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First Camping Trip

There was a bit of a dark cloud over my August. But summer wasn’t over, yet, and we had some stuff that we’d planned a long time ago, so that was a nice distraction from my sadness, too.

We did some camping in the Stub Stewart Park. We rented one of the rustic cabins and friends joined us. This was the first time we went “camping” with Logan and Bella. We’re hoping to go actual camping next summer! It was nice to get out of the house.

We’ve been to Stub Stewart park a bunch of times for day trips/hiking/picnics and it’s super cute and fun! We booked a cabin back in February (they book out far in advance!). The cabins are really cute. They are sort of private. They are pretty rustic–there’s electricity and a ceiling fan but that’s it. There was a bunk bed and a futon with mats on it, so it was better than sleeping on the ground.

We got cabin #8 at the end and it was a more private spot and it was pretty shaded, too, which was nice because it was in the 90’s again.

So I’m not going to sugar-coat it. Yes, the pictures and videos I posted looked good and we had fun but……….camping with a toddler was HARD WORK. Logan was into everything. He was fascinated by the fire pit and got covered in ash. He did not want to sleep in his crib in the cabin and we basically spent 2 days just chasing him around the campsite. Gone are the relaxing days where I get to sit back in a camping chair with a book and a beer and relax. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Despite the hard work it was to chase Logan and keep him out ofย everything, he was obviously having a fabulous time and loved every single minute of it! That was kind of cool to see and made me happy. It will be a little bit easier next year, I think, when Logan is a little bit older and understands more stuff.

We were there Sunday–Tuesday. Our friends joined us with their dog (which Bella loved having a playmate around!) and their 4 year old daughter. Logan LOVED chasing after the big kid! There was a trailhead right by our cabin and the kids just ran up and down the trail in a loop. ๐Ÿ™‚

On Monday it was going to be 95 degrees and since Logan wasn’t sleeping great in the cabin, we knew he wouldn’t nap so we decided to take a day trip to Seaside. It was a great idea. Logan got a 1 hour nap on the way there (perfect) and we hung out in much cooler weather on the beach!

This was the third beach trip this summer! Logan is now an expert. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This time he didn’t try and eat any sand! But he did discover how much fun it is to dig around in wet sand and get all dirty.

Logan loved running around on the beach, chasing daddy, chasing Bella…

It was so cool to see how much fun everyone was having! Bella was having a blast, too. She loves the beach. This time we brought her ball and let her off leash. She’s been doing so much better off-leash, so she got to run amok and wear herself out.

It was kind of the perfect day. We had a picnic lunch on the beach, had some beers. This was the most fun (and most relaxing) part of the camping trip. It was just fun to chill out and let the kids and dogs go nuts on the beach.

After that we got ice cream in Seaside then drove back to the campground. Logan got another nap, perfect timing! We got back and took showers. The facilities at Stub Stewart are really nice! It felt awesome to take a cool shower.

Monday night was hot. We had planned on going on a hike all together but it was just too hot for dogs and babies to hike. So we took it easy. We had burgers (with goat cheese, grilled figs and arugula) for dinner and sat by the campfire until pretty late. It was another rough night with Logan. He didn’t want to sleep.. ๐Ÿ™ It was just hot and weird and out of the norm, I guess.

Tuesday morning we had pancakes for breakfast, lots of cold brew coffee for this tired mama, packed up the campsite and our friends left and we did a quick (and short) family hike in the park before heading home.

I think our hike was just over 2 miles. ๐Ÿ™‚ Logan crashed immediately. And then when we put him in the car to head back to Portland, he slept the whole way too!

Man, that first shower at home after camping was so amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€ Even though it was hard work, it was a lot of fun and I am already forgetting the stressful moments and only remembering the happiness on Logan’s face. I know it will get easier next time!

 

Manzanita and Ecola State Park

We were up early Sunday with Logan. He was sleeping in the pack n’play at the foot of the bed in the room we were staying in. It was kinda funny because he’d wake up and see us and then start laughing and jumping up and down. Better than crying!

Michael made a big breakfast (which ended up being a good idea because we skipped lunch!) and then we took Logan down to the beach one last time before getting cleaned up and packing everything.

It was a little gray but not cold. We left him in his PJs for the beach excursion. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We had fun, but it was a short visit because it was getting close to nap time. He didn’t really want to play or run around as much as he did the day before. So back to the house for his bath and nap time.

He ended up taking a fairly long nap so Michael and I got to get in a little nap, too! Just what we needed, too. We were both pretty tired. After that we packed up and said our goodbyes to our friends and then headed out to a hike.

Like I said, breakfast had been pretty big, so neither of us thought to pack lunch. We drove up 101 and went to Cannon Beach where we planned on doing a hike in Ecola State Park. The drive into the park was really pretty, on a narrow, winding road in the forest.

Then we got towards the top and there was a super long line to get into the park. There was one toll booth and it took at least 20 minutes to get through the line and into the park. We were told Indian Beach parking lot (where the hike was we planned on doing) was full and there was at least a 30 minute wait to get into that lot, so we went to the other one–where there was tons of parking.

It was kind of frustrating, honestly. It soured me a little bit to the park and I was tempted to say screw it, let’s just leave. But right by the bathrooms I saw another trailhead so we ended up doing this hike!

And it turned out to be a really pretty, nice hike! It started out through the forest, up some stairs, and then along the road to the other trail and back in the forest. It was pretty high up in elevation and there were some very stunning views (and frightening cliffs).

Then the trail left the cliffside and went back into the forest. It was really nice and peaceful, but fairly crowded. Lots of hikers on the trail. The trail was steep and narrow, just like the sign said.

We were doing down a lot of switchbacks that were pretty steep. Then we got to a fork in the trail. We continued down to Crescent Beach. And it was a great hike! What a payoff at the end!

As we hiked down through the forest, we got glimpses of the ocean and rocks and beach below. We continued on the switchbacks and then got to some stairs that led down to the beach.

You can’t tell by the photos, but it was actually pretty sunny and warm out. The skies were slightly gray with lots of blue poking through. It would have been a great place to stop and have a picnic lunch (had we brought one!)

It was getting pretty late in the day. We decided to hike back up instead of spending time on the beach (maybe next time we’ll be more prepared) so we hiked back up the very steep trail!

It wasn’t a super long hike. We did about 2.5 miles total, I burned 386 calories. We got back to the car and we were both suddenly starving! We tried to stop for a late lunch/early dinner in Cannon Beach but everywhere we tried was packed. How were there lines for tables at 3:30?!?!

So we decided to just start driving back to Portland. Logan had fallen asleep in the car almost immediately anyways, so it was the better option. We stopped and got some fast food for dinner and weย devoured our food like we hadn’t eaten all day (we kinda hadn’t!).

The drive back to Portland was pretty easy. We lucked out again and didn’t hit much traffic.

We really need to make the beach more of a priority in our lives. I always feel so good there, happy and relaxed and like my soul is happy. There really isn’t any excuse not to go more often. I mean, in ideal traffic it’s 90 minutes from Portland so it’s easy to do a day trip!