Washington Park

Unexpected Sunshine

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I’ve never been a fan of Daylight Savings Time…it never made sense to me. And now having a baby, I loathe it. I didn’t know what to expect but I’d heard horror stories of how it effects kids. Logan wasn’t sleeping great this weekend, which means we weren’t either. 🙁

Sunday morning was kind of brutal. It felt like I’d been up all night, even though he only got up twice. (It didn’t help that we were trying to transition him to his crib this weekend, either). I want more hours that I can SLEEEEEEP PLEASE!

So I got up, had breakfast and coffee (should’ve had two coffees) and then went swimming. It had been like two weeks since I’d been in the pool, because of being sick, and it felt so good to be back at it.

When I got home from the pool it was surprisingly sunny and nice out and Michael said “we’re going for a hike!” Um, ok…I hadn’t expected to work out twice in one day but it felt wrong not to take advantage of the unexpectedly nice day in November.

We packed up the car and Bella and Baby and hit the road for Saltzman Hike. I don’t think we’ve done this hike this year.

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This was Logan’s second hike, ever, and the first time using the baby hiker pack that a friend gave us last year. The ergo just wasn’t great for hiking. It works in a pinch but I don’t think it’s comfortable for any of us at this point.

I’m really glad that Logan fits in the backpack now! It’s a Kelty Carrier– I’m not sure the exact model because it was given to us but it looks like this one.

It works so great! It’s comfortable to wear (per Michael), the weight is on the hips instead of the shoulders or back. Logan loved it too! He was up high and could look around and he wasn’t in weird positions that made him uncomfortable.

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It was 65 degrees and sunny at our house. We got to Saltzman and it was a bit cooler and wetter. The trail was covered in wet leaves, too.

You can see a video on my instagram of Logan in the carrier.

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We should have brought his hat with us because it got a little chilly. Glad I left him in his long sleeves and pants and socks. It made me think about potentially snowshoeing this winter–and what kind of gear we need for Logan to keep him warm. I have no idea!

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Bella was super stoked to be out on the trails again. She sniffed every fern in the forest (her favorite thing to do). We ended up doing 3 miles roundtrip. I was starting to feel pretty fatigued and Logan was getting a little fussy.

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It was a good little hike. I’m glad we took advantage of the sunshine because the forecast isn’t consistently great for the next few weeks. Winter is coming….!

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Home! Bella was covered in mud. She got a bath immediately. And then later it was time for this exhausted mama to relax with a bath, too! And a beer. 😀

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Michael made a great dinner. He blackened some mahi mahi and topped it with avocado and peach mango salsa. We had brussels sprouts with bacon on the side. I wasn’t sure that it would be enough food after swimming AND hiking, but it was surprisingly filling.

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And then it was an early bedtime for me. My aching body needed the rest!

Long Summer Nights

On Saturday we met up with some friends at the Sandy River Delta park. I’ve seen it on our drives out to the Gorge to hike but we’ve never been there before. It’s a humongous dog park! 1400 acres of trails and off-leash dog fun! If you live in the Portland area and have a dog, definitely check it out.

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It’s a big park and it looks like all the trails connect. It’s really flat so more of a nature walk than a hike. We saw so many different breeds of dogs out there. It was pretty cool. One was a Pharaoh Hound, which I’d never seen or heard of before but it was a neat looking dog. We walked along the trail with our friends who had a 2.5 year old daughter and a dog and their friends with a dog joined us. The troop went down to the river to let the dogs go nuts.

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Bella is such a water baby! And it was a hot day (hotter than was expected) so the dogs were super happy to splash around and cool off. It was fun just watching them spaz out in the water. Bella was hopping in the water and having a blast. I took a short video you can see it on my Instagram.

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Bella was having a grand old time playing with her new friends. Getting filthy dirty and covered in sand. She was one ripe puppy! We spent a few hours with them at the park and then it was obvious the dogs were tiring out so we left. I went to the gym for a quick workout and then home to clean up. Then our friends invited us over to their place for dinner.

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We sat outside on their lovely patio in the nice summer evening. They had some really tasty sushi as an appetizer (I think it had mango, tofu and something else in it). It was really good!

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Dinner was grilled Korean short ribs (which we’ve never had before and loved!), brown rice and grilled broccolini with kimchi. Everything tasted so great. I wonder if Korean short ribs are easy to do? I kind of want to experiment on our own after trying them.

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It was such a lovely evening and we talked late into the night until it was dark and time to head home (after grilled peaches for dessert). I love late summer nights!

Sunday

On Sunday we had just enough time to do a quick hike in town before some friends were going to come over for dinner. I chose Marquam Trail to Council Crest Hike. We’d done part of this hike before and started at a different trailhead last time.  This time I think we picked up the trail about half way up Council Crest.

The trail was a bit steep in places and got my heart pounding. Bella was practically running up the trail when we first started out! We set a fast pace and in no time we were at the top, which I think was Council Crest Park. I’ve never been there before and it was a cute little park with fantastic views of the city in all directions!

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We stopped in the shade underneath a tree for lunch and to give Bella some water. Lunch for me was some curry chicken salad and broccoli salad. Michael had a sandwich. It was a really nice park. And it was only around a mile to hike up to it from where we parked.

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I didn’t realize how short the trail was (since we didn’t start at the beginning of it), so after lunch we decided to hike back down and then turn around and do it again. We saw a ton of other hikers, hikers with dogs and a fair amount of trail runners. It was a really popular trail and it connected to the Wildwood Trail, which is part of Washington Park.

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It was nice for a hot day because a lot of it was shaded and it felt cooler than it really was. We stopped a lot for water breaks for Bella. We ended up hiking just under 4 miles. I burned 609 calories.

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Sunday afternoon our friends Stu and Christi came over for dinner. She brought this gorgeous salad–strawberries, blueberries, hazelnuts and bleu cheese. It was a fantastic Oregon summer salad. I need to make this sometime. So light and refreshing.

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For dinner I made this recipe, PALEO BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN STRIPS. It was pretty good but of course mine didn’t look like the picture! Next time I made this I will broil it for a few minutes at the end. I also made a cucumber salad.

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We sat outside on the deck with some music and the fairy lights. Christi brought some tasty wine and a bottle of champagne. She also had this liqueur. A little splash of it in the champagne was really good! Not too sweet. But darn it, it was dangerous!

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We ended up playing Cards Against Humanity until it was so dark we could barely read the cards and the mosquitoes were starting to eat us. Then it was time to call it a night. But I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard! It was such a fun night and the kind of evening where you feel like summer will never end.