Weekend Walk in the Woods

Last Friday ended up being an unexpected holiday. I am pretty impressed with my workplace, a lot of companies in Oregon and soon the state of Oregon will be recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday. I know it doesn’t undo a lot of the damage that has been done for so long, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.

It turned out to be a very nice day. 85 degrees in Portland. Logan was in daycare and Michael and I had the chance to have a kid-free day! We decided to go for a hike. Originally, I wanted to do Mirror Lake but we got a late start and if you want to do Mirror Lake, you must get there very early in the morning, or there is no parking. I assumed, even during pandemic times, the parking lot would be full. So…we did a hike near Vancouver, WA instead. It’s one we’ve never been to before.

LaCamas Lake Trail Hike

It’s a pretty easy hike, with side trails that are a little more steep. It’s a good kid-friendly hike. We’ll probably take Logan there someday this summer.

It was such a beautiful day! The hike ended up being kind of short.

We finished up and planned on doing another hike just down the street but when we got there, the gate was closed. Bummer! So it ended up being a short hike.

Which was ok. It was getting to be lunchtime anyways. So we drove to Vancouver, picked up taco salads to go and went to a park and had a picnic lunch.

It was a nice day. Sunny, warm, relaxing.

Then for Father’s Day, we went to this hike:

Hopkins Demonstration Forest

It was out in Oregon City, but in the country part of Oregon City. We drove through farms, ranches with horses and goats and sheep, etc, to get there. It was a really nice park!

Despite lack of funding, etc during pandemic times, the main trails were well maintained. The off-shoot trails were overgrown with nettles and blackberry bushes, so not very traversable (especially not with a toddler). But most of the hike was very nice.

There were bathrooms (open but not maintained right now), garbage cans throughout the hike (which is nice when you have a dog), poop bag dispensers, maps and clearly marked trails.

From the parking lot it was all downhill. Then there were various trails and roads you could take. Some were not finished yet. One went around a pond. Logan was very excited to look for frogs!

Bella was in heaven! And got VERY muddy (she got a bath when we got home!).

We did about 2 miles. The hike back to the car was all uphill! We were tired and sweaty. Home for lunch and showers and naps!! It was a good father’s day and a good day–a good couple days in the woods!

Happy Birthday Little Man!

I can’t believe my little baby is a FOUR YEAR OLD!

He’s gotten so big and so vocal and so smart. He talks up a storm. He has opinions. He has ideas. He’s creative and sweet and has a big heart. And during this tough time that none of us know how to navigate, when mommy was struggling and getting emotional about the stress of our new realities—my big boy came over and said “Mommy? Are you ok? Can I give you hugs and kisses?”

His birthday party was cancelled. He doesn’t understand why the library and the park is closed or why he can’t have a play date with his friends. But we tried our best to make his birthday weekend special and fun. Lots of outdoor time. A hike in the deserted woods. Long walks in our neighborhood. Bike rides.

Sunday we all slept in a bit (which was good because I don’t sleep much these days, just lay away at night with anxiety). We had breakfast and then let Logan open his first present. A helicopter with a volcano and car. Perfect! He loved it.

Then we spent the morning spacing out Facetime calls to the family and opening cards and presents.

Thankful for technology! So we can at least SEE our family. After Logan’s nap we opened the rest of the presents and had cake.

Logan loved it. He got a bunch of presents and he loved the cake and all the Batman stuff! 🙂 Then outside for some sunshine. He rode his bike for a bit and then back inside for some coloring time (Uncle Andy got him a coloring book of reptiles and a regular book about Hawaii geckos!).

One of Logan’s good friends sent him a video singing happy birthday and we FaceTimed with some more family. <3 It was a good day.