Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You can't say hello before you say goodbye.

Cripes! I really missed the ball. Today was officially the last day of summer for the Northern Hemisphere. While I welcome with my whole heart sweaters, boots, cold air and football... I feel like I can't really open the door, give Fall a big kiss on the cheek and lead him up to my room without truly saying goodbye to the Season that lingers on my sheets just before him. A girl needs closure for unfinished business.

{Goodbye Summer}

I had a couple beautiful summer events that I meant to blog about but never got around to. So here's a crash course to two of my most beloved Summer activities.

Brew Fest:

In Portland, the last weekend in July hosts the Oregon Brewer's Festival. Think what you want about Oregon but we have some of THE best brews in the country. The 4 day brew fest on our downtown waterfront is huge, full of beer and SO.MUCH.FUN. Every year, I go to the festivals with my friend Miranda. We have grown to have a general love for such events and now it has sort of become our "thing". The festival runs Thursday- Sunday but because I am a mere mortal, I can only stomach Thursday & Saturday without being in serious pain. So the Thursday of the weekend is a lovely way to spend an evening after a long day of work.

{Above & Below: The Thursday night brew fest}

In contrast - the big event is Saturday where the entire city rallies to get drunk in support of Oregon Brews. This year my best festing buddy and I decided that regular clothes would not do and on the way to the festival we stopped for matching outfits. Call it what you want to call it- it was a fun day!

Annual Rafting Trip:

And of course, my FAVORITE event of the Summer is the annual rafting trip in the desert of Maupin, Oregon. I go every single year of my life to spend 4 days of rafting, rodeo, tents, cookouts, beer, etc. It's my favorite weekend ever in the history of evers (or something ELSE that makes sense). And don't get it twisted by my blogs about clothes... I am a tough girl who loves activities likes this. In fact, this is the second year in a row that I've captained one of our rafts (we have a large, large group).

{A regular outdoorsy girl. American Apparel pink, loose crop tee here in Fuchsia}

{In the truck, ready to raft - day one!}

{above: Me, Dad & Bro 2 below: Brother and Me taking a break on the river}


{My family at dinner after a long day on the river.}

{Above: the sheer beauty of Maupin, Oregon}

{Above: Juan (my budddddy forever), Me, Conor (bro) as we await to board our raft with our mascot}

{Above: Left: Hammock over the water. Right: I believe that some events don't require makeup. Rafting is such an event.}

{Above: Hitting up the local dive on our last night}

{Above: That's meeeee about to raft in an innertube for fun}

And with that, my sheets are washed of another beautiful and fleeting good time. Thank you summer 2010... it was one to remember.

So come hither Autumn, I'm ready to lie with all of your sensuality and beauty.

{Welcome Fall}

It's officially Autumn.

Hellllllo Handsome.

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Anonymous said...

Looks like fun :) It sure still FEELS like summer, ready for some fall weather!

this free bird said...

I hear ya girlfriend. Farewell summer; Hello UGG.


Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

A girl needs closure for unfinished business - YES!!

You always have the most fun, Caitlin! I love the matching outfits - it can be so much fun, actually (contrary to the popular belief that such thing can ruin a girl's life - definately not mine lol) Hammocks are heaven indeed!! And the scenery there is just fantastic!

Keith said...

It looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. Hope you're having a great week.

Leia said...

It sounds like you had an incredible summer! I love the matching outfits and I think it's AWESOME that you're both a girly-girl AND an outdoorsy girl (most of us can't do both at the same time!) - AND that you look amazing without make-up on!


Panty Buns said...

There goes another season shot in the butt. At least i got to enjoy the photos of you enjoying it. Since i haven't had a drink for decades i can't quite get with the mood in some photos but still love seeing you having fun out with the girls. You look so cute! i concur with Leia's comment... awesome.
Have a happy fall season!
i love your comments!

mirmirzimzim said...

hahaha before you lead fall up to your room. you're hilar. let the record state: those twin outfits were your idea, and i should have just gone with the full on dirndl. can't promise that next year i'll be down, but i'll sure keep it in mind. haha xoxo. when's the next fest?!

daisychain said...

good bye summer :(

Unknown said...

Wow..what a way to say goodbye :)
Actually boys love summers too as they can see the girls in bright n short clothes ;)..Anyway, your pink loose apparel picture is oooo la laa...I loved it. TAke Care, CHEERS!!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

So excited for Fall!! Love that hammock pic!

Kim Axani said...

Great photo collection!
Looks like you had a lot more of an exciting summer than I did!!
Love that American Apparel outfit!!

erika sorocco said...

I seriously love that picture of you in the hammock - you are the cutest thing ever! And yayay for fall - finally it has arrived!! :)

Kara said...

Your summer sounds AWESOME, mostly the beer and outdoorsy parts! A girl after my own heart :)

I wish it were actually autumn here in Phoenix...it's still A HUNDRED FREAKING DEGREES HERE. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

I am not happy about summer being over (your pictures did NOT help! Looks like so much fun!) however, if I MUST say goodbye, then no better way to do it then to say hello to autumn, which I love!
(you'd be proud of me, I bought some riding boots to go with my new fancy riding pants! SO cute!)

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

Love your green bikini! Looks like a blast! :) and yes hello fall!

Alison Kinsey said...

Your blog makes me want to move to Oregon Caitlin!!! Haha. I think i've told you that before :)
That brew fest looks like a lot of fun. I have actually heard that Portland is like the number 2 best beer city in America (San Diego is #1).
I wish they had a cocktail fest or a martini fest. I'd soo be there.
Love your pics from the rafting trip, I want to do that sometime!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Ummmm, yeah. A brew fest is MY kinda fest. Can't wait for Oktoberfest in Tampa!

Jessica said...

Looks like you had fun! Oregon is so beautiful. I have a cousin who lives in Portland, if I ever come visit her we'll have to meet up for drinks :)

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for sending summer off with a big bang. The time of the river must have been a blast--I haven't been rafting in years...

Sher said...

All in all, you've had a great summer! No wonder it's hard to say goodbye:)

o said...

I love the outfit of the last pic...

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Scrummys said...

Summer was so fun but went by way too fast! I have to admit that I'm looking forward to fall too! Even though today it's greeting us with rain and wind. I love the change of clothes and cozy atmosphere! Happy Autumn!

Alicia said...

whoa!! looks like you had a busy summer! and you look adorable of course :) i'm so ready for fall... bring on the cardis, boots, and layers!

Holly Lefevre said...

Sounds like a marvelous time. The rafting is awesome...I have never done "real" rafting but it is up high on my list.

o said...

I'm with ya, not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, yet! Looks like you've had an awesome summer with fun trips! Seriously, how do you look this GOOD on your outdoorsy excursions?? I just end up looking bleh in pictures when camping/hiking/etc haha! Anyway, just sent you an e-mail:) Have a great weekend!


Grumpy old man said...

There is something I really enjoy about your blog, there is nothing boring in any of your posts, I love your pics, I love your style, and I just cannot open your blog on just the first post and leave with merely leaving a comment, I always scroll down completely, call it curiosity, call it what ever you want, but I love checking your whole page.

The pics of the camp looks like a load of fun, thanks for sharing.

Hope your week is great.
Ps, I agree with you, nothing wrong with black and brown together. perfect match. :)

stylefrontier said...

oh these photos look really fun!
glad that you had amazing summer!
byt he way have just followed your blog
mind to follow mine too ? :)

LadyBugSays ... said...

You are offically super pretty with no make up on! Sounds like you had an amazing summer!

JMay said...

SO NICE! I'm a water baby so this looks perfect! LOVE that pic of you in the hammock too!