For What It's Worth

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Friday 5 - Dream Trips



Back when I was in FL – I was looking for blog posts prompts and found The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal.



I’m not really into lists or journaling but, like I said, was looking for post prompts. Of course, I moved, and that went on the back burner but I think I’m going to dive in and try to do this as a weekly post.

The book is broken up into seasons and I’ve missed a good portion of the year so far but I’ll dive into spring to kick things off.

Feel free to join in and leave a link in the comments if you do.

LIST YOUR DREAM TRIPS

Since I now live in the Pacific North West, I’m close to a lot of cool things – so I’ll stick to this region and places that I actually might be able to go for a long weekend.

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I have always loved Sequoia trees based on the pictures I’ve seen. We have a small clump of 3 at our local park and it’s my favorite spot. I just stand under them and stare up.


These guys are just babies in comparison to the full size they can reach – 286 ft tall, or more, 113 ft circumference and can live an estimated 1800-2700 years!

2.


Redwood National Forest is home to the tallest trees on earth (yes, I have a thing for trees lol) and the park has old growth forests, beaches, and open grasslands.

It sounds so awe inspiring and relaxing to me.



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The pictures always make this place look like the most stunning place on earth and I really, really need to go one day.

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The Fruit Loop is a 35 mile drive through Hood River County’s farmlands. You can stop at u-pick farms, pick up produce at the farm stands or go on wine/farm tours. I’ve been scoping out which ones are pet friendly so we can take Fonzi and spend the weekend touring this beautiful area and eating until I can eat nor more lol

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This one I’ll be doing soon! Portland is just under an hour away and I think Powell’s is like a required visit for all bookworms if you’re in the area.

If you haven’t heard of Powell’s – it’s the largest used and new book store in the world, fills a whole block and has approximately 1,000,000 books.

And of course - it's Portland - so FOOD!


TAKE ACTION

Each list includes a take action question. Here's the one for this list...

What are the sorts of things you like to do on vacation? How can you integrate similar activities into your average week?

I like to chill when I'm on vacation. Most of my recent trips have been book related and I end up running around a lot and exhausted. If  I were to just vacation - with no agenda - I would do a little hiking and relax. And of course - you know me! - eat! lol

I try to find smaller scale versions of my dream vacations to integrate similar activities. Like going to my local park to see the 3 sequoias until I can get to the national park. A walk byt he water until I can get to Big Sur. 

Anything that involves flowers relaxes me completely and feels like a vacation to me - even if it's just browsing a plant nursery. 

What are your dream vacations or how do you take *mini vacations* until you can go on your dream vacation?

34 comments:

  1. I've never heard of the Fruit Loop but I would totally do that. I'm not a total foodie but I still love farm/produce stands, farmer's markets, etc. And exploring all the options with the beautiful scenery as a bonus? Yes, please! And Powell's would be a must! Hope you get to see some of these soon!!

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    1. It sounds so fun! And casual - you can stop wherever and just pick up a snack here and there without having to sit down to a restaurant meal. And beautiful scenery is a bonus!

      We missed spring so I was thinking of going this fall.

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  2. Living on the East Coast (NY) I'm seldom able to travel to the West Coast due to work. I hope to change that when I retire soon. Your post entices me even more than I already am about visiting cool places in CA and Washington State. Thanks!

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    1. It's a long trip!

      When I lived on the East Coast we mostly stayed around NYC, NC, and went to NOLA a few times.

      I love the idea that I can drive down the California Coast now. When we drove through during our move to WA, it was amazing how varied the landscapes were.

      Same with WA (& I'm right near OR). Just a short drive and you visit mountains, parks, cities.

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  3. I love the 52 lists project book!! Someone got it for me recently!

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    1. I'm not really a list maker but it seemed like a fun idea for the blog - especially when I can't motivate myself to post lol

      Have you been using yours?

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    2. Yes!! I love some of the prompts, I've thought about adding them to some blog posts in the future or redoing them to see what changes and what stays the same.

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  4. I'm a great one for notebooks, journals and post-it notes.

    That book shop looks amazing. Wish we had something similar close by but the only things we have or a university book shop selling mainly text books, a chain store book shop which is ok unless you want something that's older/out of print/not run of the mill and a book stall in an indoor market which consists of Mills & Boons books, the Fifty Shades Of Grey series and (go figure) dot-to-dot puzzle books.

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    1. Oh...I LOVE post-it notes. I may have an addiction to those lol

      We have a few small indie bookstores in my new town but not a huge selection. I have to drive about an hour for B&N now.

