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.

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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!

 

 

 

Saturday things //

White Sand Beach, Philippines.

White Sand Beach, Philippines.

I’m not 100% sure I have anything to really write about today. My mind is moving 1000 miles per hour but here I am with nothing of any importance to write about. Mainly I don’t know where to start. A lot of unexciting things are happening in our land as of late and some of it is eating at me.

1. Some recent changes at work. I’m not fully ready to except them, but they’ve already happened. So at some point it will sink in.

2. That moment you know you’ve worked really hard for something and then like a flash its gone. Oh the joys of being an adult. Is there always something? Please fellow adults, I need help with this one. There always seems to be something that needs fixed, i.e. money hard earned spent…

3. ADDICTED to American Horror Story. Season 1 & 2 are on Netflix. Yes I’ve watched them so I am now to the point of buying them off Amazon so I can continue watching season 3. Each season has its own story line with new characters (some returning actors from previous seasons) and I am HOOKED. I am not a television reviewer and cannot do it justice, so please click the link to learn about it. Again ADDICTED/HOOKED.

4. Discovered a cute new shop via instagram, Zou Styles. Already placed my first order, dress and clutch in gold. Thanks instagram and all you have introduced me too.

So there is my post about absolutely nothing. Life lately has been pretty basic, meaning working everyday/sleeping when not working everyday. Also please remember this space is mine. No judgements welcome, unless you have some advice I could use to make this space visually appealing… Also this “button” everyones says you need, how the H do I make that?! This girl has tried and I’m getting no where.

Happy Saturday! If you need me I’ll be wasting my Saturday watching American Horror Story when I should be studying….. And yes, the picture has nothing to do with this post, but I recently read every post needs a picture. Who makes up these rules? Where do I pick up my blogging handbook?

Beaching //

Happy Tuesday! This last weekend I went to beach with a few of my co-workers. It was exactly what I needed in order to recharge my batteries and get myself prepared for this looming ((BUSY)) holiday season.

The cute house we stayed in.

The cute house we stayed in.

This wood stove was my life saver! I was freezing all weekend.

This wood stove was my life saver! I was freezing all weekend.

 

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Hello Lover! This beauty is for sale and I'm drooling/dreaming. Someday...

Hello Lover! This beauty is for sale and I’m drooling/dreaming. Someday…

 

Getting crazy on the beach after watching Bring It On.

Getting crazy on the beach after watching Bring It On.

 

Me at my FINEST! I make my husband pride to call me his wife.

Me at my FINEST! I make my husband pride to call me his wife.

 

 

Fall Vol. 2

Favorite spot of my back yard.

Favorite spot of my back yard.

There is this spot in my yard. Its the farthest from the house and shop making it the quietest spot. During the fall when the leaves are changing this is how it looks ((above)). It is the best place to drive by every morning. Coming home in the evening it is the first spot I see.

The last few days I’ve been home sick ((just a cold but I don’t want to spread germs)). While home I’ve gotten to watch that spot slowly change. The season has only just begun but I’m fully prepared.

I thrive in this season. I was meant to live in the PNW. I’ve been waiting all summer for the nights to get cooler and the days to get just a bit shorter. I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice anything but I’ll take a hot chocolate on a brisk walk. Bundled up in sweaters and scarfs.

I know this season brought the colder weather that brought the cold but there is more to this time of year. I feel people become genuinely kinder. There tends to be more cheer in the air. For the next three months we will be preparing to give. I know this is a young thought and people aren’t better just because the season but this time of year does do something for the soul.

We are also preparing for our clean slates. This time of year also welcomes a looming New Year. Remembering back on the year and thinking of ways to not just better ourselves but better those around us.

So cheers to you Fall. As soon as this cold passes I’ll meet you at the pumpkin patch with a hot chocolate.