evenings with mt. rainier.

ft. three different lakes

Mount Rainier National Park might be the most visited place we’ve been to since moving to the pacific northwest, and we already can’t wait to go back.

Even though we live in Oregon, we tend to gravitate more towards Washington for hiking and adventures. There is SO many hikes we want to do, but finding the time to roadtrip up there has been tricky due to work / school.

Below are some photos from one of our favorite visits up there. 😊

Snow Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

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Look at how crystal clear that water is!! 💙

We are planning to backpack to this lake again someday. There are only two campsites!

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Bench Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

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We found a huge boulder to climb on to get this view of Rainier.
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Cleaning our hands and feet after our hike. Yes – the water was freezing.
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Michael climbed through a lottttt of shrubbery to get this photo. He really insisted haha. But look at those colors! Alpenglow is something else.

 

Reflection Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Reflection lake is a must and it’s SUPER easy to get to (it’s literally on the side of the road). We have been here when it was covered in snow and even during the summer. It’s beautiful year round. After a hike, we typically like to stop here to eat something or just unwind because it’s such a lovely place to stop at.

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We found the Big Dipper!

We love star gazing, but… how do people even find constellations?!? We sometimes joke around and say, “Look at Orion!” or “Wow, what a beaut Cassiopeia is.” But… it’s all for pretend. Other than the Big Dipper, it’s pretty hard, in our opinion to find them!

I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life. Mark Obmascik

happy 100th, grand canyon.

In the summer of 2017, I did my first solo road trip from Dallas, TX to Portland, OR. It included the Grand Canyon National Park.

I drove over over 3000 miles in twelve days. I slept in a tent for four days, stayed in a hostel, booked three different Airbnbs (I needed to shower), and slept in my car all of the other days. I’ve never traveled alone, so the idea of doing so for almost two weeks was slightly terrifying. But… it was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and I had an absolute blast! I learned how to be resourceful, self-aware, flexible, and most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. I slept in super sketchy areas, but I’m happy I did. Sometimes traveling isn’t always so glamorous, but it still can be a great experience. I know I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. 💛

Michael also had to do his road trip alone because he left for Portland one month before I did, and his road trip was totally different from mine (our maps below!).

Here’s the route of most of the places I visited. ☺️

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My general route!

And this is Michael’s general road trip route below.

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Michael’s map. 💙

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the ocean’s magic.

There is just something mysteriously magical about the ocean. Maybe it’s all of the brilliant shades of blues it can be, or maybe it’s the unpredictability of its storms, or even all of the life that is teeming underneath the surface. Whatever it is, whenever we visit the coast, there’s a sense of awe that just takes over us.

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dog mountain trail.

7 miles.
2824 feet elevation gain.
Kicked our butts.

Two years ago, Michael and I were visiting Portland, OR because he was visiting his new workplace and I was interviewing at OHSU. We talked to a stranger about local recommendations and they suggested Dog Mountain trail.

We didn’t read about.
We didn’t look it up.
We just… went and did it.

It ended up being one of the hardest hikes we’ve both ever been on. The elevation gain was so difficult. We even got cheers once we got to the top by the people that passed us because we told them we were struggling haha 😅.

Last night, we decided to do it again to see the sunset at the top and to hike down at night. We can definitely report that the hike is still very difficult! However, the sunset made it so. worth. it. It was like we were seeing a live painting because the color changes were unreal. And we finally saw all of the wildflowers!! 💛

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When we made it to the first clearing and saw this view!

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIt’s impossible to not stop a million times and take in this view… or to take a breather. 😅

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetThe last two at the top!! The two guys we met took this picture before they hiked back down. We got to enjoy this place with just us… and some Oreos.

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Those bird sounds and wildflowers. 😍

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We can officially say that we were so freaking exhausted after this hike.

We started the hike around 6:45pm.
We finished the hike around 11:00pm.
We got home around 1:30am.
We are so thankful we both didn’t have to go to work or school today.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! 😊

my favorite part.

Mac Miller | My Favorite Part

Lets cue this ~feel good song~ because we just got our wedding photos back!!

On April 20th, we had some of our closest friends and family around us, incredible weather, a beautiful four string quartet, lovely flowers done by A&L, & one badass, amazing photographer, Lily Hayes.

