hiking

Mirror Lake and a Girl’s Day

On Thursday I took Logan to daycare and then Miss B and I got to do our own thing! I packed up some stuff and we drove up to Mount Hood, listening to Beth Hart and Lucinda Williams CDs. Bella was super excited for an adventure!

It was such a nice day and I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted. I wasn’t really up for working out yet (still a little sick) but an easy hike in some fresh air sounded right. I looked around for some hikes near us but found that the Gorge hikes are still largely closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire last year. Multnomah Falls is open but not all the way. So I decided to drive out to Mirror Lake.

Mirror Lake has been on my To Do List for years! It’s a super popular hike, though, and so we’ve never done it. Thee’s not a ton of parking available and it always fills up fast.

I got to the trailhead at 9:20 AM and I got the last parking spot (barely).

Bella and I got ready and headed out on the trail. You cross a bridge right away and I had to kind of wrangle Bella to get up on it and walk across and then she was ok. We hiked through the forest on a pretty manicured trail and then crossed another bridge.

Bella did great! The trail started to climb a little bit but it was never too steep or difficult. I thought it would be a good hike for Logan to do but then we came to this little area of rock scramble:

It looks worse than it was but it would be hard for a toddler to navigate. So not sure if Logan is ready for this one yet,

After the rocks, there were some mild switchbacks. We hike through the old growth alpine forest. It was fairly crowded but not too bad. Not like I imagine weekends to be! We got to a fork in the trail and took a left across this bridge:

The trail climbed again through some more forest and then it opened up and I got glimpses of the lake. Oh, one thing to note: The mosquitoes were SUPER bad! I got a few bites! Thankfully I had some bug spray in my backpack and so I put some of that on (a little too late, though).

The trail goes around the small lake and then there are parts of the forest that open up to the lakeside and you get THIS amazing view!

HELLO! There’s the mountain! What a perfect picture, too! It was so pretty. And all around the lake there were swarms of butterflies EVERYWHERE! It was kind of creepy, honestly! So many!

I walked around the lake (it’s pretty small) and then headed back down the trail. All in all it was a really nice, fairly easy hike. It’s good for older kids and was good for dogs. It would be a nice place to hike in and have a picnic lunch by the lake. Don’t forget your bug spray!

We got back to the car. I had packed some lunch in a cooler but it was only 11am so I decided to just drive home and eat there. Home to have lunch, shower, nap (I was worn out!) and then I spent the afternoon at the Oregon Humane Society.

I did NOT come home with a cat. 😉 But there were plenty of adorable ones! I found one that I loved. But she was a) a kitten–and I think I want a cat that’s around a year or two old and b) she looked exactly like Yggdrasil but with gold eyes. It made me cry a bit when I saw her and I just couldn’t do it. I think my next cat will have to look different than my baby did, otherwise I think I’d feel too sad.

But it was nice to look around. There were a TON of kittens at the Humane Society!

FRIDAY

Friday I went to the gym and then I got to take my new car on a little mini road trip! Some friends came over and we went to Sokol Blosser for a picnic lunch and tasting. None of them had ever been there, so it was nice to share it with them.

We had various cheeses, hummus and naan, tons of fruit and crackers. It was such a perfect day for a picnic!

After that we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun and nice breeze at Stoller:

I stuck with water at the second place and they split a bottle of the Stoller Chardonnay (they all loved it as I knew they would!). It was nice just lounging in the chairs in the sun catching up with friends. I think Erika and I are going to do the Stoller 5k Race next year!

It was such a nice day! I got slightly sunburned, even though I used sunscreen! But other than that, it was chill and relaxing and perfect for my soul. 🙂

Beer in Bend

I’ve been waiting for a vacation for long time. We enjoyed ourselves so much in Bend last summer, we booked the house again with my parents. We met them at the rental house on Friday afternoon. It was a long drive for them (from Seattle) but they were excited to do it. Logan did pretty well in the car and slept for the first two hours or so, then he was fussy.

Friday we unpacked and then got some groceries.

We ended up getting pizzas for dinner and eating them outside on the deck. It was a nice, warm evening. The birds were chirping and there was an owl somewhere nearby.

Michael had gotten us some beer at Growler Phil’s (our favorite place) and we enjoyed some Boneyard RPM and then Logan went to bed and Michael and I got to relax in the hot tub for a bit before bed. It was nice and relaxing!

Saturday we got up early and had breakfast. Eggs, hashbrowns, sausage and lots of coffee.

Then made sandwiches headed up Mount Bachelor for a hike.

We chose Todd Lake. The reviews were great and it looked like a really nice hike (easy) for Logan.

It wasn’t very crowded, which was good, and we let Bella free-roam since we were basically the only hikers on the trail. We usually don’t do that but Bella LOVED it. She was doing zoomies up and down the trail. She did GREAT off leash.

It was 60 degrees and sunny. Not too cool, so that was nice. We set out on the trail and had amazing views of Mount Bachelor.

I LOVE the trees in Bend.

Logan did SO good hiking! He usually only has about 1 mile, maybe less in him when we do the neighborhood walks and then he’s done and wants to be carried. BUT he’s getting too big for his carrier and doesn’t want to be in it for long. I brought it just in case. He ended up walking about 1.6 miles before wanting to be carried. I put him in the pack for a bit, then he wanted to walk again, then he wanted to be carried. Then we were done. 🙂

The plan was to hike to Todd Lake and have our picnic lunch there. But we got to the lake, which was beautiful, and did part of the lakeside trail then encountered too much snow and lost the trail. We decided to turn around and go back. And by then it was too early for lunch.

So we went to Columbia Park in Bend and Logan played on the REALLY cool pirate kids toys, we walked by the river,  and then we had our picnic lunch there.

Then home for nap. Logan crashed and slept for over 2 hours. (YAY!) So Michael and I got to escape for a little bit while my parents hung out at the house.

We went to Cascade Lakes Brewery for some samples. We’ve driven by it a million times on the way to snowshoeing but never stopped. It was nice sitting outside in the sun and checking it out.

We got back to the house and Logan was still napping so I got to relax in the hammock in the yard for about an hour before he woke up. Then we went to downtown Bend for a bit.

It was a lot of stuff and I think we were allllll tired. LOL. Dinner:

Burgers on the grill, hot tub and early to bed. ZZZZZ