Falling in love with Oregon.

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Truth be told, I fell in love with Oregon long before calling the state home three months ago. Alas, my heart has managed to burst at the seams with each passing day.

Three months in and I have a sweet little home, filled with purple, teal, gray and blue decor. In my favorite area of Portland.

I have spent my days hiking in the nearby forests, looking up at waterfalls, gazing down over the Pacific Ocean, taking in the dense fog and sea stacks along the coastline, spotting roses around every corner, hiking mountains covered in snow (well into summer), driving along the scenic Columbia River and camping beneath the Milky Way. Oh, and witnessing a solar eclipse reach totality.

Oregon has welcomed me with open arms and I can truly say every minute of fun, hard work and getting to know this new place called home, has been wonderful. And the people here are extraordinary. The genuine kindness and compassion received from strangers, every time I step foot outside my front door, is inspiring. Extra bonus, road rage is practically nonexistent!

A few of my favorite iPhone captures are below. Enjoy :)

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

Falling in love with Oregon :: Alaina Ann

As I share this post, ash falls from the sky over Portland from the Eagle Creek Fire. Sparked by reckless decisions with fireworks over the weekend, the Columbia River Gorge has swiftly been engulfed with flames over the last few days. Many of my favorite trails are likely no more. A truly unfortunate situation continues to unfold, with no telling how much land or number of homes and historic landmarks will be lost.

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