I would first like to say: Happy 2015 dear readers! Wow, 2014 really was a crazy year filled with extremes, for sure. As I go through my Word Press reader, which allows me to easily see all the newest blog posts from the many travel bloggers I follow, I am left in awe of the amazing journeys so many people have taken this year. I look at my humble little blog, with 3 or 4 pieces of content and laugh… but in a good way. I reflect on my decision to start this blog with the intention of focusing on stay-put travel and creating new experiences within the familiar, something I needed to do for myself- to find travel inspiration in the most ordinary of places.

Since publishing my first post approximately 2 months ago, I have been lucky enough to collaborate with my sister, play bingo at an Eagles Lodge, started volunteering with a local organization, and I am currently on day 4 of a week-long house sitting gig in an incredibly zen house with a sweet kitty! (more on that later, but here is a sneak peak of my fave room of the house, and where I am currently writing this blog!) 20150102_124214_1

Alastair Humphrys, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2012, introduced a concept I hadn’t yet adopted into my lexicon: Microadventures. I think I was on to the same idea or feeling with stay-put travel, and I will gladly incorporate this notion of doing one thing to get yourself outside, to experience a slice of something different, no matter how small. Visit his blog for additional microadveture inspiration.

A recent escapade had the husband and I in search of garage sales one cold, late-December morning. Not so much. However, we did find an estate sale-kinda like a garage sale but inside your house, and everything is up for grabs. What we found may have been the props for some Mad Men episodes.

Queuing up to enter the estate sale.

Queuing up to enter the estate sale.

The basement was a man cave paradise, with wall to wall plaid carpeting, a mini bar, and enough manly knick-knacks to entertain even your most Don Draper of friends.

All the things!

All the things!

We found this hypnotic wallpaper throughout the bedrooms, and this unsavory but hilarious party gift. PhotoGrid_1419369958398

We eventually came across some stellar vintage finds, but we were just there to look and enjoy.

Party dresses and flatware for any occasion.

Party dresses and flatware for any occasion.

We next found ourselves in search of weird treasures at Main Street Collectors Mall Located just outside of Portland in Milwaukie, Oregon. It did not disappoint.

there is a lot happening in this picture...

there is a lot happening in this picture…

we wandered the endless aisles of jewelry and chotchkies 2014-12-20 11.26.55

And we even found Jesus!

I feel ya, bro.

I feel ya, bro.

The Main Street Collectors Mall, even has a real life old-fashioned soda fountain!

Soda Fountain!

Soda Fountain!

You never know who you will run into when antiquing!

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Or what childhood memories will turn up… 2014-12-20 11.30.46

Our day ended with a Bloody Mary and a new appreciation for small, random adventures in our own city. 2014-12-20 11.27.23

I am good-nervous and excited to see what 2015 has in store for my little blog, but you better believe I will embrace all the wonderful weirdness and share it with you right here at Graveyard Shift Travel!

Next time on Graveyard Shift Travel: the family takes on Oregon wine country during the holidays – and wins.

“Y NO ME DIGAS POBRE POR IR VIAJANDO ASI. NO VES QUE ESTOY CONTENTA? NO VES QUE VOY FELIZ?”

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