Big Views: Sleeping Beauty Hike

If your calves and quads were snoozing from the car drive to this remote Washington hike, they are bound to wake up as you ascend Sleeping Beauty. Short but steep, this 2.6-mile round-trip hike rapidly gains 1400 feet of elevation to pop out of the tree-tops. Featuring views of four mountain peaks (Adams, Hood, Rainer,Continue reading “Big Views: Sleeping Beauty Hike”

Hiking to God’s Thumb

Somethings are worth getting up early for – and this hike is one of them. With a heat wave rolling through the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago, I was super lucky to already have a coast weekend on the books. My college friends all converged on Lincoln City for a long 4-day weekend. IfContinue reading “Hiking to God’s Thumb”

4 Hikes to Celebrate Spring in Utah

Say so long to the snow boots, sweaters, and scarves because spring has sprung across Utah. While the ski bums may be sobbing as they watch the snow  melting, for the rest of us, it signals a new season and new sport – it’s hiking season! To warm up your legs hit one or moreContinue reading “4 Hikes to Celebrate Spring in Utah”

Painted Hills of Oregon

One of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon near the John Day Fossil beds are ablaze with fall colors year round. While its quiet a drive to this scenic wayside from Portland, I can’t recommend it enough. Put on your Indian Jones hat and make a wild west day of it!

Buick Tweet House Road Trip: Eureka to Napa

After enjoying a warm, egg omelet with chocolate chip bread and a round of mind, rejuvenating coffee we hit the road for the final leg of the #BuickTweetHouse road trip to Napa. Getting behind the wheel of the Buick Enclave it was finally my turn to drive – and what a section of Highway 101Continue reading “Buick Tweet House Road Trip: Eureka to Napa”

Buick Tweet House Road Trip: Eugene to Eureka

If you combine comedic Simpson’s quotes, twitter tools talk, and a collegiate Econ lecture together and blend and pour over ice – then you have the drink of choice on the Buick Tweet House road trip to Napa. After an efflorescent tour of King Estate’s wine production facilities and cellar, we departed Eugene. South bound,Continue reading “Buick Tweet House Road Trip: Eugene to Eureka”

Northwest Food and Wine Festival

Last night I attended the Northwest Food and Wine Festival hosted at the DoubleTree Inn at the Lloyd Center in Portland, Oregon. Featuring hundreds of different wines from Washington and Oregon along with 50 restaurants best finger foods, the festival buzzed with happy sippers. Roaming the aisles of wine and food merchants, I scooped outContinue reading “Northwest Food and Wine Festival”

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, Day 3

Another restless night sleep as if my brain couldn’t stop pedaling through the night and then we attacked the third and final day of our Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway adventure. After two days of 40+ mile rides, my legs were no longer tired, my arms no longer sore, and my brain on overdrive – yetContinue reading “Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, Day 3”