There is a possibility of some really exciting things happening this summer. No word now, but hopefully soon I will be sharing some of this exciting news with you! But regardless I am super excited for all the possibilities this summer holds. I had toyed with the idea of returning to California and transferring to a different school, but despite how difficult the last few months have been, they have also been the most rewarding months of my life. I have learned so much, and have completely fallen in love with this town, and the people around me. While I love and miss my dear family and friends so much, I honestly have no desire to leave anytime soon. I definitely will be taking a trip south this summer, but I am beyond excited to spend the majority of my summer exploring the awesome delights Oregon has to offer. This week has been sunny and warm with a beautiful breeze, and I am so looking forward to more days like these.
The Riverwalk in Corvallis is one of my favourite places to go. The Willamette flowing peacefully, all the flowers in bloom, people enjoying a picnic on the lawn, kids running in the fountain, it is such a beautiful place! I plan on spending quite a bit of time down there reading and basking in the sunshine.
It's so funny to me that some people in Oregon feel about Portland the way I feel about Los Angeles. I suppose no matter where you go some will look at big cities with a nose turned up, but Portland is one of those cities I have a hard time thinking ill of. There are endless things to do, it's incredibly beautiful, and the shopping is fantastic! A few day trips to Portland are definitely in order this summer.
I've been meaning to hike up to Mary's Peak here in Corvallis for weeks, so this is a huge priority. Many of my friends have posted pictures of Mary's Peak and the view is just breathtaking! A picnic and photoshoot are definitely in order.
Even if I wanted to, I don't think I could escape a few trips to my grandparent's house on the coast. I'm hoping to relive a little of my childhood and visit all the lighthouses in the area (y'know how I feel about lighthouses!), as well as explore all the charming and kitchy coastal shopping centres. There's one in Newport that I am especially keen on checking out where you can buy a t-shirt that says "I got crabs in Newport Oregon." Classy.
When I was 13 my family took a trip to Crater Lake. Admittedly Crater Lake actually freaks me out. I am horribly claustrophobic and being deep under water terrifies the daylights out of me. Knowing there is like, nearly 2000 feet of water below you... Gives me the heebee-jeebies!!! But at the same time, Crater Lake is such a beautiful and awe inspiring place. I'd love to get the chance to explore Crater Lake as a grownup, though I can guarantee you I will not be doing any swimming in the lake.