Tuesday, July 19, 2016

camping part 2 // cape lookout

am i seriously going to just randomly throw down three new posts tonight after months of silence?  you bet i am.  what else do i have to do at midnight on a tuesday night?  work?  laundry?  sleep?  nah.  blogging sounds better.

our second camping trip of the summer was at the coast.  we'd never camped at the beach before & the experience got some mixed reviews.  we love camping & we love the beach, but i'm just not convinced i love camping at the beach.  but still, we had so much fun despite the sand in every tent crevice.

we camped at cape lookout & got poured on our first night which led to an early morning escape to oceanside for breakfast.  the hidden beach in oceanside was a huge highlight of the trip... it was gorgeous!  we felt like we were in ireland or iceland or somewhere way more exotic than the oregon coast.  also this was our first time taking brooks camping & i had some major anxiety leading up to that but he did great!  he was a little overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds & craziness of the campsite but he loved running on the beach & slept through the night in the tent so i can't complain.

oh yeah, i've never mentioned brooks on the blog.  i mean i assume if you're here reading this you also follow me on either instagram (@amy_nielson) or facebook or snapchat or something so it's not a total shock to you that we have a dog.  he'll probably get his own post at some point but today isn't that day.  for now, just know that we have an 8 month old german shorthaired pointer and he is CRAY.  and if you want to know more about him feel free to check him out on his own instgram here: @brooks_gsp.  yes he has more followers than i do, no i don't care.  moving on.

here are some pics from this last camping trip.  and now don't expect me to blog for a few months.  or maybe i'll post 5 more updates tomorrow, you just never know.














seabrook // round 1

one of our family's all time favorite places to escape to is seabrook.  we've gotten to go a couple times this year already & are going at least once more before summer is over.  i will fight anyone who dares to argue that it isn't the cutest little town ever.  it's a bit of a hike from portland but it's always worth it.  our last trip was probably my favorite yet & it just gets more & more fun each time as the boys get older & love it more each time as well.

also on this last trip i brought along a brand new lens, the canon 24mm f/2.8 and shot with it the whole time.  it was fun playing with a new lens & shooting a bit wider than i'm used to.  here are a few of the pics from that trip... enjoy!























camping part 1 // timothy lake

we realized today that we've had six weeks of summer so far & still have exactly six weeks left.  it feels like we're just starting to get in our groove so of course it must be half over.  we've had beach trips, camping trips, kayaking adventures, summer camps & lots of lazy at home days too.

here are a few pics of our first camping trip up at timothy lake in the mt. hood national forest.  we loved this campground!  we kayaked the lake, fished & hiked.  not pictured but also there: nana, papa, auntie, jason & me.  making sure i capture everyone who was there (including myself) is a work in progress... whattyagonnado.















Thursday, March 10, 2016

hawaii // part 1 of who knows how many parts

a few years ago we took a late january/early february trip to maui & learned for the first time just how amazing an escape to a tropical island can be for someone in the dead of a rainy PNW winter.  we were lucky enough to repeat that this year on a trip to o'ahu in the middle of january.  fruity drinks, shave ice, warm salty ocean air & white sandy beaches... all in january?  yes please.

here is a picture dump from the first few days.  i'll be sharing more at some point & it might be a lot more.  you've been warned but it's hard to be choosy when looking at these pictures continue to warm me up from the inside out.

it was a blast.



























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