April 27, 2017 2 min read

The Gunni sendoff sunrise.

Off season in Crested Butte is usually when us locals flea if we have seasonal work. With Chopwood Mercantile closing for 3+ weeks that meant that Travis, Lisa, and I had some time away from the shop. There is always something to be done, but also it's a time of refreshment and wonder. After all one of our 'We Believes' is, "Travel Wildly and Far," so I did.

Crater Lake National Park. It's big.

Lots and lots of snow still.

This winter I was thinking where I had yet to go in the States that was on my list and Oregon was the definite answer. I had been to Alaska, Washington, California, and all over the west expect the Big O. Ten days, lots of places to go, one Jeep to get me there, and a whole list to check off. I skied, I hiked, I stared at big waterfalls, ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer, and had my fair share and yours of coffee. I recommend Heart Coffee Roasters to anyone in Portland. Holy beans.

Pow day at Mt. Bachelor. Very different snow than CB.

The first five days were on my own and then my favorite travel companion was going to join me for a long weekend (my MOM). But there was a lot of learning to be done before then. For example, I went in with no sleeping plans except I had a car and a sleeping bag (which I had to borrow). I'd hope to find a spot to car camp by asking the locals. Easy right? Turns out not everywhere has a Hartman Rocks. Through trial and tribulation I car camped in some epic spots, even if I had to kinda sorta break some rules. When it came to eating and drinking I just walked around and hoped for the best. I had a few insights from some ex-locals, used a think called Yelp for the first time, and just figured it out. I call it ballin' on a budget. 💁🏼

Multnomah Falls, an Oregon must.

If you know me, you know I'm a planner. Not those ten days though. It was about letting go and seeing how it went. I cried once, wrote in my journal a lot, and had the time of my life. I've gone a lot of places, but there's something to be said about being alone in a totally new place. I had a blast and wouldn't have had it any other way than just figuring it out. I will never live there. We have the sun, so I'm going to stay. 

The long road, a few podcasts (see below), and me.

Fav podcasts include:

My little self made nest.

In other news, Travis and Lisa headed to Las Vegas for Viva Las Vegas: Rockabilly Weekend, did some hiking, and tomorrow we all head down to Los Barriles again to check in with Chris Mathias at Puente Guidance. We'll reopen the shop May 5th, but until then, cheers friends.

A rare Oregon spring sunset. Worth it.