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Playing Hooky

For an anniversary gift, Michael surprised me with suggesting we book a couple’s massage. I looked around for something in Portland and found a stellar place! But first, a lunch date!

We played hooky and took off half the day from work and went out to lunch. We went to Stella Taco on SE Division. There are a ton of cool new restaurants on SE Division that we’ve been wanting to check out but never have the opportunity.

Stella Taco was a cute, hip place with “street” tacos on the menu. It was a casual joint, with the order-at-the-bar and bus your own table model (which I’m not usually a huge fan of, but…it was ok). It was cheap, so that’s nice.

I got one of of the fish street tacos and one carnitas. There were small, like three or four bites worth.

Michael got the carnitas, beef and chorizo street tacos. Everything was really fresh. I liked my tacos a lot but they weren’t spicy. The carnitas was pretty flavorful but I wished that the fish taco had a little more flavor, it was a tad bland. But I think with some spice they could have been great!

Michael said the chorizo tacos were spicy. We had lunch and then went to a dive bar nearby for beers. We had about an hour and a half to kill after lunch before our massages. Boneyard RPM! Our favorite beer on tap! It was nice to just chill in the quiet bar, not rushed or anything.

Then we walked around SE Hawthorne for a bit. We had no destination, just wandering. We stopped in Red Light (a funky, hip consignment store) that had a ton of retro clothes and halloween costumes and we hung out a bit. I was super excited about the cheesy 70’s pantsuits! Sadly, I didn’t find anything that really spoke to me enough to buy for Halloween. 😉 There were some real gems, though!

On a whim we stopped in at Blue Star Donuts and Michael bought a blueberry bourbon basil donut–apparently Blue Star is something pretty amazing. I wasn’t all that impressed after a few bites.

Then it was time for our appointments. I had looked around and found a place called Laurelhurst Massage by Laurelhurst Park. It was SO great! We both agreed they were some of the best massages we’ve had. It was a really relaxing and wonderful experience.

Rick and Greg have a massage studio in a space behind their house. It’s a cute space among nice, old Portland craftsman houses. The studio downstairs had a bathroom and a decent sized spa that we got to use before our massages.

The sauna was so nice! We’ve been talking about wanting our own sauna at home someday…Anyways, the sauna was great and so relaxing. The door to the sauna had a really pretty glass etching, too, of Multnomah Falls. Very cool.

After about 10 or 15 minutes in the sauna, we used the double spa shower that had like 6 shower heads, dried off and then had our couple’s massage upstairs in the massage room. (They had big fluffy bathrobes and nice towels for us.)

They were fabulous massages! So good and relaxing. I fell asleep halfway through my massage. Michael got a pretty deep sports massage and was pretty happy with his. We had a great time and will most definitely go back to use them again. If you are in the Portland area and looking a luxurious afternoon spa getaway, I recommend it!

After our massages we melted outside to the car 😉 and then went to pick up our little dude from daycare and head home.

It was a good change from the routine!

Weldon Wagon Trail Hike

Sunday morning Logan got us up bright and early (yay vacation! haha) and we had breakfast on the deck and then packed up for a hike. First stop was to White Salmon at the adorable North Shore Cafe for coffee!

We decided to do the Weldon Wagon Trail hike because it was really close to where we were staying–and it was right by the BBQ place we went to! (We loved the food so much we considered stopping for lunch there on our way back but the timing wasn’t right and they were still closed.)

The hike was really cool! We started on an old logging road and then found the trailhead and it went through the forest for a bit before it opened up and you could see everywhere in the valley.

If you look carefully in the photo above, you can see the trail.

The trail was quiet and remote but clearly well maintained. We met a few other hikers on the trail but not many. It was a hard trail, too. Not difficult but the climb was constant and it never leveled off to give you a break.

We stopped a few times for water and the catch our breathe. Not only was it pretty steep it was hot out–even for 10am!

We both really liked the hike….until I didn’t like it anymore. 🙂

It opened up and it was pretty high up in elevation and my fear of heights started to kick in. I was feeling a bit light headed and decided it was time to turn around! It was just really narrow and freaked me out!

I mean, the views were gorgeous! But…scary.

We headed back down the trail and it turned out to be a good little hike and the perfect time to head back to the house to clean up, feed Logan and get ready to head out for the day.

We left Bella at the house this time. We planned on going to lunch and then doing the Fruit Loop in Hood River and you can’t bring dogs and it was too hot to leave her in the car. Kind of a bummer but the safest bet.

We had lunch in Hood River at a Taqueria. They had a really nice outdoor patio! I got the lunch tamale and shared it with Logan. He loved it!

After lunch we drove out to the Fruit Loop.

The first stop was the Draper Girls Farms.  Logan got to see goats for the first time 🙂 and we bought some of their homemade jalapeno feta cheese and some fancy mustard. Next stop: Wy’East Wineries.

I like Wy’East a lot. Logan was asleep though so Michael stayed in the air-conditioned car with him. It just wasn’t the same to go by myself. I did a quick tasting and bought Michael a bottle of their Red Blend.

Next stop: Packard Bakery and Farms. We stopped there last October for their pumpkin patch activities. It was definitely better in the fall! There wasn’t much going on so I just bought a jar of pickled garlic and cowboy candy jalapenos. 😀

After that we checked out the Children’s Park for awhile in downtown Hood River. Then we were home to relax on the deck with Logan and Bella. We drove up to the house and saw a deer right in the front yard and it wasn’t scared off by us! Check out my video on instagram. Then again when I was laying on the hammock it came right through the yard by me!

Dinner was grilled hot dogs! And then early to bed for all of us.