Memorial weekend

Doing It All + Then Some

Yay for long weekends!! I got off work a little early on Friday (not by much) but it was enough to beat some of the traffic getting out of downtown. Michael and I chilled outside on the deck in the sunshine after Logan went to sleep and it was so lovely!

Saturday I went to the gym and did some weights. Then that even some friends came over for dinner. Michael made homemade pizzas and we ate outside on the deck.

They brought some salads from Pizzicato (they make amazing salads) — I had the pear and bleu cheese salad with candied walnuts–and we all had some beers. It was my “cheat day” so I happily ate REAL pizza and had beer! Carbs!! YAY! 😉

It was a really nice night–a little on the hot side but I’m not complaining. Memorial Day Weekend is notoriously rotten in Portland. It’s usually cool and rainy. But we lucked out this weekend and it was sunny, hot and clear.

Sunday I went for a swim and then we went to a friend’s 1st Birthday party. It was in a park over by SE Hawthorne.

Ice cream face!

Sunday night we had another dinner party! Two couples came over, one was visiting from Seattle with their kids. We BBQ’ed outside. I made two baked beans, a srichacha one (very spicy!) and regular.

We did chicken drumstricks–half spicy, half not spicy. I love the srichacha BBQ sauce from Trader Joe’s. It’s one of my favorite sauces.

The corn and the baked beans put me WAY over my carbs for the day! Ooops. 🙁 But it was all very tasty. And it felt like summer! We had gelato for dessert.

On Monday I got to sleep in a little bit and then we packed everything up and went for a hike. We drove to Estacada to do the Clackamas River Trail. Michael and I attempted to do it a million years ago, when we were first dating, in January of all months. It was horrifically freezing with an icy headwind so we didn’t make it very far.

This time the conditions were much better! It was kind of overcast and misty on the drive there but once we arrived the sun was coming out.

The trail starts pretty easily. It’s across the street from the parking lot and it’s flat and wide through the forest. Then it starts to get narrow and it goes along the river. 

There were a few spots you had to cross on rocks over a creek.

There were some beautiful views of the Clackamas River:

Then the trail started to climb and it went up and up and got narrower and narrower and there was a sheer drop off on the side. It was very freaky! I hate these kinds of hikes. I have a fear of heights and I can do ok as long as I’m not right on the edge of a cliff and the trail was too edge-of-the-cliff for me.

I didn’t get any good pictures of the narrow, scary, edge-of-cliff trail because I was too freaked out to stop and I was trying not to look down!

The trail did some switchbacks and then switchbacks down and we stopped for lunch at a little picnic/camping area right by the water.

We were about a mile from the waterfall but we decided to turn around after lunch and head back. And good thing we did! We climbed back up the trail and got just passed the cliff area and some hikers told us a tree had fallen across the path–they hadn’t seen it happen but they heard it fall! We were like “ok thanks” and continued on. We honestly didn’t think anything about it. Like–it’s just a tree we have to climb over, or go around or something, no big deal.

Another couple told us about the tree and we started to wonder how bad it was. Well, we turned a corner and there it was. No more trail. I did not get any good photos of the fallen tree or what we had to do to get over it because–it was freaking HARROWING!

That picture doesn’t do it justice at all. So I gave Bella to Michael and scouted it out. I went down and tried to break some branches and stomp on things to get through. Then I got to the actual tree and it was HUGE. And it covered the entire path. There was no going down to get around it. Another couple was climbing up and over the top of where it fell and it was precarious-looking on the side of a huge, steep hill.

FUCK.

There was really no good, easy or safe way to get across. But we had to. There was no other way to get out of the canyon and back to our car. I decided to go first. One of the other hikers helped me up and then I grabbed hold of a tree branch that wasn’t going to snap off (after falling several times, scraping up my arms and getting thorns and splinters in my hands). There was no where great to put your feet, either. You couldn’t tell what was solid ground, rock, or just moss and leaves. UGH!

So I JUMPED to get momentum, flung my body on top of the tree (it was huge), held on to a branch, scooted up a bit to get some more traction, flung my leg over the side and straddled the huge tree. Then I looked down to try and figure out where to put my foot. Again, it was impossible to tell what was solid and what wasn’t. So I figured it out and got to the other side, hanging on to the fallen tree and the side of the steep hill, trying not to fall down.

We tried to get Bella to go underneath the tree but she was freaked out and too scared. So Michael had to pick her up and kind of fling her up onto the tree, I caught her and then she jumped down and scrambled up the side of the mountain. Then Michael took the backpack off and lifted Logan onto the tree and I lifted him over and rested him on the branches and rocks next to me. PHEW. I stopped freaking out a little bit once he was safely with me on the other side of the tree.

Then Michael had to climb over the tree. He got over and got Logan back on his pack and then we had to scramble up, over and then down the side of the mountain–nothing really to hang on to, footing unsure, I basically just kind of crawled and butt scooted from rock to tree and tried to get down.

