We’re back!! Last week, Josh and I headed out on a jet plane (actually two planes!) to finally visit the place we’ve been dreaming of moving for the past 3 years! Southern Oregon!! Now, I know that’s not your usual Spring Break destination, but for us, it was just as exciting!!
You might be wondering why it’s so exciting? Well, back in 2010, when we were living in our first crappy apartment, still in college, we started talking about where we’d want to live after graduating from college. We literally looked up a US map, and picked the area with the least natural disasters and the best (for us) weather. And since, northern California is still California (read: hella expensive), we chose Oregon. We have close family there, we had never been to that state before, we just picked it. Well, last week we finally went and I’m really happy to say that we still want to move there.
Picture time!! Over the last few months, I have rediscovered instagram, so you’ll being seeing our vacation photos through hipster-colored glasses! Hurray!)
When we first arrived in Oregon, we had to get our rental car. I ordered the tiniest, cheapest option they had… We ended up with this fancy pants Ford C-max hybrid! (Too bad we pre-paid for all that gas it didn’t use, but what can you do?)The day of arrival and the first full day, we spent cruising around Medford. Checking out schools and neighborhoods, and drinking coffee. Seriously, there is a coffee joint on just about every corner. It ruled. And the other thing we couldn’t get enough of? THE VIEWS!!! Here in Texas, it’s flat. flat. flat. But, Medford is in a valley and the whole city is surrounded by these gorgeous mountains! We even drove up Roxy Ann Peak and looked out on the town below! It was gorgeous.
On our second day, we took a quick 15 minute drive to Ashland, OR where we checked out a local farmer’s market with straight-from-the-farm veggies and homemade pastas and pastries and all things amazing. The weather was perfect, and we even discovered a few vegetables that we didn’t know existed! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and they answered all of our silly questions when we told them we had never been to a farmer’s market before. (Me: “What’s THAT vegetable??” Farmer Woman: “…Brussell Sprouts” Me: “ooooOOO”)Our third day in Oregon, we headed back to Ashland for an early lunch at an awesome local place called The Breadboard Restaurant. An inquisitive duck looked over us as we chowed down on some amazing food. Even though Ashland is pretty small, it’s fairly well known for their Shakespeare Festival which goes on for the majority of the year. We got to look around their gorgeous Elizabethan Theater. Josh even snuck on stage, but he refused to woo me with a sonnett… Boo!Right behind the theater was this gorgeous little duck pond with just one lonely duck. We sat on a bench and chatted for a while, enjoying the perfect weather!!
And then on our last night in Oregon, we drove over to Jacksonville, OR for a wine tasting and dinner. This was an even tinier town, but the drive there was gorgeous with lots and lots of vineyards! Neither of us are really wine fans, but I actually found one that I liked and the dinner was pretty great. Plus they had live music and we sat in loung-y chairs and pretended to be fancy. And then it was time to return to Texas. We were sad to leave but so happy that we actually loved a place we randomly selected on a map. We actually are making plans to move there within the next year or two, which will be whole other adventure!
Did you go on vacation for spring break? Where did you go?