traveling

Eugene Part 2

Saturday we woke pretty early and had breakfast at the house and then got ready to go out for a bit. The first stop was the Eugene Saturday Market.

It was really big, with lots of really interesting booths. So much handmade stuff! Lots of art, jewelry, paintings, you name it. Also, lots of tie dye, πŸ˜‰ and then a whole section of farm fresh fruits and veggies and locally made cheese and bread.

There was so much to see. We only spent an hour walking around. I bought a few small art pieces and we got some heirloom tomatoes, amazing salsa and a loaf of fresh sourdough.

Logan started getting antsy so we left after that. I could have spent another hour at least, looking at everything.

We dropped the stuff back at the house and then went to Mount Pisgah Arboretum for a “hike”. It was a pretty area with what looked like lots of different hikes.

We took the easy hike along the river and by the ponds, and then through an art exhibition. We did just under a mile a half and Logan was getting tired and cranky so we left.

Next time it would be nice to explore some more and really do some hiking!

Next stop: lunch. We planned on going to one of the gastropubs near the house but then my cousin Di texted me and said we should check out The Cannery. It was one of her favorite restaurants. So we went there and realized it was the one place we’ve stopped at in Eugene! We ate lunch there three years ago, and we both liked it so we decided to stay and go again.

We like The Cannery a lot. The food is fantastic and the service is great. Logan got a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. I got the BLT that also had prosciutto on it, with coleslaw on the side. My lunch was outstanding!

Fantastic lunch! Michael got the roast beef sandwich with fries.

After lunch: back to the house for naps. Logan went to sleep right away (it was a busy morning!) and I laid down and fell asleep too. It was so peaceful and quiet. Michael was out doing something and I had a lovely little nap. πŸ˜€

When Logan got up we went to The Adventure Children’s Museum. It was in the mall and a little weird at first but so fun! Logan LOVED it and didn’t want to leave! There was a giant pirate ship with a slide, a Lego station, little kid legos, a giant train set, stuffed animals, cool little rooms about different things (animals, etc), an area for puppet shows and dress-up, a piano and other instruments. Tons of fun kid stuff.

We spent almost two hours there and then it was time to head back to the house for Logan to have dinner, bath and bedtime. After he went down Michael and I got to decompress with some beers, leftover pizza, salad and Michael made bruschetta with the stuff we got from the Saturday market.

ALL CARBS!

Sunday we had breakfast and packed up and then went to Skinner Butte to see the view.

Then down to Riverplay in Skinner Butte for Logan to play for about an hour before the drive home. It was a great park! So much to do and so many cool play toys.

There were some people making giant bubbles and Logan was so fascinated (and we were too). It was cool watching and then watching Logan trying to pop the bubbles. πŸ˜€

It was a memorable weekend. We had a great time and will go back next summer to really do some hiking.

Weekend on the Water

One of my favorite memories as a younger person was when I drove to Montana (from Portland) by myself to hang out with my friend Rachel. She lived near Glacier National Park and it was very cool and empowering to go on a road trip all by myself (I think I was like 23 or so at the time). I drove for hours in my Buick LeSabre (classy) to Spokane, Washington, spent the night in a motel 6-type place and then the next day drove the rest of the way to see Rachel in Montana. It was a GREAT trip with lots of stories (some we will never share with anyone πŸ˜€ ) and it was just me on the road with good music and my Road Atlas (yes this was before GPS and smartphones).

(The above photo was me in Montana!)

Over the weekend I got to spend some quality time with my bff Rachel! A few months ago we made plans to have a girl’s weekend somewhere half-way in between Portland and Seattle. I’ve been looking forward to this for months! A weekend away to do girl stuff and recharge…sign me up!

We booked a really adorable guest house on AirBnB. Rachel found it and I highly recommend it!Β It was pretty remote–you are about 30 minutes from anything, like if you forget your chocolate (like we did), you to have drive 30 minutes to the nearest store. But despite not being near anything, it was the ideal location. It was right on the water on Harstine IslandΒ near Shelton, Washington.

You cross over a bridge and then you are on the Island (probably 30 minutes or so from Olympia?) and you are surrounded by trees and the water and quiet waterfront homes. We barely saw anybody out, maybe a few fishermen on the water, that was it.

