I grew up going to Sandpoint, Idaho with my family. We stayed at places in Bottle Bay, in Hope and eventually my parents bought a fantastic cabin right on Lake Pend Oreille where we could swim, wakeboard and explore the flat rock islands all around the HUGE lake. Charles and I have made our way back to Sandpoint almost every year we’ve been together, but we no longer had a cabin there and the 6.5 hour drive from Bellingham is really only worth it when you have some extra time off. We got to spend 5 whole days there last summer and it was GREAT. We explored all of our favorite old spots including the point down in Garfield Bay, the lookout at Schwietzer, the city beach, the farmers market and my all time favorite house on 5th and Poplar street. We even checked out the new Evans Brothers Coffee Co in town!
I lived in Portland for nearly 2 years wayy back in 2013. I moved back to Bellingham to be with my now husband. We’d been doing long distance the entire time and it was time to make the choice that worked best for us. When I moved back I jumped head first into seriously running my photography business. I’ve now been fully self employed going on 5 years! WHATTT!!!
BUT, when I moved back to Bellingham, I moved away from some of my very favorite people. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t fun. That seems like a million years ago, now, that I lived in Portland, but our friendship is still as strong as ever. Charles and I got to spend a weekend with them last summer enjoying the sunshine, the newly redone Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Oregon Coast. Life doesn’t always work out exactly how you want it to, but having the opportunity to spend several days in a row with our best friends and their new little family are times I will always treasure… Until one day we are neighbors and can watch The Office reruns and eat sugar popcorn any time we want. <3
Whenever you have the chance to sneak away with some of your best friends for the weekend- you know it’s going to be good! We booked this place months ago in hopes of some fun in the snow, but alas, the PNW had a mind of its’ own- per usual. Instead of snow, though, we hiked around the wilderness and checked out the river from the Horseshoe Bend Trail- one of our favorites! This ADORABLE Airbnb cabin out in Glacier was just the home away from home we needed for a weekend full of games, hot tubbing, tacos and a loootttt of laughter.
We had the chance to spend three full days exploring San Fran with our best friends to celebrate their 30th birthdays and IT WAS AWESOME. We wandered the wharf, ate bread from Boudin and chowder on the pier, got to see the inside of a fancy downtown apartment, shopped the trinkets, laughed our butts off, biked the golden gate bridge with plenty of stops for beer (and breaks because THOSE HILLS THO), hung out in Sausalito, saw Alcatraz from a ferry ride across the bay and had the best time ever. The sunshine even came out to visit on our last day and we all came home with a baby sunburn (worth it).
Thankful for memories like this and the ability to be able to get out and explore new cities. I always come home feeling so refreshed and inspired <3 Hope these few shots make you excited to check out this cool city, too.
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