The Perfect Day Trip from Portland

The Perfect Day Trip from Portland

If you’re looking for the perfect Columbia River Gorge day trip from Portland that includes stops at Hood River and Timberline Lodge, put the ‘Fruit Loop Tour’ on your list now. I didn’t hear the words “Fruit Loop Tour” until a good few months into my time in Portland. My boyfriend heard a few locals […]

8 Free Things to do in Portland, Oregon

Free Things to do in Portland

There are plenty of free things to do in Portland, Oregon if you know where to look. Here are 8 ways to stay busy in ‘Stumptown’ without spending any money. Portland is one of those cities where you sometimes need a little help to see what’s what rather than just taking it for what it […]

My 28th Year: On the Places I Once Called Home

Solo traveling through Sydney, Australia in 2013 - The Atlas Heart

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. // Miriam Adeney I’m currently on a train in Scotland, rolling through the lush green countryside. There are deep blue-grey […]

The Surprising Reason I Didn’t Like Portland, Oregon

What is Portland Oregon Like? The Surprising Reason Why I Didn't Like Portland, Oregon - USA Travel

What is Portland, Oregon like to live in? This was my honest first-hand experience with the Pacific Northwest City. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” // Martin Luther King Jr.  I’ve gone back and forth about whether I wanted to write […]

An Afternoon in Portland with Forktown Food Tours

I made my way to the old part of SE Divison, a place that used to have mechanic shops and furniture stores line the streets only a few years ago. A decade ago, you wouldn’t recognize the SE Division you see today, a bustling area with food carts, boutique shops, quaint cafes, old-school barber shops, and good […]

The Best Ways to Enjoy Portland in Winter

The Best Ways to Enjoy Portland in Winter

Being in Portland in winter doesn’t have to mean holing up at home watching the rain outside. There is plenty to keep you busy in this city, even in the colder months! It’s my first true winter living in a colder climate. I grew up in California, where it generally never dips below 40 or […]

A Review of Mt Hood Snowboarding Lessons

A Review of Mt Hood Snowboarding Lessons

A review of Mt. Hood Snowboarding Lessons. Discover what it is like to learn how to snowboard for the first time at Mt. Hood Meadows, near Portland, Oregon. The last time I was standing before a mountain with a board strapped to my foot was when I was 18. I was still unsure of myself […]

2015, A Year of Change

2015 A Year of Change - The Atlas Heart

When I look back on 2015 it is with fondness for how far I’ve come since I rung in the New Year at a little bar in Wellington, New Zealand. At that time, I had no idea what this year would bring, how many firsts I would have, and the amount of change I would […]

Experiencing The Blind Cafe in Portland

The Blind Cafe - Portland, Oregon

In true Portland fashion, my bus was running over 30 minutes late to get over to the Northeast. I quickly walked a few blocks over to catch another bus that was leaving soon, and managed to get to The Blind Cafe about 15 minutes late. I apologized profusely and they graciously let me come in […]

Portland Pedal Bike Tours: Part II

Burnside Food Carts - Portland, Oregon

After my two initial experiences with Pedal Bike Tours, I wanted to experience more of the many choices that they offer. I knew from the great tours I went on back in June, that signing up for a couple more at the end of the summer would be a great way to round out my introduction to life […]