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Falls Creek Falls

On our last day in the Gorge we got up early again and had breakfast out on the deck one more time before packing up and heading home.

We stopped at the North Shore Cafe again so I could get coffee and then we started the drive toward home–with one stop first: Falls Creek Falls hike in Gifford Pinchot wilderness. It was sort of on the way to the Bridge of the Gods just by Carson. It was a really beautiful drive through the forest and then you go off the main road and drive about 2 miles–VERY SLOW miles–on a dirt road with humongous potholes. It was slow going and very bumpy. We got to the parking lot and it was about half full (when we left it was all full).

The hike started out in the trees immediately and we hiked alongside a creek that was sometimes pretty fast. There was a suspension bridge we had to cross that was pretty cool. Usually Bella is super freaked out by bridges and won’t cross without a lot of coaxing and help but she did GREAT! Maybe she is getting over her fears.

It was nice that this hike was in the forest and shaded. The day was warming up nicely. Logan loved the hike. He babbled and high-fived Michael and talked to people and dogs that we passed on the trail. πŸ™‚

The hike was deceptively uphill. It gave us some nice breaks and leveled off here and there (unlike Weldon Wagon trail hike that was constantly uphill) and we got to a fork in the trail and saw this sign:

We were almost to the waterfall! Apparently this hike is a 6-ish mile loop but we didn’t plan on doing the whole thing. And talking to some hikers that were coming down the trail, apparently the other part of the hike is a lot of scrambling on rocks. Not ideal with a dog and baby.

We got to a few parts of the trail where there were washouts but for the most part it was a well-maintained hike.

There was another little bridge near some mini waterfalls. It was cute!

Then we were finally to the waterfalls! It was about 10 degrees cooler by the falls. They were gorgeous! So much prettier than Multnomah Falls, in my opinion.

The falls would have been a perfect place to have a picnic lunch but we didn’t have one. πŸ™‚ So we headed back down the trail. Logan was on borrowed time and would need food and out of the hiking backpack soon. We are good if we have 2-ish hours to hike with him. He’s getting better, though, each time we go.

I posted a video on my Instagram if you’d like to see it. πŸ™‚

Pretty good stats for a hike! Afterward we drove to Cascade Locks, crossing the Bridge of the Gods back into Oregon, and stopped at the East Wind Drive in for lunch. FABULOUS burgers and curly fries! The place is always crowded. I’ve only been there for ice cream cones after hikes, so it was nice to get food there. We’ll definitely be back!

We went to the Cascade Locks marina and park for lunch –devoured our burgers–SO HUNGRY! And then let Logan run around a bit for the drive back to Portland.

It was a pretty fabulous little vacation for us!

Broken Spoke!

Two weeks ago I biked to work for the first time this year and on the way home I thought I had an issue with my bike but couldn’t see anything…yeah…I figured out that I had a broken spoke on the front tire of my bike! That explained why my bike felt weird and was wobbly!

Michael kindly took my bike into the Bike GalleryΒ and $30 and 30 minutes later I had a fixed bike. So that was nice!

Tuesday morning I biked in from Sellwood. I’d like to be able to bike in from home next week but I honestly don’t think my body is ready for it. My legs felt really slow and burned out on the bike ride in. πŸ™

I biked on the Springwater trail (into another headwind!) and by OMSI, then on the east side of the Esplanade.

The trail was pretty quiet that morning. The day was warm but muggy and overcast.

I rode across the Steel Bridge. I wasn’t rushed that morning like I was the first time so I took my time and it was kind of relaxing.

I got to downtown and they are doing construction on many streets. It was a little bit different than two weeks ago and I had to go a different route to get to work because several streets were closed.

And unfortunately the detour I had to take didn’t have any bike lanes. Oh well, it was only for a few blocks. Then I was at work.

Stats:

Pretty darn good workout for a quick ride in!

Afternoon Ride

I got stuck, again, in downtown traffic and ended up walking a few blocks to the Morrison Bridge again. Once I got over the bridge it was easy peasy.

It was sunny and warm out but there was a nice breeze. It was much more pleasant of a ride home compared to last time. A few times on the ride back to the car, I thought there was something wrong with my bike again. But I looked and it seemed ok. Maybe my brain is playing tricks on me.

Afternoon Stats:

Total Miles: 10.93Β 

Total Calories Burned: 554

I got home and I was so hungry I wanted to eat everything in sight. Michael had been home all day working in the garden so he was also famished. He wanted to get burgers from Mike’s Drive In and I said yes. FEED ME.

Not a stellar day for the diet. πŸ™ I guess I need to work on being a little more flexible on days when I do a really hard workout.

It looks like the next two weeks are going to be pretty nice here so I plan on biking next week! My hope is to lengthen my ride soon. I have to admit, my body felt ok this time except for the sit bones. It was NOT a fun bike ride home in that aspect. That’s just something that takes time getting used to.