      I can't wait to visit Powell's though. I hear it's a must pilgrimage for book lovers.

      I hope it lives up to the hype. I went to The Strand in NYC and have to say I was a little disappointed.

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  5. I love the West Coast and have been to the Bay Area almost every year. Beautiful photos!

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    1. We lived near Seattle in the 90's but I never really explored the coast or region so there's lots to discover!

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  6. I can not even imagine a redwood. Too big!

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    1. I love big trees! I feel like I've stepped back in time.

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  7. I'd love to see the Redwoods! Also, I had no idea that bookstore existed but it sounds like a place every bookworm should aspire to visit at some point, lol. I'd go in and never find my way out again...

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    1. It's HUGE and I can't wait to see it! I think we're going next month.

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  8. I like visiting famous castles, coastlines, bridges over rivers and anywhere with water. Water relaxes me so any holiday by the sea or a lake suits me!

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    1. Me too! I loooove water, especially the sound of running water. My husband loves mountains.

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  9. I love the look of Big Sur! And Redwood as well. Need to go both places. So beautiful...

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    1. I've always seen pictures of them but now I'm close enough to actually go.

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  10. Re.: Powell’s City of Books: I'm GREEEEEN now LOL. I wish I could to go!

    So this is one of the new post ideas...I like it!

    My ideal vacation would involve visiting all the medieval castles and ruins. Not, you know, the pretty ones that look like they're straight out from a fairytale. I mean the older, rougher, unfurnished ones. I don't know what draws me to them LOL.

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    1. It is one of my ideas! I bought the book while in FL but obviously got sidetracked.

      I don't like perfect places like that either. In RI (the state I'm originally from) they have mansions and I always liked the smaller ones better that had beautiful craftsmanship over hte fancy stuff.

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  11. When I lived in California I went to Sequoia and it was nice. I love the big tree's. I've been to Big Bear, Sequoia, Redwood, Grand Canyon, and a few other places. I don't really want to go anywhere else. I'd rather have a staycation and stay at home. I hate traveling.

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    1. My husband wants to go to the Grand Canyon. I'm not a fan of traveling either. These are at least close enough for a long weekend's drive rather than a whole ordeal lol

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  12. I would love to go to those places. I haven't been on a vacation in about five years but we are planning to go somewhere next year...we just haven't decided where yet.

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    1. Most of our trips have been book con related so it would be nice to just go away and relax.

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  13. Interesting re: mini vacations. I just caught a glimpse of the news this morning and they said that summer travel is at a record low, so the boyf and I are thinking of perhaps heading to CO--I've never been and it looks stunning, but right now we are focused on Berlin (we leave on Thursday!). Since we have the house it's a stretch to do one big trip a year, but I hope we always do because I can't imagine a life without travel.

    I love big redwood trees, too. Really trees of any type. There's one in our backyard that is precariously close and leaning over our shed, and it's breaking my heart that we may have to cut it down. If we do, I'd like to plant a new one in its place.

    Powells books is the greatest place on earth! I was only in it once but I swear I could have spent the day. You have so many amazing things near you!!

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    1. I have several friends that LOVE CO.

      We had to cut down several old oaks at my old place and it depressed me so much. You couldn't leave them though because of hurricanes.

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  14. I hope you get to visit all of your dream places. I'd LOVE to go Powell's or any large, decent bookstore, for that matter. The choices near me are pitiful.

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    1. I've never been near this many bookstores. There are a lot of small indie stores too.

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  15. I grew up not far from the Red Woods, Sequoia, and Big Sur and they were soul-deep lovely. I would love to do that Fruit Loop and catch Powell Books.
    Great picks, Karen!

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  16. I am happy that you are exploring your new home and finding things to do. The Fruit Loop is a must see in my opinion. I think July is a good time to go, you can visit the Lavender farm around harvest time, and many of the fruits are in season so you can pick fresh blueberries, get cherries and peaches. Powells is a must see, it is huge. Plan to spend plenty of time there, but be warned parking in downtown Portland is tricky. You may opt to find parking and take the Max. If you have an idea of what types of food or restaurants you want to visit while in Portland, let me know, I can tell you some of my favorites.

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  18. That's a lot of place in California. I don't even know what my dream trip would look like. I always thought it would be New York, and now I've been. It was amazing, I mean, I'm going again. But what would another dream trip look like when you've got to do one?

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  19. I would love to go to Powell Books! šŸ“ššŸ“ššŸ“ššŸ“š!

    I love nature based vacations, too. šŸŒ³

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