Catching Up 1: Painted Hills, Oregon

Uh-ho. I let time slip away from me and it's been weeks since I left Oregon. And I still hadn't posted anything. Oops! I'm going to quickly play catch-up, now, before returning to regularly scheduled Korean programming.

Photo by Lauren Lark Photography.

When I was visiting home in August, my friend Lauren and I went on a small road trip to Central Oregon because she found out about this magical place called Painted Hills. In the John Day Fossil Beds, ticked away behind the hills, are these gorgeous testaments to nature.

Oh yeah, it was also pretty flippin' hot.

She caught me being silly to take a photo of a sign.

Photo by Lauren Lark Photography.

This sign.

We almost didn't find it and were running low on gas at one point, but we persevered and managed to see this place. It makes me wish I still lived in Oregon because I know we would have adventures like this a lot.

Basically all of Oregon is gorgeous, but it was really different from the lush, forested Oregon I've known my whole life living there. Hot, far away, but totally worth the trip.

Photo by Lauren Lark Photography.

And Now a Break from Regular Programming...

If you live in the US, you need to care about Net Neutrality. If you don't live in the US, you probably still need to care. Because cable companies are doing their best to, in my estimation, destroy the internet.

From the Fight for the Future website itself: "Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here."

As bloggers and consumers of internet content, we rely on the internet. How many of you have small businesses, stream content, enjoy surfing the internet? Then you need to care about this.

Family Trip to Ecola Bay, Oregon

Everyone says they love beaches, but the beaches along the Oregon coast aren't the ones I think most people imagine. The rocky landscapes along my home state's coastline are popular because of their rock formations, foggy tendencies, and gorgeous forests that but right up to the sea. This particular beach isn't far from where The Goonies was filmed, if you know it.

To get to the beach, there is first a small hike through some gorgeous Oregon forest. It was pretty foggy in the morning; it's pretty normal for the Oregon coast. Pretty, right?

We set up a spot on the sand, I posed for a dorky photo, and then my sister and I hiked off into the distance to play in the tide pools and rocks.

Being back in my hometown and back in the Pacific NW was amazing. It rekindled my love of the area and the scenery, but it also made me a little sad because I know, even if I decided right this moment that I wanted to move back, it wouldn't work. Not right now. Maybe in the future I will end up there, but for now I have to keep on like I am.

Anyway, if you have a chance to visit the Oregon coast--any part of it--do it. I can't think of a single place along the state that I've visited and thought wasn't worth it.

And Here We Go

I resurfaced about a month ago, and then disappeared. My reasoning was good--I flew home from Seoul to Portland to visit friends, see family, eat too much food, and remember just how clean the air in the Pacific NW really is. I barely had time to see all the people I wanted to see, let alone even think about scouting out wifi and blogging. But now I'm back in Seoul, I feel revitalized and ready to take on my second year in Korea with a vengeance.

I'm gonna share some Oregon highlights from my trip (I only got home a few days ago!) and then I want to make more of an effort to visit new places in Seoul so I can share them with you guys.

Stay tuned!

I'm in Love with This Dress

I just recently bought this dress at a Korean clothing market and I love it. I'm already sad because I can tell the fabric is the kind that won't stand the test of time and I will have to say goodbye to it long before I'm ready.

Don't worry. I'll make sure to take some outfit photos wearing this sweet, sweet dress as soon as I can, friends.