…or why going to Portland for FitBloggin’ was the best decision ever.
I’ve been lucky to be able to travel my fair share, but never made it to this corner of the United States. And I probably wouldn’t have if FitBloggin’ wasn’t moved to Portland for 2013. And looking back I was uncertain if I’d be able to make the trip, I’m incredibly grateful for making the commitment to attending, presenting and opening myself up to another conference experience. (more on this next week)
But then the idea to make it an epic vacation happened. Having Hans fly out the last day of the conference. Searching homeaway.com until I found a vacation rental called Heart of the Hill, owned by the incredibly helpful Ron and his wife Kate. We rented one of the studio-type offerings (one big room with bedroom, living room and kitchen in one; with a full bath) that boasted an epic oceanside view. The boast was well-earned as we watched Fourth of July beach fireworks from the rental’s porch last night.
While staying in Oceanside – a sleepy, out of the way beach community – we did our best to hit up as many towns as possible: Netarts (a quiet beach and closest grocery option), Tillamook (some of the best hiking, cheese and ice cream), Cannon Beach (our favorite beaching location), Astoria (the Goodies house!), Pacific City (one happening place to be for Fourth of July) and Lincoln City (not as… ahem, expected).
But as expected, Hans and I loosened up. We took each day as it came to us. We welcomed each opportunity for adventure – a new hiking path, a new restaurant, a new road to drive, a new local resident to meet. Being less organized and more flexible was the best planning we could do to prepare for this trip. And in that lack of planning (and very limited cell phone service) we have found peace in this quite, unassuming place called the Oregon Coast.
I’m hoping to take that way of being back to Cleveland with me. Less stressing about planning out every moment of life. More embracing it as it’s presented to us. It’s the best (and most useful souvenir) I could bring home.