Father’s Day

Weekend Walk in the Woods

Last Friday ended up being an unexpected holiday. I am pretty impressed with my workplace, a lot of companies in Oregon and soon the state of Oregon will be recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday. I know it doesn’t undo a lot of the damage that has been done for so long, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.

It turned out to be a very nice day. 85 degrees in Portland. Logan was in daycare and Michael and I had the chance to have a kid-free day! We decided to go for a hike. Originally, I wanted to do Mirror Lake but we got a late start and if you want to do Mirror Lake, you must get there very early in the morning, or there is no parking. I assumed, even during pandemic times, the parking lot would be full. So…we did a hike near Vancouver, WA instead. It’s one we’ve never been to before.

LaCamas Lake Trail Hike

It’s a pretty easy hike, with side trails that are a little more steep. It’s a good kid-friendly hike. We’ll probably take Logan there someday this summer.

It was such a beautiful day! The hike ended up being kind of short.

We finished up and planned on doing another hike just down the street but when we got there, the gate was closed. Bummer! So it ended up being a short hike.

Which was ok. It was getting to be lunchtime anyways. So we drove to Vancouver, picked up taco salads to go and went to a park and had a picnic lunch.

It was a nice day. Sunny, warm, relaxing.

Then for Father’s Day, we went to this hike:

Hopkins Demonstration Forest

It was out in Oregon City, but in the country part of Oregon City. We drove through farms, ranches with horses and goats and sheep, etc, to get there. It was a really nice park!

Despite lack of funding, etc during pandemic times, the main trails were well maintained. The off-shoot trails were overgrown with nettles and blackberry bushes, so not very traversable (especially not with a toddler). But most of the hike was very nice.

There were bathrooms (open but not maintained right now), garbage cans throughout the hike (which is nice when you have a dog), poop bag dispensers, maps and clearly marked trails.

From the parking lot it was all downhill. Then there were various trails and roads you could take. Some were not finished yet. One went around a pond. Logan was very excited to look for frogs!

Bella was in heaven! And got VERY muddy (she got a bath when we got home!).

We did about 2 miles. The hike back to the car was all uphill! We were tired and sweaty. Home for lunch and showers and naps!! It was a good father’s day and a good day–a good couple days in the woods!

Proud Father’s Day!

Ever have a Sunday where you go go go and then feel like you need a day to recover before going back to work on Monday? SIGH. πŸ˜‰

My Sunday started bright and early at 6:00am (thanks Logan!). I got up with the munchkin so Michael could sleep in a little bit. I made breakfast and Logan and I took it in to daddy with his Father’s Day present.

Logan was very helpful.

We had a busy day ahead of us so Michael got baby duty for a little bit and put Logan down for his morning nap and I went swimming then got home in time to feed the baby and head downtown for Pride!

Toddlers, man. It’s impossible now to get any decent (and not blurry) photos!

I had been looking forward to going to Pride this year and taking Logan. Michael was going to go with us but he decided all he wanted for Father’s Day was to relax at home and watch golf. So Logan and I went together. Last year Logan slept in his bassinet through Father’s Day/Golf Day but yeah…this year that was not going to happen. πŸ˜‰

I hadn’t been to Pride in a few years. It was nice to be back and to participate in such a positive, wonderful community here in Portland. I also noticed (now that I had a kid) just how many families with young kids were there. It warmed my heart!

 

Logan was super excited. He loved the noise and music and clapped often. It was funny to watch him clap. He was fascinated by the people and the costumes. He loved the balloons and flags and the marchers that had bubbles. πŸ˜€

We had a pretty good spot where we could see the parade. I also got some quick footage of our awesome governor, Kate Brown, marching and chanting in the parade! You can watch on my instagram.

There are much better photos here.

I had a few friends I planned on meeting up with at Pride but it was really hard to find people so Logan and I just kind of walked around and checked things out and he got some cool stickers and then it was time to head home. We were on borrowed time.

And sure enough, as soon as I got him in his car seat he had an epic meltdown that last the whole drive home. I also hadn’t eating anything since 7am. It was 2pm when we got home and I was close to an epic meltdown, too!!!

Other than that, it was a really good day and I was so happy to take Logan to his first parade and first Pride. It was so much fun and I loved the positive energy and welcoming attitude.

A little bit later the three of us played outside as a family. It turned out to be a really nice day out.

After Logan went to sleep, Michael and I sat on the deck with pizza and beer (thank god for cheat meal day!!!!!!!!!!) I needed some downtime. (Even though I felt super gross after all the carbs I ate on my cheat meal!)

It was a really good Father’s Day.