beer tasting

Beer in Bend

I’ve been waiting for a vacation for long time. We enjoyed ourselves so much in Bend last summer, we booked the house again with my parents. We met them at the rental house on Friday afternoon. It was a long drive for them (from Seattle) but they were excited to do it. Logan did pretty well in the car and slept for the first two hours or so, then he was fussy.

Friday we unpacked and then got some groceries.

We ended up getting pizzas for dinner and eating them outside on the deck. It was a nice, warm evening. The birds were chirping and there was an owl somewhere nearby.

Michael had gotten us some beer at Growler Phil’s (our favorite place) and we enjoyed some Boneyard RPM and then Logan went to bed and Michael and I got to relax in the hot tub for a bit before bed. It was nice and relaxing!

Saturday we got up early and had breakfast. Eggs, hashbrowns, sausage and lots of coffee.

Then made sandwiches headed up Mount Bachelor for a hike.

We chose Todd Lake. The reviews were great and it looked like a really nice hike (easy) for Logan.

It wasn’t very crowded, which was good, and we let Bella free-roam since we were basically the only hikers on the trail. We usually don’t do that but Bella LOVED it. She was doing zoomies up and down the trail. She did GREAT off leash.

It was 60 degrees and sunny. Not too cool, so that was nice. We set out on the trail and had amazing views of Mount Bachelor.

I LOVE the trees in Bend.

Logan did SO good hiking! He usually only has about 1 mile, maybe less in him when we do the neighborhood walks and then he’s done and wants to be carried. BUT he’s getting too big for his carrier and doesn’t want to be in it for long. I brought it just in case. He ended up walking about 1.6 miles before wanting to be carried. I put him in the pack for a bit, then he wanted to walk again, then he wanted to be carried. Then we were done. 🙂

The plan was to hike to Todd Lake and have our picnic lunch there. But we got to the lake, which was beautiful, and did part of the lakeside trail then encountered too much snow and lost the trail. We decided to turn around and go back. And by then it was too early for lunch.

So we went to Columbia Park in Bend and Logan played on the REALLY cool pirate kids toys, we walked by the river,  and then we had our picnic lunch there.

Then home for nap. Logan crashed and slept for over 2 hours. (YAY!) So Michael and I got to escape for a little bit while my parents hung out at the house.

We went to Cascade Lakes Brewery for some samples. We’ve driven by it a million times on the way to snowshoeing but never stopped. It was nice sitting outside in the sun and checking it out.

We got back to the house and Logan was still napping so I got to relax in the hammock in the yard for about an hour before he woke up. Then we went to downtown Bend for a bit.

It was a lot of stuff and I think we were allllll tired. LOL. Dinner:

Burgers on the grill, hot tub and early to bed. ZZZZZ

Pumpkins in the Gorge

Michael’s dad came to Portland for a short visit this weekend. On Saturday we were all up bright and early for various reasons (baby and time changes!) and I went to the gym, then home to clean up and we hit the road for a day trip. We listened to the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers greatest hits as we drove out to the Gorge, destination: Hood River.

It was pretty crazy seeing the damage from the wild fires. Multnomah Falls is closed, as are a lot of other popular hikes in the Gorge. I posted some photos on my instagram. It was really sad, and kind of shocking, to see the damage in person. I think I-84 only opened up a week ago, too. It’s been closed for almost a month I think. Crazy.

We stopped at Double Mountain Brewery for lunch. Logan did great. We timed the drive right and he napped for an hour on the drive so when we arrived he was ready for lunch. We also lucked out and got there before the mad-rush for lunch. Usually there are super long lines to get in.

We got a pizza and I got three tastes: Killer Green, Killer Lion and Hop Lava (all IPAs).

It all really hit the spot. After lunch we stopped at Cathedral Ridge so we could pick up our quarterly case of wine from our membership (like 2 months late–partly because we had no time and partly due to the wildfires). I was surprised at how few people were there on a Saturday afternoon. Usually the tasting room would be super packed. I guess a lot of people haven’t ventured into the Gorge since the fires.

Then it was time for pumpkins!

We got to Packer Orchards near the Wy’East Winery after lunch. We discovered it last year around this time when Logan was an itty bitty baby! This year was SO much fun because Logan is big enough to DO stuff now! He was so excited when we got there. He was ready to explore!

We chose not to do the corn maze/hay ride extravaganza this year. Logan is still a bit too young for that and it was about $20 for a family to do all the activities together. Next year I think it will be great! The nice thing about Packer Orchards is that there was TONS of stuff to do for free. They had the places you could take photos and the giant pumpkin, of course.

Logan was sort of good while we tried to take photos. 😉 He was just too excited and distracted to sit still for long.

They had a ton of carts you could use for picking pumpkins. Logan just wanted to ride around in the cart. So Michael and his dad took turns taking Logan around in the cart.

There was a giant (free) hay stack that kids could climb and play on. The hay rides looked really fun. Next year! Then we discovered that there was a giant “sand box” that was filled with dry corn! Wow! It was so cool. All the kids loved it. Logan wasn’t quite sure at first and then he loved it. What a cool idea.

So we walked around a bit and then decided it was time to pick a pumpkin. Logan zeroed in on the one he wanted right away.

He picked the tiny white pumpkin that fit in his hands. We tried to get him to pick another bigger one to take home, too, but he wasn’t having any of it. He just wanted his tiny pumpkin!

And Packer Orchards was super sweet, we went up to pay for it and I guess because it was so small (and Logan is so cute LOL) they said it was free. Sweet!

The above two photos are my absolute favorites of the day. He looks so dang cute! I am so glad we went and had a great day. It was such a fun, sweet outing to see everything through Logan’s eyes. Everything was amazing to him and he had a blast. Can’t wait for next year!

It was getting late in the afternoon so we got three pipin’ hot fresh out of the fryer apple cider donuts to go and Logan loved that, too. Of course he did! He’s my kid. 😉 And we headed back to Portland.