Portland/Beaverton: Oregon

Woke starving and went on the hunt for an excellent breakfast spot. We ended up at Pine State Biscuits that were to die for and certainly did not disappoint.

Major difference from everywhere we’d been that we noticed about Portland: No one wears bras. Lots of young families and people with dreads.

We couldn’t wait any longer to visit our friends in Beaverton! We wanted to take it easy and just chill so we got beers and pizza and hung out. Relaxed night :)

Love this little munchkin!

Love this little munchkin!

The next day Chris and I wanted to explore the city more! We went to breakfast at a Diner in town before going to Powells books.

Ever since Wyoming Chris had been craving the same pancake with eggs and bacon on top. They were so nice to accommodate him :)

Fun Fact: I can’t go out to breakfast anywhere that has Eggs Benedict on the menu and not order it. Always makes me happy :)

Powells books was absolutely amazing. Almost got lost in there a few times! Luckily everywhere in there is color coded so it wasn’t so hard to navigate.

Then we went to try and find a weed store and ended up stopping at a skate shop where Chris was able to make his dream board. He skated growing up and has always wanted to have a great board again like he did when he was a kid. It’s the little things :)

We were getting pretty hungry so we decided to get some good “street food” on 5th st. I got a burrito and Chris got Thai.

Walking around, we stumbled on a super cool looking arcade so we had to stop in and check it out.

After lunch, we went across the bridge to Hawthorne St to check out the vintage shops. One thing Portland doesn’t have a shortage of is second hand stores.

Anyone that knows me knows I’m obsessed with finding good deals in “junk stores” as my grandma would call them.

Anyone that knows me knows I’m obsessed with finding good deals in “junk stores” as my grandma would call them.

Later, we went back to the house and the girls and I went to a garage sale warehouse for more vintage shopping :) I did find a super cute ceramic owl that I now put our toothbrushes in :)

The next day we woke up and went to Elmers for breakfast.

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After breakfast we went back to Hawthorne St. to look for more vintage stuff. Sounds like some sort of obsession with old junk. We stopped for beers and donuts in between shops which made the hubbster happy.

You know I had to get the one with maple and bacon on it. Man Blue Star TRULY IS as good as people say they are.

You know I had to get the one with maple and bacon on it. Man Blue Star TRULY IS as good as people say they are.

The next day we ordered in “Biscuits Cafe” for breakfast and we prepared to go into the mountains an hour outside Beaverton to explore the Wilson river. It was a trek through the jungle but we did it! I jumped off a rock for the first time and it was awesome.

A little tired from our adventure, we stopped for dinner at “Little Big Burger” and “Baskin Robbins” ice cream for dessert. Man we’ve been eating a LOT. Not even mad about it.

These are the faces of two kids that never tire of good burgers.

These are the faces of two kids that never tire of good burgers.

The next morning, the roommate made us pancakes for breakfast before we said “see ya later” to our pals and headed back on the road again. Until next time Portlandia!

Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming/Montana

We said goodbye to our friends and stopped for lunch at “Illegal Pete’s” before leaving Denver. It was set up similar to Chipotle except the food was WAAAY better. I’m such a sucker for a good burrito!

We drove for 6 hours through the most beautiful scenery ever through Colorado and Wyoming on the way to Yellowstone while listening to podcasts.

We got to Landon (or whatever it's called) at 8:45pm and got dinner at this strange western motel restaurant.

Fun Fact: Jesse James is actually a distant relative of my husband.

Fun Fact: Jesse James is actually a distant relative of my husband.

The place smelled like cigarettes. However, we had the best giant pancakes with bacon and eggs on top we had ever had. Hit the spot.

Then we stopped at Safeway to use the bathroom and get bagels and cream cheese because we are driving into the abyss for the next two hours to Yellowstone and not sure where we will sleep or get breakfast the next day.

We ended up sleeping off the bank of the freeway in a secluded parking lot amidst the snow bank. It snowed hard that night too. We drove the last 1hr leg into Yellowstone. We stumbled upon the most beautiful view of the mountains we had ever seen.

Literally no words can describe what it was like capturing this moment.

Literally no words can describe what it was like capturing this moment.

Arriving at Yellowstone, we first went to the visitors center to find out what was open and closed so we knew where to spend our time.

We wanted to go up to mammoth hot springs which was first come first serve. We were informed that it fills up by noon even though we are in the off season. It was 11am and it was going to be a 3 hour drive. We decided to go anyway even if we couldn’t stay the night there. No worries though because we’re able to sleep anywhere :)

Of course we first had to stop and see Old Faithful and wait til she went off!

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We drove up through the Madison area which is where we stopped to see all the geysers.

Continuing on, we saw a whole bunch of people stopped on the side of the road along with police and rangers. They were looking at bears!

We had to stop and grab a photo. Not too long later we saw a coyote!

We kept driving and pulling off when we saw beauty which was really everywhere. Then we made it to Mammoth and hiked up as high as we could to check out what looked like star wars land or Mars.

After feeling like we had seen enough to continue on, we drove 5 minutes up the road to Gardiner which crossed the border into Montana. What a cute little town! We got pizza and ice cream for dinner. Wilcox ice cream was actually made 60 miles up the road and named the best in the state. It was so delicious!

On the road again! We got gas and much needed red bull and headed toward Bozeman, MT. We found a really nice Starbucks around 5pm. There we worked on uploading and transferring photos. We’d been without internet for 2 days! Oh the horror. Then we found our trusty nearby 24 hr Walmart to sleep. There were so many campers there. Never felt safer! Always a good sign. Watched the last episode of “Silicon Valley” on Netflix and went to sleep.