The photos don’t really show how big the tree was, how deep the gully was around the tree or how steep the hillside was to get down!!! It was quite the adventure. We were safe, we got over and down to the trail with minor scrapes, bruises, cuts and splinters but Logan and Bella were safe so that’s important. It was FREAKY!

We hauled ass back to the car. I had splinters all in my hands, Logan started getting fussy, the strap on the baby backpack broke, and we were all just done with the day!

4.6 miles hiked, 706 calories burned, I think part of my calorie burn was the panic attacks I had on the cliffs and then having to traverse the fallen tree!!

I’m not exaggerating when I say the tree part was pretty freaky. I think we were both rattled. And I was particularly rattled about the idea of being IN the forest, on a hike, at the exact time a tree falls on the trail. Scary! There was no cell service for at least 5 miles and once I had service I tried calling the local ranger station to let them know but they were closed for the holiday, so I called the Estacada Fire Department and they said they’d let the rangers know. I really hope no one got hurt or stranded on the trail!

Anyways, that was our weekend!

Abelskivers!

On Memorial Day, Michael and I went to Broder for breakfast. It’s a place I’ve wanted to go to breakfast forever but haven’t tried it because every single time I drive by it, there is a line around the block. I’m just not the type to stand in long lines for restaurants. Broder is a Swedish restaurant that is very popular! The place we planned to go to originally was closed for the holiday so we drove by Broder just to see how bad the line was. I was surprised that there were only about 15 people waiting. The restaurant was going to open in about 10 minutes. Perfect timing!

We got a table. (The place was completely packed and when we left, there were tons of people sitting on the benches outside waiting.) Michael got an iced tea and I got coffee. It came with a little jug of cream–the thickest cream I’ve ever had. The coffee was pretty good but a little on the sweet side for me.

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Michael got the hash. It was potatoes, diced ham, roast beef topped with baked eggs and pickled beats. There was a side of walnut toast. Michael loved his dish. He said it was very unique. I had a bite and it was quite good. I also liked the walnut bread. It was so interesting and different! There was a smoky flavor in addition to the nutty flavor.

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I went with the Ableskiver (Danish Pancakes). It was something I’d heard about for awhile and wanted to give it a try. I was not disappointed! The presentation of both dishes was fantastic and everything tasted great. My “pancakes” were airy and light and didn’t sit too heavy. They kind of look like donut holes.

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It came with a side of lingonberry jam and lemon curd. The pancakes were light and had a lemon flavor to them, even before dipping in the lemon curd. The powdered sugar on top was a nice tough. What a cool breakfast! While I would not return if it meant I was standing in line for along time, I would happily go back to eat there. Perhaps going at “off” times means the lines aren’t as long. They also serve lunch and the lunch menu sounded delicious!

After breakfast we returned home and I went for a run. It was such a nice, sunny, warm day out and I didn’t really want to go to the gym. We’d gone for a hike the day before and while my hamstrings were a little tight, my knees and quads felt good so I figured a run would be ok. I used my Couch to 5k app and walked down the street to the school nearby.

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I really like running on the track and it’s nice that it’s so close. I know track running can be monotonous but it’s a million times better than a treadmill. At least I’m outside and I can feel the sun on my shoulders and the wind in my hair! My legs were a little heavy as I started the workout but they loosened up a bit and the run was decent.

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I ran 2.40 miles in about a half an hour and then used the walk back to the house as my cool-down. I was feeling really great! Michael and I spent the next few hours working in the yard. This was the calorie burn for my run:

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Really, we’d been working on the yard all weekend long, but still had so much more to do. We split it up between the three days because there was just so much of it. On Saturday I’d lifted weights at the gym, then cleaned the whole house, did all the laundry and moved a bunch of heavy furniture. Then we’d spent a few hours weeding and I planted tomatoes. Lots and lots of heavy lifting. You better believe my back was sore. I took it a little easy on Sunday but Monday came around and we had to finish the rest of it. More weed pulling, more chopping down blackberries, and then planting 18 jalapeno plants!

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18 jalapenos, 5 roma tomatoes, 1 cherry tomato plant, and a zucchini plant. We’re going to make salsa and spaghetti sauce (hopefully) and the zucchini was so successful the first year we planted it I know we’ll have tons of it. I plan on canning a bunch of the salsa and spaghetti sauce.

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I’m a little bummed we aren’t doing kale this year. There’s just too much to do with the wedding and stuff and we almost skipped a veggie garden entirely. My hope is that they all ripen BEFORE we leave for two weeks on our honeymoon! Cross your fingers we’ll be lucky with our plants this year. Last year wasn’t that great. I think our compost soil wasn’t ready for the plants.

Michael and I wrapped up the long weekend with a movie. We haven’t gone to a movie since we got Bella! That’s a long time for us. We used to go to movies a few times a month at least. I guess our priorities shifted. We didn’t want to leave Bella in her crate any longer than need be; we already feel guilty enough leaving her while we are at work. Anyway, we went to see Godzilla. There were a few ridiculous moments in the movie but overall it was quite good and exciting! So the long weekend ended with a good movie and an unfortunate sunburn…. 🙁 The first of the season ALWAYS gets me.