. And it was way more than I could have prepared for.

The drive from Portland to Sturgis is about 20 hours so we split it up into two 10 hour days. I am not a road tripper and this was hard on me. I survived and lived to tell the tale.

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The car all loaded up.

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Driving through the Gorge/bored.

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More driving. More boredom. But look real close and you can see our bike way up there.

We drove through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and finally called it a day in Missoula, Montana. Montana was a fun drive especially when we had to drive through an active forest fire. There were signs along the freeway stating “no stopping for any reason, active fire” and “caution flames and smoke”. You can’t see the flames in the photo’s below but we were extremely close and just happy to get to our stopping point for that day.

We pulled into the C’mon Inn and had to find the nearest food/beer. Let me just say if you ever find yourself in Missoula PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay at the C’mon Inn. Just look at the photos below.

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Bear cubs climbing.

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Lovely water feature in the lobby and what’s that next to it? A FREAKING HOT TUB IN THE LOBBY!

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That’s right, they offer hot tubs in the lobby.

The next morning we woke up bright and early. We hit the road at a lovely 5:30am… This second day of driving was rough. 90% of the drive was just through Montana and let me tell you Montana is HUGE. And once you’re past Missoula its pretty flat and just desert. I will say I was pretty upset at one point of this drive because we kept seeing signs for Little Big Horn. I kept mentioning to L on the way home we have to make time to stop. When the hell are we ever going to be out this way again we HAVE to go. I love history, good and bad, so this really got my gears excited.

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Montana sunrise.

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Pretty Montana.

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After hours of great plains driving we finally saw a “hill”. The Black Hills must be getting close!

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Pulling off the freeway to Sturgis!

Well I didn’t plan on breaking this up into multiple post but I have a lot more to share. I’ll be back Monday with the remainder of the trip. I feel bad break this up but I hate reading extremely longs posts but I also hate reading a vacation post that is broken up over a week… But here I am doing just that.

FYI I have been listening to Christmas music while writing this post. Last year I had no spirit and this year I can’t get enough Christmas. That may be a post coming your way as well.

Happy Friday!

 

 

 

Easter Weekend 2017

This weekend started out good. Like really good. Friday evening we went to pizza for dinner. My favorite Friday night treat! Shortly after we met with friends and hung out all evening. I don’t know why but I love simple quality time with friends.

Saturday started even better because the sun was shining and it was warm. The weather definitely effects my mood and having the weekends be as nice as they have been is making a huge difference in my mental and emotional state.

The dogs and L were outside all day Saturday while I went to a baby shower and it definitely showed when I got home. Very tired dogs and husband. But 25% of our fence is complete! That’s a win folks.

Sunday we went on a ride. I’m trying to get as many miles under my belt before our trip to Sturgis this summer. It wasn’t as sunny but it was about 10 degrees warmer. We spent the day with great company stopping for lunch and of course our favorite fire pit/brewery.

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Of course everyone crashed Sunday night. Its honestly amazing what the nice weather and all the outside time did for us. I knew we needed it but it really hit home as I was getting ready for bed Sunday night. The weekend was incredibly eventful but it was enough to remind me how good we have it. So so good.

 

Hello…

Well… I’ve been absent. I’m sorry but not really. I never intended to ignore this space. I just needed the break. Since my last post in January we have had some serious changes. Good changes. Great changes actually.

1.In February I turned 30. I’m freaking 30. Let me just say when I as 18 this is not how I pictured 30. In ways it’s actually better than I pictured.

2. We bought a house! A fucking HOUSE people! A full post is coming on this but I will say home ownership wasn’t on my radar. I never thought it would be an option.

3. I still haven’t taken my real estate exam. Guys, I don’t know… The schooling was expensive but after buying our house and going through the process as a buyer was eye opening. I’m not 100%. We shall see folks.

4. Fitness and working out is my jam. I haven’t returned to crossfit. I mean it was $140 a month. In January I started following the Tone It Up gals. Guys, this plan works if you follow along and eat cleaner/leaner. The work outs are all available online for FREE. They do have a full 8 week nutrition plan available for purchase but I haven’t felt the need to spend $150 on something L can help with me. After 4 weeks I was seeing results. Since moving 3 weeks ago I’ve fallen off the wagon but tomorrow I’m back at it. #abs

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5. So money and my spending freeze. Buying a house forces you to never spend any money. Like putting diesel in my car stresses me out. I’ll go into further detail in my house update.

Well I’m out. My goal for 2016 was to really put more effort into this space. I have new found drive and know I will be back here more frequently.

A Sunday Adventure

  
Yesterday was adventure filled. L wanted to play around with his new side by side and I wanted to get a whimsical photo for our annual holiday card. Both goals were accomplished. 

It’s was great to spend a morning being adventure seekers. Racing around to different waterfalls in hopes of getting that one shot. We’ve never taken our own photos seriously so we still have a lot to learn. We used L’s GoPro and mounted it on our tripod. Using our nice camera would have let us get better  details of our faces but the GoPro is water proof. L even bought the tripod mount spicifically for this adventure. 

In the photo above we’re at Abiqua Falls. If you intend on making the trip please bring an suv. I’ve seen cars make the trip down but I would HIGHLY advise against it. We’ve driven L’s suv down and he thinks that’s even pushing its limits. If you can park off the “main road” and use a four wheeler or UTV to get down I would suggest that. Our side by side owned the road getting down and we were able to go about 40mph. Not at all possible in a regular vehicle. 

Here are a few photos from our adventure: