Can you believe 2017 is gone? Wow…what a year! It was one of the roughest years I have had, but in return, there are so many things I did that I have never done before. I was looking through my old pictures and decided to write a post about my favorite things that happened this year. There was so many to choose from. I think I started with a list of 20–I have narrowed it down to 12 though 🙂
1 We had a huge snowstorm in January. I remember the city literally stopping the next morning. It was crazy exciting! I used my day off school to build a giant snowman…a snowman bigger than me! His name was Chuck and he stood for several days. It was pretty cool (get it?).
2. My boyfriend and I drove to Seattle in February. We visited the Space Museum, the Chihuly Garden and Glass (definitely recommend), Pike Place Market, and the gum wall. The Wall has been on my bucket list for so long and it felt great to finally cross it off. We revisited Seattle during the summer and went on the Seattle Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington at Pier 57. Wings Over Washington was the best thing I have ever been on. I cannot recommend it enough…I am definitely going every time I’m in town.
3. In the spring, my family went to the annual tulip festival. We ended up visiting a tad too early in the season so most of the tulips haven’t bloomed yet. Still, great pictures were taken and good food was eaten.
4. The Pittock Mansion was another place that was crossed off my bucket list. I see pictures of the Mansion and its view of Portland all the time on Instagram. I knew I had to visit. The mansion was very elegant and fancy as ever and the view was breathtaking, even on a cloudy Portland day.
5. My boyfriend surprised me with a live Disney concert for our one-year anniversary. It was truly the best present ever! We had a nice, fancy dinner out and got to see a live orchestra play Disney songs and sing them too. It was a magical night.
6. I got my boyfriend a weekend trip to San Francisco for our anniversary. I can still see his delayed reaction when he opened the card (so cute and stupid). It was truly a trip to remember. We had a blast and made some memories we still talk about daily.
7. During the summer, I went on a trip to Canada with my family. One of my favorite places we visited was the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada. It was another item checked off my bucket list 🙂
8. I was so lucky to have a chance to intern at Mount St. Helens over the summer. I learned so much about the volcano and interpretation. I also learned so much about the activities offered there and all the trails and hikes available (very useful info).
9. Everyone in my family has been to Multnomah Falls, even the ones visiting. I had never so I decided to change that. After days of failed attempts, my boyfriend and I finally made it and climbed to the top! We also hiked Oneonta falls (in the area) where we had to climb over a large dam of logs and through the water to reach the falls. That was probably my favorite hike all year 🙂
10. I have traveled around the country and visited so many national parks. However, I have been to none in Washington and Oregon, my two favorite states. My boyfriend and I changed that and we spent a day running around in Mount Rainier National Park (pictures to come). It was a pretty packed day and we explored almost the entire park. It’s a shame we didn’t, but I guess we have to come back again and stay in one of those cute cabins outside the park 😉
11. One of my favorite dates with my boyfriend are dates where we spend the time cooking or baking. Nothing beats a home cooked meal but a home cooked meal made with your loved one. I have learned so much from these dates (like how I am not a terrible cook) and so many new recipes. It’s also great cooking in my boyfriend’s place because I don’t have to clean up the dishes afterward haha
12. The last adventure of 2017…Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (pictures to come too!). I wanted to celebrate finals being over so I called up my best friend and we decided to head to the historic site. We grew up in the area but none of us has even been there. It was such a cool experience, filled with history. I learned so much I did not know about the region.
One of my favorite things I’ve done this year but did not have the room to add to the list was creating this blog, Cotton and Hydrangeas. It is the start of something new for me. I have always loved photography and now I have a place to put it, along with all my thoughts. It has encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone and go on more adventures. I want to thank you for following me and for reading. Here’s to 2018 and all the adventures it brings ❤
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