Apr 172017
 

On Saturday it seemed like Spring was finally here! It was sunny and warm out! Which was nice because it’s been a particularly rainy (and snowy!!) winter here in Oregon –just on Friday it was hailing!

We’ve done this hike once before. And just like that first time, we had a hard time finding the trailhead. (Here is the hike info: Gresham Butte-Butler Creek Hike.) This time we somehow found the OTHER trailhead for this hike.

I took a photo of the street sign so we could remember where this trailhead is.

From the entrance we started going up hill pretty quickly. It was slow and steady, nothing too crazy. It definitely got my heart pumping though!

It was probably about 60-65 degrees out and the sun felt so wonderful! Logan was loving it, Bella was happy to be outside. I was feeling pretty good physically, even though the hills were a challenge. Slow and steady.

We got to the top of the massive hill and stopped for lunch. Seriously, the hill was so steep! I wish the photos did it justice.

I packed us low-carb lunches. Michael had a low-carb wrap and I skipped the wrap and just did my meat and cheese wrap with hummus and carrots, olives and strawberries. It was a good and filling lunch (but after the hike I kind of crashed).

Logan got a bottle and then we let him run around a bit. I posted a video on Instagram if you’re interested.

Bella was so happy to be out in the woods! (So were we.)

After lunch we hit the trail again. It was a steep down hill hike.

We saw the creepy old school bus in the woods!

I knew we were both going to feel this hike the next day because of the downhill part! My glutes were really firing as we descended!

Logan fell asleep about 5 minutes before the end of the trail:

Here are my calories and stats for the hike:

The hike was “short” (we could have made it longer) but it was a workout! Look at our elevation and my heart rate:

It was a really nice workout outside in the sunshine for a change! Logan slept the whole way home and Michael successfully transferred him to his crib without waking him up. I gave Bella a bath because she was caked in mud from the hike!

And that’s about when I crashed. I just didn’t have enough carbs (and maybe fat too?) for the hike. This was the first time since starting my diet that I crashed after a workout. I had some peanut M&M’s, a glass of milk and waited to see if that helped. Not quite. So I had some caffeine (diet soda) and 3 ritz crackers with peanut butter on them. I took a short nap and then felt a whole lot better. I’m a bit disappointed in the bonk, but….live and learn.

To wrap up this post I’d like to share a few Easter photos because Logan looks adorable. 🙂

Happy spring!

Jun 222015
 

Michael was off in Seattle doing boy things and so Bell and I were flying solo for a little girl’s weekend. On Saturday I had plans to go for a mini road trip and picnic lunch with my friend Erika.

But first, I went to the gym for a quickie weight workout. Erika and I weren’t planning on doing any hiking or anything and I wanted to get something in for the day. Afterward, I cleaned up and got everything ready for the picnic and then Erika arrived.

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When we discussed getting together for the day we talked about a few options. The first was doing the Fruit Loop in Hood River. It’s a bunch of country stores, fruit stands and farms in Hood River. Michael and I did part of it a few years ago and I really liked the idea of checking it out again but thankfully Erika checked it out online and saw that they don’t want dogs to visit (since a lot of them have farms with animals). Good to know! So Erika suggested we check out Lost Lake.

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I’d heard of Lost Lake but didn’t know anything about it and hadn’t been before (Erika camped there as a kid). We picked up lunch from a grocery store deli (I got Broccoli Salad, Potato Salad and some Goldfish crackers, Erika got a sandwich) and hit the road! It was a really nice drive out to Hood River. It’s such a gorgeous, picturesque area of Oregon.

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We drove past all my favorite wineries and were surrounded by several mountains. The sun was out, it was warm but not uncomfortably hot and we had the windows down and the music up.

The road to Lost Lake was off the Fruit Loop through the forest, some clear-cutting (sad) and the road was windy and climbed up quite a bit. The drive was just under 2 hours from my place and in a very remote and romantic neck of the woods. We got to the campground and it took awhile to get a parking spot. They had a lot of people directing traffic and trying to help people find places to park. It was a popular place!

We finally found a spot and then grabbed the cooler and walked down to the lake to have a picnic. There were day use areas but since we’d gotten there so late in the day it was pretty crowded already. We walked along the shore and found a little spot to have our lunch and listened to the water lapping on the shore.

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After lunch we decided to walk around the lake. According to the website it was only 3 miles around the whole thing and very easy. We walked back to the car to drop off the cooler and kind of got a little teeny bit lost. LOL So we ended up walking around the camping loops of the park for awhile before we finally got back to the car! Oh well. We took the scenic route.

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We grabbed our backpacks with water and then set out to walk the trail around the lake. According to the website, the Lakeshore Trail was 3.2 miles (it turned out to be a lot longer!). I was just about to comment that it was odd we hadn’t seen the mountain at the Lake when we turned a corner and saw this:

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Gorgeous! It looks like a postcard.

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The lake had a ton of kayakers and swimmers and there were families fishing. Lots of kids were playing near the dock and families were having BBQ’s. It was cool how many little nooks of picnic areas there were along the shore, hidden in the trees. I think the secret is to get there early in the day and grab one of those great little picnic spots and just spend the whole day!

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The trail was so nice! It was VERY easy. Flat and sometimes there was a boardwalk and there were parts of the lake that were completely secluded.

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Bella was doing a great job. It was pretty crowded and there were lots of dogs on the trail but she never barked once. She was loving the woods and the trail. It was such a nice and peaceful walk along the lake. Sometimes you couldn’t see the lake but then you’d turn the corner and it would be a breathtaking view.

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We got to the other side of the lake and found a little dock that was empty. We decided to sit down and relax for a little bit. Erika had some chocolate chip cookies and we lounged in the sunshine having a snack and enjoying the view.

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It was the perfect day and a great view! I commented that we needed hammocks. Next time bringing a camping chair and a book and spending some time next to the lake! After the break we continued up the trail a little bit and then got back to the parking lot.

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Like I said, it was a little bit longer of a walk than the website said, about 4 miles. But it was a very easy 4 miles. I was actually kind of surprised at how many calories I burned on our walk considering my heart rate never got over 110 during the whole walk.

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What a great way to spend the afternoon! We headed back towards Portland and made a quick stop at a fruit stand to get some fresh fruit. Erika got some blueberries and I got cherries and raspberries.

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It was a bit of a slow drive back into town but so pretty it was hard to feel impatient. When I got home I made a veggie burger and some steamed broccoli for dinner (and might have eaten all of those raspberries while I cooked) and relaxed with some Netflix while I ate. Bella was zonked out on the couch.

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I finished watching “Bloodlines” on Netflix. It’s a really good show. It’s a little slow to start. I know a few people who say they tried to watch it and gave up but give it a few episodes. By episode 3 or 4 I was hooked. Episode 11-13 was super good! On the edge of your seat good. I hope they make a second season. Then I started watching “Royal Pains” on Netflix. Totally a guilty pleasure show. It’s goofy and trashy but kind of entertaining. 🙂

It was a fabulous weekend! Finished up with a run on Sunday, lots of yard work and playing with Bella in the sunshine.