Oregon activities

Don’t Even Know…

It’s Saturday afternoon as I write this. Just poured a glass of white wine after doing a bunch of chores. Listening to Kate Bush. Logan is watching Wreck It Ralph. Bella is snoring on the couch. Michael ran to the store. First the bad news.

Michael got laid off Friday morning. I guess in a way we should have seen it coming since he was a contractor and lots of people are being laid off, and lots of companies are freaking out right now. But it was still awful. We are crossing our fingers it’s temporary and he’ll be back with his same company/team when this is all over with. His team was unaware of the plan to lay him off. It sounded like an HR decision. It’s still devastating and upsetting and stressful.

Logan’s birthday party was supposed to be Saturday but we cancelled that, obviously, so we decided to go for a little drive Saturday and then hike and have a picnic as a distraction for everything and it helped.

We had breakfast and did a few things then packed the car and drove out toward the beach to LL Stub Stewart Park. It’s a great place, that we’ve gone a bunch of times for hikes and day trips.

I picked it because it was about an hour drive from our house. It got us out of our house, out of the neighborhood, and I figured that with the social distancing it would be an ok place to go to. The park is huge. And I assumed most people would go to local Portland places (like Forest Park) or out in the Gorge to go hiking. (I was sort of right.)

There was still a fair amount of people at Stub Stewart but everyone was doing a good job of distancing themselves from each other. Families stayed together and away from other people. We went for a hike in the forest and didn’t see any other hikers (but did see a few mountain bikers out there–like two pairs).We were there early enough to miss the crowd apparently. I was honestly surprised at how many people were there after we left…

It was so empty we even took Bella off leash! (And you know how I feel about off leash dogs!) She did great. We were out in the woods alone.

It was a little on the chilly side, since it was kind of towards the beach. But we warmed up with our hike. The park was free. The bathrooms were open and had soap and toilet paper and smelled like bleach, so they were cleaning. That was nice. I still used Clorox wipes after using the bathrooms.

It was really good to get out of house after working from home for 5 days, not going to the gym, not going swimming, not seeing friends or family, cancelling Logan’s birthday party, and Michael’s bad news. We all needed a reset. Fresh air, hiking, getting a change of scenery was good for our mental health!

Then we had a picnic lunch on a table in the parking lot. The picnic tables were all spaced out really far from each other, so that was good. There were more people at the park by this time and I saw a lot of people on the other trail (not the one we did), so it was kind of defeating the social distancing thing with that many people. SIGH. This was when we packed up quick and left.

It was a pretty good day, despite everything. I was glad we got out, I was glad there were no people near us. I was glad we weren’t potentially spreading anything or catching anything. We just got a hike in, cleared our heads, and went home.

We came home, unpacked, I took a long hot bath and read a book and made huli huli chicken and roasted vegetables for dinner. It’s a super stressful time and it’s hard not to resort to old patterns dealing with stress. But trying.

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Day Trip to Bend

On Tuesday we got up, had breakfast and then drove to Bend for a little day trip. It was only about an hour away from Cove Palisades Park.

We went to Tumalo Falls Park to hike. We tried to hike it a few years ago in the winter and it was too windy. It was nice to do in the summer!

There were a couple different trailheads at the parking lot. We did the one next to the viewpoint. I can’t remember now what it’s called. But it’s a very short walk from the parking lot to a nice view of the waterfall and then a short trek up a hill to the top where there is another viewpoint.

The trail is dusty and sandy but overall pretty easy. Once you leave the viewpoint area you hike along a creek and then into the trees. We didn’t go very far because of Logan and the time of day. We wanted to stay on schedule for lunch.

After our hike, we went into Downtown Bend for lunch. We went to the new Boneyard Pub! The last time we were in Bend they hadn’t finished it yet. It was cool to see! They had outdoor seating that was dog friendly, so that was perfect!

I got the poke bowl for lunch, which was REALLY delicious! One of the best I’ve had outside of Hawaii.

I went off the diet for the day so I could have my beer. πŸ˜€

Got the growler filled (had to deal with some house stuff since we had cell service in Bend) and then headed back to the cabin. The rest of the afternoon was chill. I read a lot and enjoyed my beer. Michael took a nap. Logan played. Dinner was hot dogs. Exciting!

Wednesday morning we had breakfast and packed up the car and drove home. It was kind of a bummer to leave. We enjoyed our time so much! We made some really happy memories and we hope to go back again next year. Logan had so much fun and it made me really happy to see how happy and dirty he was!

When we pulled into our driveway we got the phone call from our realtor that our house was officially SOLD! What a HUGE relief and one less thing to worry/stress about!!!

We celebrated with carbs and champagne!