I’ve been so invested in researching and planning our upcoming trip to Italy, that I realized we never blogged about our getaway to Portland. One of us had some vacation days to use up before losing them, so we decided to take a quick trip to somewhere new. We narrowed it down to a few destinations to consider and then picked Portland based on finding the best deal. Being that Portland is known for great food, breweries and beautiful scenery it definitely checked off a few boxes and we were excited to add another new place to our list of adventures.
Here are the highlights:
Donuts Wars! We had our own taste test challenge by trying both Blue Star Donuts and Voodoo Donuts. First up, Blue Star. This place is great! There flavors are more creative They were also quite filling since they use a brioche base. All in all, these were some tasty donuts.
Next stop was Voodoo Donuts. If you’ve never been here before, be prepared for crazy long lines. Depending on the time of day, you could easily spend over an hour before even getting to experience the delicious pastry treats. We finally made it there at 10:30PM and still waited 30 minutes. Now these donuts are creative, colorful, fun and delicious. Nothing too unique when it comes to flavors, but overall a good quality donuts. Our verdict for this challenge was that we preferred Voodoo due to having more variety to choose from.
Blue Star Donuts
Other highlights were a trip to Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls and Forest Park’s iconic Stone House. Growing up, and still today, one of my favorite movies is The Goonies, so for me, one of the other highlights was taking a trip out to the coast to see the Haystacks. “Hey you Guuyys!”
I do want to mention one of the more unique places we went. McMenamin’s is a restored elementary school that was vacant for years before being converted into a hotel with a movie theater and multiple bars and a restaurant. If you’re ever in Portland, it’s worth stopping in and just walking through the halls. All of the classrooms have been converted into hotel rooms, and old school memorabilia and murals still hang on the walls.
Kennedy Elementary School Bar
Finally there were lots of stops to check out some signs and murals. Overall the trip was fun and we ate lot of great food (Salt and Straw ice cream, Pine State Biscuits, & Breakside Brewery). Until next time…Stay Weird.
We haven’t been on an adventure in 6 months? Six. Damn. Months.
Sorry its been so long, but with being an adult, sometimes life gets in the way. We are about to change that though with this being our 15th year (FIFTEEN!) together we decided to go big another year in a row and visit Italy for 2 weeks in the fall.
And while I don’t have much to share as I am currently pouring over Steph’s vacation activities spreadsheet (jokes about that later), I am asking for your help.
Have you ever been to Italy? Have you ever looked at Italy on a map, or just looked at the interweb and thought; “I should do some research on the Vatican”? If so, what did you like? Was it the wine, the woman, the canals, the lakes or the European swimming trunks that look damn fine on me? (Mental image provided)
What I am getting at is that we want your advice and ideas. Send them our way and help us out just like we would if you were to visit any of the places we’ve been lucky enough to travel to.
And if you’ve forgotten where we’ve been to, check out some of our other posts or Vimeo page for our video recaps.
A few weeks before we left for Australia & Fiji, we saw a deal for Iceland that we just couldn’t pass up. Around $800 round trip? It felt like stealing.
So, weeks after the tropical Fiji islands, we went to Iceland in the beginning of winter where the normal high was around 35 degrees and the ‘feels like’ was MUCH lower.
Instead of bombarding you with dozens of picture posts, Steph put this video together.
#travelblog #vincentadventure #Australia #queensland
Hit the link below for more photos.
This being our second time in Australia, we decided to take nearly 3 weeks and cram all the things we didn’t do the first time. So what did we do first? We went back to a place we’ve already been.
If you ever get the chance, visit Queensland.
- Its tropical and beach-y
- has friendly people
- if you get up early on the coast – you get to see the sun rise over the water in such a way that no photo could ever capture fully
Within the rain forest they also have a skyrail that allows you to travel through it from 100-plus meters overhead. My wife somehow talked me into doing it, but at least we didn’t take the gondola with a glass bottom. I might have peed from fear.
There are also stops along the way where you transfer from skyrail gondola to gondola, but can take mini walks through the rain forest. It’s a protected land for miles around that provides views of nearly the entire forest.
This is how you celebrate a good first stop on a vacation.
We also stopped by a crocodile farm home to nearly 3,000 salties and other varieties. It was also essentially a full zoo with a number of protected birds, snakes and other wildlife. Some of the features included a Crock Attack show and a boat ride where the host fed some hostile salties from the side of the boat.
Oh yeah, we got – and we got to pet Koalas.
Bula! Fiji…what can I say?
(Hit the link below for many more pictures)
Beautiful sunsets, FRIENDLY people, and amazingly clear turquoise water. This part of our trip has been all about relaxing and enjoying the views and “no schedule”. We purposely didn’t plan a single thing to do while in Fiji and decided to just soak up the sun and let the day decide what we wanted to do.
