Wednesday, February 23, 2011

You Should Move to Portland

The main reason we chose Portland when Chris was looking for jobs is its close proximity to EVERYTHING.

Not only is it a big city, but it's just two hours from both the ocean and the mountains.  Today I want to sell you on the mountains.

Some of our best family friends invited us to join them in a President's Day snow hike around Trillium Lake.  Given the choice between spending a day on Mt. Hood and spending a day folding laundry, I had no problem choosing Mt. Hood.

If you move to Portland, neither will you.

You could go on a snow hike around Trillium Lake, and enjoy scenery that is breathtaking in all seasons.

Mt. Hood is back there, but it's too cloudy to see.

You'd probably have to stop a few times for snacks. (Girl Scout cookies are excellent incentives when it comes to hiking up a steep, snow-covered hill.  Just FYI.)  Maybe you'd even find an igloo to eat them in.

You could have a snowball fight.

I think I have at least one snowball fight picture of these two from just
about every year that they've known each other - it's what they do.

Watch out, he's going to throw a 'nowball at you!

Or make snow angels.

If you move to Portland, and go on a snow hike, you'll discover lots of fun places to explore.

Look how deep the snow is!
Also, Ellie thinks she can fly.

Or to just roll around.

If you're under six, you'll probably get to ride some of the way.

This is the life.

And this is a good thing, because there's an awful lot of walking involved.  4.5 miles' worth, in fact.  Although if you're like us you may not discover this until the end of your hike.

The stick seemed to help when she was forced out of the sled.

You should definitely move to Portland, because if you did, you'd probably make wonderful friends, like these:

Johnny, Ellie, Anna, Lexi, Vicki, Daniel, and Noah (in the sled)

And if you moved to Portland, not only would you get to see a beautiful place like this in the winter:

But you'd be here to see that in the summer, it looks like this:

Yes, you should move to Portland.


  1. I agree. I have been trying to convince everyone I know that Portland is one of the best cities in the US. You can never be bored here.

  2. It is beautiful. You are such a great mom. Your kids are going to cherish these memories forever:)

  3. So pretty! It looks an awful lot like the Uintahs....but we don't have close proximity to the ocean. So you got us there. :)

  4. My husband loves that area of the country. Looks beautiful.

  5. Looks like a fun weekend! Glad to see you get snow somewhere around there!

  6. LOVE the photos and post! Looks like you all had a great time. We love Portland, too...along with a certain family of Oregonians!

  7. We tried to, but it rejected us. We want back in!! Maybe in another year.

  8. I was just enjoying these photos again and thinking how blessed we were to have gone LAST Monday and not yesterday. I guess we couldn't have gone yesterday - the weather was too wild. We really did have the perfect day last week. Thanks again!


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