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Fiery 3rd Anniversary

So Michael and I both had to think for a second to try and remember which anniversary it was…we’ve been together over 9 years now but this September we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary! We must be getting old (or maybe it’s just baby/toddler/brain fog) because it’s hard to remember. LOL

We planned on spending our anniversary staying at Edgefield in The Gorge. We stayed there in January for my birthday and loved it! We loved the food and wine tasting and the hotel was great. We were bummed that we didn’t get to check out the soaking pool (because it was the middle of an ice/snow storm) and wanted to go back to try it.

I’m not sure if anyone else in the country is aware of what’s going on here in the NW, especially with Harvey and Irma and all the other natural disasters happening everywhere (!!!), but there have been tons of wild fires burning all over Oregon and Washington.

It is so absolutely heartbreaking and devastating the damage that has been done. The Gorge is a wonderful, beautiful, picturesque place to visit. I’ve been hiking in The Gorge too many times to even count. For awhile there, Multnomah Fallsย was being threatened by the fires. I was glued to Twitter and newsfeeds looking for updates, holding my breathe and hoping that the fires wouldn’t completely destroy everything. Thankfully the fire department was able to save the Lodge and Falls.

We are 35 miles from Multnomah Falls and the next day we woke up to our cars covered in ash, the air thick with smoke and ash. In the days after the fires started, there have been many harrowing stories. This one in particular is a good read and a GOOD REMINDER (even to me, who already knows “be prepared in the woods” and has ignored it many times) to be prepared for EVERYTHING. Read this.ย ย How amazing is this below photo?

We had plans to stay at Edgefield for our anniversary but in light of the wildfires, we weren’t sure if we should cancel or not. We decided to wait it out and watch the news and weather. I’m really glad we didn’t cancel (although my first instinct was to) because by Sunday (8 days after the fires started), the air was clear, the skies were blue, it had rained in the Gorge a bit and the fires were more contained.

It was so weird driving out to the Gorge and then getting of I-84 at Troutdale because 84 was closed! It’s been closed for a week and I think it will be closed even longer. We stopped by my aunt’s house to see everybody for a short visit (they were in Evacuation Level 2 — Level 3 was GO!) and then we headed to Edgefield for our anniversary. We were happy to discover no smoky air, no ash, and clear blue skies! (My parents were down from Seattle to babysit Logan overnight.)

We had a nice room — a King sized bed with three windows overlooking the trees. It was a nice room and super comfy bed. We were right by one of the 2nd floor balconies, which we enjoyed several times. It’s European Style, so the bathrooms were down the hall.

We checked in and dumped our bags and then walked around the grounds. We didn’t get to do that much back in January (snow and all) so it was cool to just walk around and see everything. There were several cute little bars tucked away in different parts of the grounds. Michael got an Old Fashioned at one of the hidden bars by the concert area.

We walked around a bit more. It was nice because you could walk around the grounds with your drinks. Then we did the wine tasting. It was part of the package and came with a tasting, a snack plate and free bottle to take home.

We picked the Syrah as our bottle to take home.

After wine tasting we changed and went down to the soaking pool! They give you big, fluffy robes in your room. So we put on our suits and made the short walk down to the spa.

The soaking pool was SO amazing! We LOVED it! It was really big, my photos don’t do it justice. It’s kind of like a lazy river. The water was 102 degrees and felt amazing. We were there about 6pm or so. We ended up spending almost 2 hours in there.

We relaxed in the pool with our drinks. I got a sort of pina colada and Michael got something called funkadelic. LOL We just chilled–for the first time in a long time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After spending two hours in the pool, we cleaned up and then walked down to find something for dinner. We ended up at one of the outdoor restaurants. It was really nice out, warm and romantic and there were lights all over.

Michael got a burger and I got the BBQ pork slider with coleslaw on it and tater tots. My dinner was incredibly salty, which was disappointing. Last time we were there the food was pretty good. I was disappointed with the food in general this time. But the atmosphere was perfect outside.

We shared a dessert, brownie with ice cream and caramel drizzled on top. The brownie was piping hot. It was really good! We were totally stuffed!

The next day we got to SLEEP IN! Until like 8:30!!!! I can’t remember the last time that happened and it was so nice!

We went down and had breakfast and then packed up our stuff. We checked out and then went over to the spa.

We had appointments at the spa but before that we got to enjoy the soaking pool again. We had the pool to ourselves, too! We spent about 1 hour in the soaking pool and then got ready for our massages. They had showers and tons of towels and robes for spa guests, so it wasn’t hard to clean up since we checked out already.