We are wrapping up our 5th day in Fiji on the island of Tokoriki which is part of the Mamanuca islands, about an hour boat ride from the main island. So far we’ve spent most of our time at the pool and snorkeling. The reef right off the beach was destroyed when the cyclone hit this island in 2016 so in order to get out past the damage you get towed out on the back of a jet ski. The water was so blue and clear And filled with vibrant color fish and coral. I even managed to see an octopus and small reef shark.
The other activity we decided to do was to tour around the island on a jet ski. This was my first time being on a jet ski so I was a bit nervous. The water was a bit choppy that afternoon but overall really fun and awesome to see views of the entire island and others near by.
#australia #weregoingonanadventure #vincentstravel #Amazingvacation
Australia, I love you! My 2nd trip to your country has been amazing, so much so that I can’t wait to visit again. I thought to myself before arriving that this would probably be the last time I visit, I mean most people don’t get a chance to visit even once let alone twice, but Melbourne and Palm Cove you have won my heart.
There is so much to do that we barely scratched the surface. We have made so many memories and eaten some great food over the past 2 weeks.
The highlights: Alice Springs Kangaroo Sanctuary and holding the baby joeys, Uluru star light tour at sunset, driving the Great Ocean Road, street art in Melbourne and seeing so much wildlife in their natural habitats.
This portion of our trip will come to an end in a few hours as we make our way to Fiji. So long for now Australia and see you in a few years.
Jason: Ditto the above.
#Australia #KangarooDundee #RedCenter #Vacation
Have you ever heard of “the most famous kangaroo in the world”? A few years ago on social media he popped up looking muscular and crushing metal buckets and today we got to go to his home. Roger the Kangaroo wasn’t feeling well so we didn’t get to see him, but we got to feed, pet and hold some of his best mates.
By far the best though was getting to hold a few joeys. They had been recently orphaned as their moms had been hit by vehicles here in the outback. This is sadly a common occurrence.
If you don’t already, make sure to follow http://instagram.com/thekangaroosanctuary on instagram. They also have a Facebook page. The story of Kangaroo Dundee can also be found on Netflix. It’s a great story about a caring man and his mission to save kangaroos that have been either orphaned or given up and cannot be immediately reintroduced into the wild.
Below is a photo of the current alpha Monty and Danny and his assistant Zen-Zen who took us on a tour of the sanctuary.
#PalmCove and #Cairns in Queensland, home to the #GreatBarrierReef
Jason and I were fortunate to visit Australia 6 years ago and spent nearly a week here during our first trip. We loved it so much that we decided to make another stop this time around.
Based on our previous post, we spent 3.5 days in Cairns and at one of the first Northern beach resorts in Palm Cove.
Trying to adjust to the 15 hour time difference has been quite an adjustment. We found ourselves waking up at 4:30, 2 hours before sunrise and nearly 4 hours before the nearby Rising Sun cafe. We watched the sun rise from the beach outside our resort and then spent the mornings walking the miles and miles of sandy beaches of the Coral Sea.
Now walking the beaches sounds safe enough but you need to be alert. At certain times of the year/day in the shallow lagoons on the other side of the beach for the “salties” crocodiles that dwell and breed in the area. If that doesn’t sound scary enough, you also need to be cautious of the stingers (jellyfish) in the water.
The first activity we did was a trip to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park. Home to over 3000 crocs on display and for farming. While here we watched the attack show, took a boat ride in the croc lagoon and got to watch them feed. Pretty interesting afternoon and learned a lot of interesting (and scary) things.
We knew we wanted to get out to the reef again on this trip so we decided to book a day trip to Green Island, about a 50 min boat ride away from Cairns. The sea that day was a bit rough but armed with my dramamine and sea bands we headed out for the afternoon. Once we arrived we made our way to the beach and snorkeled. Not the best snorkeling we’ve done but still managed to enjoy ourselves and see some fish.
We struggled back and forth with what to do for our last day in Queensland. We didn’t have the luxury of committing 10-12 hours for a trip to the Daintree Rainforest so instead opted for a trip the Kuranda village on the cable sky rail. We did this the first time we came here and decided to do it once more this time in reverse. It takes about 1.5 hours to get up to the top with 2 stops to get out and walk through the rainforest to see the waterfall. Once you reach Kuranda village you have time to explore the village and shops before making your way back down via the scenic railway. The train takes 2.5 hours to get down and crosses through tunnels and over bridges as you make your way to the highlight for a stop at Barron Falls.
Overall we really enjoyed visiting Queensland. IF we ever make it back here (Jason said it would be at least 10 years before coming back) I’d love to visit the Daintree Rainforest, which is believed to be the oldest, and Paronella Park to see the castle ruins and waterfalls.
#Cairns #Adventure #Vacation
After 28 hours of travel, long days and early mornings here is what we’ve done so far:
Watched the sunrise over the Coral Sea
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure
Great Adventures Green Island day trip
Kuranda’s Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and scenic railway
More to come later as the Internet becomes available!