Bucket List: #15

2 out of 5 new restaurants in the EUG –

For date night last week we decided to try Taco Loco in downtown. I can’t believe this place has been there as long as it has and we have never gone! A friend posted some pics a few days earlier of their drinks and outdoor eating area, and I knew we had to go. While located on one of the busiest streets in Eugene, once inside the garden oasis, you would never know it, it feels like an escape into a tranquil park with all the fountains and plants.

The food & drinks were reasonably priced and we got HUGE portions!

Yummy blackberry patron margarita

Bucket List: #15

1 out of 5 new restaurants in the EUG – 

I put this on our bucket list because we are always saying that we wanna try new places to eat as Eugene is actually a pretty big foodie town, but we never do!

The other day the hubby & I met for lunch at a local hotspot we had never been to – Hot Mama’s Wings, every time we have tried to go it was PACKED with college kids. We both LOVE buffalo wings and have been wanting to try this place forever. We of course had to try the traditional buffalo style wings and we also tried the cilantro lime chili, but there were so many choices and we will def. be going back to try some of the others including the spiced maple bacon, chipotle bourbon and asian honey. They also have chicken friend bacon as an appetizer that I hear is to die for – next time!

Yummy!

A few of our other fav hot wing spots are BWW, Chicken Bonz and Fire on the Mountain in Portland, OR.

 

 

Bucket List: #14

#14 Attend my 1st Country Fair (OCF) – 

I was born in Portland, but grew up in Eugene but either way I am a true Oregonian who had never been to the famous annual Country Fair. Hundreds of people from all over the world head to Veneta for this weekend event every July. So how have I never been to this event that happens every year in my own town? Well as a kid my parents never took me and in college, I just never had the time. My husband actually grew up going to it as one of his best friend’s family runs a burrito both there and has for several decades now, so he has actually spent the whole weekend working there when he was in high school. With the exception of the heat and smell, I loved it! It was like a fairytale and so unique. Around every corner there was just so much to take in. I was amazed at how much work goes into this 3day event and how many people live for it. While it may not depict my daily lifestyle, there are so many things to love about the uniqueness of it all, and the colors… so pretty! I even managed to sport my hippie tie dye Oregon shirt!

We also got to see some friends that we don’t see enough, and Shaun was even put to work like old times in their burrito stand! Overall, it was a great day & I’m glad I got to experience it!

OCF 2012

Such a dreamworld in the midst of a forest 🙂

Loved all the art

Good day! ❤

Bucket List: #5

#5 Go on our 1st cruise –

For years we have been wanting to go on a cruise and this year we finally had the chance. Technically it was for my mom’s birthday in May, but she wanted to wait until better weather and we had a business trip in May. While Shaun and I do have dreams of cruising to Mexico and the Bahamas, our Alaskan cruise was amazing and the sights/excursions were great, I would recommend that everyone make it to Alaska one day, it is pure beauty like you have never seen everywhere you look.

Bye Bye Seattle

Although cold at times, it was still a great vacation – this is on our balcony, if you ever cruise upgrade upgrade upgrade, it is worth every penny!

The sunsets are breathtaking

Cruising the Tracy Arm Fjord… most beautiful place I’ve ever been!

So many icebergs!

Up close to a glacier in the Fjord.. the colors amaze me!

The food/desserts lived up to the hype!

Loved dressing up every night!

More amazing sunsets

Gorgeous night skies

Skagway – super cute town in the middle of the mountains

Also where we took our best & most expensive excursion – we got to canoe to the face of a glacier and play in the ice

Again with the colors

We also went to the beach at Glacier Point

& had a yummy picnic with a view, prepared for us by the locals

& saw WHALES! It was amazing to be close to these massive creatures!

so many amazing waterfalls flowing into the ocean

Togass National Park… largest National Park – again playing in the glaciers and hiking to a beautiful waterfall

so powerful

We also saw tons and tons of bald eagles!

We did have some sunny/warm days too!

Loved seeing Buchart Gardens again, a magical place!

Some other highlights included:

Formal nights ❤

Vegas style shows

& of course gambling and drinking

Overall we had an amazing trip and experience so many things we never dreamed of getting to do. Every night we had to sit back and try and take in everything we had just done. It was also amazing to really immerse ourselves in the culture and history of Alaska and we hope to go back soon. We both love nature, and so for us this was an amazing experience!

Bucket List: #50 & #4

2 out of 5 new breweries & get back into bowling together –

It is FINALLY summer time in Oregon, and with the sun comes summer nights, one of my favs. After work the hubby and I decided to go beer tasting & bowling(both on the list)!

Surprisingly, we had never been to Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, we have had their beer, but never been to the actual brewery. It is in the Whiteaker district, which is actually on the come-up and has some great new local restaurants, bars and of course Ninkasi. We were really impressed with the atmosphere and prices, and had some great beers, my favorite was the seasonal Nuptial Cream Ale, but I also loved the Oatmeal Stout (I know wide variety, but I love most all beers). I can now say we have a new fav. spot for afternoon beers!

Great local brewery – also one of the largest producers of beer in Oregon with about 50,000 barrels.

Yummy beer!

Summer nights ❤

They rotate food carts on different days, super good food!

After enjoying our beer, we were feeling good and went bowling! This is on our bucket list because we used to bowl together all the time and even took a class together as an elective in college, but sadly we haven’t gone in forever.

I kicked his butt both games, but especially in the second game…. oh and ya he picked both our names, the guys at the bowling alley got a kick out of them!

It was a great and relaxing night together, we love nights like this!

Bucket List: #50

1 out of 5 new breweries –

This past week we were in Alaska on a cruise and while on an excursion in Skagway, we learned that there is a local beer there brewed with spruce tips instead of hops and of course we had to try it! We actually met some of the locals who harvest the spruce tips in return for kegs, they live in Glacier Point, which has a population of 8! They were super nice people and it was really neat to get to experience something so local and cultural. Once back in town from our excursion we stopped by the Skagway Brewery to have some Alaskan beer!

The Spruce tip was great as well as all the other beers we tasted, definitely a great first brewery experience for the summer list!