In November 2014, my good friend Jill and I decided we were long overdue for a get together. Our visits have been few and far between since she’s based in Indiana and I’m in Oregon. We dilly-dallied and batted ideas around before finally “settling” on a long weekend April 30th through May 4th at Jill’s parents’ condo in Siesta Key (thank you Bert and Irene!). This was a very different trip for me in a couple of ways. First, I usually travel with Chris and he is the primary photographer. As a result, I don’t instinctively reach for my camera. It was frustrating each time I left a place only to think “I really wish I had taken a picture of ___”. Gotta work on that! Second, I’m an advance-planner and usually compile a quite a list of potential activities. This time, my planning consisted of a quick Google search in the PDX airport before take-off. Luckily I found a helpful website that led us to some gems. And of course Jill has been visiting the area for over 20 years so she had more than a few favorites up her sleeve. We saw quite a bit for such a short trip, so I broke the trip summary into multiple posts with each organized by general location rather than our day-to-day itinerary.