Finally getting all of our photos in line! Here is a photo tour from our trip to Portland:
In an effort to save a few dollars and try out something new, we booked our Portland stay through Airbnb. We carefully looked at all the traveler reviews of the different hosts and their accommodations before booking our stay. We are pretty open-minded travelers but do rely heavily on the collective opinions of other travelers and their reviews and comments to pick safe options and good bargains.
Traveling for us always seems to involve a few key elements. Geocaching, eating too much at restaurants and participating in a local running event. We had our trip to Portland planned out months ago and originally it didn’t include running in a race. But of course over the next few weeks we both couldn’t help ourselves and began a detailed search of the race calendars to see what was available.
We knew that signing up for anything longer than a half marathon would be too much distance since we hadn’t been training for distance in 2014. Part rehab for injuries and part too busy/lazy. There we a couple options we found that were within reach of where we were staying in Portland but the Silver Falls Marathon really caught our attention. They have a 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon and new 7-Mile race option. It is in a beautiful forest/park area that contains 11 different waterfalls. We did the 7-mile option and the route took runners around and through many of the waterfalls. Honestly, I think the best way to convince you that this is a “must-do” running event is to show you why. So here’s why:
Our first full day in the Portland area was focused on geocaching. We wanted to get to the Original Stash which was on the way to Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. We have been holding off on geocaching at home prior to this trip since Mark wanted to log the Original Stash Tribute Plaque as his 2,000th find*.
So imagine our surprise when we are winding our way through the steep terrain and not even a half mile from the cache site we find this....