Hillside & Seaside

I got some new hiking boots!

I really needed them. For awhile now, whenever I went hiking my feet hurt. My ankle hurt in a weird spot (achilles) and I couldn’t go as far as I would like. Our most recent hike was super easy and flat and my body was NOT happy. Later that night when we got home I was hurting. I even had shin splints. So the next day I went to REI and tried on some different boots and ended up with these:

Merrell Moab 2 boots. I love REI and I can try these boots out for 1 year and if I don’t like them or they cause me issues, I can return them! I think that’s awesome!

I got to test them out over the weekend. We had plans to go to the beach with friends but they weren’t feeling well. We decided to go anyways and go for a hike. We did Tillamook Head in Seaside. We did it once before, when Logan was little. Check out the old post and see photos of LITTLE Logan!!! Oh my!

It’s kinda crazy that last time we did this hike, Logan was probably a year and a half old and still in the hiking backpack. LOL Now he’s a little hiker!

He did so good! We did almost 3 miles roundtrip and he didn’t ask to be carried or act tired at all. We turned around and headed back because of time and lunch.

The trail is still pretty wet, soggy, muddy and slippery in places. But we did ok.

There were only a few parts of the trail that were kinda sketchy for a little kid (a washout). Last time we did it, there had been damage from trees and the trail had been blocked. They’d fixed it and we had no issues this time.

It was a great hike!

It’s a pretty steep hike, too. Lots of uphill. Despite it being the hardest hike Logan’s ever done, he did a great job!

After the hike we drove a short ways to the beach. I’m not sure which beach it was but it was popular with surfers!

We had a picnic lunch on the beach. It was sunny and almost 70 degrees.

It was so nice! We had a great time. Then Logan played in the sand, of course.

And then Logan and I played in the surf. He loved standing at the edge and then running from the water as the tide came in.

We did that for a long time (surprisingly, the water wasn’t too cold!). Then Logan and I got hit with a big, surprise wave! I grabbed Logan and picked him up and ran for the shore! I was drenched from the waist down. Yikes. LOL We were ok and I wasn’t in danger of falling down but Logan did. Thankfully I was holding on to him and was able to pick him up quick. It wasn’t scary until like an hour later. Oy.

Since we were both drenched and it was around 2pm anyways, we packed up, changed at the car and Logan fell asleep immediately.

It was a great day, despite the wave drenching us. It was nice to get out of the city and get a mixture of woods and hills and beach! AND my new boots were GREAT! No pain at all!

Rogue River Hike

The second day of our trip was a big one! I am breaking it up into two posts. Here is the first. After breakfast at the cabin we went for a hike at a nearby campground called the Natural Bridge. It was less than a 5 minute drive from where we were staying in Union Creek and the hike was along the gorgeous Rogue River.

Upper Rogue River Hike

The Natural Bridge was a lava tube that had formed underneath the water.



The lava tubes were really cool. The water was rapid and you could see lots of little caves that were part of the tubes. When we were on our honeymoon in Maui we did a snorkeling tour and got to see the lava tubes that had formed in the ocean.



The hike was really quiet and scenic. We were the only ones on the trail once you left the viewpoint of the lava tubes/natural bridge. The trail went through the forest and the ground was super soft. It was an easy hike until we go to some hills. Then it was probably “moderate.”

We climbed up the trail and it then it flattened out and looped around. Suddenly we were on the other side of the river.



The trees were starting to change color and it was a gorgeous area. This was probably my favorite hike that we did on our trip. We hiked around the other side of the river, along the campground.



We crossed a bridge (Bella thankfully crossed the bridge even though she was freaked out) and we were back to the parking lot. We hiked around 4 miles.


After this we went back to the cabin, cleaned up, packed lunches and then made the drive to Crater Lake. Our cabins were right by the junction to Crater Lake and it was only about 20 miles or so of a drive.

I will be doing a post just about Crater Lake because it really needs its own post.


So fast forward to dinner after the adventure at 8,000 feet!

After Crater Lake we hung out outside our cabin and had dinner on the picnic bench. The weather was really nice and it was relaxing to just chill. The resort had a giant BBQ! Look at it:


Michael was pretty impressed. He’s been wanting to get a BBQ/smoker like this for some time so he was excited to give it a try. I guess the guy does BBQ every weekend. Michael picked up some brisket and sides for both of us.


The dinner was great! I was impressed. The brisket was soft and melted in your mouth. The homemade BBQ sauce was outstanding. The sides were just ok. We shared the coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans.


We spent the evening relaxing, playing card games and doing crossword puzzles together. Stay tuned for the Crater Lake post!