Thursday, March 5, 2015

BPA Road and the Wildwood Trail

Fleece: Mountain Hardwear; Leggings: Betsey Johnson (similar); Shoes: Adidas (old, new version here)

With the weather setting (what must be) sunshine records for Oregon, Ben and I have been trying to get out more. We've been dedicating at least one day of the weekend to outdoor exploring. While last weekend we went on a picnic to Cathedral Park, the weekend prior we decided to try out a new (to us) hike in Forest Park. For non-Oregonians, Forest Park is the giant park just north of Portland that spans 40 miles and contains tons of dense hiking, mountain biking, dog walking trails. There are some beautiful views of forest, bird watching spots, pretty views of the mountains, and just general Northwest beauty abounding.

The BPA Road trail was recommended by the Portland Monthly's "best Forest Park hikes" and it's definitely more of a stroll/walk than a hike. The hike starts off of NW Skyline Road and is accessed near the North end of Forest Park (closer to St. Johns/Sauvie). There's a little loop you can pull into off of the street to park and then the trail starts right off to the right of some residential properties. It's a rather wide and well-maintained road as it's the access point for the Bonneville Power Association to maintain their power lines that run down through this area of the park. About a 1/2 mile in you can start to see gorgeous views of Mt. St. Helens. The trail meanders downhill through some clear areas, past a monument dedicated to people that helped save a "hole in the park" from development, and intersects with quite a few firelanes. It also intersects with the Wildwood trail (a long, beautiful trail that goes across the park) at about the 1/2 mile mark. At about a mile, you come to a clearing in the trees where there's a picnic bench and a view of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and through the trees you can see Mt. Hood. You can watch ships come in and out of port in the Willamette river and see for many miles. All around gorgeous on a sunny day.

After reaching our viewpoint, Ben and I decided to hike back to the Wildwood trail and take it North to explore some pretty views of creeks and spring foliage. We walked for about another mile out along the Wildwood trail until it intersected a Firelane and then turned around and headed back to the car. All in all we only did about four miles of walking but it was so quiet, beautiful, and crisp that it was energizing for the coming week!

Do you have any favorite local hikes?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vanilla Sky

Dress: c/o Eshakti; Heels: c/o Rockport; Bracelet: c/o RocksBox*

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I am sometimes struck by how much I feel. On any given day, I run through an entire range of emotion. From awe at natural beauty (like these exquisite blooming trees or the calm Willamette on a sunny day), to sadness (about friends, family, human interest stories, people I see on the streets), to deep love (for my family and Ben), to a frenzy about projects, or a before bed calm. It can feel exhausting to run the emotional gamut on a daily basis, and sometimes I definitely envy people that can go through life at an even pace.

I once told my employer that I'm like a sponge for and of emotion. When the rest of the office is unhappy, I feel unhappy. When they're glad, I feel glad. When a friend is going through something tough, I feel their stress. I get just as anxious as Ben does before an exam. 

Lately, life has been so exceptionally busy and emotionally charged for myself and everyone around me, that I've been exhausted at the end of every single day. Friends have been going through big life changes (both good and bad), I'm on the final wedding planning days, and the calligraphy business has been swamping my afternoons. I've been sleeping so hard that I keep sleeping on my arm and I wake up with it fallen asleep and painful. Last night I slept in such an awkward position for so long that my neck feels all thrown out of whack. I suspect it's far far better to sleep so hard that you don't realize that you're sleeping on your own arm, than to lay awake at night bored or with racing thoughts. I think it means that things are very full.

On a different note - just wanted to mention this Eshakti dress! I've worn their custom and amazingly alterable dresses before on the blog (here and here) and just wanted to bring your attention to them once again! They have tons of dresses, skirts, and tops that you can get changed in many ways (hemline, sleeves, neckline) so that they're always a perfect fit! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Big Event!

You've probably heard by now, but it's here! The Shopbop Spring Sale! It started today, Tuesday, 3/3, at 6:30 am EST and runs through Sunday, 3/8, at 4 a.m. EST! For a site that rarely has sales and has insanely good, high-end goods, the savings are serious! You'll save 15% off purchases over $250, 20% off purchases over $500, and 25% off purchases over $1000. Time to splurge! All sale and regular priced items are included (with the exception of Stuart Weitzman). Shop away!

Here are some of my tropically themed pics! I'm in the vacation countdown so it's all yellows, pineapples and pretty gold jewelry for me!