Portland OR. vacation part 5

Hello,my bucket list friends it’s time for part 5 of my Portland adventure. In this part of my vacation I crossed off a list item that I can’t wait to tell all of you about. Here we go!

 

 

Portland OR. vacation part 5

Before I get into this  part of my adventure I’m gonna rewind a little bit and tell you a funny story. The day we left for vacation I booked a helicopter tour of Portland for my mom and I . Not only did a helicopter tour sound like a lot of fun I was excited to cross another item of my list ,at least that’s what I thought. A few days before the tour I was looking at my bucket list to see what number I would soon be crossing off. I was shocked when I realized that ridding in a helicopter was not on my list after all! There really was no need to panic though because since I wanted ridding in a helicopter to be on my bucket list I just added it. One of the great thing about a bucket list is that you can keep on adding to it as you find new things you want to do. Anyways now that we are all caught up, let’s get back to my adventure in Portland. The day of the helicopter ride I was very excited  to experience something new. The ride was scheduled for noon, we got there a little early but we were the first ones of the day so we started filling out the paper work right away.  Our helicopter pilot was very friendly and talkative. I had a fun time taking pictures by the helicopter then it was time to ride. It felt really awesome to use a head set to talk to each other during the ride. I had only seen thins kind of thing on TV before. Now let’s talk about the views . Portland was built in a forest and getting to see that huge forest from the air was simply amazing! I also really enjoyed seeing the rose garden from the air it looked just as beautiful as it did on land! After our ride we headed on to our next activity  The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I was excited to visit this museum because they had a Pixar exhibit there!  After we got our tickets for the museum. we went to the Imax theater located in the museum. We saw a moved called superpower dogs. The movie focused on dogs who have very important jobs everything from search and rescue to therapy dogs. My mom and I both really enjoyed it. If you ever get a chance to see this movie I highly recommend it. When it was time to go to the Pixar exhibit I was very excited! I love the movies that Disney and Pixar make together and I was looking forward exploring the exhibit. After watching a video about the exhibit it was finally time to go see it ! I really enjoyed looking at big statues of some of Pixar’s most famous charters including Dory and Buzz Lightyear . I also had a fun time doing the interactive stations at the exhibit. These stations let you experience parts of the animation process for yourself.  After the Pixar exhibit We checked out some of the museum’s regular exhibits before going to our last exhibit of the day, a submarine!  Now, I’m not talking about a model submarine , I’m talking about a real submarine that is kept in the river right next to the museum. When you are on the submarine you are actually under the water!  It was very interesting walking around a real submarine.  There was a lot to see and we had a great tour guide who gave us all kinds of information about the submarine. Needless to say this day was jammed packed with a lot of fun. It was a great was to spend the last full day of our vacation. Rock On – Christina Epperly

 

Portland OR. Vacation part 4

Hello, my bucket list friends ! The Portland adventure continues with part 4 here we go !

 

Portland OR. Vacation part 4

This day of our adventure got off to an early start. We had a tour of  Multnomah Falls and other amazing places scheduled. We hopped on the tour van and headed off for a fun adventure. When the van got to the area where the falls were located it was just a short walk to the falls. The falls were very beautiful but they are also very popular and attract a crowd.The tour took us to many beautiful places including , Latourell falls and a very pretty look out.Some of the other places we went to were not as popular as Multnomah falls so there were less people. We also got a view of the famous haystack rock.  I had a fun time walking through the beautiful and very green forests.  Portland is a great place for nature lovers. For our next activity we went back to Washington Park to explore the Portland Japanese gardens.  The gardens of course were very beautiful just like most of Portland. I enjoyed watching the Koi fish just like I had the day before. There is something very relaxing about watching Koi fish peacefully swim around. The Japanese garden also had some Zen gardens. I have seen small zen gardens before but nothing like this. The Zen gardens there were truly works of art.  As with most of Portland the garden was lush and green. This day was filled with a lot a breath taking views of nature but the next day I would be seeing the beauty of Portland from another view point.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

Portland OR. Vacation part 3

Hello,my bucket list friends! Here is part 3 of my summer vacation to Oregon!

