The Weekend Edition: March 2014

As The Paper Airplane flies through more content, you’ll start to see a few regular features on the blog. Every Sunday I'll be posting The Weekend Edition. This is where I will informally go over my weekly happenings as related to travel abroad and in the Pacific Northwest. For this week, being the first of The Weekend Edition and the last weekend of the month, I’ll do an overview of the month of March. Ready? 


The Weekend Edition: March 2014
March was chock full of places to go and people to see. The weather is starting to brighten up here in the Pacific Northwest and I’m exited to be spending more time outdoors. It’s about time, right? Without further ado, the first ever Weekend Edition of The Paper Airplane: 

The main waterfall at Silver Creek Falls. 

Hiked Silver Creek Falls in Silverton, Oregon
This is the point in The Weekend Edition where you should disregard all that I previously mentioned about March marking sunnier days here in Oregon. It poured the entire time on my four-mile hike, but as any Oregonian will tell you, if we cancelled our plans every time it rained then we’d never get anything done. At Silver Creek Falls the rain made the hike that much more fun. If you plan to go then you should also plan to get wet. Stay tuned this week for a trail review and a fun GoPro video shot by my brother of our hike at Silver Creek Falls.

Took REI’s Backpacking Basics class and committed to a new backpack
When I mentioned that there were lots of new faces to see in March I should have mentioned that most of those people were in the backpacking department of REI. I’m feeling a little guilty that I didn’t pay rent to REI as I basically camped out there this month. (From here on out please assume that all awful puns in The Weekend Edition are intended.) It’s cool though, I think they’ll forgive me since I finally bought my new backpack. Cue hallelujah chorus of backpacking angels.

REI’s free Backpacking Basics class played a large part in helping me make my final decision. No matter your experience level, I would highly recommend this class as a refresher on gear and safety to take into account when backpacking. Our instructor was not only hilarious but also informative and provided a lot of great questions to think about before heading out on a trip.

Be sure to check The Paper Airplane later this week, as I’ll be posting helpful tips I learned while hunting for the perfect pack. 

Learned a thing or two about outdoor photography with Pro Photo Supply
Mid-March my friends and I attended Pro Photo Supply and the Outdoor Project’s Outdoor Photography class at Base Camp Brewery in Portland. I've been into photography for a few years now, but it was a great chance to meet with fellow photographers, nerd out over camera gear, and learn tips from a seasoned outdoor photographer. 


Enjoyed the sun at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon coast
Last weekend was absolutely beautiful in Portland. My friends and I packed up the car, borrowed a roommates’ dog and headed to Oswald West State Park. I’ll be posting my film photos of our mini road trip as soon as I develop the film.


Picked a few new reads at Powell’s City of Books
There are few better ways spend a rainy Saturday in Portland than reading between the stacks in Powell’s City of Books (or hiking Silver Creek Falls.) While I can usually rationalize from buying clothes and non-necessities, I just can’t say no to buying books. I may need to take inventory, because there is a distinct possibility that I own more books than clothes.

Another regular feature of The Paper Airplane will be book reviews of great reads centered on understanding new places and cultures. Next on my reading list is: "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini, and "In Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin.

Badge courtesy via Camp NaNoWrimo

Signed up for my second year of Camp NaNoWriMo
For those of you who aren’t totally crazy, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Held during the month of November, NaNoWriMo is a 50,000-word writing challenge as well as a writing community builder for both new and seasoned writers. The premise of NaNoWriMo is to encourage writers to write a 50,000-word novel in one month, no editing allowed. Yes, it’s as insane as it sounds, but is also insanely rewarding as soon as you realize that you are writing a novel. Due to the popularity of NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo takes place in April and July with the option to choose your own word count. Did you sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo? Let me know, I would love to hear about your novel.

Launched The Paper Airplane!
I saved the best for last. Dear readers, thank you so much for all of your kind words and support! Don’t be a stranger; feel free to reach out via social media or in the comments. Thanks for reading The Weekend Edition! It’s been a great month and here’s to many more with The Paper Airplane.

Adventure on,