Fall Bike Ride

On Sunday, after about a week of needed rained, the sun was out. I decided to go for a bike ride since I feel like my time for biking is limited. Soon the weather will really turn and then I won’t be outside much at all.

I had some oatmeal for breakfast and then headed out. It was a little chilly out when I first started but I warmed up quickly.

I took the Trolley Trail. I figured it was the best bet since the leaves are falling all over the city now and it’s been rainy so I knew bike lanes would be covered in wet leaves (which would be kinda dangerous for biking). There were some leaves on the trail but not much.

The Trolley Trail goes from parts of Oregon City to the new-ish Max stop in Milwaukie, to Sellwood, then connects to the Springwater Trail into downtown Portland.

I’ve done the Trolley Trail a bunch of times before. It’s slightly uphill in one direction, so it’s a steady climb, which is not hard but it’s steady and doesn’t stop so you can’t just coast and take a breathe. The good part is on the way back is that you can basically coast most of it.

Anyways, I’ve never done the Trolley Trail into Sellwood, so I got to see the art around there this time.

The other downside of this trail is that there are a lot of stops for roads, so you can’t just go go go. It can also be pretty crowded. But other than that, it’s nice, new and doesn’t have the homeless camps like the East Springwater Trail does.

I turned around at Sellwood and then headed home. It was a nice bike ride. I was starving when I got home!!! I had a snack of BabyBel cheese, handful of cashews, 3 dried apricots and half of of one of Logan’s oatmeal fruit cookies. I was famished.

It was nice to be back on the bike after a long break. My hope is that I can still bike for another month or so since I am working from home and can now take bike rides during my lunch break–so I don’t have to worry about it being too dark in the morning or evenings. The only issue will be weather.

I kind of want to get an exercise bike for our gym and I’ve been casually looking at OfferUp and Craigslist for cheap ones but haven’t seen anything great yet. I think it’s a good option for the winter, especially since I’m not going into my gym during Covid-times.

Quarantine Week Whatever

Some Random Things I’ve Bought on Amazon Lately:

  1. Jump Ropes (adjustable ones for adults or kids)
  2. This AWESOME activity book for Logan.
  3. This adult coloring book (for me).

I’ve been taking care of my indoor plants (and got a few more). I also split one of our plants into two pots. It was looking a little choked and too big for the pot it was in, so I divided the plant. It seems to be doing well. In a week or so I will move them both up to our bedroom once I know they are doing well. Right now they are living right in front of a big window in our dining room:

On Friday I went for a bike ride on my lunch break. But I went early because I was trying to avoid crowds outside and on the bike trail, which was smart. I only saw one other biker and one walker out there when I went. Friday was SUCH a gorgeous day! It felt like summer! I am trying to slowly build up my biking after many years off.

Saturday morning we went for a hike. We are exploring local nature parks that have walking trails (that are open) since all hiking in the Gorge and Mount Hood is closed (rightly so, I get it). We are staying local so trying to find places that are 5 miles or less from our house so we don’t have to travel. We go at “off” times when we can so we avoid crowds. If we arrive somewhere and there are too many people (or cars in the parking lot), we leave and go somewhere else. We practice 6 feet distancing on trails when we see people (not everyone does, which is disappointing) and we don’t touch anything (we didn’t really touch anything hiking before anyways).

So Saturday we checked out the Old Canemah Park in Oregon City. It is seriously a cool hidden gem! I can’t believe we never knew of it before! There were so many paths and trails in the park! And they were all the perfect length for a toddler with lots of energy but a toddler that doesn’t have 4 miles in him!

There is a small parking lot (for maybe a dozen cars) at the end of a dead end in a cute, historic residential area. There’s a picnic area (which is closed right now) and some GREAT looking kids toys! Also closed, we will be back when it’s open! Looks super fun.

Since it’s a nature preserve they don’t want dogs there. We left Bella at home. We did see evidence that people do bring their dogs, though. The paths are very well maintained and well-marked, which is nice! You can easily figure out the paths and they all pretty much connect each other.

We were there early and the only people in the park. 🙂 It was about 50-54 degrees, slightly chilly and overcast but not cold. Just right for hiking. It was nice to be out in the wilderness by ourselves!

We did one trail that had a pretty good elevation and got our hearts pumping! It was a good work out. But not too strenuous that Logan couldn’t do it.

We ended up doing 1.75 miles and as we headed back towards the bluff loop towards the parking lot more people were arriving.

I burned a little over 300 calories. It was a really nice hike and we’ll definitely go back. It’s obviously a favorite neighborhood park, too, so we’ll definitely go when it’s less crowded. This one is by far our favorite discovery so far.

In other news, on Saturday my friend Sam dropped off a package of toilet paper on our front porch. We haven’t been able to find any in any grocery stores but they found some and bought us a package! It was seriously so sweet. We weren’t running low yet, we had about 2 weeks or so left of our stock, but it was stressing me out that I couldn’t find any ANYWHERE. It really warmed my heart that she found some and thought of us!