We got the couple’s massage. I got the relaxation massage and Michael got the cyclists massage. It was so nice to just unwind and relax. After our massages we got beers (for lunch lol!) and relaxed on the deck. I was pretty stuffed from breakfast so didn’t get food. The place was pretty empty since it was a Monday and after checkout so it was nice to just chill with no one around. We laid back and enjoyed our beers and eventually had to make our way home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are a few photos of some of the art from around Edgefield:

I’m really glad we didn’t cancel our trip and I’m glad the fires are more contained. I am crossing my fingers that the damage won’t be too severe. I think hiking in the Gorge will be closed for a long time, sadly.

It was nice to get away but it was nice to be home, too. I missed my little buddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

2nd Anniversary

We had such a good time at Feastpdx! Our first experience there and it was a hit for sure. We definitely want to go next year. I think most of the events were sold out. There was a brunch event that sounded like fun to me. Maybe next year we can try that one.

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After Feast we headed downtown to check in at the hotel. We got a room with a huge jacuzzi tub (so relaxing) and a view of the “park”. (It’s not really a park.)

We walked a few blocks from the hotel to Departure. It was still kind of early and we wanted to get a drink at the rooftop bar.

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Great views of downtown Portland! Michael got an Old Fashioned and I got a glass of Pinot Gris and we stood outside for a bit and then got a table inside to finish our drinks and just relax a little bit.

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Then it was back to the hotel for an early-ish night. I have to say, it was kinda niceย sleeping all night long!!!! Not that we didn’t miss our baby, of course, but sleeping all night and not being woken up multiple times to feed him was a nice little treat for both of us (especially for me). AND sleeping in!! We got to sleep in late the next morning. AND we got to be lazy in bed, taking showers…no real schedule or feeling rushed. Sorry Logan, but it was kind of blissful. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also got to go out to brunch! Something we rarely do. We went to the Bijou Cafe in downtown Portland. I’ve never been but Michael has been a bunch of times and likes it. (The line for Mother’s was insanely long so we didn’t even try it.)

The wait for a table at Bijou wasn’t bad, maybe 10 minutes. It was completely packed though, and after we got our table there was a big crowd of people that came in so the wait time definitely increased. We got there just in time.

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I splurged and got a Bloody Mary to go with my coffee. Both were divine.

There were so many tasty sounding things on the menu. Lots of unique items, in addition to your traditional breakfast items. Michael got an omelette with a green salad and baguette.

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I was so tempted to get the French toast, or the special tomato, basil and feta omelette but what I ended up getting sounded so unique I couldn’t pass it up. I mean how many times do you see a cauliflower and kale hash with eggs on a menu??

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The flavors were so good. The potatoes were crispy. The cheese was perfect. The kale was chewy. The cauliflower was an odd thing in a breakfast but it worked so well. Topped with runny eggs. Perfection!

We enjoyed our breakfast and I drank multiple cups of coffee and then it was time to head back to the hotel, check out and go home.

Logan was GREAT overnight with my parents. I’m so glad. I was worried he’d have a hard time but he was a good baby. He started getting a bit of a cold on Friday, so I had worried about that too but he was doing alright. And he seemed happy to see us.

The rest of the afternoon was super lazy. Cuddles with the baby, the guys watched football, I worked on photos from the weekend…I had planned on going to the gym but I was just feeling kind of tired and lazy. It was pouring rain and gray out and that didn’t inspire me to go anywhere, either.

But we did take my parents out for dinner as a thank you. We braved the rain and went to Apizza Scholls:

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They’d never been so it was cool to be able to share it with them since we’ve talked about the pizza for years. Bonus: we got there right when they opened and got a table right away. And Boneyard beer:

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It was nice being able to spend a little time with them. We talked about family vacations and the ones I remember as a kid and whether or not Logan will remember trips when he gets old. I think it will be really fun exposing him to places! Even though he’s really young right now, I think doing that stuff early is good. For example, Michael and I both want to do a road trip down to the Redwoods someday in the next few years.

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Logan was awesome at the restaurant. We finished all the pizza and then went home for an early night. Even though we slept so good at the hotel we were both SO TIRED! Sleep deficit I guess.

Sunday we were supposed to run a 5k but we decided not to. It was pouring rain Saturday and Sunday and we drove by the park where the race was going to be and it was one big mud pit. ๐Ÿ™ So a big fat DNS for us on this one! Bummer.