Friday, April 13, 2018

Oregon Road Trip

Hi so it's been a while. So here is a blog.

A couple weeks ago one of my friends from Vietnam was back visiting the U.S. He was in Oregon, I'd never been to Oregon, so me and my boyfriend StarF took a little road trip just for fun.

We drove all the way there and back, which was like a 28 hour drive from Minnesota to Oregon.

Stayed in this sleazy motel in Montana that advertised having color TVs!!

Our first stop was in Portland, where we arrived late on St. Patrick's Day. We had dinner at Sizzle Pie and explored the city a little bit. 

We also stopped at Voodoo Doughnut because we are hip and trendy.

The next day we drove through the middle of the state to get to the coast to meet my friend. Lots of super beautiful forests on the way.

We tried to stop at Enchanted Forest theme park, but it was closed for like one more week, boo.

We stopped in the middle of nowhere to make fun of this dispensary.

We made it to the coast and spent the next day in Coos Bay, meeting up with friends and enjoying the beach and the lack of snow. 

The next day we drove north along the coast, stopping at the Sea Lion Caves in Florence.

It is America's largest sea cave where we saw (and heard and smelled) hundreds of sea lions.

We continued up the coast to Newport, where we visited more friends and hung out on the beach.

We visited the Devil's Punchbowl while we were there.

The next day we drove the rest of the way north to Astoria for our last night.

We visited the Astoria Column and climbed to the top.

That bridge goes all the way to Washington.

Lastly we made it to the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck just in time to hang out with some old ship bones at sunset. 

The trip was short and sweet and the next morning we headed back to Minnesota.

Last but not least, here's a little video I threw together of the trip.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Summer 2017 (aka, welcome back to America)

I haven't written in here forever! But with the summer coming quickly to an end I thought it might be fun to update with all of the things I have done since I've returned from the U.S. (on May 6) because it has been a busy and crazy summer.

 My family threw me a welcome home party complete with lots of pineapples and gummi bears.

And my favorite Vietnamese food. Though this Bò lúc lắc does not hold a candle to the dirty greasy street version that I would kill for about now.

My best friend had a baby! This was one of the biggest things I wanted to be back in time for.

I went to a Golden Girls Bar Crawl in Minneapolis

Saw the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (which was so cool).

Went hiking in northern Minnesota 

Saw Afroman in Mankato. Did you know he has more than 3 songs?

Drove alllll the way to Chicago to see Mother Mother (one of my all time favorite bands!). This is another thing I was rushing to get back to the U.S. for.

And stopped to see the houses where they film Shameless while we were in town!

Also I got addicted to watching Shameless this summer.

I also saw Pat Benetar at Mankato's Ribfest. But didn't take a picture. Bummer!

Saw the Science of Pixar exhibit at the Minnesota Science Museum.

Which was so cool for an animation fanatic like me. I know a lot about traditional animation but CGI is not my forte. I learned so much.

I turned TWENTY FIVE YEARS OLD! Which is a big deal and I am so excited to be a quarter of a century old.

My friend Abree got married! (At the same park on the same week I had my birthday party. Some nerve)

And we rounded it off the same way we always do. Me and my best friend's since high school have been camping at this camp ground every summer for the past 10 years.

We always spend a night here at the end of the summer. It's so cool to see everyone year after year and catch up and it is so much fun. It is literally my favorite day of the year. 

So you know. I haven't been going very far, but I've gotta saw the midwest is a pretty sweet place with a lot to do and see that I'm going to make the most of while I'm here.

Here are some of my favorite instagrams from summer of 2017. Feel free to follow me on there.