The Adventure Recap of Cotopaxi Questival Portland

We did it! Year three of Questival Portland is in the books! Recaps from year one and year two can be found here. 

Cotopaxi is an outdoor gear company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've collected a few of their bags, this daypack + this work bag, as well as a few shirts and use them all the time! The daypack is the perfect size for traveling and hauling my camera gear. I want it in every color. Your ticket to the Questival comes with a Luzon bag— ideal for all the adventuring you'll be doing during the race and after. 

The Questival is all about getting out of your comfort zone and exploring your city in unique ways through challenge topics such as — Adventure, Outdoors, Community, Quirky, and more. Teams of all kinds come together to let loose and explore. 

Below are a few highlights from the Check-In Party and the challenges we completed. There were so many more moments that didn't make it into this post! Unfortunately, we weren't able to get a campsite in time for the outdoors-based challenges so we stuck to the city and the surrounding area. (Pro tip: book a campsite when you secure your Questival tickets if you choose to go that route!) All was not lost as my team had a blast exploring unique food carts, making silly videos, meeting new Portlanders, finding iconic landmarks, and playing games with other teams at the check point challenges. My team is still talking about how much fun we had. 

the QUESTIVAL CHECK-IN PARTY

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THE QUESTIVAL

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TOP L: Bought some local produce at the PSU Farmers Market. BOTTOM L: Found the smallest park in the world! R: Left a note of 10 things we love about Portland in a park.  

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Stopped by the Questival check point at Cathedral Park for a circuit + tent assembly challenge. 

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Found a favorite piece of street art in Portland.  

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Thank you, Cotopaxi! We had a blast exploring Portland for year three of the Questival. Want to join in on the fun? Check out the list of upcoming Questival adventures to see if Cotopaxi is coming to a city near you! Also, be sure to brush up on these tips + tricks for making your Questival one for the record books.

Note: This post was kindly sponsored by Cotopaxi. All thoughts are my own!  

Adventure On: A Quick Guide to Cotopaxi Questival

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It's adventure time!

June 30th marks the kick-off for year three of the Portland Questival by Cotopaxi. What is a "Questival", you ask? The Questival is a 24-hour, Amazing Race-style adventure where teams of 2-6 players compete in fun challenges across a variety of categories. While the experiences are unique each year, I rounded up a few tips to make your Questival one for the record books. 

Tips for Questival Success

Assemble Your Adventure Squad 

First and foremost, round up your friends and assemble your adventure squad. You'll want a creative who can think up unique ways for your team to stand out while completing challenges, a planner who can strategize a solid game plan, an adventurer who is up for anything, and a cheerleader to motivate the team when it's crunch time. Or maybe you have a few friends who are a combination of the four! It's important to find a crew that's up for the challenge— no matter what that challenge may be. 

Plan a Pre-Questival Strategy Party

The complete list of challenges is released on the Questival app 24-hours before event kickoff. Some challenges can be completed in proximity to one another. Round up your crew and figure out which Questival tasks you'll want to check off.

Gather Your Gear

Once the challenges are released, make a list of the gear you'll need and start gathering. Many of the challenges are outdoors related. Will you need a tent, firewood, or lots and lots of snacks? Plan ahead to maximize your time spent adventuring!


Live it Up at the kick-off Party

Start your Questival off on the winning side by making the most of the check-in party. Check-in early and enjoy the party! Pick up your Luzon bags and your team totem. Your totem is key as every challenge you complete must have your totem in the picture.

Make Friends with Other Teams

Have fun and befriend other teams at the kick-off party. Yes, it's a competition but it's more fun to root for each other. And hey, with so many like-minded adventurers in one place you may just meet your new BFFs! A few challenges are collaborative— you never know who'll you'll need to swap shoelaces with. (That's a hint from a past challenge!) 

Be Unique! Make the Challenges Your Own

Team ranking is determined both by completion of challenges and peer scoring of creativity. Get creative, be uniquely you, and ham it up! 
 

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Want to join in on the fun? 

It's not too late to sign up. Trust me, you don't want to miss out! (Click this link for more information.) Follow along @paperairplaneblog for day-of Questival insta-stories + hijinks! It's gonna get wild. Are you headed to Cotopaxi Portland? Let me know, I'll see you there!


