7 WONDERS OF OREGON


"There are 7 Wonders of the World, and not a single one of them is here in Oregon. All we can figure is whoever came up with the list must have never set foot here. So we see your wonders, world and we raise you these seven of our own: Mt. Hood, The Oregon Coast, The Colombia River Gorge, The Painted Hills, Smith Rock, The Wallowas, and Crater Lake." - Travel Oregon

Have you heard of Travel Oregon? Visit their site for details on trip ideas, what to see and do, places to stay, travel deals, and how to get around Oregon. Next week I'm going to take you for a tour of the 7 Wonders of Oregon I have visited thus far. I'm hoping to see all 7 wonders before the end of this year and even re-visit a few. If you're itching for the road trip of a lifetime you have come to the right place!

7 Wonders of Oregon check list:
-The Oregon Coast [check]
-The Colombia River Gorge [check]
-The Painted Hills [check]
-Smith Rock [check]
-The Wallowas [check]
-Mt. Hood
-Crater Lake

SISTER ROAD TRIP RE-CAP

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Hat & tye-dye hoody c/o Mowgli Surf | Camo tees c/o Indy Brand Clothing | Backpack c/o Cotopaxi

When the three of us get together all sense of order goes out the window. We literally lose our minds. We don't sleep. We don't eat food. We only eat candy and junk. We never stop talking. We hardly take the time to breathe. We literally get dehydrated. Our 26th annual birthday trip was one for the books.

We started in LA and made our way up the coastline to Big Sur. Our matching triplet tees seemed like the perfect way to kick off our road trip! Between the three of us I think we ate enough Reese's peanut butter cups and Twizzler licorice and Hot 'n Spicy Cheez-its to last us all summer. It was so fun to catch up after living apart on the drive. Lisa went on and on about her jewelry line (which we are oh so proud of) while Megan got us up to speed on what's new with Van the man and her biz, and I about my latest shoots and adventures with Spence. We talked way too much about our hair and girly things that don't really matter, and savored the fact that we had no one to answer to but ourselves and each other. We cherish these triplet trips and decided we need one at least once every few months, if we lived in a perfect world :)

LOVE YOUR CITY: LA JOLLA

Back pack c/o: Designer Whey | Tank top c/o: Indy Brand Clothing

Activity: Wind N Sea Beach / Location: La Jolla, CA 

Wind N Sea beach has been on my bucket list to visit in San Diego ever since I moved here. I've heard it's the closest thing to Hawaii I can find in these parts, so you better believe I've been dying to go. Unfortunately this past Saturday the weather decided to be gloomy, windy, and grey making it for a chilly beach day. You know the kind where you don't dare take off your cover up and just want to bundle up in your towel for warmth! Although, I was still able to enjoy the beautiful aqua waters with an actual wave and shore break to play in that made me feel like I was in Hawaii again. They have an actual reef break, not just sand so that makes it a little unique. Just an FYI, I've seen pictures of this beach on warm and sunny days and its even more dreamy than this. The water gets so clear and aqua so I can't wait to do round two on a sunny day!


TASTY TUESDAY - HELADO NICARAGÜENSE

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Nothing says summer like ice-cream melting down your wrist.
For about a buck you get one giant scoop, but lick it up fast because the heat might beat you to it!


GUEST POST - NEW ZEALAND MUST SEE


We met Lisa when we were on the Doctors TV Show! She was my (Kylie) colorist and did an amazing job! We spent a good 10 hours together for the hair transformation color process on day one, and even more later on - so we got to know each other pretty well. Lisa is such a bright, fun, bubbly, gorgeous woman with high spirits and a contagiously happy demeanor! We loved this girl right away. After spending a ton of time in the sink and trying not to let the ever-so-lovely blowouts put me to sleep, I learned about her life and the fact that she was an LA Lakers girl and is also a vagabond. She travels the world and does fun and adventurous things, and we connected right away! Lisa recently took a trip to New Zealand's North Island and she is here today to share some photos and details about her trip! 
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Piha Beach with Black Volcanic Sand. Lion Rock in the background. 
One of the most beautiful beaches I have seen. 
 Climb up Lion Rock and take in the view of Piha Beach below. 
Cathedral Cove in Coromandel Pennisula. 
You can only get here by hiking, so be warn. It's worth the effort. 
Once you arrive you can you land on one part of the beach turn to the left and there is the Cathedral Cove! Walking through is unbelievable. Tip: go when the sun is high and bright. Makes for better picture taking...This is also a film site for Chronicles of Narnia!

Driving on a Geothermal Highway through Rotorua, we came across a foggy portion of the highway. Fog? Nope! The steam from geothermal sites rising into the air. This is a large mud pool (free to visit).
We stopped at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland. 
The "Champagne Pool" inside Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland(admission required).
Driving down through Taupo you must stop and witness the turbulent and powerful Huka Falls. The water is like no other fall I have ever set eyes on. The aqua made it seem unreal. 
Adventurous? Check out Waitomo Caves. I unfortunately was not allowed to take my camera into the caves nor did I pay for the pics the guide took :-/ buuuuut you get to climb down into this underground cave to the river. Scale the (small)rocks, jump (smallish)waterfalls, see and learn about glow worms. Pretty fun stuff! 
 
Waiheke island. An island full of wonderful vineyards/wineries. We had some of the best wines there. If the wineries aren't where you want to go on Waiheke Island, stop by The Cove for a bite, beer and they also carry the local wines from the island!

NAVIGATING TO SAN RAMON


watch this video for details on a fabulous hike in nicaragua. if you're planning to visit the magical island of isla de ometepe and feel up for a jungle hike to a rad waterfall, check out volcan maderas. just a short trek in the jungle and you'll find yourself at the foot of san ramon waterfall. 


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