Time to Explore More of the West Coast, Best Coast

We just booked our first family vacation!  We’ll be exploring more of the west coast by heading up to Washington and driving down to Oregon.  Not heading out too far – we’re saving up for a bigger getaway next year.

We’ve been to Washington 5 years ago spending our time mostly in Seattle.  We checked out most of the main tourist attractions, so we’re hoping to see some new things that the state has to offer.  After a few days there, we’ll be heading down to Portland, Oregon – a city I’ve been wanting to see for a while!  It’ll also be a good opportunity to see how good of a traveler our little munchkin is.

I’ve been really hesitant to take baby out much due to the measles outbreak, but we’re being cautious about staying away from areas where kids tend to go.  Thankfully, we haven’t heard much about the outbreak on the news so we’re hoping that everything is getting under control.  We didn’t want this to prevent us from enjoying our lives, so we’ve been taking him out with us to get him used to getting into the carseat and being in different surroundings.  I’m hoping we can instill a sense of appreciation for seeing new things and being outside of the house.

People are always saying how difficult it is to travel with children and that it’s such a hassle – oh, and the best one – that they won’t even remember it.  They may not remember it, but they’ll appreciate that you took the effort to take them out and see new things.  I know I do.  The first 5 years are huge for development, right?  I think it’s why I appreciate more of the little and free things in life (by free I mean what’s already around us – architecture, nature… not the plane ride. lol!).  My parents took me everywhere, and I’m so thankful that they did.  The desire to travel is something my parents gave to me, and something I definitely want to give to my children.

Anyway, it’s been raining on and off over here.  Some moments, it’s raining extremely heavy.  I was telling my husband it’s not even cats and dogs… it’s cows and horses!  Must be prepping us for that Pacific Northwest weather 🙂

See you in a few months!
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  • Reply Tina Phan

    Hey Vy! I stumbled across your account a couple months ago and I've been a silent reader ever since. I just so happen to be living in Portland so I have a few places I think you should check out once you visit! Most the places I'm suggesting are good eats, so beware!

    Screen Door, Salt & Straw, Blue Star Donuts (and maybe Voodoo donuts too), Stepping Stone Cafe, Pine State Biscuits, and La Petite Provence.

    downtown Portland seems to be the hottest attraction by far. The foodcarts around downtown are pretty great eats. The Waterfront is also downtown and it's way beautiful. The Pearl District and Alphabet District are fun places to go if you don't mind walking around. I hope you enjoy your time here!

    Xo Tina

    March 3, 2015 at 5:31 am
    • Reply Vy

      Hi Tina! Thanks for these tips! I'm so excited to try all of the great eateries I've heard about and see all of the beautiful sights. I'm praying my little one will be cooperative on this trip so we can enjoy as much of your city as possible! 🙂 I'll definitely be keeping your suggestions in mind.

      March 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply Vy

      P.s. Thanks for saying "hi"! 🙂

      March 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm

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