Oregon

Sunday Vibes

On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast of eggs, bacon, sourdough toast with avocado and strawberries.

I had a very large iced coffee and sat on the deck.

After breakfast Michael and my dad took Logan to the park nearby (and my dad tried to teach Logan how to play golf with his very first set of “clubs”). I went for a run.

My hamstrings were pretty sore from Friday’s weight session (STILL) so I wasn’t even sure if I could run but I did ok. It was another gorgeous day in Bend. I jogged through the neighborhood and then took Galveston to Skyliner. It was a quiet road. I found the West Bend Trail next to the road and took that instead.

Bend is SO friendly to runners and bikers and hikers. They have these paved trails all over the city. It makes it really easy to be outside and to walk in nature.

Bend is also at elevation, so while I was running it felt like my heart rate was 170 bpm but it never really got over 140. It was kind of crazy! I was so out of breathe. But I was still able to run and had a pretty good time doing it. It was peaceful and quiet, and still early out so there weren’t a lot of people out.

I ended up doing 3.31 miles and walked the last half mile or so back to the house.

After cleaning up, we all went to the Farewell Bend Park to kill some time and hang out outside. It’s a really nice park! Not only are there cool toys for kids, but there is like a 3 mile loop around the river. It’s a really nice spot to walk and bike or run.

There were a ton of people kayaking or doing SUP in the river. It looked liked so much fun!

After that we went out to lunch at Big Island Kona Mix Plate. The food was really delicious. I got the kahlua pork with cabbage, steamed broccoli and the mac salad. Michael got the bulgoi beef and it was REALLY good!

We stopped at Columbia Park again on the way home from lunch and then it was NAP TIME.

Logan ended up taking a three hour nap. I took a short nap in the hammock listening to the wind in the trees, Michael took a nap watching the Mariners, my mom took a nap…my dad was the only one not tired. LOL I think we all bit off a little more than we needed to do on Saturday and we were all worn out!

After naps, Michael and I went for a walk and ended up getting more Boneyard in our growler, I got a delicious Guava kombucha and we stopped for shaved iced on a whim. It was nice little detour. πŸ™‚

Dinner Sunday night:

BBQ chicken drumstricks with coleslaw. After Logan went to bed the four of us played cards and shared some AMAZING freshly baked cookies from a local Bend bakery. Probably the best cookies I’ve ever had. πŸ˜€

Then of course, hot tub and bed. I slept so amazingly good. I wanted to sleep more but…toddlersΒ never sleep in. Ever.

Beverly Beach Camping

I used to go camping all the time. Growing up, we went backpacking as kids with my parents. At the time I didn’t like backpacking–it was a LOT of work! But looking back at those experiences, they were pretty amazing things.

Michael and I really want to give Logan lots of experiences we had as kids–like camping. BUT we are both old. Like dang, the idea of camping in a tent, sleeping on the ground……….I just don’t know. Over the weekend we did go camping (in a YURT!) and it was fantastic!

If you’ve never camped in a yurt, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun experience and keeps you out of the elements a little bit, which is a nice thing in Oregon when you can’t really guarantee what the weather would be (even in August). The downside is that you have to book them very far in advance. I think I booked our yurt 9 months ago.

We stayed at Beverly Beach about 20 minutes north of Newport, OR. It was a REALLY nice park. We’ve never been there before. It was really nice. Since it’s early in the season, it wasn’t too packed. It was pretty quiet.

The yurt was nice and had electricity for charging stuff πŸ˜‰ and a heater–which was nice because it was pretty cold at the beach over the weekend.

On Friday I had the day off work and took Logan to daycare for the morning so I could go to the gym and the grocery store and pack the car. Then Michael got home after lunch and we hit the road. It was perfect timing, too, because Logan took his nap for most of the drive to the beach!

We unpacked and got settled and built a campfire. Then Logan was raring to go to ride his bike. Logan and Bella were super excited exploring our little campground. There weren’t a ton of people there. There were probably like 40% full–most of them were RVs but there were quite a few tents!

Logan had SO MUCH FUN. He was excited about exploring everything. He helped me pick up twigs for starting the fire. We could hear the frogs in the ponds arounds us (you can hear them on video on my Instagram if you want).

It was a weekend full of BBQ’ed hot dogs, s’mores and getting super dirty!

So…the downside? I thought I was super smart and got dry ice for the cooler. Except we discovered that the beer and eggs…basically everything…froze! So Michael went to the nearby store to get unfrozen stuff. We had eggs and sausages for breakfast on Saturday.

Then I took Bella with me for a run. We ran around the campgrounds and explored the different camping loops and then headed down to the beach. We ran on the beach and it was a really nice run! I was slow after being sick the previous weekend, and Bella is not QUITE coordinate to run but she did well. πŸ˜‰

I got back to the campsite to find Logan napping. LOL

After my run I showered (the showers were REALLY nice and hot, so that was good). I took a short nap–unplanned). Then Logan woke up and we drove to Newport for lunch. We ended up at Rogue Brewery. I got a sandwich that was a little too much of everything–so big you couldn’t even take a bite–with a bowl of clam chowder and Michael got an AMAZING burger with caramelized onions and fried cheese curds on it plus beer. πŸ˜€

Logan’s lunch was a grilled cheese sandwich with fries and it came on a frisbee! (Which we ended up playing with for most of the afternoon back at the site.)

Then it was back to the campsite. Logan wanted to take another nap so he and Michael went to sleep and Bella and I went for a long walk on the beach.

Saturday night we had dinner and s’mores and then to bed fairly early. One of the downsides of a yurt is that there is a skylight, which does NOT make it toddler friendly! Logan was up at dawn both days. Needless to say we were both tired.

On Sunday we had breakfast and then packed everything up and went to the beach for a bit.

It was a nice day. A little gloomy but the sun was poking out of the clouds. It wasn’t as cold as it was on Saturday. Beverly Beach was nice and not too crowded and not windy at all. So it was a good beach to play on.

Logan and Bella had a blast playing in the sand (and getting even more filthy than ever). It was such a nice, relaxing, chill weekend where we were able to unplug a little bit. We didn’t have great service, so it kind of forced us to unplug. It was fun to just hang out as a family and do nothing!

After the beach trip, we headed home (with a pit-stop in Wilsonville for pizza for lunch). I hosed both Logan and Bella down immediately (ok, not really, but they both had very soapy baths to get the filth off!). We unpacked, Logan and I went grocery shopping and then I got to go swimming. It was nice to have a little me time to unwind. It was a fun, awesome weekend, but a lot of work! By Sunday night Logan was SO overtired he could barely make it to bedtime. πŸ˜‰

I think we are going to try and go camping (IN A TENT!) this summer. I think Logan will LOVE it. πŸ˜€