A spontaneous trip to Oregon

Windy day on the Oregon Coast — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Well, I think you could call Korri and me crazy college gymnastics fans for real now. Haha! Last weekend, we decided to spontaneously hop on a plane to Portland, Oregon, and then drive an hour and a half south to Corvallis to catch the gymnastics regional competition at Oregon State University. (Regionals marks the start of the NCAA tournament. The top 36 teams are sorted into four regional sites. Play-in meets on day one narrow the field down to the “round of 32” for day two, and then it’s cut down to the “sweet 16”, who compete on day three for a spot in the “elite 8” at nationals.) Our hometown team, Boise State, ended up being seeded in the Corvallis regional, and we wanted to support them and also watch other top teams that we hadn’t seen in person before.

The night before our trip, as I was trying to fall asleep, I thought to myself how weird and coincidental it would be if our plane to Portland was the Oregon State plane…and lo and behold…IT WAS THE OREGON STATE PLANE! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. I’m probably the only person who thinks that’s hilarious but that’s okay. I was very amused by our luck!

We landed in Portland early on Friday, rented a car (it only cost us $55 for two days plus gas), and headed south. We stopped for a bite to eat and to walk around the Woodburn Premium Outlets, a super nice—and large—outlet mall just south of Portland. Korri bought himself a rain jacket at The North Face outlet, which was a wise decision since it ended up raining all weekend. I had brought my new rain jacket along for a test drive.

After walking around the outlets, we got back on the road to continue the drive to Corvallis. Boise State’s meet started in the early afternoon. As the 12th-ranked team, they competed against No. 5 Denver, Washington, and Southern Utah. They met all three teams in regular season meets, and Denver was the only team we hadn’t seen in person. Individual gymnasts from non-qualifying teams were also at the regionals, and one of our favorites, Sophia Hyderally of Alaska, rotated with Boise State. Sophia competed on beam and I truly don’t understand how she didn’t score better than a 9.9!

Boise State came in second right behind Denver, securing their place in the “sweet 16” and in the regional final meet on Saturday. We had a couple of hours to kill before the evening meet and decided to eat at Block 15 Brewing in downtown Corvallis. I picked their special—a half rack of ribs—and OMG! The meat was so tender it fell off the bones. It was outstanding! We also shared a plate of fries. ;)

The evening meet consisted of No. 4 Florida, No. 15 Oregon State, Stanford, and Iowa. Three gymnasts from Utah State competed as individuals, including Madi Ward-Sessions. Madi is my favorite tumbler on floor. She is absolutely incredible to watch in person, and I loved that we were able to see her in her final meet as a senior! (Both Sophia and Madi were so close to qualifying to nationals as individuals!) I was also excited to watch Florida in person. The energy in the arena with the Oregon State fans was high, and I knew that the meet on Saturday would be intense! Florida and Oregon State advanced to day three to compete against Denver and Boise State. The top two from each regional final meet go on to compete at nationals.

Nye Beach, Newport, Oregon — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Pacific Ocean at Boiler Bay Viewpoint, Oregon Coast — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Corvallis is about an hour away from the Oregon Coast, so on Saturday morning, we drove out to see the ocean! We stopped first at Nye Beach in Newport. We could tell the waves were massive, and we drove north to Yaquina Head Lighthouse (officially the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area) to get a better view. The visitor center noted that the seas were “moderately smooth,” which means waves up to 21 feet. Pretty sure I would never want to be on the water with 21-foot waves! Haha.

We wandered down to Cobble Beach while at Yaquina Head to get up close. There were quite a few “sneaker” waves that surprised us! I loved the sound the waves made as the water rushed over the cobbles. The geology in that area is so cool! We drove farther north past Depoe Bay to the Boiler Bay Viewpoint, where the waves were crashing like crazy against the cliffsides. We got lucky with no rain at the coast but did get sprayed with saltwater at Boiler Bay.

We made one more stop on our way back to Corvallis at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. It’s located close to the aquarium, and wow, what a cool place—especially if you’re into marine science! It’s perfect for kids and adults alike, and I found it to be super interesting with lots of hands-on activities.

The rain joined us again when we got back to Corvallis, just in time for a baseball game! Korri heard that the Oregon State baseball team (2018 national champions) was at home over the weekend, so we made sure to catch the second game of a doubleheader. We stayed for about an hour before the rain started absolutely pouring. We left to dry off and grab pizza before the final gymnastics meet started.

Oregon State baseball versus Utah, April 2019 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I knew the Saturday meet would be a lot of fun, but I still had a lot of nervous energy because I wanted the Broncos to do well! Florida started on beam and ended up counting a fall in their total score, so they were in 4th place after the first rotation and again after the second rotation. Even though Florida fought until the end, Oregon State was on their game and ended up upsetting Florida for the second place finish and trip to nationals! It was the only regionals with an upset, and no one in the gym world predicted that Florida, the #4 team, would not make it to nationals. I’m slightly bummed because Boise State had a chance to make their first nationals appearance, but I know they will get there someday! :)

We headed out of Corvallis very early on Sunday morning to catch an early flight out of Portland. All in all, I am so happy we decided to jump on the plane to Portland. I love when we do random trips like this, especially when they’re tied to gymnastics and the ocean! ;) We don’t have any other trips planned as of now but hopefully that’ll change soon! Who knows, maybe we’ll do something spontaneous again soon…ha!