Portland OR. Vacation part 3

Sunday started with me finishing my coloring page that I got from the world forestry center and a visit to Stump Town Coffee Roasters. I really enjoyed the coffee at Stump Town. The original plan for the day was to take an Uber to Beverly Clearly sculpture garden but the Uber turned out to be too expensive so we ended up going to the Lan Su Chinese Gardens which was walking distance from our hotel. The garden was absolutely beautiful I loved watching the huge koi fish swimming in the pond. The garden was a very peaceful place. It was very relaxing to just walk around and take in all the beauty of the garden. After exploring the garden we had an amazing lunch at a Mexican restaurant. After lunch we ended up walking around the city and we went back to the mall where we were the day before. I went back to the Made in Oregon store and I got a Portland t-shirt. This was also the day we got to check out an ice cream place that was near out hotel. The ice cream was really good and the ice cream shop was very cute. This day wasn’t as busy as most of the other days on this trip but it was still very enjoyable.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

Portland OR. vacation part 2

Hello, my bucket list friends and welcome to part two of my vacation to Portland OR. I have another fun-filled day to tell you about so let’s get to it.

Portland OR. vacation part 2

We started off the morning with a visit to Powell’s the world’s largest book store. It goes without saying that this place is huge! It took me a while to find the children’s section but when I did I was not disappointed! I had to ask where the American girl books were because there were so many shelves. when I got to that section I had a hard time deciding which books I wanted to get but I up choosing three American Girl books. My mom found a travel book and a travel journal. Our next activity for the day was a walk around the city that my mom planned out . During our walk I found a souvenir shop I wanted to check out. This adorable shop called made in Oregon is located in a mall. I had a great time picking out souvenirs including two snow globes. After that we continued our walk and ended up at the very popular Saturday market. The Market was very crowded so we didn’t stay long. After that we walked to Whole Foods for lunch. This whole foods was a really good size plus I got a very cute sunflower cupcake!

After having some great food it was time to visit another one of Portland’s popular attractions the Pittock Mansion. It’s easy to say that the Mansion is a pretty impressive place. I loved the amazing cake shaped staircase that I’m pretty sure was made out of marble. I also loved the amazing views from the back of the Mansion. It was truly a beautiful place to visit. After the Mansion we headed back to Washington Park to check out the rose garden. This massive garden has pretty much every kind and color of rose that you can think of ,plus it’s free to go see. I had a great time checking out all of the roses in the beautiful garden. I also enjoyed taking pictures of the roses. This day was one of my favorite days of my trip to Portland but there more fun filled posts to come! Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland Oregon vacation part 1

Hello, my bucket list friends! I’m so happy to finally start writing about my amazing vacation to Oregon!

Portland Oregon vacation part 1
My adventure to Oregon started with a evening flight from San Francisco to Portland. We arrived in Portland fairly late . We took an Uber to the hotel,checked in , settled in and went to sleep. The next day was the start of a great adventure. We headed to the Oregon zoo in Washington Park . At the Oregon zoo I got to see some of my favorite animals. Including an elephant, bunnies,birds a domestic cat and giraffes.We also got tickets to ride the carousel and the train at the zoo. I loved ridding both of them but of course the carousel was my favorite ride. After looking at all the cool animals , it was time for the gift shop. I wasn’t able to get a snow globe here because the only one that I saw there was out of my price range. I ended up we some great things including a key chain and a magnet. After the gift shop my mom and I took some pictures in a photo booth before making the short walk to our next activity , The world Forestry Center. This amazing museum has many displays about forestry and conservation. I enjoyed looking at the interesting displays . Some of my favorite things I did there were the river rafting simulator , getting to sit in a big piece of forestry equipment,seeing big tree stumps, and walking across an inside bridge. I also got a free coloring page .  After the Forestry center we hopped on the free shuttle that goes around Washington Park . We took the shuttle to the Hoyt arboretum. When we got there we deiced to walk on a short tail but the signs were confusing and it was not clear were the trail was. We ended up walking around the beautiful forest area for a little while before getting back on the shuttle and heading to one more stop in Washington park  before going to eat. Our last activity in Washington park for the day was the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial.  The majority of the memorial was located in a beautiful grassy area on top of a hill. There were several beautiful memorial walls with information and names carved into them. After walking around the memorial for a while, We headed back to downtown Portland to eat. It took a long time to get there because a freeway was closed. When we finally made it to the restaurant, we had some amazing food then we went back to our hotel. It was to time for some rest before waking up to another adventure filled day.