Sponsored Content || This post is proudly sponsored by Cotopaxi. Sponsorships like Cotopaxi help provide great adventure stories and guides to you, dear readers. All words are my own. I competed in the past two Portland Questival unsponsored and loved every minute of it. You will too! xo, C

Adventure: An Off-Season Tumalo Falls Hike in Deschutes National Forest

Creative Direction by Dad. 

Let's go chasing waterfalls. 
 

A few weeks ago, I headed to Central Oregon with the family for a little R&R. 

I love Bend. Not only does Bend have the highest daily average of clear skies in the state (158/365 days of the year), it's consistently ranked as one of the best beer towns in the U.S.,  there are tons of things to do if you love the outdoors (hiking, camping, horseback riding, skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc., etc.,), and it's absolutely beautiful. If you're planning a trip to Oregon, Bend is only about a 3-hour drive from Portland. It's the perfect spot for an extended weekend getaway— which is exactly what my family did. 

We spent the first part of our trip riding bikes around Sunriver, taste testing craft beer flights at couple local breweries on the Bend Ale Trail, and by day three I was eager to hit the hiking trails. 

The original plan was to head over to Smith Rock State Park for the entire day, but being as it was 30 degrees and snowing that plan was swiftly vetoed. Luckily, my dad and I think alike and we headed to Tumalo Falls in Deschutes National Forest instead. The weather was beautiful by the time we reached the Skyliner Trailhead— blue skies and light snowflakes, the works. I love hiking with my dad because, of course, it's great spending time with him and also because he has taught me so much about the outdoors. While we walked to the falls, we checked the trees for signs of deer and elk, investigated the work being done on the creek, and wondered what it would have been like to have explored Central Oregon a hundred years ago. 

In the off-season, the route to Tumalo Falls is an easy 3-mile walk up a closed service road. Once the Tumalo Falls trailhead opens, the "hike" will only be a short walk up to the viewpoint. That being said, the view and the Tumalo Creek area is well worth further exploring. If these pictures don't convince you to hot tail it over to Central Oregon then I don't know what will. I've hiked to my fair share of waterfalls and Tumalo is easily my new favorite.


DESTINATION:
TUMALO FALLs, DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST, oregon

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The Best Places to Hike within Portland City Limits Fueled by Naked Juice

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It's no secret that Oregonians
love a good hike.


Portland in close proximity to a seemingly endless number of trails near the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, Mount Hood National Forest, and the surrounding areas. And although I love heading out of town, sometimes it's not feasible to take an entire day off to explore.

The good news is that there are plenty of woodlands within Portland city limits as well. I tend to get a little restless when I haven't had the chance to hike in a while. Luckily, the trails at Tryon Creek State Nature Area, Forest Park, and Washington Park are perfect for a quick after-work run or Saturday morning stroll with friends. There are plenty of other spots in the city to explore, such as Mount Tabor Park and Rocky Butte Natural Area, but I would recommending start with the three spots listed below as they offer the widest variety of trails within 5-15 minutes of downtown Portland. 

Let's hit the trails. 

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the best hikes within
portland city limits

TRYON CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA

(Pictured) 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd

Tryon Creek State Nature area is home to a variety of 8-miles of well-kept and quiet hiking trails, in addition to 3-miles of paved bike trails only 15-minutes outside of downtown Portland. This is a great place to spend the day with four-legged friends, dogs and horses* are welcome to explore here as well. *Check the map at the Nature Center for marked horseback riding trails. 

FOREST PARK

Pittock Mansion Trailhead - 4998 NW Cornell Rd

Spanning over 5,157-acres in the West Hills, Forest Park connects some of the best views and sites in Portland. The Wildwood trail is the most popular routes-- with it's 30.2-miles of trails leading to favorite sites such as the Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion and Washington Park. This is one of Portlanders' top city spots for premium trail running and due to the range of difficulty in trails. 

WASHINGTON PARK

4033 SW Canyon Rd. 

Connected to Forest Park via the Wildwood Trail, Washington Park is a great place for first-time visitors as it features well-known attractions such as the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden and the Oregon Zoo. Keep in mind that the park can be fairly crowded on the weekends. Read on for a little history and my insider tips for visiting the International Rose Test Garden [here]. 

