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Day 57, or something?

Last week felt like a rough week, mentally. I think we were all struggling. And so many friends were, too. It was week 7 (I think??) of being home. I think, for me, it was starting to wear on me. The constant togetherness. The uncertainty of when things will open up again. The fear of things opening up too soon. The sad news from Georgia. The frustrating politics. The seeming disregard for public health and safety with the protests…

Friday I decided to take a half day off from work. I had a holiday day I needed to use some time from and the weather was nice. I needed a mental break.

So I worked for a few hours in the morning and then went for a bike ride by myself. It was 80 degrees here in Portland, sunny and beautiful. It was also windy, which was unfortunate on the bike! But I still enjoyed it!

I did part of the 205 bike trail and then the trail ended and I did some of the highway out towards Mount Hood (not ideal) and then picked up the trail again and did a loop on bike trails back home.

Despite the beautiful day, I didn’t see a lot of people out! Just a few other bikers. It was such a nice break. I felt really good on the bike, too. Going out for small rides once a week since this started has really helped. I didn’t have low back fatigue or shoulder/neck pain like I have had before, so that means I am getting back to conditioning!

The ride was hilly at times. And I was getting hungry and thirsty (I only brought 1 water bottle, next time I’ll bring more) so I didn’t end up doing 15 miles like I wanted to.

I’m still happy with my ride! I got home and then took a bath in the jacuzzi tub with some sparkling water, relaxing and decompressing, then Logan woke up from his nap and we went out to Lake Oswego for a nature walk as a family. It was a nice little afternoon.

(Not sure if I mentioned that Logan got a quarantine haircut a few weeks ago…that did not go well. So Michael had to fix it. LOL)

It felt silly to take a “vacation day” when we are in quarantine and can’t go anywhere but in the end it turned out to be just what I needed. A mental break, a break from responsibilities, some alone time, some sunshine…

Day Two

Hawaii Day Two

We went for hike and it was the highlight of the trip. (Logan still talks about it.)

We went to the Makahi Street Hike up in Kalaoa. We were staying in Waikoloa Village and it was about a 30 minute drive up the mountain. The hike was easy to find and super fun!

We did the “Jurassic” trail! Logan loved it. He did so good too. It was like hiking in the jungle. Very pretty.

After the hike we stopped and grabbed sushi and ate lunch at the house and then went to Beach 69 for another beach afternoon.

Beach 69 was our favorite beach when we were in Kona before. This particular day the surf was pretty big. We did have fun, though.

Dinner was seared ahi tuna and salad. Logan was so tired he put himself to bed. πŸ˜‰

Had some fresh fruit. (Best pineapple ever!) Then my sister in law, Michael and I went in the hot tub and looked at the Hawaiian stars. It was amazing!