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!

New Portland Favorites

I have a lot of people visiting me or the last couple of months and all of them have been to Portland before with me so naturally they have all experienced my tried & true favorites. Now I have 5 more food and places to add to the ever-growing list.


  1. La Provence: Small plates and small desserts. A great place to have a conversation with friends.
  2. Koi Fusion: Can we say Korean tacos?!
  3. Toadstool Cupcakes: The little cupcakes are soooo cute and pretty tasty as well.
  4. HK Café: The place to go for a plethora of Asian food options including the ones that you only get when in those countries.
  5. The Fireside: A great cozy place that you can chat with friends at and watch all the foot traffic on 23rd Avenue.


  1. Collage: This is the greatest little store of craft and art supplies I have ever seen!
  2. Roloff Pumpkin Patch: I think this is a great place to look for a pumpkin and entertain little children
  3. Monticello Antique Marketplace: This place is huge and what I love the most about them; they have a ton of furniture and other big items to pick through.
  4. The Iron Gate Cottage: A great little place to just peruse on a rainy afternoon.
  5. Lee Farms: This is right by my house and is a great place for a last-minute gift, produce, pumpkins, activities and of course, apple cider donuts!

Where Haven’t I Been

It is summer and I have had a friend staying with me for almost two months. That means we had to squeeze in as many road trips as possible. We managed to make it to Coeur D’Alene Idaho, Spokane Washington, Seattle Washington, Port Angeles Washington, Victoria British Columbia, Nanaimo British Columbia, and the Northern & Central Coasts of Oregon. It has been a lot of fun exploring old haunts and finding new places. Here are my favorite pictures I have taken along the way. Enjoy!

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Isn’t It Wonderful!

I did it! The first time ever was I able to get Christmas up by December 1st! In fact, I got it up on November 28th. I am so proud of me!!

Now that Christmas is in full swing at my house; I have to start planning all of the fun things that I want to do during the season. Since I am in a new state this year; I need to become well-versed in all the Portland traditions. If you are a local–please bring me up to speed. Below are 5 things that I am going to start out with and see how they go.

  1. Christmas in the Garden at The Oregon Garden
  2. Portland Christmas Ship Parade along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers
  3. The Miracle of a Million Lights at the Victoria Belle Mansion
  4. Handel’s Messiah performed by the Oregon Symphony and PSU Chamber Choir
  5. Scandinavian Fair at Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum

BTW–I am actually in Utah for the weekend, catching up with the family. So I owe it to everyone to give you a heads up on the things that you should do while in Utah this Christmas season. Here are my top 5:

  1. Candlelight Christmas at This Is The Place Heritage Park
  2. Holiday Central at Thanksgiving Point
  3. Pickleville Playhouse Christmas at The Grand Theater
  4. Holiday Window Display at The Grand America
  5. Temple Square Lights at Temple Square

ENJOY the season! 🙂