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Playing Hooky

For an anniversary gift, Michael surprised me with suggesting we book a couple’s massage. I looked around for something in Portland and found a stellar place! But first, a lunch date!

We played hooky and took off half the day from work and went out to lunch. We went to Stella Taco on SE Division. There are a ton of cool new restaurants on SE Division that we’ve been wanting to check out but never have the opportunity.

Stella Taco was a cute, hip place with “street” tacos on the menu. It was a casual joint, with the order-at-the-bar and bus your own table model (which I’m not usually a huge fan of, but…it was ok). It was cheap, so that’s nice.

I got one of of the fish street tacos and one carnitas. There were small, like three or four bites worth.

Michael got the carnitas, beef and chorizo street tacos. Everything was really fresh. I liked my tacos a lot but they weren’t spicy. The carnitas was pretty flavorful but I wished that the fish taco had a little more flavor, it was a tad bland. But I think with some spice they could have been great!

Michael said the chorizo tacos were spicy. We had lunch and then went to a dive bar nearby for beers. We had about an hour and a half to kill after lunch before our massages. Boneyard RPM! Our favorite beer on tap! It was nice to just chill in the quiet bar, not rushed or anything.

Then we walked around SE Hawthorne for a bit. We had no destination, just wandering. We stopped in Red Light (a funky, hip consignment store) that had a ton of retro clothes and halloween costumes and we hung out a bit. I was super excited about the cheesy 70’s pantsuits! Sadly, I didn’t find anything that really spoke to me enough to buy for Halloween. 😉 There were some real gems, though!

On a whim we stopped in at Blue Star Donuts and Michael bought a blueberry bourbon basil donut–apparently Blue Star is something pretty amazing. I wasn’t all that impressed after a few bites.

Then it was time for our appointments. I had looked around and found a place called Laurelhurst Massage by Laurelhurst Park. It was SO great! We both agreed they were some of the best massages we’ve had. It was a really relaxing and wonderful experience.

Rick and Greg have a massage studio in a space behind their house. It’s a cute space among nice, old Portland craftsman houses. The studio downstairs had a bathroom and a decent sized spa that we got to use before our massages.

The sauna was so nice! We’ve been talking about wanting our own sauna at home someday…Anyways, the sauna was great and so relaxing. The door to the sauna had a really pretty glass etching, too, of Multnomah Falls. Very cool.

After about 10 or 15 minutes in the sauna, we used the double spa shower that had like 6 shower heads, dried off and then had our couple’s massage upstairs in the massage room. (They had big fluffy bathrobes and nice towels for us.)

They were fabulous massages! So good and relaxing. I fell asleep halfway through my massage. Michael got a pretty deep sports massage and was pretty happy with his. We had a great time and will most definitely go back to use them again. If you are in the Portland area and looking a luxurious afternoon spa getaway, I recommend it!

After our massages we melted outside to the car 😉 and then went to pick up our little dude from daycare and head home.

It was a good change from the routine!

Finally, Vacation

It’s been a helluva week. Our long-time-coming vacation that we had planned back in September was finally here and…we started it in the ER with Logan. He’s ok. It was some kind of virus but he was very sick and very dehydrated. I don’t want to go into details on the internet but it was one of the most terrifying things ever.

He’s much better now. Every day he got a little bit better but it was alarming seeing him so sick!

Thursday afternoon after a doctor appointment for Logan and getting clearance from two doctors, we packed up the car and drove to Bend. We booked a house less than a mile from the downtown area, blocks from a park and the river. My parents drove down from Seattle and met us there.

The house was fabulous!!

It was originally a really tiny, one bedroom cottage that was renovated and they added a second story. The upstairs had a bedroom with a double bed and a queen bed and a full bathroom.

Downstairs was open with an eating area, kitchen bar, open kitchen, living area and a half bath.

There was a big office area and then the master bedroom had a bathroom and walk in-closet. 

There was a wrap around deck that you could get to from any door and off the master bathroom there was a door to the hot tub!!!

Outside there was a dining are, a lounge area and a fire pit area. 

The house was FABULOUS! We would definitely stay there again. We were blocks from 10 Barrel Brew pub, a fancy grocery store, restaurants and shops and there was  a school across the street. 

Thursday we arrived at dinner time. We unpacked and then Michael and my dad went and picked up dinner. It was easiest to go lazy. They picked up pizza, cheesy breadsticks and salad. We ate outside on the deck.

Then Michael and I relaxed in the hot tub for a bit and CRASHED in bed. We were absolutely exhausted (spending 8+ hours in the ER the day before is not a recipe for a relaxing vacation….).

Friday morning we woke up and had a phone consultation with Logan’s doctor to follow up. He was already a million times better since Wednesday and he was already almost back to normal. What a relief!

We had breakfast and then went for a hike. My mom is having knee surgery soon, so she wanted to stay at the house and relax instead of hike. So Michael, my dad, Logan, Bella and I went out and hiked Benham Falls.  

 It was such a gorgeous hike!! It was pretty flat, only a few small hills, but the whole trail was along the river with gorgeous views of the water, lava fields and blue sky.

We came across a painter working on a painting of one of the waterfalls. It was cool seeing her in action (my mom would have loved that) and seeing the painting at the beginning, then seeing it almost finished when we were hiking back!

It was definitely a scenic hike!

It was about 72 degrees and perfect. Logan did great on the hike and was alert and just looking around. He didn’t get fussy at all. And Bella was having a blast!

We stopped just after these trees in the shade so I could change Logan and then my dad put him on his back for the hike back.

And then the little dude fell asleep. 😉

Here are the stats:

We got back to the house (short cut home to fill the growler with Boneyard beer) and then my dad and Michael got us all lunch at nearby food carts. I had a delicious green salad with spicy shrimp, feta, cranberries and almonds on top.

Logan refused to take a nap so my parents and I drove up to Mount Bachelor with him so he could sleep. 🙂 It worked! The views were gorgeous! It was a ghost town up there, though. It was really weird being up on Bachelor in sunny, hot weather and no snow on the roads!

On the way back to the house we stopped at Dillon Falls to check it out. It was a very short stroll from the parking lot. My dad and I realized that this photo below showed us that where we turned around on the hike that morning, connected to this little bog area. And we confirmed it with a map. So had we kept going, we would have done the whole hike.

There were some fly fisherman right above the waterfall (which seemed scary to me!):

The waterfall was very treacherous looking!

Then home for this:

And dinner. Michael made chicken drumsticks and corn and I had some salad, too.