Andy

Seattle

This weekend we went up to Seattle to spend some time with family. Bella got to go on “Vacation” at her boyfriend’s house. 😀 You think she’s happy??

Traffic was pretty decent and Logan slept for most of the drive to Seattle, so we lucked out! We arrived at my parents house and unpacked, got settled in and then had dinner. My mom made fresh salmon and salad and (not pictured) her amazing mustard bread. It’s my favorite!

It was a pretty low-key night considering Logan and I are both getting over nasty colds. So we went to bed pretty early.

On Saturday we had breakfast and I went to the gym. It was an ok workout. I was glad I did it, even though I was still feeling a bit rundown. It perked me up a bit.

Oh, did I mention that my brother was there visiting from California?! He is LOVING Californian life and has found a a group to go cycling with (up big mountains, too) and has lost a bunch of weight.

After the gym, my dad went golfing (in the rain!) and my brother, mom, Michael and Logan and I went down to Edmonds to go to the Marina park. I remember going as a kid and liking it a lot. Edmonds has changed so much since I lived in Seattle. So many modern condos and buildings and tons of art studios.

The park had some nice toys for kids and there was also the marina there, so Logan was SUPER fascinated with the forklifts moving the boats to dry dock. And he got to see the ferry boats!

It’s so funny because I’ve forgotten what “beaches” in Washington are like: sandy and rocky. The beaches in Oregon are pretty nice, even if they are cold. 😉 Of course, nothing compares to Hawaii!

After spending a good hour and a half at the beach, we went back to the house for lunch:

And naps:

After Logan woke up we did a whirlwind tour of seeing friends and family! A friend came over to visit and then the three of us went to visit my Grandma and take her some groceries, flowers and art from Logan. 🙂

I love looking at my Grandma’s photos!

Logan was happy to show Grammy his cars:

We visited some more family after that and then home for dinner. Pork roast, salad and potatoes:

And a plum torte for dessert:

Sunday I went to the gym for a quickie workout, hung out with the family a bit more and then packed up the car.

We met some friends in Ballard for lunch at Ballard Pizza. We hadn’t seen our friends in so long, so it was nice to see them and the kids (who are all growing like weeds!) and catch up. Lunch was pretty good. The caesar salad was a bit bland.

But the pizza was good and the crust was excellent.

After lunch it was time for the very long, slow drive home. It was a great weekend seeing lots of people but today I am very, very tired!

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!