Follow Us Around: Eugene, Oregon

Hello Hello! I hope you all enjoyed reading about what we did in Portland because now you have what we did in Eugene, Oregon. My brother lives in Eugene and both Rose and I had never been there, so we definitely wanted to add that to our trip. I am happy that I got to see where my brother lives and explore Eugene a bit. We don’t have too many pictures from Eugene as we were only there for a couple of days but I hope you enjoy the ones we did manage to capture!

We arrived around lunch and Tyler (my brother) took us to Cafe Yumm for lunch. It was really delicious and we discovered a fruit we didn’t know existed: the marionberry. Apparently it is a type of blackberry that is ever so popular in Eugene. Once at Tyler’s we were greeted by these two crazy dogs that soon became our bffs. Boomer, the one in the chair, loved to jump up in the chair you are sitting in and snuggle up with you while Ritzy ran around the room chasing and light that she saw. For dinner we all made some super delicious pizzas topped with everything you could imagine…Eugene Travels | Popcorn & ChocolateIMG_5096

The next day it was raining (surprise, surprise) but Tyler drove us down to the coast nonetheless. It was an amazing view even and the rain seemed to hold off enough for us to enjoy it for a little while and eat some sandwiches.

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Eugene Travels | Popcorn & Chocolate

Mind the wind blown hair!

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Boom want’s in on the action too

We then went to Cape Perpetua, which was really cool too see and mesmerizing to stare at. Eugene Travels | Popcorn & ChocolateIMG_5082IMG_5087IMG_5083IMG_0206

That night we went to a cider house called WildCraft Cider Works with my brother and his friends. The food was delicious and the cider was amazing. Rose and I both got hooked on real cider when we studied abroad in London but haven’t been able to find anything comparable here in Boston. There are a lot of cideries out west and we definitely enjoyed being able to quench that cider thirst.

After that we had to wake up early and catch our flight to our final destination: San Francisco! Check back to see what we did there!

What I Ate Wednesday Hiking in NH

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We spent the long weekend back at my house in New Hampshire. It was luxurious and relaxing and full of everything fall. All the trees there are bright orange and red and yellow. Fall was in full swing so we decided to take advantage of all the pretty trees and go hiking one day.

Cardigan Mountain | Popcorn & Chocolate

Cardigan Mountain | Popcorn & Chocolate

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We hiked up Cardigan Mountain in Orange, NH. The hike was positively gorgeous. The views on top of the mountain were incredible. You could see all these other mountain ranges and all the trees were spotted with different colors.

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Cardigan Mountain | Popcorn & ChocolateI mean look at that! You don’t get those kind of views in Boston!

Made it to the top!

Made it to the top!

But, before we went hiking I made sure to fuel up on a hardy breakfast.

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For breakfast: oatmeal with blueberries, bananas, cinnamon, and some Justin’s almond butter. I like to bring the jar of almond butter to the table with me because you never know if you’ll need more ūüėČ

Also does anyone else still read the comics??

Lunch | Popcorn & Chocolate

For lunch: Sandwich with turkey, cheese, spinach, tomato, and cucumber. I also had an apple on the side.¬†We ate our lunch once we reached the top of the mountain. We were quite hungry at that point so I’m glad we packed something!

Snack | Popcorn & ChocolateSnack: Crackers with sunflower butter. Back home from our hike I decided I needed a little snack to hold me over until dinner so I munched on these. This sunflower butter is too good! I couldn’t stop eating it!

Dinner | Popcorn & ChocolateDinner: Chicken with mashed potatoes and maple brussels sprouts with a cauliflower and pecan side salad that was not pictured. I almost didn’t include this because this dinner was just a bit of an all around fail. We went out to dinner and ended up getting this dish that looks and sounds amazing but our chicken wasn’t cooked! We had to send it back twice and it still looked raw to us. The mashed potatoes and brussels were good at least!

Wine and popcornAfter dinner eats: popcorn and wine! This is an old picture because I forgot to take one before I munched it all down, but it is pretty much the same as what I had. Gotta end the night with something right!

Cardigan Mountain | Popcorn & ChocolateAnd just because here is a picture of us on the top of Mt. Cardigan! We look a little scary because it was crazy windy at the top so we had to bundle up!

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Hiking in the Blue Hills

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The past two weekends we have been enjoying the nice Spring weather by hiking in the Blue Hills Reservation. Growing up in New Hampshire I would hike all the time, okay maybe all the time is stretching it a bit, but I would go fairly often as there are a lot of mountains there. I love climbing and climbing and then once you are completely exhausted and can’t possibly go up any more rocks, you turn around and see a breathtaking view.¬†Rose and I both agree that it is such a calming activity. We thought we would show you some of the few pictures we took on our hikes and maybe encourage you guys to get out there too!

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Things still haven’t started to bloom yet so we can’t wait to go back when all of these trees will be bright green. That is the view from the top of the tower. In the far distance you can see the skyline of Boston. It looks so tiny from up there!

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We enjoyed some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the top. Neither of us had had one for a few years and were overly excited to bite into those deliciously gooey peanut buttery messes of a sandwich!

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Hiking is so different from our typical high intensity workouts that we do. With hiking you can slow down and go at your own pace and just enjoy your surroundings. Or enjoy Rose telling some random story the enter way! IMG_0829

We had a blast hiking, even though we might have gotten a little bit lost and had to back track about a mile up a steep hill. It was well worth it and we will definitely be going back, possibly next weekend again!

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Of course since hiking is strenuous on your muscles, we did some “stretching” once we got home, i.e. Rose fell asleep!