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. 

What Do the Kids Want?

In honor of my niece whose birthday is today; I have decided to ask all the kids where they would like to go. I posed three questions and only wanted the first thing that came to mind. The questions were:

What is one place that you would love to go?

Who would you take with you?

What is one thing you would want to do while you are there?

  1. Ella states: Hawaii is on the top of her list. She wants to take her parents, her cousin Carson and me (Yea!!) The top thing on her to do list would be to learn how and make a real flower lei. 
  2. Elena says: Disneyland is the place she would most like to go to and she wants to take her mom since she will come with her on all the scary rides. 
  3. Evie knows: Camping is on her list of things to do and she wants to do it with her family. Not that I blame her; I like camping with my family as well. While sitting by the campfire she would love to roast marshmallows. I know some great spots out in the PNW! 
  4. Zeke says: He is all about the fish at the aquarium and to make sure he doesn’t miss one any of them, he will need to bring his big sister Ella along. 
  5. Olivia (communicated telepathically to me since she is just over 1) says: She would like to go anywhere there is a lot of warm water to play in. I am guessing she must mean some place like the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, not that I can blame her. Her parents are a must and she is hoping to spot the Northern Lights while lounging in the warm water. 

Reading through their answers, tells me many things: First, family is important. Second, the things they want to do are a direct reflection of their interests and hobbies. Third, the places they want to go are places that they have been before or places that us adults have been to and told them about. Something to consider when you get ready to plan your next getaway with the kids.

Roadside Attractions

I know that summer is over but that doesn’t mean all travel is off the calendar. Fall is a great time of year to take a last-minute road trip. Some of the best road trips I have had include scouting out all the crazy roadside attractions that most people just drive right by. I took my mother on a leisurely Sunday drive while she was here and by the time we were done seeing the attractions, we were laughing with tears. It made for a fun and unforgettable time together. Below are five fun ones to see when in and around Portland.

  1. Paul Bunyan Statue located in North Portland 
  2. Statue of Liberty located in Milwaukie 
  3. Adidas Shoes located in North Portland 
  4. Peace Candle located in Scappoose 
  5. Abraham Lincoln located in Lincoln City