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FUEL UP WITH
Naked COLD pressed JUICES

Launching this month, Naked Juice has five new veggie-forward cold-pressed juices made with simple ingredients: Bright Greens, Hearty Greens, Lively Carrot, Bold Beet and Cool Pineapple. Naked Cold Pressed Juice is made with ready-to-eat, high quality fruits and vegetables that are cold-pressed right into the bottle with no added sugar, no preservatives and are verified by the Non GMO Project.  My personal favorites are the zesty Cool Pineapple and the smooth Lively Carrot. That being said, all of the juices make for the perfect fuel before a morning on the trails. 


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DISCLAIMER: Naked Juice graciously provided The Paper Airplane with a sponsorship to share amazing adventures with you. As always, all opinions are my own. The goal of The Paper Airplane is to share the best of the best in travel experiences, products, food, and entertainment. If it’s reviewed, it’s because the given entity is genuinely awesome. 

Exploring Mount Hood National Forest: Iconic Oregon Adventures Fueled by Naked Juice

Legendary travel writer and naturalist, John Muir, once said, "going to the mountains is going home."


As a native Oregonian, I can't help but to think of these words while exploring Mount Hood National Forest. There is something so reassuring and familiar about this place when wandering over the trails. No matter if it's a morning hike or a snowy backcountry cross-country ski route, Mount Hood National Forest encapsulates the quiet, rugged beauty of Oregon that I love.  

Only about an hour and a half outside of Portland, Mount Hood National Forest encompasses over 350,000-acres of woodlands, lakes, streams, valleys, and yes, Mount Hood. There are is no shortage of things to do here. Camping, hiking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountaineering, skiing— you name it and you can do it at Mount Hood National Forest. 

It's an adventurer's locale to visit year-round, although winter is one of the very best seasons to experience the best of all that Mount Hood has to offer. 

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What to Do in
Mount Hood National Forest

HIKES

Mirror Lake (Pictured)  - This easy 2.9-mile round trip hike weaves through the trees to a small lake that reflects Mount Hood on a clear day. Mirror Lake also serves as a pit stop before hikers trek on to Tom, Dick and Harry mountain views (6.6-miles). Limited, first-come-first-serve camp sites are sprinkled around the lake. 

Be sure to check out other great hikes such as the Trillium Lake Loop (1.9-miles), Lost Lake Butte (4.6-miles), Ramona Falls (7.0-miles) and alpine hikes from Timberline. There are over 1,000-miles of hiking trails within Mount Hood National Forest that incorporate both the Zig Zag ranger district and the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Given Mount Hood National Forest's close proximity to Portland, it's a popular spot for weekend backpackers and campers as well. Well-known places to camp include Timothy LakeClear Lake, Lost Lake-- you get the idea, lots of places for lakeside camping.

SNOW sports

Fresh powder calling your name? As the mountain has snow year-round, Mount Hood is one of the premier ski and snowboard spots in the Pacific Northwest. Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Ski Bowl each offer unique runs for skiers and snowboarders. Cross-country skiers will find runs at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows as well as backcountry options in the surrounding areas. Those looking trek further into the wilderness can find snowshoeing trails around Trillium Lake and beyond. 

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historic timberline lodge

Built between 1936 - 1938 as a part of the Works Progress Administration to stimulate the local economy during the Great Depression, the historic Timberline Lodge has remained a popular destination at Mount Hood throughout the years. And ever watched The Shining? The opening shots were filmed here for the 1980 movie.

Nowadays, Timberline Lodge is a popular ski resort, boasting a fine dining restaurant, luxury lodging, and outdoor activities for all ages. One of the best parts of Timberline Lodge is the roaring fireplace in the winter. The cozy chairs next to the fire are perfect for a nap and sipping hot toddies after hitting the slopes. 

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For an extra boost to power through a day of hiking or hitting the slopes at Mount Hood, Naked's Açai Machine, Blue Machine, Green Machine, Power-C Machine and Red Machine were created with added vitamins to leave you feeling supercharged. My favorite is the Red Machine with whole raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, vitamin-B, omega-3s from flax seed. It was the ideal refueling treat after a cold hike to Mirror Lake in Mount Hood National Forest.


ADVENTURE ON, 

CHLOE


 

SPONSORED POST: Naked Juice graciously provided The Paper Airplane with a sponsorship to share amazing adventures with you. As always, all opinions are my own. The goal of The Paper Airplane is to share the best of the best in travel experiences, products, food, and entertainment. If it’s reviewed, it’s because the given entity is genuinely awesome.