Portland

Fall Bike Ride

On Sunday, after about a week of needed rained, the sun was out. I decided to go for a bike ride since I feel like my time for biking is limited. Soon the weather will really turn and then I won’t be outside much at all.

I had some oatmeal for breakfast and then headed out. It was a little chilly out when I first started but I warmed up quickly.

I took the Trolley Trail. I figured it was the best bet since the leaves are falling all over the city now and it’s been rainy so I knew bike lanes would be covered in wet leaves (which would be kinda dangerous for biking). There were some leaves on the trail but not much.

The Trolley Trail goes from parts of Oregon City to the new-ish Max stop in Milwaukie, to Sellwood, then connects to the Springwater Trail into downtown Portland.

I’ve done the Trolley Trail a bunch of times before. It’s slightly uphill in one direction, so it’s a steady climb, which is not hard but it’s steady and doesn’t stop so you can’t just coast and take a breathe. The good part is on the way back is that you can basically coast most of it.

Anyways, I’ve never done the Trolley Trail into Sellwood, so I got to see the art around there this time.

The other downside of this trail is that there are a lot of stops for roads, so you can’t just go go go. It can also be pretty crowded. But other than that, it’s nice, new and doesn’t have the homeless camps like the East Springwater Trail does.

I turned around at Sellwood and then headed home. It was a nice bike ride. I was starving when I got home!!! I had a snack of BabyBel cheese, handful of cashews, 3 dried apricots and half of of one of Logan’s oatmeal fruit cookies. I was famished.

It was nice to be back on the bike after a long break. My hope is that I can still bike for another month or so since I am working from home and can now take bike rides during my lunch break–so I don’t have to worry about it being too dark in the morning or evenings. The only issue will be weather.

I kind of want to get an exercise bike for our gym and I’ve been casually looking at OfferUp and Craigslist for cheap ones but haven’t seen anything great yet. I think it’s a good option for the winter, especially since I’m not going into my gym during Covid-times.

Back Home

Logan, Stevie, Maya and I drove home from Seattle Tuesday afternoon. I had mixed feelings about heading home. We were ready to go home and be in our environment and routine, but the air quality was still terrible in Portland. The predicted rain kept changing, but in the end I decided to just head home. It WAS nice to be home in our own beds…

The cats were super happy to be home, not quarantined in the bathroom anymore.

Even Bella was happy to see everyone! πŸ˜‰

I had so much to catch up on with work, even though I did some teleworking from Seattle (minimal). So Wednesday was VERY busy for me. Logan was happy to be back at preschool with his friends.

Portland was ATROCIOUS. The air was absolutely terrible. I did not leave the house for several days and honestly, I stayed in the upstairs or the dining room of the house for several days. I don’t know if I mentioned it but our house is a 1920’s bungalow and the front part of the house where the office and living room are, the windows are original. So……yeah….they smelled like smoke.

The rest of the house was better. The upstairs and the dining room was an addition and have newer windows so the smoke didn’t come in. But it was so bad in the rest of the house I could barely breathe. πŸ™ It was such a bummer.

Then on Friday it rained. Like an epic, the clouds opened up, thunder and lightning, the storm of the century rain. Everyone in Portland, I think, woke up at 3am when it happened. I laid in bed listening to the rain and felt so grateful. Friday it rained off and on all day and then on Saturday it was BLUE SKIES. Blue skies and NORMAL AIR QUALITY. I could cry.

I woke up and opened all the windows in the house for several hours. I washed everything. Floors, walls, couch covers, blankets, anything. I just wanted to get the smoke smell out. Maybe I was being paranoid but I felt like smoke was just everywhere.

Saturday afternoon I took Bella for a super long walk. We were both SO happy! It was the first walk she’d had in almost 2 weeks! As we walked I marveled at how the ground was full of orange and red leaves. In a blink of an eye summer was over and now it’s Fall.

Sunday we went for a hike in the morning and it was SO nice being outside.

Then Stevie went to the vet for his last post-op check up and got the green light. No more cone!

It was also our 6 year wedding anniversary. It was such a busy day we didn’t have much time to celebrate. We will do something soon. So we had dinner and shared a piece of German Chocolate Cake.

It’s really nice to be home and back to the “norm”–whatever that means!