Memories

Camping

We were supposed to go camping at the beginning of summer. I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods, but here in the NW you book your campgrounds/yurts/cabins 9 months in advance. That’s the window. It’s always a crap shoot. Like, will the weather be good “this weekend” in 9 months? Who knows! Last summer we had a bunch of camping weekends booked and then we sold our house, bought a new house and were moving. I remember we were camping in Eastern Oregon this time last year when we got the phone call from our realtor that our old house had closed!

How could we predict a global pandemic would cancel our camping plans for this year?!

Anyways. I was bummed. I had booked a super awesome cabin at Fort Stevens near Astoria, OR. I went there a bunch of times with my family when I was a kid. I remember it being very fun and cool and my brother and I would just take off riding our bikes on the trails. And there’s a shipwreck on the beach. It’s a cool place. I was so excited to take Logan! Needless to say, huge disappointment when it closed at the beginning of this pandemic.

As campgrounds started opening up in July on a limited basis, and reservations were now 2 weeks in advance only, I thought maybe we could do something. But it wasn’t in the cards. Michael got a new job (which is good) but there was no vacation time. Then Stevie got sick and until this weekend he’s been on a lot medications and I didn’t want to leave him.

Well, we decided to camp in our backyard!

We kept it a secret and then when Logan got up from his nap Saturday afternoon the boys started putting up the tent!

Logan was OVER THE MOON! He was so excited. And you know what? It was good to be outside. He had a lot of screen time when this pandemic started and it was nice to just get outside for many many hours.

He played outside with his toys. We listened to music and had hot dogs for dinner! Plus the most amazing hummus I’ve ever had that we bought that morning at the local farmer’s market.

Logan was so excited about camping he said “let’s go to sleep now!” When it was still light out. LOL We explained we had to wait until dark and that meant he got to stay up past his bedtime.

One thing missing from our campout was a fire pit and s’mores. I’ve wanted a fire pit in our yard for 10+ years. We still haven’t gotten one, hopefully soon! Instead we had yummy popsicles (Logan’s first). And we did some music:

It was finally getting dark. Logan was so excited he went inside and put his PJs on all by himself. He was ready!

We tried to get Bella to go in tent with us (she’s camped with us before) but she didn’t want to do it this time. So she went back in the house with the cats. πŸ˜‰

Camping was a blast. Logan said he wants to do it every day now. hahaha. I’m thinking we’ll do it again before summer is over. Maybe Labor Day weekend! And hopefully we’ll have our fire pit by then.

Los Angeles

Thanks for reading my Hawaii recaps! I enjoyed writing them and sharing pictures of our adventures and it’s nice to look back and relive it a little bit. Especially in rainy Oregon….:)

We got back from Hawaii and then two weeks later, we were back at the airport! (We booked Hawaii a year ago and then a few months ago, one of Michael’s favorite bands reunited after like 20 years for just a few shows, so my parents babysat Logan for a long weekend and Michael and I flew to LA!)

It was a quick trip. And busy. PDX is usually a great airport to fly out of. We got there early, got through security quickly and had a leisurely breakfast and then boarded our flight…only for it to be cancelled. I’ve never had something like this really happen before and it was stressful. (When I was 18 and about to fly home from London, our flight got cancelled –before we got to the airport–that it was cancelled due to weather in the states so we actually got 2 extra days in London!)

Anyways…PDX…so like we sat on the plane for over an hour while they tried to fix the technical issues (YIKES!) and then let people off the plane temporarily, which turned into a full-on cancellation.

Michael was super stressed because he had tickets to the concert for Thursday and Friday night and if we didn’t get to LA, he’d miss it. We got another flight to San Francisco and then to LA. It was SUCH a long day. πŸ™

We arrived at LAX (three or so hours later than planned), got our rental car and I drove Michael to Hollywood and dropped him off (it took an HOUR to drive 11 miles, and that was taking all the backstreets!).

Then I drove back to the airport where our hotel was. We stayed at the H Hotel near the airport because our flight home was going to be SO early. I stopped at a Ralph’s and got a salad, a bottle of rose and some yogurt and ate dinner in the room (and I MIGHT have gotten a Krispy Kreme donut too) and crashed.

Friday I got up and worked out in the hotel gym, which was really nice! I did the elliptical and some weights while Michael slept in (he got in late from the show).

Then showered and we got breakfast at Hash . It was really delicious!

Then we went to Marina del Ray. We were in Los Angeles a bunch of years ago and never made it there. So I wanted to check it out. We went to Burton Chace Park and walked around and saw a TON of sea lions!

I posted some videos on my instagram if you want to see. There were so many!

We walked around and then went to Venice Beach and walked around there, did some shopping and sight seeing before heading back to the hotel (with a quick stop at In-n-Out for lunch!).

Everywhere in LA there were Kobe Bryant tributes, too. I saw a bunch being painted as I drove by them, too.

There was a ton of art all around Venice, which is cool. Venice Beach is fun. I could have spent more time there.

Friday night I dropped Michael off at the second show in Hollywood again and I stopped by The Grove to check it out. It’s basically an outdoor mall that kind of reminded me of Caesar’s Palace shopping in Vegas.

For dinner Friday night I drove to Santa Monica and ended up walking around the Promenade a bit and then had dinner at The Misfit. The Misfit turned out to be the restaurant Michael and I went to last time we were there! I just kinda stumbled upon it. It was good.

I got two appetizers: the crispy brussels sprouts and the mussels with sourdough and chorizo sausage in a tomato and fennel broth. It was all very delicious!

After walking around some more I went back to the hotel and fell dead asleep again!