LIFE TRAVEL

TURNS OUT I LIKE ROUTINES? | OREGON ROAD TRIP

I have always thought I hated routines. I go through the motions and have routines, yes — but that’s because you kind of have to in life.
Nearly all jobs require routine, so I’ve (nearly) always been smack dab in the middle of a routine and not loving it.
Well, turns out I was very wrong. On our road trip around Oregon, I came to a revelation: I am a creature of habit and routines are my bff.

Beachside at the Oregon Coast

Our trip started out fabulously. We flew from the blazing hot sun of Phoenix into the cooler, yet still sunny Portland. After a quick trip to Powell’s we were in the car and off to the coast to join my family at their beach house.
And 2 hours later, we were at the beach with my fabulous family.

Oregon Coast beach

{ MY NIECE IS SERIOUSLY THE CUTEST. I WAS BEYOND EXCITED TO SEE HER. SHE LOVES THE BEACH MORE THAN ANYONE I KNOW. THAT KID MELTS MY HEART }
Reed and Leslie loving the beach in Oregon
{ BEACH LOVE <3 }

Reed wading in the ocean, Oregon Coast

{ REED CRAB AND JELLYFISH HUNTING IN THE WAVES. I KEPT MY DISTANCE. }

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{ SERIOUS SELFIE SESSIONS }

My lovely family at the Oregon Coast

Let’s pause for a moment to note how adorable my sister, my brother in-law and my niece are. Thank you guys for hosting us and taking us out to a delicious dinner in Oceanside!
Seriously guys, if you are in Oceanside, go get lunch or dinner at Roseanna’s Cafe – FABULOUS fresh seafood. As someone from a landlocked state and currently living in the desert, good seafood never exists in my life.
The Tillamook Cheese Factory, Tillamook Oregon
Day 2 we were off to one of my favorite places, the Tillamook Cheese Factory. As a kid, my family came to the Oregon Coast every summer and trips to the Tillamook Cheese Factory for fresh ice cream and squeaky cheese (aka cheese curds) were a daily occurrence.
DON’T KNOCK IT UNTIL YOU TRY IT. I guarantee this place will suck you right in, and spit you out with bags of cheese in hand.

Posing with Tilly the Cow at the Tillamook Cheese Factory

{ COULDN’T MISS THIS PHOTO OPP WITH TILLY HERSELF. COW APPRECIATION MOMENT. }
And post-cheese factory, when Reed and I left my family at the beach and continued our Oregon adventure, the pictures kind of quit happening. I am bad about taking pictures on vacation sometimes, but this time I had a valid excuse: THERE WAS A TORNADO.
Seriously, guys — a tornado hit the Oregon Coast. RIGHT where my family was staying. Reed and I ventured south so weren’t actually in the tornado, but my family was and damn it sounded scary.
Anyway, tornado at the beach meant horrific weather everywhere in the state. I’m talking 45 degrees outside with 50 degree winds. I had just come from Phoenix where it was 95.
With my thin leather jacket and cotton dresses, I was less than prepared for this weather. (Reed was quite frustrated by my poor packing skills on this trip.)

ROAD TRIP + ROUTINE APPRECIATION

Needless to say, our road trip was not as exciting as we had imagined it. We had planned to do a tour of Oregon to take a look at all the beautiful state has to offer. We made it to Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Salem, West Linn, and Portland, but spent most of the time in the car, eating, and at a different hotel every night.
I’m making this trip sound terrible. It wasn’t terrible, but it really made me realize how much I NEED routines in my life.
My daily routine requires me waking upΒ 2 1/2 hours before I start the working day because I have stuff to do! I wake up, immediately workout (or else it won’t happen), shower, get ready, make my breakfast, and meditate. Then I start working.
I never realized how much this routine meant to me until I spent this week in Oregon without it. Normally, I would be okay taking a week break from my routine if I was staying busy with other things, but with the weather, we were pretty much confined to the car and our hotel and I got burned out.

Reed with Ken Kesey Statue in Eugene Oregon

{ REED WITH KEN KESEY IN EUGENE }

We visited some great places and I saw parts of Oregon I had never seen before, so I am really happy we took this trip.
But, I was happy to return to my routine that apparently is integral to my sanity.
Have any of you guys been road tripping around Oregon? Share your favorite places and things to do! Reed and I may be spending a lot more time there in the future . . .Β 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Brian V Hunt October 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I love Bend and its lovely little downtown. Riding my motorcycle through the beautiful John Day country is also a fav.

    • Reply Leslie Hughes October 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Bend was my favorite of all the places we visited! Unfortunately we didn’t make it over to the John Day area, but will have to in the future! It seems gorgeous – especially on a motorcycle in the summer!

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