Sohee and I decided that this year we would share a little more about what we love to do outside of real estate! We hope you enjoy learning a little more about what we do, where we go and... what we like to eat! (Next month Sohee features her favorite Korean restaurants!)

Here are a few of my personal photographs of four of my favorite spots to recharge in our area. I try my best to get outdoors no matter what the weather and hope you can do the same. A little fresh air sure does the body (and soul) good!

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This was taken in December at The Elk Rock Garden at Bishop's Close. I was introduced to this spectacular place by some clients who have become dear friends. This is one of the most wonderful parts of our jobs in real estate. We get the chance to connect with people who share a part of their lives with us. I am so grateful to them for sharing this place with me and I return often. Located just off Highway 43 between Lake Oswego and Portland, it's easy to get to from just about anywhere. You will love the gardens, views, trails, and yes... trees! Learn more here!

GO Nature

This old oak tree at Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville is truly astounding. The trails surrounding it offer a really nice 2 mile or so walk on paved trails. It can get a little toasty in the summertime as much is not shaded, so the fall and winter are the perfect seasons to enjoy it! This photo was taken in September as the leaves started to turn. This historical landmark tree is really something to see. If you have children or grandchildren, or are just a kid at heart like me, you'll love it!  Find out more here!

Ducks

The trails connecting Durham, Tualatin & Tigard meander by the river and offer an escape all year long. Here some feathered friends are perched on a log in the sun on the Tualatin River just outside of Cook Park. If you haven't been here, you're missing out! This is a place where you can walk, hike, bike, or even row--kayak rentals all summer long! Most of the paths are paved so that even in the muddy winter season, you can hop on over for a quick dose of nature no matter what the weather! And, bring the pups along for this one-- the dog park in Durham offers awesome fetching fun! Cook Park can be found here!

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Here it is... my HAPPY PLACE! I love Mary S Young State Park in West Linn more than almost anywhere in our area. If I have the time, I will often just sit on a log by the off leash area for hours, watch the river flow, the clouds go by, and the dogs play. This park is amazing. Paved and unpaved trails, several access points to the Willamette River, the best summer blackberry picking on Cedar Island and even a little rock climbing if you are feeling adventurous. Take the back roads through Stafford for an extra scenic bonus! Learn about it here (and see you there!)