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life after vacation

Hello, my bucket list friends ! being a bucket lister often means having a love of travel and adventure and boy do I love both of those things ! Well there is something I haven’t really written about before but it happens to me all the time . Most of the time whenever I come back from vacation I get after vacation blues . It’s hard to go from being on an amazing vacation where every day is an adventure to going back to the same old stuff. I know I’m not the only one that has this problem I looked it up . I hope by sharing my experiences with after vacation life I will be able to help some one else who has the same problem . Let’s get to it !

 

 

 

Life after vacation

When a vacation ends I have mixed feelings . On one hand I’m excited to go back home see my friends , family ,cats and sleep in my own bed again but On the other hand I can’t believe it’s over already ! As the saying goes time flies when you’re having fun and that is so true when it comes to vacations. For me though going back home is easy compared to getting back into the everyday routine of life . All throughout the day I keep thinking about how I wish I could just travel and blog all the time but I know that won’t being happening soon . Even though it might some day ! The thing that works best for me is to try to focus on positive things like all the fun stuff I did on vacation ! Lately when I have been feeling upset I replay the moment in my head when I met Alice Cooper and before I know it I’m smiling ! I also like telling other people about my vacation it’s almost like I’m back on vacation . Another thing that can help me cope with after vacation depression is to treat myself  a week ago I bought this really cute stuffed dinosaur at Walgreens ! They are starting to put their Christmas items out so there where a lot of cute animals to choose from ,getting a new stuffed animal gave me a little does of happiness that was much needed . I also try to focus on the everyday things that bring me joy such as watching one of my favorite shows , waking up with cats on my bed , and the yummy soup that I get from the store by my work . It may take some time but before I know it I’m back in the swing of things and looking forward to my next adventure ! To sum all this up I’ve made a list below of my life after vacation tips .

Rock on – Christina Epperly

Tips for getting back to normal life after an amazing vacation

 

  1. Think about positive memories it can be from the vacation you just got from or  from another happy time in your life .
  2. Treat yourself ! Eat your favorite foods or buy yourself something new and exciting like a new outfit or a stuffed dinosaur. 🙂
  3. Make a list of all things you enjoy about every day life .
  4. plan your next adventure.
  5. Tell others about your fun vacation it may just inspire their next trip !

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Back to California and a new tattoo

Hello, my bucket list friends ! All good vacations must come to an end and Last Wednesday was the day my Texas Vacation ended.  ( you can read my other blog posts about my vacation here ,here ,here and here ) On October 17th my mom and I left Texas to go back home to California .  At the airport while we waited for our flight I bought a new snow globe and a cute little Texas teddy bear ! It was fun to do some shopping but I had a mission to accomplish as soon as I got back to California . The night before Alice Cooper had signed my arm and drew a cross underneath it and I needed to get it tattooed as soon as possible because it was already starting to fade ! I kept looking at my arm all throughout the flight to make sure it wasn’t too faded. I was worried that after I had slept on it that it would be to faded to tattoo over . As soon as my dad picked us up at the airport we went right to a tattoo shop that only takes walk ins . There were no other customers in the shop at the time so it was able to get it done right away . It only took a few minutes and it turned out really well ! I was so happy that it was not to faded to tattoo over . To sum this all up my vacation was awesome and I love my new Alice Cooper signature tattoo !

Rock on – Christina Epperly