Hells Canyon

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I know this post is coming a bit late, but I wanted to share with you our getaway to Idaho for Fourth of July weekend. We planned the trip to Idaho because Samuel had bought two riverboat tours on Groupon. We got a killer deal and also coordinated with our friends to come with us. The weather was dry and hot and it reached 105°F. With the weather so intense, it was refreshing to be on a boat for eight hours. The touring company is called Beamers Hells Canyon Tours (http://www.hellscanyontours.com) and the tour itself started early in the morning.

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Our captain narrated during the whole duration of the tour. He was incredibly savvy on all the history behind the canyon and the wildlife that lived in that area. I believe the river we were riding down was the Snake River. We even saw a family of goats along the way.

After the first hour and a half we stopped for coffee and pastries at a lodge along the river so the boat could fill up on gas. Once we were four hours down the river we stop for lunch where we took the plunge and swam in the river. It was so incredibly hot that day, so that water felt absolutely amazing. The number of people that the boat can accommodate is a good-sized group of maybe 20 people (I didn’t get an exact count). It was fun seeing people who barely knew each other by the end of the day where spraying each other with super soakers to cool down.

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After lunch we made our slow way back to the starting point, which takes approximately four hours. All in all, it was a fun experience and I would recommend it for anybody who loves the water, adventure and doesn’t mind making the trip out to Idaho.

What were your plans for Fourth of July?

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Pike Place Eateries

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One morning I woke up and found myself craving another foodie adventure. We haven’t had a good one since Valentine’s Day  weekend in Vancouver BC and like always Mr. Crissinger was game (how I love him). My idea was to have one item at various eateries to get a wide experience. We tried some places we’ve never been to before while others were favorite repeats. This is the Pike Place edition, so we remained in the market area.

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WHAT WE ORDERED: raspberry croissant

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The place was packed, so I was happy to get my croissant and get out of there! They had a display of tempting treats, but I was determined not to get my fill at the first spot. The croissant itself was crunchy on outside but soft and chewy in the middle & the raspberry filling was a wonderful addition.

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Beecher’s

WHAT WE ORDERED: mariachi mac & cheese

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It took everything in me not to order another helping! The chiles, veggies and Flagship cheese really complimented each other in this dish.

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Rachel’s Ginger Beer

WHAT WE ORDERED: blood orange ginger beer

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Enough said, right? Who doesn’t love blood orange.

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WHAT WE ORDERED: caramel soy latte with two salted caramels

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a awesome coffee spot right in the market. They have a very simple menu and their syrups are homemade (caramel and vanilla). If you have time to savor your coffee check this place out!

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WHAT WE ORDERED: salmon burger

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s no surprise I rated this four stars because I LOVE salmon. We ate outside and was lucky enough to sit with a food tour group- I need to get signed up for one of those asap!

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Sunshine is Good for the Soul

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I went to Laguna about a month ago to visit my sister. Coming from rainy Seattle, Washington, the sunshine rays felt amazing on my skin. I definitely left my Vitamin D supplements on the shelf at home! It was quite the fast-paced weekend getaway because I was only there for two full days (friday & saturday) and had a 8am return flight home. However, it was great spending good quality time together.

I caught a red eye coming in, but the next morning we ready ready for breakfast. My friends and family who know me well know that breakfast is my favorite part of the day with a myriad of delectable choices, such as scrambles, french toast, eggs benedict, country potatoes, loads of coffee and sweets and savories galore. I love it all. My sister planned well and chose a cliffside restaurant on Laguna beach (hence the name).

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The Cliff

We both ordered the crab eggs benedict and the first thing I thought was, “Wow this is fresh!”. The rich, creamy hollaindaise was well-balanced with the freshness of the crab meat. I would give this restuarant 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the amazing food and incredible view of Laguna beach. Who doesn’t like a pretty view of the beach while they’re chowing down?

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The remainder of the weekend consisted of catching up with my Southern Cali family, exploring the tide pools and hiking top of the world hike. We hiked nearly all day Saturday and discovered a secret cave off the trail path. The way was a bit treacherous and I had a close call with a cactus bush, but it was an overall memorable experience.

I miss my little sis, but I’m glad she’s only a short plane ride away and I look forward to many more little weekend adventures.

Where do you like to go for quick weekend getaways?

Tschüss~
Alyssa