Andy

A Day on the Mountain

We had the full day on Sunday to spend time with my brother, Andy, before I had to take him back to the airport to fly home. We decided to go for a hike on Mount Hood. It was a perfectly lovely day — going to be 90 in Portland but 75 up on the mountain! We were up early anyways–Logan is up when he’s up and Andy was dealing with a time change. So we had breakfast at home, packed up the car, got sandwiches as New Seasons and then drove up the mountain.

After living in Philly and now Minneapolis, Andy has really missed hiking and mountains and was really excited to go hiking up on Mount Hood. I decided Twin Lakes (at the Frog Lake Trailhead) would be the best choice because it’s a fairly easy hike with gorgeous views and nice lakeside spots for lunch. 

It’s a pretty short hike to the first lake, I think about 2 miles? It was warmer up there than we were expecting, though. One of the things I love about this hike is that when you turn the corner on the trail just before you get to the lake, you get a sneak peek of the amazing blue waters through the trees. It’s really pretty. 

We got to the first lake and took a break. I let Logan out of the backpack so he could wander around and explore. We ate lunch and just enjoyed the cool breeze of the lake. There were TONS of butterflies flying all around. It was kind of crazy how many there were.

 

There were some people swimming in the lake and they said it was pretty cold. But it looked so nice and refreshing. I kinda wished I could swim. 

We saw lots of evidence of horses on the trail, but this was the first time doing this hike where we actually got to see the horses! This was the first time Logan got to see a horse. His eyes were really big and he seemed mesmerized by them. 

After lunch we hiked another mile up the trail to the Upper Twin Falls. We hung out and let Bella off her leash so she could splash around in the lake. You can see some videos of it on my instagram. It’s pretty funny!

It was getting late in the day and Logan was starting to get fussy so we packed up and headed back down the trail. Somehow, it was uphill both ways. 😉

We got back to the car and happily got in the AC.

Hike Stats

Miles: 6.11 miles

Time: 2 hours

Calories Burned: 842

Bella was pooped and fell asleep right away. Logan was nodding off a little bit. We made one stop on the way home: Timberline.

Andy’s never been there so we stopped so he could see The Shining hotel. 😉 We walked around a little bit, took some photos and then it was time to get home.

…with a pitstop through the Burgerville drive-thru for a mini ice cream cone.

Home for showers, bath for Bella (she was filthy!) and Logan and then dinner was hot dogs and salads on the deck. We had a few hours to hang out and then I took Andy to the airport. Sad. 🙁 I was bummed the visit was over. It was fun and nice to catch up. I wish they lived closer to home!

Brotherly Love

My brother came to visit! Last week he came to Portland for a visit and to go to a work conference. He stayed with us for a few days and it was really nice spending time with him. The last time I saw him (and the last time he saw Logan) was last year when we went to Seattle for our grandma’s memorial. I think Logan was 6 months old. Logan isn’t really shy and he took to Uncle Andy almost immediately. He seemed so curious! Friday night after work and his conference Michael and Andy picked up spicy Thai wings from Pok Pok! After Logan went to sleep the three of us sat outside on the deck in the perfect summer air and ate our spicy wings and listened to music and talked about diet, fitness, losing weight and exercises that have helped us. On Saturday Andy went to the last part of his conference and I went to the gym. I did weights, PT, stairmaster and the elliptical, then home to clean up and we all went out for lunch. I saw another local blogger post about Wayfinder on Instagram last week so I suggested we check it out. It looked like a really cool place and it was! They had a HUGE outdoor dining area! So many people could fit out there. There were tons of picnic tables and big umbrellas. We got a table in partial shade.

Wayfinder is the brainchild of Charlie Devereux (co-founder of Double Mountain Brewery), Matthew Jacobson (co-founder/owner of Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, and Relapse Records) and Rodney Muirhead (co-founder/owner of Podnah’s Pit and La Taq). Our mission: to bring simple and authentic pleasures of the highest quality to the Rose City and beyond.

So last week when I read the above on their website, we were pretty much sold on going there. Double Mountain beer (YUM) and Podnah’s?? One of my favorites!! Wayfinder did not disappoint, either.   I got a glass of the Boneyard Hop Venom IPA. Michael got the Doomtown IPA. Andy got something called a “Hazy IPA”, I can’t remember the name of it. Now for lunch. We were all starving! I loved the nod to Twin Peaks– Black Lodge and White Lodge. 😉 I got the Major Payne and asked for it to be a salad instead. Andy got to the Black Lodge as a salad and Michael got the sausage party platter. I loved that they could make anything into a salad! Andy’s lunch: Basically prime rib with peppers and onions on top of a salad. He said it was amazing. Michael’s: They made their own pickled squash–AMAZING! They were kinda like pickles but better. SO GOOD! And my lunch was the winner: The pulled pork was excellent. Great smokey flavor, juicy and tender, not overcooked or burned. The mustard slaw on top was really delicious. It was all slightly odd being a “salad” but it tasted good so I didn’t care. It was filling but didn’t feel like a gut bomb had it been on a bun. I’m glad I got the salad option. Next time when we go, I really want to tried their fried cauliflower topped with Buffalo sauce and Bleu cheese. How amazing does that sound?? YUM! It was a really cool place. Very fun, awesome vibe. Pretty good service considering how busy they were. We got a table right away, even though it was the middle of the lunch rush. The prices were pretty average. We’d definitely go back. Just hanging out on the outdoor patio alone made it worth it and the fact that the food was outstanding was just a bonus! We stopped at Sheridan Fruit Company after lunch and it turned out to be a really cool store with lots of specialty items, not just fruit! They had a huge frozen case of different meats–like ground camel (weird) and alligator. Lots of unique things. Michael picked up some specialty cheese and some spicy sausage for dinner. 

The rest of the day was pretty low-key and at home. Logan sort of took a nap, the guys watched sports, I went grocery shopping, then Michael made homemade pizza for dinner. Andy suggested that we do caramelized onions with the spicy sausage and it was probably my favorite version of our homemade pizza we’ve done so far. It was great.

It was a great day.