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Hot Air Ballooning: Is it Safe? Is it Worth It?

We flew with Vista Balloon Adventures, the Pacific Northwest’s largest and oldest hot air ballooning company. They typically fly from April through October, though our pilot told us they don’t often fly early in the season due to the weather conditions. I have to admit, as someone who’s afraid of heights, I was a little nervous about hot air ballooning for the first time. My first thoughts were: 1) Is it safe? 2) Is it worth it? After doing some…

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Oregon Caves Travel Guide

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, the Oregon Caves offer a scenic, often overlooked oasis for the adventurous-at-heart. The Oregon Caves are solutional caverns made of marble, created by groundwater that seeped into cracks in the rock, widening them until they reached the size of tunnels. Besides the various options for cave exploration, there are a number of hiking and walking trails in the immediate vicinity, one of which offers a fantastic view of the Illinois Valley. My husband…

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8 Tips to Get You through the Whole30

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, and certainly not one for diets—but after hearing what a difference the Whole30 made for several of my friends, I decided to do some digging and find out what the program was all about. If you have undiagnosed food sensitivities or allergies, want to feel more energized, or just want to feel good about the types of foods you’re putting into your body, I’d recommend seeing what the Whole30 can do for you. I started the Whole30…

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Create a Beautiful Holiday Paper Ornament in 10 Easy Steps

Looking for a thoughtful, inexpensive holiday gift idea for friends and family? If you’re crafty, Christmas can be a great opportunity for adding a little personal touch to gifts. This year, I decided to make music-themed ornaments out of curled paper. You can really personalize this project based on the interests of whomever you’re giving the ornament to, and also recycle paper you would have thrown away in the process. For example, you could use the pages from an old calendar…

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Visiting the Painted Hills Unit in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Set against the rollicking hills of rural Eastern Oregon are fossil remnants of an ancient ecosystem. Hidden within striking rock faces of angular and crumbling sediment, the Painted Hills Unit in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are a must-see for out-of-towners and Oregonians alike. With adventure on the agenda, my husband and I set out for Mitchell, Oregon, excited to witness the incredible beauty of the Painted Hills. What to Do: Painted Hills Unit Scenic viewpoints and trails…

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Planning Your Next Universal Orlando Trip

Check out this helpful guide & start planning your next trip! In a follow up blog post I’ll cover planning for Disneyworld.  I love planning things—especially trips. This probably comes from having the opportunity to visit Disneyland many times during my childhood, and being trained in the ways of Disney’s FastPass+ since the beginning. My husband and I took our Disneyworld and Universal Orlando vacation in May 2015 as a belated honeymoon. Since the trip, I’ve been meaning to post about our exciting…

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