There was one bedroom and then a loft bedroom.

There was comfy furniture for movie watching.

The bathroom was nice, but slightly weird. πŸ˜‰

The deck overlooking the trees and water were absolutely amazing! And the house had all these big, beautiful windows overlooking the trees and Sound.

There was a pool that Rachel and I were really excited to use but sadly, it was closed up for the season by the time we got there. Bummer!

Friday afternoon I left Portland and unfortunately I a) didn’t get to say goodbye to Logan because he was still napping when I left and b) hit rush hour Friday traffic trying to get out of Portland so it took longer than expected to arrive, but it was fairly nice and easy drive once I got out of Portland/Vancouver.

Rachel had already checked in and was doing some work remotely and just relaxing. When I arrived we cooked dinner (steaks and baked potatoes and lots of wine) and stayed up way too late gabbing and catching up.

I got the bedroom downstairs and the bed was glorious and so comfy! I might have slept at an angle, taking up the entire bed, because I could. πŸ˜‰ I slept so good. It was so quiet and peaceful and comfortable.

Saturday I got to sleep in!!!!!!!! Wooooo hooo! I slept in until almost 8am. The bed was so comfy and I didn’t want to get out of bed but Rachel made coffee and I could smell it so…yeah I got up. πŸ˜€ We had breakfast (eggs, toast, bacon, coffee, juice) and then we went kayaking!

I didn’t take any photos of us kayaking, which I’m bummed about, but I was worried about my phone so it was just better to leave it behind. Rachel went in on a kickstarter years ago with Oru Kayaks, which are kayaks that fold up into something compact and easy to transport. So it was pretty fascinating to watch her put together these kayaks that were essentially folded up into boxes. It’s a pretty ingenious idea!

So it took about 30 minutes to put the kayaks together and then we were in the water. I can see where the process of putting them together could be kind of a pain in the ass…Rachel admitted that it’s her least favorite part of it and has discouraged her from using them more often, but also admitted that when her and her husband used to go all the time, it was a lot quicker to put the kayaks together because they had more practice.

I can see this being a good alternative to people that don’t have an ideal way to transport or store, traditional kayaks.

Anyways, we got in the water right in front of where we were staying. The sky was perfectly blue, the sun was out, the air was cool but not cold. The kayaks worked great and we didn’t sink or tip over (even though they were a little wobbly) and we didn’t get wet at all. We kayaked around for about an hour. It was really fun and kind of the perfect way to spend the sunny morning. We saw some gray clouds off in the distance so we decided to turn around and head back. We literally missed the rain by like maybe 10 minutes!

The beach was rocky and had a little bit of sand. There were tons of oyster shells and barnacles, lots of seaweed.

We had lunch outside on the deck overlooking the water. We made big, crunchy salads. It was delicious. The water was calm and there was a light breeze mixed with some rain sprinkles.

Then we kind of spent the rest of the afternoon lounging on the couch watching chick flicks and watching the alternating sunshine and rainy stormy weather outside the windows. It was really chill and relaxing.

Dinner was baked chicken and baked potatoes. Then more chit chatting and hanging out. πŸ˜€ It was great!

It was such a good way to spend the weekend. It was definitely chill. I didn’t really work out. The kayaking was fun, and sort of active, but not really a workout. I could have maybe gone for a run, but I didn’t feel like it. It was just nice to relax and honestly do nothing for a change.

Sunday we had a leisurely morning. I made breakfast, we drank a ton of coffee. I walked down to the water because it looked like the tide was out and I wanted to explore a bit. The tide was WAY out! The below pictures was right where we were kayaking the day before!

A lot more seaweed that morning. It was a really quiet morning. The water was like a mirror and there wasn’t anyone else out on the water or beach but me. It was so nice.

I wish we could have spent a little more time relaxing Sunday morning before packing up. It was such a delightful little spot to spend time!

So we packed up and refolded the kayaks and hit the road. We decided to make this weekend an annual thing. We’re going to alternate who picks the spot each year. I have to say, I’m already super excited for next year’s weekend!!!!!