Jun 202017
 

On Saturday we drove out to the Gorge to go for a family hike. We intended to do Dublin Lake Hike but I think we ended up doing Tanner Butte, or part of it anyways. The trailhead was Tooth Rock, right of I-84 at the Bonneville Dam, and it was a huge parking lot and apparently there were several hikes that started at that trailhead. You can read about it here.

We left the parking lot and walked about 1/4 of a mile on the Gorge bike trail (paved) and then there was a side trail (that we almost missed!!) for Tanner Butte. It was pretty overgrown at the beginning.

It started out as a pretty strenuous climb right away.

About 1/4 mile up the trail we came to several downed trees (why do we keep going on hikes that have fallen trees blocking the trail?!?). The first one was the only difficult one to get around. I crawled underneath it and then took Logan in the back pack while Michael crawled under. The other fallen trees (like the one above) were easy to get around.

It was a really great hike! It was quiet and peaceful and really pretty. Once we got away from the highway you couldn’t hear the cars at all and we only saw two other hikers on the trail.

The trail kept climbing up. We got to a clearing that had a view.

Then we got to another fork in the trail. It was kind of a maze of different forks. I tried to follow the instructions for the hike we wanted to do but I am still not sure if I did it right! We went up on this fork:

Bella having a blast:

We got to some switchbacks and then we got to the end of the hike–landslide! The trail was gone. So we had to turn around and go back down. It was too dangerous with the dog and baby to try and traverse the landslide, washed out part of the trail.

The climb back down was pretty easy.

We didn’t see anyone else on the trail. I’m surprised because it was such a nice, quiet hike.

Back down to the fallen trees:

And then we were back to the paved path. I saw this cool little plaque:

And there were lots of wildflowers blooming.

Logan did great on the hike! Not fussy at all. I think our hike was a little over an hour, so it was the perfect time and distance.

We got back to the parking lot area and let Logan run around on the trail and explore a little bit.

He was loving it!

Then we sat at the picnic bench for a picnic lunch. This was really nice! It was quiet, the sun was out, we were able to just relax and eat and Logan had fun too. 🙂

Here are the stats:

We hiked about 3 miles total.

It was a great hike! It’s free, 45 minutes drive from Portland and a good workout. (FYI there is no bathroom at the trailhead.) We plan on going back again in a few weeks to check out the other fork in the path.

Jun 192017
 

Ever have a Sunday where you go go go and then feel like you need a day to recover before going back to work on Monday? SIGH. 😉

My Sunday started bright and early at 6:00am (thanks Logan!). I got up with the munchkin so Michael could sleep in a little bit. I made breakfast and Logan and I took it in to daddy with his Father’s Day present.

Logan was very helpful.

We had a busy day ahead of us so Michael got baby duty for a little bit and put Logan down for his morning nap and I went swimming then got home in time to feed the baby and head downtown for Pride!

Toddlers, man. It’s impossible now to get any decent (and not blurry) photos!

I had been looking forward to going to Pride this year and taking Logan. Michael was going to go with us but he decided all he wanted for Father’s Day was to relax at home and watch golf. So Logan and I went together. Last year Logan slept in his bassinet through Father’s Day/Golf Day but yeah…this year that was not going to happen. 😉

I hadn’t been to Pride in a few years. It was nice to be back and to participate in such a positive, wonderful community here in Portland. I also noticed (now that I had a kid) just how many families with young kids were there. It warmed my heart!

 

Logan was super excited. He loved the noise and music and clapped often. It was funny to watch him clap. He was fascinated by the people and the costumes. He loved the balloons and flags and the marchers that had bubbles. 😀

We had a pretty good spot where we could see the parade. I also got some quick footage of our awesome governor, Kate Brown, marching and chanting in the parade! You can watch on my instagram.

There are much better photos here.

I had a few friends I planned on meeting up with at Pride but it was really hard to find people so Logan and I just kind of walked around and checked things out and he got some cool stickers and then it was time to head home. We were on borrowed time.

And sure enough, as soon as I got him in his car seat he had an epic meltdown that last the whole drive home. I also hadn’t eating anything since 7am. It was 2pm when we got home and I was close to an epic meltdown, too!!!

Other than that, it was a really good day and I was so happy to take Logan to his first parade and first Pride. It was so much fun and I loved the positive energy and welcoming attitude.

A little bit later the three of us played outside as a family. It turned out to be a really nice day out.

After Logan went to sleep, Michael and I sat on the deck with pizza and beer (thank god for cheat meal day!!!!!!!!!!) I needed some downtime. (Even though I felt super gross after all the carbs I ate on my cheat meal!)

It was a really good Father’s Day.