My Joseph

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20 years ago I had no idea that there was a town in Eastern Oregon called Joseph. I had no idea that there was this hidden gem that could reconnect you with nature and make you feel “off the grid”.  Fast forward 20 years and Joseph is now something very special to me.

I am not going to lie . . . sometimes I don’t want to share with the world some of my secrets. I don’t want too many people to know about Joseph because I don’t want it to grow and become Jackson Hole. I want it to stay small–quaint, and closed off from the world that is around it.

As you travel I-84 to La Grande, Oregon–you have the option to veer off the highway and travel 80 miles to the middle of no where. The drive alone is worth the trip with its scenic mountains, prairies, rivers and lakes. It is a photographers candy shop and a nomads home.

There really isn’t much in the town of Joseph, including a stoplight but what it does offer is outstanding. There are cute shops to roam, restaurants and art galore. But all of this pales in comparison to what you see outside of main street.

While I am providing a link to the town’s website . . . all I really want to do is show you pictures from my last trip. Enjoy!

Luck in All the Right Places

There are a lot of places in the world that visitors travel to each year to bring luck or good fortune to their lives. I haven’t met a person yet that couldn’t use a little extra in the luck department. Below are some pretty lucky places to travel.

Which one is your favorite or do you have one not on the list?

 

  1. The Blarney Stone in Ireland 
  2. Trevi Fountain in Italy 
  3. Weeping Columns in Istanbul 
  4. Laughing Buddha in China 
  5. Everard’t Serclaes Statue in Brussels 

Healing Waters

So keeping in line with the thoughts about self-care . . .

I seem to be hearing more and more about the benefits of caring for your self and how that helps others around you as well. (Glad that rest of the world is finally catching on). I have friends making pilgrimages to healing places in order to focus on the next phase of their lives and frankly, I find myself needing to  relax every now and then and NO–sitting in front of the TV doesn’t count. I am not a fan of being distracted. I enjoy letting all of my distractions go so I can regroup and recharge.

My whole life I have been one of those girls that wants to spend a week or more at a renowned spa anywhere in the world. I have found some pretty great places but here are 5 more on my list.

Anyone care to join me?

  1. Polynesian Spa in New Zealand 
  2. Como Shambhala in Bali 
  3. Puyuhuapi Lodge in Chile 
  4. Mountain Trek Fitness & Health Spa in British Columbia 
  5. Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas 

New Places to Try

I have been busy about town (when I can get away from the office), trying new things and here are some of my new favorites.

  1. If you love Mexican but with a slight upbeat flair, you will like Holy Taco in Lake Oswego. 
  2. Want to try something other than seafood out at the beach? Try Nana’s Irish Pub in Newport. 
  3. For something quick and healthy, I head over to Freshii in Lake Oswego. 
  4. When needing to stock up on supplements or bone broth protein powder, I don’t go to Whole Foods by my house but travel to Beaverton to Natural Grocers. Their selection in this area is unbeatable. 
  5. Pottery painting was last year; this year try woodworking at Lovejoy in Hillsboro.