I can't even believe it's already September! Summer flew by, and fall is definitely in the air here in Portland! Here's a little recap of what I was up to!

Summer in iPhone Photos

I can’t even believe that it’s already September! The summer just flew by, and fall is definitely in the air here in Portland. We’ve already had some thunderstorms and heavy rain in the last week, and it has me dreading the long PNW winter. I guess I’m sort of looking forward to cozy sweaters and pumpkin everything, but I still wish fall could hold off for a few more weeks.

Since it’s been such a long time since I blogged, I thought I’d share a peek at what I’ve been up to all summer. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind with lots of traveling and fun adventures. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these, though not all. Most were taken with just my iPhone, though a few times I actually busted out my DSLR.

So. Here’s what summer looked like.

We did a ton of hiking on the weekends, at the coast and all over the Columbia River Gorge. We didn’t manage a backpacking trip this year, but there were some longer hikes in the mix – like the 14-mile Larch Mountain trip. Woohoo!

Hiking in Oregon
(left to right) At the top of Larch Mountain, a foggy trail, the Columbia River from Angels Rest, an Oregon creek, the coast, us at Angels Rest, tiny us at an old-fashioned swimming hole, Mt. Hood from Larch Mountain, Triple Falls in the Gorge.

We went to Dallas, Texas to see one of my oldest friends and her husband, and meet their adorable daughter. We had so much fun catching up and ate lots of incredible food – Oddfellows and Emporium Pies were especially memorable. We even went to a lake and did some jet-skiing and kneeboarding! So fun!

Dallas, Texas
Airport, tire swinging, the Dallas Zoo, Emporium Pies’ Nutella Chess Pie (omg), had to try Whataburger, downtown Dallas, a funny sign at Emporium Pies, we accidentally matched all weekend, Emporium Pies, tubing on the lake, Whataburger, and a surly looking wallaby at the Dallas Zoo.

My sister came to visit for a week and we had a blast. One of our favorite things to do together is go to shows, and that week we managed to catch both Postal Service and Jimmy Eat World. Both of which were incredible! We had an amazing spot at the Postal Service show, right up in front. 16 year old me was basically dying. You can see my shots below and see this funny Vine I made of Jimmy Eat World covering Taylor Swift. Too funny.

Jimmy Eat World, Voodoo Doughnuts (of course), Jenny Lewis with the Postal Service, Ben Gibbard, a lighthouse at the coast, us, sister(!), cooking up some deliciousness, hanging out with the hogniece, and the coast.

We visited my family and caught up with old friends in Pasadena and LA. Did some hiking in Malibu, and I loaded up on time with my pups. The only negative thing about Portland is how far away I am from my family and these guys 🙁

LA visit
My sweet boy, Duncan, flying in to Long Beach, cuddly Chloe, the Long Beach Airport is ridiculously nice, hiking in Malibu.

We spent a too-brief weekend in Monterey where we caught up with friends from college and visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I had the best time snapping pictures there and actually used my DSLR that weekend, something I really enjoy and need to do more often.

Monterey, CA
It’s-It: hands-down the best ice cream sandwich I have ever had ever, jellies galore, mandatory In n Out stop, adorable otters, Cannery Row, watching seals in the bay, sea horses, angles at the airport, we drove one o those 4-person surreys! Completely touristy but so fun! Flying out of SFO, the sun was setting and the fog was creeping in, the bay bridge just visible. Gorgeous. This iPhone photo doesn’t do it justice AT ALL.

Overall it was such a fun summer! Though I’m a little sad it’s over, I’m looking forward to getting back to normal: eating healthier, working on some projects around the apartment, trying out some recipes I haven’t had time for, and of course, blogging more frequently. How was your summer?

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