Family Friday: Pacific Northwest Vacation

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It's been such a fun summer so far!  Even though it's been the hottest summer on record here in Vegas, we've been able to escape the heat a bit.  Two weeks after Jason and I went away to San Diego for the weekend, we went on our summer family vacation to Seattle and Portland.  We spent a week out in the Pacific Northwest and absolutely fell in love with it!  

We only spent a weekend in Seattle, but it was jam-packed with sightseeing and I even got to run the Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon on Sunday.  It was actually the whole reason for going out there and we planned our vacation around it.  I do hope we get to go back and spend more time in Seattle soon.  

The rest of our time was spent in the Portland area.  We rented a great apartment from AirBnB in a great location close to so many of the best food spots in town.  We took a trip to check out the Colombia River Gorge area and got to see the famous Multmonah Falls and drive along the river and visit the countryside.  We were a little early in the season for berry or cherry picking but we got to feed and pet some alpacas so that totally made up for it! Plus, the craft beers and gourmet food truck at the Gorge White House really hit the spot after our long day.  We spent another fun day sightseeing in Portland and visiting a lot of the major attractions, such as the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Testing Garden, Voodoo Donuts, Powell's Bookstore, and eating from yet more food trucks.  We took another road trip on our 3rd day to visit the Oregon Coast.  Seriously would love to spend a full weekend out there!  The coast is so beautiful and we really enjoyed Cannon Beach.  Our last day was spent at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! I didn't think we would spend the entire day there, but there was so much to see and do that it really did fill up our whole day.  Another big treat for us while in Portland was getting to see and hang out with one of our past bride & groom turned friends! We met up with them for ice cream at the yummy Salt and Straw, met up for dinner another time Deschutes Brewery and Public House, and they even joined us for part of our day at the museum! Yea, we kinda loved hanging out with them!! 

All and all we had a great time! We visited some amazing places, enjoyed cool weather, ate some delicious food, and made lifelong memories together.  What more could we ask for?!?