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Scenes from a Pacific Northwest Weekend

You guys. The Pacific Northwest. I can’t even.

Back in June when I ran my first 10k, Chris and I took the long way home from Port Angeles and explored Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, and MY GOD. It’s SO EFFING GORGEOUS.

Here, see for yourself.

daisies

clear lake waters

washington coast

washington coast

washington coast

washington road trip

pretty lakes in washington

Oh, yeah. This is a real place. And it’s just a few hours from me here in Portland. Which is why I’m never leaving the Pacific Northwest*.

*Probably not true. Just… not anytime soon.

P.S. Don’t forget! I’m giving away a bottle of Bodkin Wines 2011 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc! Entries are open until Sunday night, so go enter here!

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Doniree is based in Portland, Oregon, where she is pretty damn thrilled about the Pacific Northwest's focus on local and seasonal food and great wine. When she's not at home, she's on the hunt for the best brunch, the best happy hour, and the best whiskey bar a city has to offer.

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That One Time I Ran My First 10K

On June 2, I ran my first 10k. I can’t quite go on and on about how I’ve never run that far before, because, well, that’s just not true. I ran 7+ miles during my overnight run when I ran the SoCal Ragnar Relay in April.

Even so, finishing this race was a big deal for me and was one of the most fun running experiences I’ve ever had. Ragnar was amazing. Finishing my first ever 5k was amazing. Running the bridges in Portland with my running buddy is amazing. But there was something about the setting, the location, the distance (I can run 6 miles! Twice! I remember when just ONE was a big deal!), and the support of the running community at-large, my Ragnar sisters, and Chris being there in support as well — it was just an intersection of beauty, goals, travel, love, friends, and endorphins, and well, it was one of my favorite weekends ever.

glitter10k girls

[L-R: Kathy (we know her from the 0-13.1 Training Group!), Drea, Nicole, Swapp, Fry, Me]

I don’t have it in me to get in to the details of the whole thing (besides, this was nearly 6 weeks ago and I have lots of other stuff to catch you up on!), but suffice it to say, there are a few key takeaways:

  1. We are all way more competent and able than we often give ourselves credit for. Seriously, we can accomplish amazing things with a little training and a lot of prioritizing.
  2. A supportive community goes a long way, and runners are amazing people.
  3. Supportive friends go even further, like all the way to Port Angeles, Washington.
  4. Honeybadgers are for life.

honeybadgersIf you’re interested in the other part of this weekend, the part where I ran around the near-entirety of the Olympic Peninsula, I posted some of those photos here, and there’s a Flickr set here.

 

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Doniree is based in Portland, Oregon, where she is pretty damn thrilled about the Pacific Northwest's focus on local and seasonal food and great wine. When she's not at home, she's on the hunt for the best brunch, the best happy hour, and the best whiskey bar a city has to offer.

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Taking the Long Way Home

Last Sunday, I ran my first 10k. I could write a whole post about that experience (it was awesome, I loved it, and I miss my honeybadgers already), but that’s not what this is.

What this is, is the photographic evidence of the [best ever] decision to take the long way home from Port Angeles, Washington, to Portland, Oregon. If you’re unfamiliar with Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, well, I recommend you fix that ASAP. Mountains, glacial lakes, national forests, and giant trees are everywhere. It’s absolutely stunning.

Here! See for yourself.

This is Lake Crescent. It’s a glacial lake and the water is really, really pretty.

lake crescent, washington

This tree was really neat and twisty.

trees at lake crescent

These were just some side-of-the-highway daises, but I still thought they should have their picture taken.

daisies on the side of the road

I MEAN, HOW CLEAR IS THAT WATER?

lake crescent collage

Oh, hi! That’s me.

self-portrait rearview mirror

What’s next on my travel agenda? Well, Megan is leaving me (and while I fully understand why, there’s going to be a pretty big gap in my life when she’s gone because I see her ALL THE TIME AND I LIKE IT THAT WAY). And, in order to move from Oregon to Virginia, there’s a big road trip.

Because, geography.

Anyway, I’m going with her! We’re road-trip ready — snacks will be shopped for tonight, tunes are in playlist-making progress, and arrangements to glamp in a tipi in Yellowstone National Park (I am not joking, and I am the most excited) have been secured. While there’s a part of me that’s all CROSS COUNTRY ROAD TRIP YAY!, it comes with the bittersweetness that is the fact that she’s moving, and I’m sad about it.

But for now? Let’s own it. CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP, YAY! Oh! And then, I’m spending next weekend in DC before returning to Portland. Because running from one best friend’s arms to another who promises whiskey, all-day brunch, sight-seeing, and cuddles? I mean, that’s the way adults handle big life changes, right? Whiskey and cuddles? Good, I thought so.

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Doniree is based in Portland, Oregon, where she is pretty damn thrilled about the Pacific Northwest's focus on local and seasonal food and great wine. When she's not at home, she's on the hunt for the best brunch, the best happy hour, and the best whiskey bar a city has to offer.

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Photography | Airfield Estates Winery

Back in February, Chris and I went on a little wine tour of Washington’s Yakima Valley, and one of our stops included the tasting room at Airfield Estates. I was especially excited for this one because Airfield’s Bombshell Red is one of my go-to red wines. It’s affordable, delicious, and when I’m in the mood for a red and not quite in the mood to gamble on something new, Airfield is one of the three reds I reach for (the other two are Maryhill’s Winemaker’s Red and Owen Roe’s Sharecropper Cabernet Sauvignon).

I also have a special affinity for airplanes and airports. Many of my family members have worked in the airline industry forever, and I’ve grown up surrounded by people who love airplanes and even more people who work for the airlines (my dad, three uncles, and my late grandfather). I wrote book reports on Amelia Earhart’s and Charles Lindbergh’s biographies because at one point, I even thought I might like to get my own pilot’s license.

Anyway, here are a couple of photos I snapped outside of the tasting room. This awesome little wine barrel airplane greeted us out front, and I really like the colors and lines.

airfield estates winery

airfield estates winery

airfield estates winery

 

The wines themselves are great, and we were so lucky and excited to get a chance to taste a few straight from the barrel. Stay tuned here and on WineTable.com for more on my Yakima Valley wine tour weekend!

doniree

Doniree is based in Portland, Oregon, where she is pretty damn thrilled about the Pacific Northwest's focus on local and seasonal food and great wine. When she's not at home, she's on the hunt for the best brunch, the best happy hour, and the best whiskey bar a city has to offer.

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