Jun 202017
 

On Saturday we drove out to the Gorge to go for a family hike. We intended to do Dublin Lake Hike but I think we ended up doing Tanner Butte, or part of it anyways. The trailhead was Tooth Rock, right of I-84 at the Bonneville Dam, and it was a huge parking lot and apparently there were several hikes that started at that trailhead. You can read about it here.

We left the parking lot and walked about 1/4 of a mile on the Gorge bike trail (paved) and then there was a side trail (that we almost missed!!) for Tanner Butte. It was pretty overgrown at the beginning.

It started out as a pretty strenuous climb right away.

About 1/4 mile up the trail we came to several downed trees (why do we keep going on hikes that have fallen trees blocking the trail?!?). The first one was the only difficult one to get around. I crawled underneath it and then took Logan in the back pack while Michael crawled under. The other fallen trees (like the one above) were easy to get around.

It was a really great hike! It was quiet and peaceful and really pretty. Once we got away from the highway you couldn’t hear the cars at all and we only saw two other hikers on the trail.

The trail kept climbing up. We got to a clearing that had a view.

Then we got to another fork in the trail. It was kind of a maze of different forks. I tried to follow the instructions for the hike we wanted to do but I am still not sure if I did it right! We went up on this fork:

Bella having a blast:

We got to some switchbacks and then we got to the end of the hike–landslide! The trail was gone. So we had to turn around and go back down. It was too dangerous with the dog and baby to try and traverse the landslide, washed out part of the trail.

The climb back down was pretty easy.

We didn’t see anyone else on the trail. I’m surprised because it was such a nice, quiet hike.

Back down to the fallen trees:

And then we were back to the paved path. I saw this cool little plaque:

And there were lots of wildflowers blooming.

Logan did great on the hike! Not fussy at all. I think our hike was a little over an hour, so it was the perfect time and distance.

We got back to the parking lot area and let Logan run around on the trail and explore a little bit.

He was loving it!

Then we sat at the picnic bench for a picnic lunch. This was really nice! It was quiet, the sun was out, we were able to just relax and eat and Logan had fun too. 🙂

Here are the stats:

We hiked about 3 miles total.

It was a great hike! It’s free, 45 minutes drive from Portland and a good workout. (FYI there is no bathroom at the trailhead.) We plan on going back again in a few weeks to check out the other fork in the path.

May 252017
 

Sunday we took it easy. Which was probably a good thing…the amount of stress and stuff that’s been happening lately really pointed out how badly we needed some down time. I took a few short naps on Sunday, which was nice. I was fighting off a little head cold or something so I didn’t feel up to working out much. Which was a bummer. I had a list of hikes I wanted to check out. 🙁 Next year, I guess…

Sunday afternoon Michael and I took Logan for a walk to the downtown area. It was less than a mile walk and it was nice to get outside in the sunshine after laying around most of the morning. The sunny walk revitalized me a bit.

We walked around downtown a bit and got some ice cream. 🙂 Logan loves ice cream! We did a little shopping and then walked back and Logan fell asleep in the stroller. (He wasn’t great about napping on vacation, so we took what we could get!)

My dad played with Logan for a bit and Michael, my mom, and I played Scattergories (one of my favorites) on the front deck. It was SO nice outside! It was heavenly just listening to the wind in the trees, the birds and the nearby kids and dogs playing.

Then we fixed dinner. I made a big clean-out-the-fridge salad and some beans with bacon, and Michael grilled up some of the fancy bratwursts we got at that meat/growler shop on Saturday!

I had the Creole sausage and it was great! Very spicy!

We sat outside on the patio and had our last vacation dinner. I was bummed that vacation was ending. Especially since we didn’t get to do about half of the stuff I had hoped to do in Bend this trip!

Monday Logan got us all up bright and early. He was obviously 100% better and was ready to run and play and jump and climb and walk everywhere. I think he was catching up for the several days he didn’t feel good.

Last coffee on the porch. I loved that porch. It was so relaxing and peaceful.

We packed up the car and said goodbye to my parents.

We timed it perfectly. My dad wore out Logan so by the time we got in the car to drive home, he was REALLY ready for a nap! He slept for about half the drive. We got over Mount Hood and stopped for Subway (not a lot of lunch options on the road–especially not good options on the diet).

We stopped at the Wildwood Recreation area to have a picnic lunch. It was a really cool spot! Perfect for little kids to explore.

After lunch we walked around a little bit to let the little dude stretch his legs and explore. He loved it! He wanted to check out everything he saw. It looked like there were lots of trails and places to walk. There was a creek and places to have picnics. We definitely want to go back and explore some more.

After a little walk we got back in the car. It was a nice little pit stop! We got home at a decent time and spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking and cleaning up.

It was a really great vacation. We didn’t get to do everything I had on my to-do list. There is so much stuff to see in Bend and since this was the first time we’d been there in summer, I guess I had higher expectations for trying to do all the things! Logan being sick kind of changed those plans–as it should. I guess we’ll just have to go back next year! 😉