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Winnipeg

On our way!

I love how the landscape changes from the prairies to the coast.

The window seat is the best seat. Daniel and I fight over it every time. And it’s true I usually sleep once we’re in the air. But I still got it on this flight. Mark picked us up in Abbotsford and we drove about an hour to Delta BC. Gloria prepared a late lunch for us and we visited family and got the official tour of the neighborhood. Wild blackberries were a serious highlight.  

I really want to go back for a longer visit and make some wild black berry jam!

The ferries were packed so Ashlea and Bryan didn’t pick us up until 7:30. It was a late start and late night camp set up at Saltwater State Park.

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Saltwater State Park

Cute flower shoes Saylor made us 💛

We stopped here at this roadside burger shack for lunch in the way out. Love the sign!!

We spent a lot of time in the car today and were happy to finally make it to our campsite. Arrived at Still Creek campground early evening. The temperature dropped as soon as we drove down into the trees. It is a refreshing break from the sun. Our site sits beside a running creek and driving up we had an amazing view of Mt.Hood.

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Still Creek Campground

View from the window - the landscape is stunning out here.

Driving through Madras was a little bananas. The eclipse is being advertised as a world event and we passed fields of tents and crowds. Glad we’ll be one town over in Prineville tomorrow to watch the solar eclipse.

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948-960 NW 3rd St, Prineville, OR 97754, USA

Eclipse day!! 🖤

We got an early start to the morning, drove 20 min into town and ate breakfast at The Apple Peddler (so cute!).

There was time to kill so we walked the main strip and found a roadside antique shop that was open. The shop owner was very chatty and knowledgeable on everything. We easily spent over an hour in there and then had to duck out to grab a coffee (and hot chocolate) and secure our viewing spot! We quickly found a patch of grass and got our solar shades on!

It was about 1/4 after 10 am and by the time we got settled there was a nice bite out of the sun. The bright sun slowly dimmed and it felt like dusk but not in a normal way because the sun was in the sky. Full totality was spectacular. I tried to take some snaps of it but they don’t do it much justice.

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Oxbow Regional Park

Look at this little guy!

We had so much fun by the water today. Filled our pockets with beach stones and chilled.

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Cape Lookout State Park

Hung out at the Portland Zoo today!

Had to pull over and get a shot of this sweet sign on the way.

These bats 🦇were so amazing!!

The zoo parking lot was a zoo. Took some driving around in circles and finally the boys dropped us off and found a spot. We did most of the circuit but it is a big place but too much for 1 day plus all the driving.

The bats, the African porcupine and the elephants of course were some of my faves.

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Portland

Drove into Portland today and hit some thrift stores on the way. This beautiful hand drawn note was left by out Airbnb hostess.

We also got to chill with this handsome guy! Made me miss our kitties back home.

We wandered the neighbourhood and ate at this Ethiopian restaurant for dinner.

Nice to sleep in a real bed after days of tent camping!

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Portland

Voodoo doughnuts for breakfast! There was a line but it went pretty quickly. I got the ol'dirty bastard and Daniel went for the Classic Portland cream.

We caught a matinee (Ingrid Goes west) this incredible animated short played just after the previews: it was such a unexpected treat.

Watch it here

Then we hit up the trendy neighbourhood of Sellwood. So many vintage boutiques! That it turns out I'm too cheap to shop at lol - we were spoiled by rural thrift shores where everything is $1. It was still fun to window shop and wander around.

Took a cider break at the Portland Cider House and ate at General Burnsides Chicken Cantina for dinner. Not health food. Nom.

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Portland

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We got up early at hit the PDX market!

Breakfast of champions. 🧀🥓 (why is there no pretzel emoji??)

Ashlea told me to make sure to have some stumptown coffee so I got to check that off the list today. It was excellent. We got to the market grounds as booths were setting up and before it got too crowed. Bought a print of Mount Hood by a local artist and some fancy underwear!

After that we hit up so many record shops, Daniel was in heven.

PDX market!

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Seattle

Goodbye Portland! ☹️

Goodbye cute little garden shack! We had to be up by 6 and caught the Bolt bus to Seattle. There was two accidents that turned our drive time 3h to 4.5h luckily we still had time to make our flight!!

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