Camping Follies

One of the things I dislike about camping in the NW is that you have to book it 9 months in advance or it’s booked. The thing is, life happens. How do you know what you’ll be doing 9 months from now? Well last year, I booked some camping yurt weekends for June in anticipation that we would be packing, house hunting and moving/selling our house in July or August of 2019. Haha. Funny how that works, huh? Turns out life had a different plan and we were house hunting/packing/moving in JUNE instead.

So I ended up cancelling one weekend I booked (at the beach, bummer) but decided to keep our reservation for this past weekend at Lost Lake Campground near Hood River.

We rented a yurt. The weather has been nice but OF COURSE the days leading up to when we were supposed to go it turned iffy. We decide to go anyways, since it was basically our only trip for awhile and I’d been looking forward to it for months. Besides, we were in a yurt, so it shouldn’t be too bad, right?

Well….we got drenched. We arrived and got our keys at the resort lodge and found our yurt in the E Loop. It was kind of far from the lake, which I hadn’t known, I would have picked one closer to the lake. Tip for the future.

So you park your car in a parking lot for the loop and then there is a trail you basically have to hike into with your stuff. Yeah. We didn’t know where our yurt was in the loop and we went the wrong way first so had to double back so the four of us (me, Logan, Michael and Bella) were all running in the DELUGE (I AM NOT KIDDING) and finally found our yurt.

We were all freezing and drenched and inside the yurt realized they had an old cast iron stove inside so we needed to get firewood. We all ran back to the car and then drove back down to the lodge to get firewood. The above photo kinda shows it accurately. We were all soaked to the bone. None of us were dressed properly for the downpour. Our shoes were all soaked all the way through. I had packed my rain jacket in the car and was just in a sweatshirt so that was all soaked. Logan was stoked. He thought it was an adventure. 😉

We got firewood and Michael and Logan started the fire and we tried to warm up and dry off a bit. Then Michael and I took turns doing the trek back and forth from the car to the yurt (they had a gorilla cart in the parking lot for people to use but it was still a lot of work.

And it was raining the whole time.

We got our gear and set up the beds and unpacked stuff. Hung out for a bit. Logan liked climbing the ladder to the top of the bunk beds. 🙂

We had dinner (Michael grilled hot dogs) and hung out some more and then it was getting late and we got ready for bed (knowing Logan would be up very early). We had enough firewood to keep the fire going all night. You just had to get up every 2-3 hours to add more wood or it went out and got pretty cold. It was nice listening to the rain in the forest. It never let up.

The next morning we got up and it was still raining. So we decided to have breakfast and pack up. If it hadn’t been raining we would have stayed the full weekend but I think we were both thinking about 1) how much stuff we had to do at home to get ready for the move and 2) if the weather continued to be nasty, Logan was going to go stir crazy stuck in the yurt.

We drove back to Portland, where it was sunny and warm. 🙂 And after showering, unpacking and having lunch, we went for a hike at Powell Butte:

It was a nice hike. Then home and we all took naps. 🙂 And then I packed the house. 🙂

I’m disappointed with the camping experience. I was so looking forward to it. I think the lesson learned is that anytime we go camping it just needs to be later in the summer when we can kind of rely more on the weather being a little better. And while I loved Lost Lake when I went there for the day before (check out the post I did for better summer pictures!), I am SO not into hauling our crap up a steep hill 1/2 a mile in multiple trips! I had no idea that was the case. I never would have done that. Maybe that makes me a princess but with a toddler, dog and a bunch of crap to haul into the campsite, I’m just not willing to do that. I want to drive up to the site, unload our stuff and be done with it!

Despite Michael’s and my disappointment, Logan was super happy. He loved all of it. He kept talking about camping and hiking all weekend. So that’s the important part. 🙂

Rainy BBQ

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Tour de France, Part 1

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Stage 17 – 7/20 – 5 climbs

Stage 18 – 7/21 – 3 ridiculous climbs

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Stage 20 – 7/23 – Individual Time Trial (champion will be finalized here)

Stage 21 – 7/24 – Paris, Champs-Elysees (A circuit raced through Paris)

Michael and I watched a lot of TV this weekend. It was kind of nice to just relax and do nothing mentally or physically stimulating.  We did go to a BBQ on Saturday and I had a lovely Watermelon Martini. YUM.

Sunday I slept in, went swimming at the pool and Michael and I caught up on Californication and a bunch of episodes from last season’s Damages. I love that show! Sunday afternoon we headed over to my friend Star’s house for a rainy BBQ.

Michael was the grill master. Star marinated the steaks and grilled up some corn on the cob.

The corn was delish! I used some butter and some special salt on the corn and that was it.

I loved the special red salt that Star had! She said it is very healthy and has a lot of benefits that normal table salt does not have. It’s amazing.

Star also made deviled eggs with fresh dill from her garden. They were decadent and I might have eaten a few too many.  She uses real mayonnaise — which made me shudder at the calories to be honest. She’s been seeing a Naturopath for about a year now and they’ve really helped her with some medical issues she’s had. They reduced her blood sugar from 400+ to 150. They’ve reduced her blood pressure by 30 points. She’s looking great. One of the things the Naturopath said was to stop eating low calorie, low fat, diet food. She said there is so much sugar added to these “diet” foods that it really spikes her diabetes. So she’s eating full calorie everything–and losing weight. It was a struggle for me to get on board because I am so used to choosing lower calorie options.

The fresh dill makes a huge difference. I wish I’d planted dill in my garden. I made a salad from our garden and added tomatoes and red onion.

The steak was good, but I think Star will be blown away when she comes over to eat our steak with caramelized onions and gorgonzola!

For dessert I brought freshly sliced watermelon. And Star made a dessert with fresh organic blueberries, Greek Yogurt and cinammon.

I like having fresh fruit for dessert.

After a few hours we headed back into the rain to go home. We had enough time to watch some more Damages and then headed to bed. I was disappointed with the weather and the fact that I didn’t get to ride at all this week/weekend. That does not bode well for doing 75 miles in a month.

QUESTION: Do you notice that low calorie/diet/low fat food has a lot of sugar in it? What do you choose to eat?