Birthday Week Roadtrip #OregonCoast #Day1

Birthday Week Roadtrip #OregonCoast #Day1

Happy September!

How fast time flies! We were just entering August, what happened?! It’s already the 6th of September! I hope everyone’s Summer was amazing and that everyone is ready for Fall because I know I am ! Bring on the layers of clothing, boots, beanies, and hot coffee!

For my birthday this year I opted out of a birthday party and choose to go on a roadtrip with my sister and cousin, Viktoriya, instead. We went from August 29- September 3, 2017. Our original plan was to drive to the Grand Canyon but we decided to go a little bit closer to home and decided on the Oregon Coast. This post will be on our first day there which was the 29th.

The drive was long since before evening getting to our first check in place we made 2 stops to do some sightseeing and hiking along Hwy 84. The drive total was 8.5 hours long.  We left Spokane,WA around 9am and arrived at our destination Otter Rock, OR at 7pm. Our first sightseeing stop was the Rowena Crest Viewpoint. It was beautiful despite light smoke in the area from forest wildfires.

Just a few miles after this stop we stopped at Oneonta Gorge to do a small hike to a waterfall and stretch our legs. Let me tell you, we weren’t expecting the hike to the waterfall to be as challenging as it was. In order to get to the waterfall you have to cross a trail of waist deep cold water and climb over lots and lots of fallen trees that were so slippery that I am sure if you fell you would get seriously injured. At most times I had to use my hands to climb on all 4’s to make sure not to slip and fall. The view was breathtaking and I wish we could have stayed longer but we still had 3 hours to drive from there to our destination.

We found a really good deal on a vacation rental lofts called Alpine Chalet and we stayed in the 6th unit in Otter Rock, Oregon. It’s a little town between Newport and Lincoln City. W absolutely loved our little loft! It was sooo adorable! It has 2 beds, a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and all the appliances needed to make your own food and free wifi! The best part was that the ocean was only 100 feet away and the beach was private and secluded.

After dropping our stuff off at the loft and changing into some warmer clothes (it was 7pm at this time) we headed to Mo’s Seafood and Chowder which happened to be a 3 minute drive from where we were staying and was located at the Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park.

After grabbing food we went back to the loft and watched CSI: Miami for a little bit before we all passed out. Stay tuned for a post about our visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, our hike to God’s Thumb, and a three day stay in Portland, OR! Have a happy Wednesday my daisies ❤

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Graduation Present: Maui Trip #coffeeedition

Graduation Present: Maui Trip #coffeeedition

HI! I know it’s literally been months since I posted because so much new things has been happening in my life! As you can see I finished my Business degree and bought myself a ticket to Maui to visit my best friend! I made a post about my bestie here! Check it out if you are needing things to do with your best friend! So Diana (the bestie) ended up moving to Kihei, Maui with her hubby and I got to go and visit her for 10 days! I just flew back home on Saturday the 6th of May! I posted a few pictures on my instagram of the trip at justalittlebitofcoffee!

We did so much exploring and adventuring in Maui that I know it will take a few posts because I took over 1,000 pictures so will have to narrow it down and choose my favorites! This post will be all about the coffee shops that I got to go to! My most favorite breakfast/coffee place was Belle Surf Cafe Coffeehouse & Crepes. One of my photos from my instagram got featured on their instagram page! The cafe was literally 3 minutes from my friends house which made it perfect to start the day there! The baristas are the nicest there! Always friendly and super fast service! Honestly the thing I miss most about my Maui trip was all the coffee dates I got to go on with Diana! I miss the talks we had over our coffee!

Another of my favorite coffee shops was Akamai Coffee Co. This is another coffee shop within a few minutes of my friends house. Their interior is soooo cute! Very bohemian! We came here a few times during my stay in Kihei, Maui.

