The Griffins take on the Pacific NorthWest

by Maggie Griffin

Enjoy a few moments of our trip that I captured on my iPhone! Soon, you can see more of Byron's professional, edited favorites over at!  

Portland Q&A! plus honeymoon wrap up!

by Maggie Griffin

As I write this, we are in a holding pattern above the DFW metroplex. We should land in a hour...our fingers are crossed. I don't often mind airplane delays, realizing that things breakdown and don't work and we are all subject to Mother Nature's inclination for each day, but when I am done with a trip, I am done. I want to put my feet on some ground and do more silly married things. Honeymoons most certainly get the newlywed couple excited for whatever this marriage thing is, and we are most certainly excited to do some more figuring out together. One thing we realized over our trip is that we haven't a clue what our marriage will be like. We know our parents, our grandparents, our friends, but each is its own, each completely different, and we have joined the club of couples not knowing, figuring out, being married. We want to be on land, married and happy. (Plane, land soon, please.)

Q: Favorite part of Portland?

B: All the places that harbors creativity like Beam and Anchor, Tanner Goods, Poler Outdoor Stuff, etc. It was very inspiring and fueled my desire to learn crafts. Also I loved the rain and all the green that it brought. Close second: Multnomah Falls and the impromptu hike to the top of the falls.

M: I love the homey feel of the Hawthorne District (the neighborhoods are gorgeous and welcoming), but the small amount of time we spent around Washington Park was my favorite area, coupled with anywhere located near a good coffee shop.

Q: Favorite moment of the trip?

B: Pulling the trigger on my boots (Broken-Homme Davis boots).

M: As I have said before, I am a planner, and it is hard for me to really take in a moment, breathe deep, and embrace what is before me. This trip, and having Byron by my side, allowed me to enjoy moments more fully, being more present in them. There were several moments where we were walking the streets and holding hands, and of the whole trip, those are my favorites. One specifically, was being held, and nuzzling closer at the top of Multnomah falls. I will hold firm to my belief that there is some correlation between elevation and elation.

Q: Best meal of the trip?

B: Tasty N Alder

M: Agreed. Confession: I was a TOTAL carnivore on this trip. Last night, we ate at this family-style joint that listed what farms their meat came from, (As B found out, that ounce of knowledge plus a quick google search is all it takes for me to order it.) homemade everything and mixed flavors like that adorable Ratatouille. PDX restaurants, I love your use of local vendors and market foods! We feasted on bread and butter, grilled asparagus, yellow potatoes, whole, not mashed, he, the ribeye steak, I the apple brined pork chop, served on a cornbread/pancake-esque delicacy. And I topped off my meal with a "grown ass milkshake," check the website, I am not lying.

Q: Three words to describe the honeymoon...

B: Beautiful. Inspiring. Relaxing.

M: New. Educational. Delightful.

Q: Is the honeymoon phase over? 

B: No (shakes head).

M: NEVER. Not now, anyway!

Landed! (With enough service to post.) Pictures to come soon!

Seattle Q&A with the Honeymooners

by Maggie Griffin

Byron and and I are on the Amtrak train on our way to PDX, our second honeymoon destination. He just noted that it was extremely quiet on the train, making it the perfect time to update you all on our vacation thus far. We had a great time in Seattle and are excited to explore all that the Portland area has to offer.


Q: Favorite part of Seattle?

B: Puget Sound. Because it was beautiful. Duh.

M: I am a sucker for a good market. Our hotel looked straight down on the market and we were able to walk to the original Starbucks and grab pastries from a market bakery within 10 minutes. Plus, we could then sit and look out at the ferries which I had a small obsession with...thank you Grey's Anatomy.

Q: Favorite moment of the trip?

B: I loved watching Maggie freak out about the otters at the aquarium. Once upon a time she cried over a puppy carrying a newspaper and her love for small animals is just about the sweetest thing. She didn't cry, but it was still adorable. I also loved a fancy dinner we had last evening at the Metropolitan Grill. We got dressed up, got free desert (I love being a newlywed), and got the best waiter from PDX, who gave us his picks for the rest of our trip!

M:  I absolutely adored our hotel view. That may sound silly, but it was gorgeous. I was able to see my favorite parts of Seattle and rest beside Byron. Last evening, before our fancy dinner, we sat on the balcony of our hotel, soaking up the rays that the Seattle forecast surprised us with, breathing in the same air that our otter friends share, relaxing and enjoying the present. Mmm. Favorite moment.


Q: How is your spouse as a travel buddy?

B: She's good. More adventurous than I am. She pushes me to do things and go places I wouldn't normally go.

M: He pushes me to be a planner and decision maker, which I hate...but am thankful for because I find that I am more assertive and independent now. He is extremely easy-going and is up for anything, which I love!

Q: Three words to describe the honeymoon at the halfway point?

B: Ill*. Sight-seeing. Eating.

M: Caretaker. Exploring. Caffeinated.

*Poor, sweet Byron became ill within two hours of our arrival to Seattle. After settling in our room, I immediately led us downhill towards the market. After peeking around at the vendors and becoming semi-acquainted with what everyone had to offer, we had lunch at the Athenian, inside the market, made famous by the scene in Sleepless in Seattle where Tom Hanks has a conversation with Rob Reiner about getting back in the dating game (we sat in those exact seats!). I was immediately ready for some Northwest Pacific fish, but fishwiches did not up being the best choice for one of us. After feeling a little funky, we made our way back to the room, and Byron stayed there for about 48 hours. :(


Off to Portland we go!

mini-moon synopsis

by Maggie Griffin

When people learned that our wedding was on May 4th, they immediately asked if we were ultra nerdy Star wars fans.
I (Maggie) haven't even seen them. (Byron was adamant about adding the extra clarification about who is authoring this post as not to be judged.)
But yes, we are super nerdy.
Case in point: our favorite part of the mini-moon was visiting the state Capitol and purchasing a coffee table book suited to our tastes: him, a photographic journey of Bush's eight years in office; me, a documented journey of people with different faiths in Texas. 

Fun fact:
The Griffins, now including me, plan vacations around food. Thus, we mapped out where we wanted to eat and then did our traveling based off that location.

Our mini-moon, in order, sparing you some details:
Coal Vines (M accidentally dropped our pizza, we scored free dessert!)
State Capitol! (Sat in on the House doing some work...interesting to see government work.)
Lambert's, highly recommend
Room service dessert
Breakfast at hotel
Book people