Angel’s Rest Hike, Neahkahnie Mountain, The Yellow! Party, and General Summer Merrymaking

 

Last year, summer didn’t exist in Portland. Sure, there was a weekend here or there that happened to not be rainy and bleak, but mostly we Oregonians spent 2011 summer months thinking, “Any day now, summer will begin….” And then BAM, it was October. And it rained. Until June 2012.

THIS year, though, summer is here, and it is hot and beautiful and bikeable and hikaeble. I’ve had a successful summer so far: between the busy busy day job and the other busy conference planning job, I’ve made time to:

* Hit up the annual Oregon Beer Fest.

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* Watch the sun set on the Portland skyline while kickin’ it on a sailboat.

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* Head up to the Washougal River for a few hours of sun and water and sunburn with some gal pals.

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Aforementioned gal pals:

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* Venture out to the Gorge for a hike up Angel’s Rest, followed by a sojourn into Hood River for veggie burgers and brews.

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* Spend a full day at the Oregon coast with my best friend Abby, hiking up Neahkahnie Mountain for gorgeous views, picnicking in the sand, and camping in the forest.

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At Hug Point, the most adorably-named place in Oregon.

 

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* Co-host with my roommate a themed party, “The Yellow! Party”.

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Naturally, the host of The Yellow! Party has to have yellow everything, including fingernails.

 

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Yep, these are vegan ginger-lemon jello shots.

 

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I’ve had a dang good summer so far. And it’s really only half-over. So much more fun to be had! It reminds me of a quote I recently read:

“Isn’t it wonderful to think that some of the best days of our lives have yet to happen?”

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About Janessa

I'm a travelin' vegan gal, event planner & writer who loves eating, drinking, hiking, biking, reading, writing, loving, scheming, learning, laughing, champagne-ing and gerunds.
  • And we started off the summer down here.