Sep 302015

I took a break from weight lifting for awhile. Part of it was when I hurt my back at the beginning of August. Part of it was just not feeling motivated to do it (first trimester fatigue) and all I could drag my tired butt to do was the elliptical and swimming. Then we got busy with houseguests, I ran a 5k and we went on vacation for our anniversary where we just hiked.

So recently I got back to lifting weights and was feeling a renewed sense of interest and desire and energy to do it. I was SO sore after those first few times lifting. I’m glad to be back at it but yeah, sore! Since I was still a little sore, I took it a little easy on this session. I did bicep curls, overhead tricep extensions, one-leg Romanian Deadlift, my ab workout (including planks and my PT exercises for my back), a seated row and then finished up with 3 miles on the elliptical.


My energy level was great during the whole workout. A LOT better than it had been recently. A little bit later Michael and I met my friend Sam and her boyfriend for a lunch date. When Sam and I made the plans I’d been craving Hawaiian (but hadn’t said anything to her about it yet) and she suggested Ohana. Apparently my friend is psychic!

Ohana was a cute place. The service was great and the food was decent. It definitely wasn’t as good as the food we had in Hawaii but it was tasty. Michael got the spam musubi appetizer. It was something he was looking forward to when we made the plans. The spam musubi we had in Maui was a risky choice–neither of us had ever had spam and it sounded kind of….gross….but it was AMAZING. We were both hoping to relive that. Here was the Portland spam musubi:


It was a little different than what we got on Maui, where it was small–like a sushi roll–that was deep fried and did I mention it was amazing?? This version was pretty good. I had a few bites. The flavor was fantastic. I wish it had been smaller, bite-sized pieces, but overall it was good.

For lunch Michael got a place of short ribs and chicken with rice and macaroni salad. I got the kahlua pig–of course! What I had been craving. It also came with rice and macaroni salad. The kahlua was tender and moist and really good, but on the salty side. Overall the meal was really good and I’d go back and try other things. I had a bite of the short ribs, which were great so I think I’d get that next time.


I had a glass of iced tea¬†sweetened with real lilikoi pulp with lunch. It was too sweet for my liking (I like plain iced tea instead of sweet) but it was kind of a nice treat. I¬†also got a slice of the purple sweet potato and coconut custard pie to go for later. I just couldn’t resist!

Lunch was really filling and a lot of food so dinner was very light (it might have been popcorn and lemonade while we watched a movie). And then of course the pie for dessert. :)


The pie was very mild and didn’t have an particular overpowering flavor. The sweet potato was mild, the coconut was mild. It wasn’t overly sweet . It had toasted coconut on top (yum) and the crust of the pie was fantastic!


Woke up SORE. I’m surprised at how sore my lower body was considering the only lower body activity I did was the one-leg Romanian deadlifts. And I used two 10 pound weights and did 3 sets of 10. It’s not like I did something strenuous but damn I was sore. :( I’m guessing this is a pregnancy side-effect. Extra extra sore everything.

Since it was a nice day and I was kind of feeling too sore to go to the gym, we asked Bella if she wanted to go for a hike.


I think she was stoked! We did the Pittock Mansion Hike that starts at the Lower Macleay Park. I’ve never done it before, but I’ve seen parts of it that connect all over Washington Park.


I think we picked up the trail in the middle of it. That happens a lot with the Forest Park trails–especially Wildwood trail (which is huge and connects all the trails in the park) because we definitely missed the Stone House (bummer) and it wasn’t 5 miles roundtrip. Where we started the trail was pretty steep and went up immediately and steady the whole way.


This is a very popular trail and it’s also a popular spot for trail runners. We saw a bunch of trail runners and lots of hikers. Bella did so good on the trail! Not a single bark at any people or other dogs! We hiked for about 40 minutes I think and then we were at the top! Pittock Mansion:


It was a popular place on a sunny Sunday. We walked around to the back and found a bench to sit on where we could eat our lunch in the sunshine. It was a gorgeous view.



The grounds were pretty and there were lots of flowers till in bloom. My favorites were the dahlias, of course.




After lunch (Michael had a sandwich, I had egg salad with crackers and an apple) we hiked back down Wildwood Trail to the parking lot. We’d considered going a little further to see what we missed on the other part of the trail but it was getting late in the day. Next time. I really want to see the Stone House!


We did 2.77 miles roundtrip. It was a decent little trek in the woods, nice picnic, nice weather. I burned 353 calories.

Sep 292015

The second day of our trip was a big one! I am breaking it up into two posts. Here is the first. After breakfast at the cabin we went for a hike at a nearby campground called the Natural Bridge. It was less than a 5 minute drive from where we were staying in Union Creek and the hike was along the gorgeous Rogue River.

Upper Rogue River Hike

The Natural Bridge was a lava tube that had formed underneath the water.



The lava tubes were really cool. The water was rapid and you could see lots of little caves that were part of the tubes. When we were on our honeymoon in Maui we did a snorkeling tour and got to see the lava tubes that had formed in the ocean.



The hike was really quiet and scenic. We were the only ones on the trail once you left the viewpoint of the lava tubes/natural bridge. The trail went through the forest and the ground was super soft. It was an easy hike until we go to some hills. Then it was probably “moderate.”

We climbed up the trail and it then it flattened out and looped around. Suddenly we were on the other side of the river.



The trees were starting to change color and it was a gorgeous area. This was probably my favorite hike that we did on our trip. We hiked around the other side of the river, along the campground.



We crossed a bridge (Bella thankfully crossed the bridge even though she was freaked out) and we were back to the parking lot. We hiked around 4 miles.


After this we went back to the cabin, cleaned up, packed lunches and then made the drive to Crater Lake. Our cabins were right by the junction to Crater Lake and it was only about 20 miles or so of a drive.

I will be doing a post just about Crater Lake because it really needs its own post.


So fast forward to dinner after the adventure at 8,000 feet!

After Crater Lake we hung out outside our cabin and had dinner on the picnic bench. The weather was really nice and it was relaxing to just chill. The resort had a giant BBQ! Look at it:


Michael was pretty impressed. He’s been wanting to get a BBQ/smoker like this for some time so he was excited to give it a try. I guess the guy does BBQ every weekend. Michael picked up some brisket and sides for both of us.


The dinner was great! I was impressed. The brisket was soft and melted in your mouth. The homemade BBQ sauce was outstanding. The sides were just ok. We shared the coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans.


We spent the evening relaxing, playing card games and doing crossword puzzles together. Stay tuned for the Crater Lake post!