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As missionaries, Taylor and I were really good at sending letters back and forth between Korea and Norway. We'd talk about all sorts of things (including the weather, funny experiences we were having, and the coolest parts about living in different countries across the world). But there were a collection of topics that consistently came up within those letters; one of those big topics just so happened to be Oregon. Neither of us had ever been to Oregon, but it had been at the top of the bucket list for both of us. 

"Make plans, not excuses." I was sitting on my couch editing photos one afternoon when I started thinking about all the places I wanted to go and all of the things I wanted to do during the course of my life-- and then I was bombarded with all the reasons why I "couldn't." I think it's so easy for us to come up with excuses as to why we aren't living the life we want to be living. But what I came to realize was this: it's just as easy to make plans as it is to make excuses. If we put our priorities in the right places, we can accomplish whatever we put our minds to. 

We drove for a total of twenty-six hours just to spend a day and a half on the Oregon coast. All of our friends and family thought we were completely crazy (but they were supportive of us nonetheless). And maybe we are crazy, but love is a crazy thing and we're crazy in love! We got to our little airbnb on the beach around 3pm Friday afternoon and began our journey back to Utah at 6am Sunday morning. We only had one full day to spend in Oregon, but we made the most of the time we had. 

We stayed on Rockaway Beach-- which ended up being Taylor's favorite beach of the trip (because it was the coziest and least crowded). Our cottage was probably only twenty or so feet off of the beach, so we got to fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. It was supposed to be raining all weekend, but the day we arrived, the entire weather forecast for the weekend had completely changed. We ended up getting the perfect mix of moody rain and glorious sunshine. It honestly could not have been more perfect. 

We woke up early Saturday morning and cruised down the coastline, stopping at every beach and "view point" along the way. We didn't really have a specific destination, but we took the time to enjoy the journey. By noon, we had spent time on three different beaches and at least three different overlooks. There was one point where I had rolled the window down in order to get the "full effect" of the ocean breeze and the mist of the rain on my skin... but somehow, I managed to break the window. We literally had to pull over to try and get it to go back up (because it was definitely too cold and wet to leave it open indefinitely). Thankfully, the odds were in our favor and we managed to get it all the way back up again, but not without a bit of a struggle.

We ate lunch at this adorable little diner that was nestled ever so comfortably on a beautiful lakeside. We don't usually eat at burger joints, but we ate nothing but greasy food and junk all weekend and we embraced it. That being said-- these burgers were some of the best burgers we have EVER had. Taylor's weighed at least three pounds and they had to serve it with a steak knife jabbed through the middle of it just to keep it all together. I went with the cliche "tillamook cheeseburger" (cliche only because we were in Tillamook) but I was not disappointed with my decision. The food was so delicious and so filling that we went into an immediate food coma. 

Everything along the coastline was so incredibly beautiful; every detail of the forests and beaches and oceanside fishing towns. I couldn't believe my eyes half of the time because the elements really came together to create the most beautiful experience for us. There wasn't a single second where I wasn't amazed. I think one of my favorite parts of the whole trip was driving through the Tillamook State Forest in the middle of an intense rainstorm-- it was so moody and mystical, just my kind of weather. Because of how beautiful the forest was on the way out to our beach condo, we made a point to drive all the way back out there Saturday night just to dance in the trees. But the night came quickly and we had to pile back into the car and make our way back into civilization. 

We made a pit stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory (because it's Taylor's absolute favorite cheese). I was laughing so hard over how excited he was to be there! So, just for him we bought cheese and souvenir t-shirts, like the good tourists we are. (We also bought ice cream because, I mean, duh). We were sad to see the day come to an end, but it made us excited for more opportunities to visit Oregon in the future. We woke up bright and early Sunday morning, packed up all of our things, then walked out to the beach by the light of the moon and said goodbye to the sea. 

The morning fog rested heavy in the forest trees as we made our way back through the mountains-- it was glorious. We made one final stop at Multnomah Falls on the way out of Portland because... well, we couldn't just drive past a 600 foot, gorgeous waterfall and NOT stop. We were standing at least a hundred feet away and still got soaked by the foam that was being spat out by the falls. But we didn't care, because it was absolutely stunning and we couldn't seem to pull ourselves away. But, eventually the daunting task of our 13 hour drive home eventually convinced us that it was time to go. We slowly made our way back to the car, sneaking glances back every step of the way. 

Our adventure was short, but it was full of beauty. Going back, we'd do it all again. We're already anxiously planning our next trip to the Oregon Coast (next time we plan on starting in California and cruising up the coastline-- friends are welcome, so COME). We may have only spent a day and a half in that gorgeous place, but it felt like an entire week (because of how much we crammed into such a short amount of time). This weekend was one for the books.



  1. I love this! Last year we drove all the way down to Arches and back in one day because we were just like 'why not??'. If you wait until the circumstances are all perfect it will never happen! So I love road trips like this. Oregon looks absolutely stunning, I have never been but would love to go someday.

    1. I love that! Day trips are some of my all-time favorite trips. And you're so right-- you can't wait for everything to be "perfect" or else you'll never go anywhere! You'll definitely have to make a road trip out to Oregon, it's worth the drive and the views along the way are half of the fun!


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