Well, I’m officially old!
Okay, I’m 23, but I feel old.
My birthday trip to Oregon was pretty incredible. The morning of my birthday we woke up early (re: 3:30am) to get down to LAX… only to discover all the seats on our connecting flight were going to be full.
So the boy made a quick decision, bought us new tickets and drove us to Burbank airport so we’d get to Portland before noon. He’s kind of amazing.
After landing in Portland, we grabbed some lunch (burger and salad for me!) and then drove with our new friend Jeanna down to the Breitenbush Retreat. Jeanna is a staff member there and gave us all sorts of insider tips.
The grounds are beautiful and it’s incredibly secluded. There are two different areas for hot springs; natural ones and cement spiral pools, in addition to the multiple hiking trails, the labyrinth, the river, yoga and meditation classes, nature sanctuaries, and community library and lodge where they serve a vegetarian buffet for each meal.
We started the evening with a 3.5 mile hike; so incredible (pics below). We were going at a pretty good clip, even though we stopped for a lot of pictures. Definitely worked off my burger!
Dinner was an assortment of root vegetables with a strange nut pate for protein.
After dinner we spent about 2.5 total hours exploring the hot springs. Naked. Yup, I let it all hang out, and while I was hesitant and TERRIFIED at first… it was pretty awesome.
It was a blue moon that night and it lit up the whole place.
I even tried the cold water bath… twice! It really does clear your head and force you to let go. If you have an opportunity to try it out, I highly recommend it.
The next day brought some tasty breakfast (gluten free cereal, yogurt, eggs and miso soup), a quick stroll through the grounds and adventuring in the river, and a quick stop to the gift shop before driving back up to Portland… more adventure details to come!