Here are a few of our favorite moments, our vows, and photos below.

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spring in portland.

ft. our neighborhood

Spring in Portland, OR is seriously one of our favorite things about living here.

The colors of all the flowers are incredible and the weather is sooo amazing. We take neighborhood walks almost every day and I finally remembered to bring our camera to capture some of it! Also, there are these super cute ‘mini libraries’ where you can borrow a book or drop one off along your walk. 😍

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We have a massive bush of hydrangeas on the side of our house with a bench in front of it and it’s always so nice to sit out there! The blues are something else. 💙

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We just cut this little one to put in a small vase for our kitchen. 😊

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Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.
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love at crater lake.

Crater Lake is known for its blues… but when you’re there at sunrise or sunset, the colors you get to see are so unbelievably magical.

We had already planned to wake up early, but did not expect to witness the most magnificent sunrise. We felt like we had the whole place to ourselves because no one was around us. This place is also very special to us because it was the last road trip we were able to take Layla on before she passed away.

Experiences like this always remind us to appreciate and love the little things in life. ❤️

Look at those colors!! 😍


Our little family at sunset.


This viewpoint was perfect. It felt like the lake wrapped all around you.


Sometimes you gotta hide behind a bush to get those ~*angles*~ of Wizard Island. Photography can be a pretty funny hobby.


The girls and the moon.


Mount Thielsen in all of its glory in the early morning.


Sunsets here are pretty darn great, too.

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
John Muir

If Crater Lake isn’t on your bucket list yet, it should be!

 

The Bitzers

an unexpected adventure.

This weekend we were planning to backpack up to a fire lookout in Mount Hood, Oregon. On the way there, we started noticing snow along the forest roads. I always get a little suspicious with road conditions once snow starts to appear, but Michael gets… a little ‘confident’ in his FJ when if comes to a lot road-wise. 😜

When we got to huge snow covering on the road, he pressed the gas and we plowed right through only to get us stuck in about 2-3 feet of snow. It took us an hour and a half to get out because all we had to use was a poop shovel, a skillet, and two hiking poles to plow all of the snow away from his truck. It was exhausting, but so hilarious after it was all done.

 

We obviously had to change our plans last minute, so we looked on google maps and found Timothy Lake was pretty close. There were also campsites you could backpack in!

It. Was. Beautiful.

We had absolutely no service with no one around us. After a stressful week of work and school, it was exactly what we needed to unwind. 20190511_143800

Once we set up everything, we hiked about five-six miles around the lake. We got back to camp right in time to set up the hammock and catch the sunset. 🧡41C51B51-3562-416A-8B8A-7505E545E9A1

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parts unknown.

Jeanie here.

When I was in college, I was obsessed with the food industry. I was just beginning to fall in love with cooking. I found myself reading endlessly about different styles of cooking from different chefs. When I found out Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert were visiting a nearby university for a speech, I couldn’t pass it up. I was at the edge of my seat hearing about their culinary stories and their friendship. What stood out to me most was when he was asked where was his favorite country to visit he said, “Vietnam.” He kept talking about how much he fell in love with the food, the people, the country, and the culture when he visited there and it made me fall in love more with my family’s history.

His passing stunned the both of us, especially me.

I’m in disbelief that someone so loved, inspiring, and unique struggled with such dark demons that he couldn’t imagine his place in this world anymore. After writing about all of the hidden secrets of the culinary world, we are left wondering about the unknown parts of his mind. I just hope so deeply that he somehow found the peace he was looking for. Our thoughts are always with the loved ones that people leave behind.

In light of what has happened, we have removed all references relating to Michael’s ex harassment towards us and her own struggle with mental illness. She has privately informed me that she is seeking help and therapy and we only hope she betters herself. We wish her the best as she finds a path of positivity and light. It is critical that ones struggling with mental illness seek the help they deserve.

something about us.

Hi you guys!
We are a little intimidated, but excited to start sharing more about our lives here.

We both have a mutual love for learning about photography and sharing our adventures via our Instagram, @thebitzers.

However, we want to share more about us. The outtakes. Our behind-the-scenes. Blogging is an entirely different animal, but we hope that some of our personal experiences can be relatable to someone out there.

To introduce ourselves, here are some things about us!

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