Let Freedom Ring: Independence Day Weekend Activities

Although I have been working non-stop this summer, I did take a break last weekend to enjoy myself. I was fortunate to have a Friday off, so I decided to take a road trip to the Nike Employee Store in Beaverton, Oregon. A few friends and I piled into a car and started our journey bright and early. We shared many laughs along the way and made it to Portland in what felt like no time at all!

I have a travel philosophy, which is that while you’re traveling, you should never eat at a restaurant that you could eat at while at home. So, of course, we looked up some of the best local restaurants in Portland. We ended up stumbling upon a small BBQ restaurant, which made some of the best pulled pork I’ve ever had.

After our appetites were satisfied, it was time to do some major shopping. I had been to the Nike Employee Store once before, however, never as an official Nike employee. The rule is you can only get into the store if you have a pass from a Nike employee. The exclusivity, in my opinion, makes it more exciting when you get the chance to shop there. The best thing about the Employee Store is that almost everything is 50% off. The bad thing about this is that you can do some major damage to your bank account in a short time, while still┬ábelieving you’re saving money.

Once we had shopped for about an hour and we had grabbed all the Nike product we could, we journeyed back home. Not only was it a great shopping experience, it was awesome to spend some quality time with friends and family on the road!

The next day, July 4th, is one of my favorite holidays of the year (even though I’m Canadian)! I love all of the parties, fireworks, and pride that Independence Day brings. Where I live, we spend the 4th of July by the lake. This year was the perfect weather for a good BBQ and fireworks show. Because we didn’t get to light off any fireworks this year, at the end of the night, my friends and I went out to the lake to watch other people’s fireworks displays. Almost every house on the lake was lighting off their own fireworks, along with the professional show put on by my neighborhood. The night of July 4th is always one of the highlights of my summer, just because of the happiness and pride it brings to everyone.

The beginning of my Independence Day weekend was one for the books, however July 5, 2015 was a day I will remember for the rest of my life. Find out why in my next blog post!

Until next time,

Lindsey

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