I just got home from a two week vacation and, although I absolutely love my home, I wish I could be on a constant vacation! I travel more than anyone I know. I just love it. I’m so glad I can just whisk away anytime and take weeks off, whenever I want. In the first week of August, I went to LA and San Diego; the last two weeks were spent in Portland (my hometown) and Alaska. I’d never been to Alaska before and I love traveling to cooler climates in the summertime. Recall that last summer I went to Northern Europe to escape the heat–Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and more. I also try to get home in the summertime because that happens to be the best time of year to go to Portland. Its so green, its sunny, the clear skies allow you ample views of the mountains on the horizon, and nature abounds. It was even warm enough this year for a tubing trip, floating down the Sandy River!
For this Portland trip, I went to the rose garden, did a dinner cruise on the Willamette river, ate lots of good food, went to Voodoo Doughnuts (my fave is the vegan cream filled), went to a Timber’s soccer game, tubed the Sandy River, and much more! It was an awesome trip, spent with friends and family. A really nice touch–my boyfriend called ahead and had 8 beautiful flower arrangements sent to our suite. Our room was filled with flowers all week and smelled sooo yummy. Every surface had a bouquet! Take notes, boys. Of course, if you follow me on twitter, you already got a sneak peek at this stuff!
After a fun-filled week in Portland, we flew up to Seattle for a cruise to Alaska. We did the inside passage, to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, hitting up Victoria on our way back. We had so much fun–it was a fabulous trip. We hiked, we saw animals, we fished, we ate delicious food (lots of dungeness crab & salmon), we did a helicopter glacier tour, we dog-sledded, we tried lots of local brews. It was awesome. Alaska is so beautiful, so untouched. I feel like I saw trillions of trees. We saw bald eagles, seals, sea otters, reindeer, bear, whales… I can’t even keep track of it all!
If you ever do a cruise, you have to get a suite. It comes with lots of perks. First, its big: you get a living room and separate bedroom, large walk in closet, mini bar area with sink and fridge, huge balcony, jetted bath tub with separate stand up shower, and the water closet has its own room with its own sink. We got free laundry service so our clothes were freshly laundered and pressed daily. We had canapés delivered to our room each afternoon–smoked salmon with caviar or chocolate covered strawberries. We had fresh fruit in our room at all times, as well as a lovely floral arrangement. When we weren’t off exploring Alaska, we were relaxing at the spa or dining on our private balcony. It was fab!
Really, though, the best part about the suite was that balcony. We got to see such beautiful scenery sitting out there. Its the kind of scenery you could just sit and stare at for hours, sighing.
Here are some pics from Alaska:
Though super fun and memorable, this trip was certainly not cheap. The suite in Portland was over 2k for the week. The cruise was about 8k. I spent over $400 on internet alone on that damn ship! So expensive.
You guys did a great job continuing to serve while I was away. I stayed in the Top 15 Studios on clips4sale and Top 3 on Kinkbomb while I was away. I came home to several boxes of gifts. Well done, boys!