WHAT I WORE TO THE OREGON COAST

Mores Creek Summit

Casual winter weather outfit with black parka and Sorel boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual and cozy winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual winter outfit with black parka and grey baseball cap — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Snow on Mores Creek Summit, Idaho City, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black parka, flannel shirt, black denim, Sorel Tofino boots, grey baseball cap — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Sorel Tofino boots casual winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I know I whined a lot about the weather last month. Much to my chagrin, we went from a relatively dry and mild January to a wet and cold February. All of the rain and snow that we got here in the valley meant heaps of snow for the mountains, so last weekend, Korri and I headed up into the central Idaho mountains to marvel at the sheer amount of snow!

We drove about an hour outside of Boise to Mores Creek Summit, which is about 13 miles north of Idaho City along Highway 21. The elevation is approximately 6,100 feet. The snow depth gradually increased as we got further into the mountains. We drove through Idaho City and there were so many piles of snow everywhere. I joked that it was difficult to see the town because of all the snow! Highway 21 is actually closed right now for avalanche control work many miles north of Mores Creek Summit; the transportation department is currently working on clearing avalanche slides, some of which are in excess of 50 feet deep on the road!

Highway 21 at Mores Creek Summit was actually closed for quite a while for snow clearing, as you can probably tell by the photos. There were about 120 inches (or 10 feet!!!) of snow on the ground at the time (the depth decreases over time due to gravity and snowmelt…and lots of other more complex processes). There were very few vehicles on the road so I was eager to shoot photos right in the road. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever shoot outfit photos in the middle of a highway, haha. It was eerily quiet with no traffic zooming by. (We did see two wild turkeys, too! I’m not sure that they were super thrilled about all the snow…)

I took our little jaunt as a final opportunity to wear a true “winter” outfit this season—complete with snow boots and a parka! It was a chilly 23°F at the summit and decreasing as the sun went down. Since we were going to be sitting in the car for the majority of the time, I wore a comfortable and casual outfit: a striped flannel shirt, stretchy skinny jeans (black this time), and my Sorel ‘Tofino’ snow boots. The stripes on the flannel shirt match the boots, which made my heart happy. I added the baseball cap to tame my wild hair, and of course, the parka to keep warm. The seat warmers in the car were the real MVPs, though, ha! ;)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Uniqlo coat / old; similar from ASOS or JCPenney
Madewell shirt / exact (limited sizes) or similar
Everlane jeans / exact (review here)
Sorel boots / old; similar from 6pm or Backcountry
Madewell hat / old; similar by Banana Republic or Keds
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Harrison Boulevard

Ribbed cashmere sweater fall outfit with black denim — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with olive cashmere sweater and burgundy bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Autumn foliage along Harrison Boulevard, Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane authentic stretch skinny jeans in black — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with black jeans and burgundy bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Harrison Boulevard, North End Boise, Idaho — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane ribbed cashmere sweater in loden — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Shiny ankle boots and fall leaves (via Instagram) — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Harrison Boulevard is what some Boiseans would consider the heart of the North End neighborhood. It’s lined with absolutely beautifully constructed historic homes and some of the largest (and most vibrant) trees in town. It would be a dream to live on this street! Harrison is also the place to be on Halloween, if you ever happen to be in Boise over Halloween. ;) I grew up in Boise, so it’s extremely weird that I’ve never experienced a Halloween on Harrison Boulevard. Apparently thousands of people show up and the street is closed. We shot these photos just before Halloween, and there were already a number of orange cones in the median ready to be placed on the big day!

We ended up a few streets over—in Hyde Park on 13th Street—for fun afternoon activities, but couldn’t resist the fall colors happening over on Harrison. It was another gorgeous fall day even though it was overcast. So many families strolled down Harrison, taking photos of every tree as they passed. Can you blame them? :)

I wore a more subtle burgundy and olive outfit combination featuring my new authentic stretch high-rise skinny jeans by Everlane (did you catch my recent review?). Loden is such a gorgeous color that I did not even realize existed until Everlane released it in their cashmere sweater collection. Even though loden could be considered a neutral because it goes with basically any other color, it doesn’t feel boring at all. I can get bored quite easily with my fall/winter wardrobe after weeks of wearing the same sweaters and jeans, so it’s nice to have some color besides ivory and grey.

My new jeans were comfortable to not only walk and stand in but to sit in, too! Plus, they didn’t bag out at all. Win/win! They paired perfectly with my shiny boss boots (but what doesn’t pair with those boots?! Ha!). To be honest, I’m not crazy about how the bag looks with the rest of the outfit and wish I had photographed this without the bag. I’m not sure if it’s the pebbled leather near the shiny boots or the gold hardware, but it’s doesn’t look quite right to me. Ah well!

P.S. Did you see the squirrel in one of the photos?

P.P.S. Get out and VOTE on November 6th!!!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweater / exact
Everlane jeans / exact (review here)
Marc Fisher boots / exact (on sale!) (last seen here)
Kate Spade bag / similar
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact