BBQ

Cabin in the Desert


A year ago, I booked a long weekend getaway at Cove Palisades State Park. It’s kinda crazy how far in advance we have to book stuff here…and we didn’t even get a weekend date! But who cares. We were SO READY to get out of Portland, away from house-selling-stress and I was so glad we were like somewhere with spotty cell service. Yay for just relaxing!

We got one of the “deluxe cabins”. It was nice!

It had bunk beds, a couch (for extra sleeping if needed), a kitchenette with mini fridge and microwave, a BBQ grill and picnic table outside and a bathroom. Oh, AND AC!

It was super cute! It was just perfect for a long weekend away when you want to “rough it” but don’t want to camp in a tent. 😉 I was really looking forward to this weekend and after the kinda sucky and stressful summer we had buying a house, selling a house, moving, etc, it was nice to unwind in the desert.

The above photo was the view from the porch. It was so peaceful. We were there Sunday-Wednesday so it wasn’t very crowded. There are only three cabins in the park but there are several campgrounds nearby and RV parks and boat launches. The lake had some boats but not a ton.

We arrived Sunday afternoon and unpacked and then explored a bit. The cabins are right behind the marina. It is secluded and quiet. We fixed dinner (chicken drumstricks I’d marinated in BBQ sauce) with various munchies (cucumbers and the boys had chips) and Logan explored and played in the dirt. He had SO MUCH FUN words cannot describe it. I will let this photo show it:

He was absolutely filthy the entire time. Yes, he took a shower every day to get the grime off, but it didn’t matter. He was covered head to toe in dirt, fun and s’mores. 🙂

I think his favorite thing was using the binoculars I got him for his birthday. He hadn’t used them yet and I am so glad I packed them! He had a blast checking out everything with his “nockers”. (Michael asked if he liked his “big biconculars” and Logan said “big knockers”–BOYS!!!! Oy)

We had a campfire next to the water. Michael brought his guitar and we made s’mores. I broke the diet a few times on the trip to have some s’mores.

Then we all crashed.

Monday morning we got up and had breakfast outside watching the sun slowly make the desert cliffs glow and then we went for a hike.

We did the Tam-a-lau Loop Hike (or part of it) and I highly recommend it! It was such a cool, fun hike with amazing views!

After the hike, we went back to the cabin and had lunch and then took naps. While Logan was sleeping I sat on the porch and finished reading one of my books. It was really nice and relaxing.

We tried to go swimming up the road at the swimming hole. It was perfect for kids! It was cordoned off so the boats couldn’t go to that area. But Logan wouldn’t go deeper than his waist, even though I was in the water with him. Oh well. It felt nice on a really hot day!

Dinner was pork chops and salad. Then more campfire. Then bed! We were tuckered out!

Christmas 2018

Logan slept in on Christmas morning. I think he was worn out from all the excitement! But he woke up and immediately said he wanted to see Santa! I told him that Santa already came to our house and he was home at the North Pole. 😉 Sleeping!

Logan opened a few presents with us and then we waited for my parents to come over for breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage and cinnamon rolls). Stevie and Bella got to open their presents from Santa!

Then he got to open ALL his presents! Logan was so funny! He said “Oh that’s a good one!” To every present. 😉 He loved unwrapping them and he was excited about everything he got.

After all the presents and excitement, my parents headed back to Seattle. Logan asked several times if he could take a nap. You think he was overwhelmed? LOL He had lunch and then fell asleep in seconds. I had a quick lunch of leftover mac n’ cheese, took a nap, too, and then when I woke up I relaxed on the couch watching Die Hard and snuggling under the super soft blanket my brother got me:

When Logan got up from his nap he was ready to play with all his toys and then it was time for round two! Michael’s family came over. We did presents first while Michael smoked and grilled ribs.

When dinner was ready we sat down to eat. Michael’s mom made delicious pinto beans and Michael’s brother brought coleslaw from Kenny & Zuke’s. So delicious! Dinner was fantastic!

Michael’s sister made a ton of Christmas cookies and candy so that was dessert. She makes the best Christmas cookies. Of course there are tons of leftovers I am trying not to eat too much of. 😉

It was a really nice holiday and I’m glad we hosted. It was fun and I liked being able to have everyone together. Unfortunately, Michael and I both woke up the next day with head colds! I’m still sick and not feeling great. Hopefully I get better before New Years!