Quick story: So while we were driving to get my last coffee before I was to fly out we see whole bunch of cop cars parked in front of the coffee shop blocking the road and having people detour around. We think nothing of this and head to park in the back. We start walking up to the coffee shop’s back door and see a guy sitting on the pavement in handcuffs with a cop wearing all green and holding a rifle talking to him. There’s a crowd now watching the guy but we walk in and ask the barista what is going on. Apparently there was a bomb threat next door inside Jack in the Box and all the businesses were being evacuated. As I start handing my card over to pay for my drink a muscular guy holding a rifle walks in and tells us that they are treating the threat as real and we need to evacuate the premises! My friend and I head to Akamai’s drive through location cause we still needed our caffeine! After my friend tells the baristas what just happened in their other coffee shop the girls give us free coffee for being loyal customers! What a morning that was! 

With our free coffee!!!

In Paia we ended up going to 2 different coffee shops. Our first one was the Honolulu Coffee, we stopped here twice, on two different days and enjoyed the delicious coffee. Before our drive to Hana we stopped by Paia Bay Coffee for breakfast. The food was super good and coffee even better!

Overall I was impressed with how good Maui’s coffee was! I remember when I went to Florida on vacation and couldn’t find ANY good coffee shops with good coffee! I will definitely be back to Maui! I will be making another post of the beaches and the road to hana that we took, the aquarium we visited when it rained and the whales blow hole we hiked down to! Love you daisies! ❤

Must Try Restaurants in San Diego, CA

Must Try Restaurants in San Diego, CA

My beautiful daises, I know I have been MIA for a bit, but that’s because I was on vacation in San Diego, California for a week. As I am writing this, I am flying back home. I have a layover in Salt Lake City, Utah then I am home bound to Washington! I am going to miss the hot weather because it’s raining and cold where I live. I want to divide my vacation post into three parts. This part will be about all the places we went to eat, because let me tell you! My poor bank account! The second blog post will be about all the beaches we visited and the third and final vacation post will be about some of the sights we saw. I feel like it will be easier this way instead of doing a post for each day.

I flew to San Diego with my sister and two cousins for my sister’s, Alyona’s birthday. Alyona’s favorite animal our pandas so for her birthday we decided to go to San Diego Zoo in California, since that is the closest pandas to Washington. When we booked this trip I was on summer vacation from school, so I ended up missing a week of classes this week. I have a lot to catch up on for school but I will try to get you guys the other 2 posts ASAP!

Anyway lets start this post! I will post some of our favorite places we tried and one  or two of restaurants that were ehh…

We checked out Better Buzz Coffee in two different locations but were impressed with the one in Mission Beach. We went back their twice and got amazing service and the coffee tasted sooo good! The one we tried at Fashion Valley Mall was ehhh.

We tried two different gelato places and loved the first one! The first one we went to was at Coronado Island which was called Nado Gelato Cafe . The second place was Chocolat Hillcrest. The inside of it was pretty and they also serve crepes but they were kind of spendy and we weren’t too impressed with the gelato.

While on San Diego we decided to try their sushi and see how it compares to ours in Washington. I don’t know why but we did not like any of the places we went to! Maybe we just went to the wrong ones? The one that was kind of okey, was Saiko Sushi at Coronado Island. The only reason I am listing it is because their edamame was sooo good! It was covered in celery salt and garlic! Defiantly something I want to recreate when I get home!

We tried the best fish tacos at Imperial Beach at El Tapatio Restaurant. I am craving them so much right now! The price was also pretty amazing! If you are ever at Imperial Beach I would recommend stopping by here!

Another great place we discovered that was a few minutes from our hotel was 85 degrees Bakery Cafe. This bakery is AHHHMAZING! I was sooo happy we decided to try it! The best part was that they are open till midnight so this was our go to for late night snacks! I tried their grapefruit green tea and their yudane dough filled with chocolate chips and cream cheese, it was to die for!!!

And of course we can not forget In-N-Out! As soon as we checked into the hotel we asked the front desk where the nearest In-N-Out was and guess what it was just a few minutes from our hotel! I think we ate here EVERYDAY and I am not even joking!

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I am so sorry this ended up being a long post but I wanted to get all the places we tried and liked and would recommend for anyone that will be in San Diego! I know I’ve missed a couple places but these were the top we liked! Thank you so much for still being here with me even though I am slacking on these posts! I will try better! Promise! ❤