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Three Years and Counting

When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
~ by Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) ~

Michael and I are celebrating our three year anniversary. The “official” date is a little fuzzy. We were friends for months before we started dating and really we just decided on June 19th being our anniversary. It was close enough. June 19th three years ago was the night before I had surgery to remove the lump from my breast. Michael took me out to dinner to a fancy restaurant (Eleni’s Greek Restaurant in Sellwood). I got dressed up and we had our first REAL date. I was scared that the surgery would be painful, I was scared the lump would turn out to be cancer (it wasn’t), I was scared I’d have a big scar, I was scared I might not wake up. Michael was the sweetest, kindest guy and he tried to distract me from my fears and reassure me that everything was okay.

First Anniversary

For our first anniversary we spent the weekend in Stevenson, Washington. I booked us a romantic little cabin right on the Columbia River, walking distance from the Walking Man Brewery. It was a log cabin with a rustic interior and jacuzzi tub. The cabin was perfect–except for one thing. We quickly found out WHY the cabin was less than $80 a night. It was right next to the train tracks. And yes, there was a train that went by almost hourly. We should have known that when we saw the “complimentary” ear plugs by the bedside.


Either way, it was still a nice weekend. We ate breakfast on the deck next to the blooming jasmine flowers and we drove to the Maryhill Winery.


We hiked on the Columbia River and then hiked Eagle Creek and saw a deer. It was a good first anniversary.

Second Anniversary

The second anniversary was a bit better. I booked us a room at a very cute bed and breakfast in Hood River. The breakfast was delicious, our room had an amazing jacuzzi tub in it.


We ate good food, sampled beers, went wine tasting and enjoyed the gardens in the Fruit Loop.



We did several hikes in Hood River and also near Multnomah Falls.


We did a bike ride through Hood River and got to see gorgeous views of the Gorge from the trail.


Last year’s anniversary weekend was one of my favorite vacations that we’ve taken together. The weather was absolutely perfect and we did so many fun things! I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

Third Anniversary

So what are we doing this year for our 3rd anniversary? I have NO idea! Michael is planning it this year and it’s a surprise. I have no idea where we are going or what to pack. I love surprises! No matter what it is, it will be fun!

See ya guys later! πŸ™‚

Bike Ride Up a Mountain

After the great breakfast we had, we took the bikes and left for a ride. Jane had recommended that we check out the old Highway 30 bike route. It’s the old Highway that they closed to car traffic. Only foot and bike traffic is allowed.

To get to this trail, we rode through downtown Hood River–which is all downhill in THAT direction…

Hood River

We headed out of town and found the very steep, winding road up to the trail. Here’s the view from half way up that hill:

Downtown Hood River

The hill was intense but not killer. I took it easy at first, not sure if my hip would act up from the steep incline. I had no pain so I kept going. My quads weren’t burning but I was breathing hard. It was like lamaze class or something!

I hope you guys can tell that the elevation is pretty high! We stopped halfway up the road to rest for a minute. I took a ton of photos and then we hopped back on the bikes.

Stopping Half Way

The trail was really cool! It was a nice ride–all uphill of course–with views of the Gorge.

It was a hot day out and I was sweating like a pig! There were some shaded areas of the trail where we went through tunnels and through tree tunnels. It was a really scenic ride.

Wildflowers

Besides the amazing view, the wildflowers were everywhere!

Wildflowers

We rode the entire trail –which probably wasn’t more than 10 miles long–and then turned around and headed back to the room. Going downhill fast is one of my fears about the bike. I was nervous about going down those winding roads. But honestly, it was okay. There wasn’t much traffic and the wind was so strong it kept me from going too fast anyways. We got back to Hood River and road UPHILL again! Hood River is built on the side of a huge hill and the roads are pretty steep. This part almost killed me!

UPHILL!

I don’t think these pictures do the incline justice! But trust me when I say it was brutal. At least it was only 9 blocks, right? πŸ˜‰ We made it back to the BnB and I took a moment to rest!

What a great ride! Here’s the stats:

Time: 1 hour 42 minutes

Calories Burned: 731

After the bike ride we both used the Foam Roller (of course I brought it!) and then I enjoyed another bath in the jacuzzi tub. We cleaned up and got ready to head out for lunch. At this point I think it was just after noon! We’d done so much already.