Early Summer Shenanigans {Photo Essay}


Even though June 21st is the Summer Solstice and marks the longest day of the year, summer doesn’t really arrive in Portland until July/August. Which sort of stinks, but just means that when we get the random days of sun once a week, we Portlanders really know how to take advantage.

So even though it doesn’t quite feel like summer yet here in Portland, I’ve been intentionally enjoying the long days of sunlight and the brief opportunities for summer dresses and sangria.


The following photos were taken with my Instagram camera. I discovered gramfeed through Jess’s recent blog post. It’s rad to know there’s an Instagram app for the web. I’m so confused by technology.


Cinnamon Soft Serve from Blossoming Lotus

cinnamon soft serve


Hendricks and St Germain Martini from the bar at my house

Hendricks Martini


Out and About at PNCA graduation after-party with coworkers

instagram fun


Pearl District

Pearl District


Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pioneer Courthouse Square





Nickel Arcade on Belmont



Summer Dress and blue shoes

summer dress



The following photos were taken with my plebeian point-and-shoot camera.


Sunset on a bike ride home from work



Fun at the Nickel Arcade:







The Farmer’s Market that’s 2 blocks from my house just opened last week. I know what I’m doing every single Sunday morning all summer long.







And that’s my early summer so far. Coming up next: a short visit home to visit my mom and little brother (my friend Millie is taking the Greyhound down with me and hanging out with my family for the weekend—it’s going to be a blast.) and other than that, I don’t have many plans  yetfor the summer. Working a lot (at the BrewPub and Vida Vegan Con—fall AND summer events), and hopefully getting in a couple camping, hiking and swimming trips. I really want to make a visit to Hood River, and would love to get up to Washington to do a wine tasting tour.

What are your plans for the summer?

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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.
  • Awesome photos, Janessa! My summer plans are finishing 2 classes, coming to PDX in July (yay!) and going to Florida in August!

    • Janessa

      Yay for July! Hoping our free times will align and we can catch up!