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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 at his work talking about it and he suggested it would be a great day away from the city – I mean who doesn’t love a good ol’ Columbia River Gorge day trip?

When he told me all that it involved – Portland to Hood River and Mt Hood, in addition to the Columbia River Gorge, I was so in. It sounded like the most quintessential day trip from Portland I could think of.

Fruit Loop challenge accepted!

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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 is on the outside, especially when it comes to the best free things to do in Portland.

I’ve lived in Portland for a year and a half, and, to be honest, it wasn’t the easiest nor most welcoming city to move to without an already established friend group.

A lot of the best things to go see and do are not immediately apparent when strolling through the city, you have to dig a little deeper to find out where that Portland charm lies.

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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 lochs on my left and clean white light filtering through the many windows in my car. 

This is my life, or at least it has been for the past 5 years. I somehow find myself in the most beautiful places, usually by myself, or all to myself, if you frame it that way. 

It’s my 28th birthday this Saturday. The past years have been a whirlwind of travel memories, some of my strongest friendships, losses, and countless new beginnings. 

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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 about the last year and a half I lived in Portland, Oregon.

It seems to be a city that is loved by many and disliked by none. There seems to be countless reasons to live in Portland, yet no one talks about the downsides.

Well, here I am to talk about the not so pleasant aspects of Portland – I honestly found it to be a city that constantly made me depressed and negative on a regular basis.

I’m generally a positive person. I try to focus on the good aspects in life and shake off the bad. I tried my best to adhere to that positive mentality while I lived in Portland. However, there was an underlying nature to the city that I could not get on board with.

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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 eats. In fact, some of the best eats in Portland, as I soon would learn on my Forktown Food Tour.

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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 50 degrees in winter. When I made a visit to NYC for New Year’s Eve a few years back, that was probably the coldest weather I experienced, but that was just for a week.

Melbourne was potentially the coldest place in winter from my time abroad, mainly due to the intense wind, but I’ve never before experienced freezing temperatures as I do here in Portland in winter.

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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 and didn’t quite know the meaning of getting out of my comfort zone. This was a major reason why I wanted to take a Mt. Hood snowboarding lesson.

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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 experience throughout the year.

2015 was a year of change in more ways than one. I changed my career, or I shall say, started my career from a bar manager to a full time writer and freelancer. I also realized how much I had changed while I was abroad for two years after coming home finally in March.

Although, it feels like America has changed for the worse in terms of gun violence and general political snarkyness, I know that I’ve simply changed as a person after leaving this country for awhile and experiencing the different versions of other cultures and governments.

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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 with one of the last groups to head into the darkened room. The night was just getting started and everyone was still getting to know each other.

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