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A guest post by Sarah Rhoads

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Last week we headed down the coast to celebrate our anniversary. We first stopped in Portlandia and “put a bird on it.” Our first stop was at the worlds greatest bookstore, Powell’s Books which is literally like entering a universe of books floor to ceiling. I went a little crazy in the photography section. I have a… ahem… a problem with splurging on beautiful visual coffee table books. I scored at Powell’s and found one I have admired from afar for a while by Avedon and also treated myself to a beautiful Norman Jean Roy book. Needless to say I was a very happy girl. I’m typically not a big Pastrami Sandwich gal, but we’ve heard great things about Kenny and Zuke’s Delicatessen and we were not disappointed! If you ever get a mad hankering for pastrami (I don’t know who would, but whatever!) and you’re near Portland, you should check it out. Chris and I just spent the rest of the day in Portland vintage furniture shopping and walking around the city together. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any special gems to add to our blankhaus, but that really just would have been icing on the cake anyway. We grabbed a delish dinner at Clyde Common which was conveniently connected to our hotel. A big thank you to those of you who recommended such wonderful eats via twitter. I wish we had more time to experience them all, but since Portland is so close we are back there often.


The next morning we grabbed some breakfast from Mothers in Portland and hit the road for Cannon Beach. When we got there, the sun was just breaking through the clouds and it was a nice “toasty” 55 degrees! Ironically enough, this is one of my very favorite qualities about this beach. I’m not a huge fan of being in a swimsuit… I tend to blind people, totally unintentionally, of course ;) I’m just a pasty human, I can’t help it. So for me, I like to stick to my “jacket beaches” it’s the only way. We caught one of the most breath taking sunsets of my life on the evening of our anniversary. It was perfect in every way. The sun nestled behind the big goonie rocks and Chris and I were just happy as could be. I’m thankful to live this life… It is bigger and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.