hiking

Quarantine Week Whatever

Some Random Things I’ve Bought on Amazon Lately:

  1. Jump Ropes (adjustable ones for adults or kids)
  2. This AWESOME activity book for Logan.
  3. This adult coloring book (for me).

I’ve been taking care of my indoor plants (and got a few more). I also split one of our plants into two pots. It was looking a little choked and too big for the pot it was in, so I divided the plant. It seems to be doing well. In a week or so I will move them both up to our bedroom once I know they are doing well. Right now they are living right in front of a big window in our dining room:

On Friday I went for a bike ride on my lunch break. But I went early because I was trying to avoid crowds outside and on the bike trail, which was smart. I only saw one other biker and one walker out there when I went. Friday was SUCH a gorgeous day! It felt like summer! I am trying to slowly build up my biking after many years off.

Saturday morning we went for a hike. We are exploring local nature parks that have walking trails (that are open) since all hiking in the Gorge and Mount Hood is closed (rightly so, I get it). We are staying local so trying to find places that are 5 miles or less from our house so we don’t have to travel. We go at “off” times when we can so we avoid crowds. If we arrive somewhere and there are too many people (or cars in the parking lot), we leave and go somewhere else. We practice 6 feet distancing on trails when we see people (not everyone does, which is disappointing) and we don’t touch anything (we didn’t really touch anything hiking before anyways).

So Saturday we checked out the Old Canemah Park in Oregon City. It is seriously a cool hidden gem! I can’t believe we never knew of it before! There were so many paths and trails in the park! And they were all the perfect length for a toddler with lots of energy but a toddler that doesn’t have 4 miles in him!

There is a small parking lot (for maybe a dozen cars) at the end of a dead end in a cute, historic residential area. There’s a picnic area (which is closed right now) and some GREAT looking kids toys! Also closed, we will be back when it’s open! Looks super fun.

Since it’s a nature preserve they don’t want dogs there. We left Bella at home. We did see evidence that people do bring their dogs, though. The paths are very well maintained and well-marked, which is nice! You can easily figure out the paths and they all pretty much connect each other.

We were there early and the only people in the park. πŸ™‚ It was about 50-54 degrees, slightly chilly and overcast but not cold. Just right for hiking. It was nice to be out in the wilderness by ourselves!

We did one trail that had a pretty good elevation and got our hearts pumping! It was a good work out. But not too strenuous that Logan couldn’t do it.

We ended up doing 1.75 miles and as we headed back towards the bluff loop towards the parking lot more people were arriving.

I burned a little over 300 calories. It was a really nice hike and we’ll definitely go back. It’s obviously a favorite neighborhood park, too, so we’ll definitely go when it’s less crowded. This one is by far our favorite discovery so far.

In other news, on Saturday my friend Sam dropped off a package of toilet paper on our front porch. We haven’t been able to find any in any grocery stores but they found some and bought us a package! It was seriously so sweet. We weren’t running low yet, we had about 2 weeks or so left of our stock, but it was stressing me out that I couldn’t find any ANYWHERE. It really warmed my heart that she found some and thought of us!

Don’t Even Know…

It’s Saturday afternoon as I write this. Just poured a glass of white wine after doing a bunch of chores. Listening to Kate Bush. Logan is watching Wreck It Ralph. Bella is snoring on the couch. Michael ran to the store. First the bad news.

Michael got laid off Friday morning. I guess in a way we should have seen it coming since he was a contractor and lots of people are being laid off, and lots of companies are freaking out right now. But it was still awful. We are crossing our fingers it’s temporary and he’ll be back with his same company/team when this is all over with. His team was unaware of the plan to lay him off. It sounded like an HR decision. It’s still devastating and upsetting and stressful.

Logan’s birthday party was supposed to be Saturday but we cancelled that, obviously, so we decided to go for a little drive Saturday and then hike and have a picnic as a distraction for everything and it helped.

We had breakfast and did a few things then packed the car and drove out toward the beach to LL Stub Stewart Park. It’s a great place, that we’ve gone a bunch of times for hikes and day trips.

I picked it because it was about an hour drive from our house. It got us out of our house, out of the neighborhood, and I figured that with the social distancing it would be an ok place to go to. The park is huge. And I assumed most people would go to local Portland places (like Forest Park) or out in the Gorge to go hiking. (I was sort of right.)

There was still a fair amount of people at Stub Stewart but everyone was doing a good job of distancing themselves from each other. Families stayed together and away from other people. We went for a hike in the forest and didn’t see any other hikers (but did see a few mountain bikers out there–like two pairs).We were there early enough to miss the crowd apparently. I was honestly surprised at how many people were there after we left…

It was so empty we even took Bella off leash! (And you know how I feel about off leash dogs!) She did great. We were out in the woods alone.

It was a little on the chilly side, since it was kind of towards the beach. But we warmed up with our hike. The park was free. The bathrooms were open and had soap and toilet paper and smelled like bleach, so they were cleaning. That was nice. I still used Clorox wipes after using the bathrooms.

It was really good to get out of house after working from home for 5 days, not going to the gym, not going swimming, not seeing friends or family, cancelling Logan’s birthday party, and Michael’s bad news. We all needed a reset. Fresh air, hiking, getting a change of scenery was good for our mental health!

Then we had a picnic lunch on a table in the parking lot. The picnic tables were all spaced out really far from each other, so that was good. There were more people at the park by this time and I saw a lot of people on the other trail (not the one we did), so it was kind of defeating the social distancing thing with that many people. SIGH. This was when we packed up quick and left.

It was a pretty good day, despite everything. I was glad we got out, I was glad there were no people near us. I was glad we weren’t potentially spreading anything or catching anything. We just got a hike in, cleared our heads, and went home.

We came home, unpacked, I took a long hot bath and read a book and made huli huli chicken and roasted vegetables for dinner. It’s a super stressful time and it’s hard not to resort to old patterns dealing with stress. But trying.

QUESTION: HOW ARE YOU!?!?