Day 11 San Fran to LA

I mentioned that before our trip I looked up a bunch of murals I wanted to see in each major city and since we were so busy the first go around in San Fran, so on our last day I wanted to squeeze in a few more murals.

In the morning we went with Jesse and G to breakfast at Simple Pleasures Cafe. She brought along Sequence for us to play over breakfast and it was so fun. We played boys against the girls and somehow the boys managed to win. We will get them next time! 🙂



We walked in the Mission District in Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley, which are both full of fun street art.








After 11 days, 3 states, 34 hours in the car, and 2,300 miles, we were back home with lots of amazing memories. Road trips are one of our favorites things to do.


Day 9 Seattle & the Gum Wall

After we stayed at our friend’s place in Fox Island, we headed into Seattle to be tourists and look at some neighborhoods we are contemplating. But first up was breakfast and our friends recommend Portage Bay IMG_20150309_130645



I had the yogurt and granola and Dave had the pancakes which comes with a selection of toppings that you help yourself to up at the kitchen bar.


IMG_20150309_122708Once breakfast was done we head into a few neighborhoods and drove around. Our friends live in West Seattle and Ballard. We visited Hayes and Kate and saw their area and their adorable house. It really set the standard high for me for our next place in terms of what I’m looking for. I also realize I need to step up my decorating game because their place was so well put together.

I’ve been to Seattle three times, visited the gum wall twice, but never put my gum on the wall, so this time I did just that!

We brought our little friend (who still needs a name) to Pike’s Place with us and he posed for a few pictures. 🙂

IMG_20150309_135246I love fresh flowers and love that Pike’s Place has so many! I love tulips.


IMG_20150309_140615Here are some pictures of the famous gum wall. Yes I know it’s gross, sticky, and has lots of germs but it’s such a fun tourist spot that I really enjoy.


IMG_20150309_140723There are parts of the alley that are covered and other parts not so much.



IMG_20150309_141036 And one more shot for the road 🙂


After our tour of Seattle we went back to Jared and Marlee’s, Marlee and I went for a walk. Then we all ate dinner together and talked some more about us moving and the future.

We’ve known Jared and Marlee for about 5 years now and we’ve been through a lot together in good times and in bad. We’ve seen them in Chicago, Michigan, Colorado, Washington state, we worked in Washington DC with them visiting frequently, we all lived in LA together for a year, Dave and Jared have been to Afghanistan and Peru together for work, we’ve seen them get engaged, married and they just had their first kid. We love having them in our lives and are so grateful to have great friends and this will be another adventure to add to our list.

Day 4 Portland to Cannon Beach

So I’ve been jumping back and forth about our LA to Seattle Road Trip and today I’m going to back to it.

In case you missed the other days: Day 1 Road Trip LA to Seattle, Day 2 San Francisco, and Day 3 Northern California to Oregon.)

After staying the night with my cousin in Eugene, Oregon we had breakfast with her and the kids in the morning, then took off for Portland.

We met up with our friend, Patrick, who we haven’t seen in years. We caught up at a motorcycle cafe called See See Motorcyles.

Then we headed off to Multnomah Falls. I had seen pictures of this online years ago and a few of our friends have been here as well, so it’s been on my list of places to go for a long time.

I was so excited to see it when we got there. It definitely lived up to my expectations.


It was a little cloudy that day and also a bit chilly. But it was nice to put on our coats and breathe in the fresh air.



You can walk up to the bridge and it’s a quick 0.2 mile trek up. IMG_20150304_140629

Here is the view from up top:IMG_20150304_135807


After taking in beautiful Multnomah Falls, we drove down to two other waterfalls.


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And since this post is running a little long, I’ll wrap up Day 4 of our trip tomorrow.

Hope you all had great weekends!