Vacations

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!

Beach Escape

I’m not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, and maybe you’ve seen the news, but Portland has been basically on fire for the last week! And this coming week is going to stay in the mid-90’s! Talk about a hot summer!

Well last week Portland broke some records with a heat wave. At one point they were predicting 109 degrees and I’m not actually sure if it ever got quite that hot, but it was at least 105 at our house for three days straight. Friday arrived and we wereย so thankful that our friends invited us to spend the weekend at the beach with them!!! We were supposed to go a few weeks ago, but something came up and they had to reschedule. Which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the weekend we rescheduled it to was hot as hell and at the beach it was perfect–70 degrees and lovely. Michael and I both got off work a little early on Friday and packed up the car, then picked up Logan and we headed to the coast! We were expecting a mass exodus from the city to cooler temperatures and were fully prepared for the usual 90 minute drive to take 3 hours. We were kind of leaving during rush hour traffic on a Friday. But, we somehow lucked out. The worst traffic was trying to get through downtown and once we passed the zoo, it was smooth sailing. Logan took a little cat nap in the car (like for an hour) ooooops! But that ended up working out in our favor! We got to Manzanita to our friend’s house, they made a great dinner (grilled chicken and steak and baby potatoes) and we ate outside on their deck, a block from the ocean. It was getting late (it ended up taking 2 hours to drive there, so NOT three!!!) and we just relaxed a bit, then Logan went to bed (way past his bedtime) which meant he actually slept in on Saturday! WOWZA. Double lucky for us! We got to sleep in on Saturday until 7:30am. We got up, had breakfast, packed up some beach stuff and walked a block down to the beach. Logan had a blast! And so did Bella! She loves the beach. Those two pictures above were taken by our friend Christi (who is a professional photographer and who has done our newborn and 1 year old photo shoots). How funny are those poses Logan is doing? Haha! So Logan had a blast playing in the sand, watching Stu build sandcastles, and filling his bucket with sand. Then it was getting kinda past nap time so we headed back to the house to clean up and Logan took a nap. We did manage to get a few family photos for the weekend, which was nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m usually the one taking the pictures! Usually I would work out on Saturdays, and if we were on vacation somewhere I’d figure out a way to get in a workout. Either I’d go for a run or we’d go for a family hike–something. But this time I decided to take it easy. I’ve been feeling like I needed a break lately. My body has been hurting in weird ways and I’ve been feeling burned out. I haven’t been doing anything super extra-strenuous, but I’ve just been feeling like my muscles aren’t recovering like they should. So I took an extra rest day and the only “exercise” I got was hauling crap to and from the beach. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was kinda nice!!! The rest of the day was very relaxing. Instead of our usual go-go-go, we just chilled. Stu and Christ stayed at the beach for awhile and we hung out at the house while Logan took a nap. Michael made us lunch and we sat on the deck in the sunshine, listening to music and the ocean waves in the distance. i read my book a little bit, I took a nap. It was divine. A few hours later they came back and we hung out for a bit and then I took Bella to the beach, just us girls, for a little while. It was nice to hang out and just run around on the beach with my dog. The morning had been overcast but kind of warm, and then the afternoon brought sunshine and the clouds burned off. It was actually fairly warm for the beach. We grilled outside again for dinner. Michael and Stu went to the store and picked up dinner. We did some local Bratwursts and grilled up zucchini and had leftover potatoes from the night before. It was really delicious! Then we stayed up for a few hours playing cards and finally it was time for bed (for Michael and me) because we knew Logan would be up early Sunday!