The PNW in the summertime!

Greetings lovely Through The Bamboo blog readers! Real quick, shout out to the real ones that been with me since the beginning. Y'all the real MVP's doe. OMG it's been a little over a month since I returned to the states and gahhh it feels soooo good to be back! I've been trying to post all about my SE Asia travels (geez I feel so behind) but I've been out here visiting all my friends and family and taking a bit of a break from my laptop. But good thing is I have a ton of new stuff to share with you all! So stay posted!

Before I continue sharing more of my journey through SE Asia, I wanted to share some pics from my most recent travels: Portland, OR. The PNW (Pacific Northwest for those of you who don't know) is beautifulllll in the summer time!

Part of the gorgeous three-hour drive from Portland to Opal Creek.

Part of the gorgeous three-hour drive from Portland to Opal Creek.

Short 40-minute hike to Opal Pool.

Short 40-minute hike to Opal Pool.

Opal Pool and falls, so freaking pretty!

Opal Pool and falls, so freaking pretty!

The crazy thing though, was that there were tons of wildfires throughout the state of Oregon. It was really sad and tredemdously affected our experience with the great outdoors. I mean, everything was smoky, there was ash everywhere, and the news said the outside health level was "extremely unhealthy" and recommended for everyone to stay inside.

The smoke in the sky.

The smoke in the sky.

Smoke and ash made the sun extra rosé all day.

Smoke and ash made the sun extra rosé all day.

OMFG that is NOT snow. It's ash all over the road and plants :(

OMFG that is NOT snow. It's ash all over the road and plants :(

A couple days before I left Oregon, we went to visit one of my favorite places: The Oneonta Gorge. The saddest part of the whole fire thing was that this very place was engulfed in flames the very next day.

Although I am glad I was able to visit this place before such tragedy happened, it saddens me to know that such a careless act by a teenager caused one of Oregon's greatest fires. Explore mother earth, enjoy mother earth, but don't forget to take care of mother earth.