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    Silver Falls: Trail of Ten Falls Loop Hike

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    Silver Falls State Park

    About a week ago, my friends and I went on an adventure to Silver Falls State Park, where we did a shorter version of the Trail of Ten Loops Hike called the Winter Falls Trail. Since I am not much of an outdoorsy person and hadn’t been hiking in Oregon before this, I was amazed by how beautiful this place is. This 5-mile trail includes views of seven gorgeous waterfalls — three of which you can walk behind. It’s also only about an hour from Portland, making Silver Falls State Park a great place to check out if you’re looking for an activity to fill up your day.

    The Hike Itself

    Although you can enter the loop through the various trailheads, my friends and I started our journey from the South Falls trailhead.  From here, it’s only a matter of time before you come across the gorgeous and Instagram famous South Falls. This part of the trail curbs back and forth so you get to appreciate this beautiful sight from many angles. After you walk behind the waterfall, there is bridge in front of it where you can take in the entire scene.

    Of course, South Falls is just one of the many gorgeous views you’ll encounter on this hike. Other noteworthy waterfalls include Lower South Falls, Winter Falls and Middle North Falls. It was also fun to see a few baby waterfalls pop up here and there because of the recent rain.

    A Few Tips:

    • Bring a rain jacket: There is a thick mist around the waterfalls and you’re more than likely to get splashed when you walk behind them. Wearing some type of waterproof layer will help keep you dry and comfortable during your hike. This is especially important in the winter months when it can be quite chilly outside.
    • Wear Layers: Make sure you wear layers that you can easily take off and put back on. You will experience various temperatures throughout the hike, so it’s good to dress appropriately.
    • Pack lunch and/or snacks: Completing the loop takes about three hours, so I would say that it’s a good idea to stop at some point in time to refuel with a snack. I would recommend stopping by Middle North Falls for lunch, where there is a nice shady area where you can stop for a bite. If you do happen to make it through the entire loop without eating lunch, you can eat at the picnic tables as well as The South Falls Lodge, both of which are located near the parking lot.
    • Make time to appreciate the views: Take your time as you’re hiking this trail and make sure to pause before and after walking by or behind the waterfalls to view these sights from various angles. Waterfalls are not the only thing to see on this hike, there are plenty of beautiful green spaces to take in as you’re looping around.

    I hope you all enjoyed this post and hopefully I can be better about sharing some more fun sights and activities in and around Portland in the near future. Let me know if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see more of on the blog.

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    Farewell, 2016!

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    The time has come for me to say goodbye to 2016. If there’s anything that this year has taught me is to be patient and ride the wave when life throws difficult situations your way. I spent a good chunk of this year not being in the best place. I often felt anxious, stressed, homesick and a bunch of other emotions. Having to adjust to life in a new place, learning to be on my own, building new relationships, and a crazy election year did not help the situation at all.
    But through all that, there were many good times. This past year, I’ve made many new friendships which I hope to continue to cultivate in the new year. Moreover, I have learned to cherish old friends and family even more. I also finally started to feel like I was making progress in my career goals, and that dropping everything I was doing to attend grad school was worth it. So, here’s to 2017 being another year of growth and progress!
    With all that, I leave you with a roundup of some of the highlights and adventures of 2016. You can click on the picture to go back to the original post.
    Happy Holidays and see you all in 2017!
    Salvation Mountain
     Knit by Design Wrap and Camel Coat
    Statement Necklace and Skinny Jeans
    Winter Parka and Madewell Boots
    Boater Hat and Stripes
    Military Style Coat
    Frilly Crop Top and High Waist Jeans
    Camel Coat and Jeans
    Santa Monica, CA
    Valparaiso, Chile
    Sauvie Island
    Marigold Pussy Bow Top
    Palermo Buenos Aires

     

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    Back to the Old Routine

    Knit by Design Wrap and Camel Coat
    Photos by Ale Veyna
    Outfit Details:
    Handmade Knit Wrap c/o of Knit by Design by Shea Becker (Available in various colors)
    Leather Saddle Bag
    Free People Lace Top
    Camel Sweater Coat (Similar)
    Madewell 9″ Rise Jeans (Available in other washes)
    Nine West Lace-Up Flats (Similar)
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    Shea Becker Knit by Design Wrap
    Camel Coat
    California Winter Outfit
    Happy Monday, my friends! I hope you’re all having fun this Holiday season. I’m personally enjoying having my first real break in quite some time. I know there are people who go crazy when they don’t have work or something to do, but that’s not me. I like having free time to just lounge, relax and explore.
    Speaking of exploring, I wore this outfit last week for an early morning coffee and window shopping date with my sister Ale. We visited my favorite coffee shop Copa Vida and walked around Old Pasadena. As is typical of SoCal winter, you can expect very chilly mornings and slightly warmer temperatures throughout the day, so it makes sense to layer up if you’re headed out early in the day. This oversize coat (recently worn here) was the only extra layer I needed to keep me warm and cozy as we strolled around. I also layered on this gorgeous handmade wrap by Knit by Design, which is one of the softest most luxe things I’ve ever owned. My mom was even admiring it when I wore it the other day.
    With all this talk about layers, you might be saying to yourself that this doesn’t look much different from something you’ve seen me wear in Portland. That’s probably true. Even though I spent my first night back home bragging about how LA weather felt so warm to me compared to the snow day we had just experienced in Portland, I have been quick to acclimate to my current environment. Plus, temperatures can be around 40 degrees in the mornings around here, so don’t let the sunshine fool you into thinking it’s that warm!
    xoxo,
    Helen