I visited the Pacific Northwest for the very first time, just about seven months ago. I was right in between jobs and it was the perfect opportunity to visit one of my closest friends, Nat. I flew into Vancouver, just as Nat was finishing up her finals so I did have to do some solo exploring during the day. Vancouver was an amazing setting for this! I stayed in Kitsilano, also know as “Kits” near UBC. Lucky for me, Kitsilano Beach was within walking distance, and I surprised myself by sticking to my half marathon training, getting in a couple six mile runs, running all the way Granville island , exploring “the couve” on foot.
Yesterday I kicked the day off with a six mile run along the sea wall. Felt amazing! But now I’m terribly sore. #Vancouver A photo posted by Juliet Kellogg (@whereartjuliet) on
Kicking off #galentinesday the right way: yoga, bacon donut, and latte with @lataniecaulk A photo posted by Juliet Kellogg (@whereartjuliet) on
After a few days in Vancouver, it was time for Nat and I to bus to Portland, to meet our third bestie, Heather. I met them in high school for the first time, and the two of them have really grown into people who I rely on. I hope we all have those people in our lives, who you can go months without speaking to, but it all just clicks, you laugh, and you reunite, picking up right where you left off.
Once we arrived to Portland I actually hit a big life milestone and rented my first car! After a little bit of an incident going to the completely wrong side of town on the bus & turning back around again, we arrived at our cute little cottage, booked through Airbnb.
Highlights included the Kennedy School (an old school yard, that still looks like a school, but is now a bar— so Portland weird), Voodoo Doughnuts (we’re tourists after all), and Ground Kontrol (bar and arcade in one!)
But the very best thing was Multnomah Falls, about 30 miles from Portland. The three of us had a great time hiking, taking way too many selfies, catching up and it felt just as awesome as ever.
Cheers to friendships. This trip happened a while ago, and writing this makes me smile. I really hate the #blessed hashtag, and you will never, ever hear me say “ahhhh my life is soooooooo awesome all the time; i’m so blessed,” but wow good friends are worth working for, even though trips & calls take effort!