Inspiration

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In mid-June, Logan and I traveled to Eugene, Oregon for a long weekend. Typically, we go to Eugene once a year because Logan participates in an annual non-profit board retreat. While Logan was in meetings and conferencing, I explored Eugene by bike.

Eugene has an incredible bike infrastructure. It’s easy to get around on two wheels (or by foot) and it makes me miss living in a city and being car-free. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for our car, and I enjoy living in Northern CA. However, I love city life, and visiting larger cities makes me want to move back to Portland, OR.

The trip was fantastic, and while I want to share every part of the adventure with you, that would be hard to do in one blog post. Instead, I’m going to share a list of my favorite places and photos from our adventures in Eugene.

If you’re traveling through Oregon, I encourage you to stop and explore the City of Eugene. While you’re there, check out some of my favorite places.

1. Our Airbnb hosts were sweet and their private suite was cozy, comfortable, and the perfect place to crash. Biking or walking to nearby restaurants and the University of Oregon was easy. Plus, the neighborhood was quiet, and it was a fantastic opportunity to see a different part of the city.

2. When we arrived on Friday night, we walked to Agate Alley Bistro for dinner and beer. The food was delicious! I had crab-filled raviolis, and Logan enjoyed a giant burger. On our walk back to the suite, we discovered the historic Masonic Cemetery. The cemetery was filled with flowers and trees, and the history was intriguing. Learn more about the cemetery here.

3. The farmer’s market is full of good stuff including fresh fruit, vegetables, art, interesting people, and more. This market inspires me with all of its vitality.

4. I’m in love with Vero Espresso House and Noisette Pastry for their coffee and delicious food.

5. I stopped at The Duck Store and found an art journal (more on that in a future post). If you’re in need of art supplies, go to the basement of The Duck Store. I did a happy dance when I saw the the journals, pens, paints, and more.

6. Biking through the University of Oregon campus and along the south and north banks of the river made me happy. I couldn’t stop smiling. I love seeing a city by bike because it’s easy to stop and take photos, people-watch, or nap in a park. I cycled over 20 miles on Saturday, and it felt so good!

I’m grateful we had the opportunity to visit Eugene. Weekend adventures are the best!

What types of adventures have you been on recently? Share your story in the comments section and enjoy the photos!

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With gratitude,
Tammy

Before you go …

  • I’m teaching my journaling class this summer, and registration is officially open. I hope you’ll join us for the July session. You can find course details here.
  • And speaking of journaling, Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Day Planner is 50% off! I use this planner everyday because it helps me stay on track and focused.

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