summer

Hood River Mountain Loop

On Sunday we took a day trip out to Hood River and went for a hike. We did the Hood River Mountain Loop (or part of it anyways).

Logan was super excited to go for a hike! And he did a great job. We haven’t been in awhile.

Not sure if we actually made it to the hike we planned on going to because there was no real trailhead marked but there were other cars parked there and other hikers, so…?

The hike was basically an old road that was pretty steep. We walked up it, out in the open with the hot sun beating down on us. Thankfully we brought hats and had sunscreen and lots of water!

We got to a little top part and there was a really nice view of the mountains, gorge and river.

There were lots of wildflowers blooming. Lots of rocks on the trail. But overall it was pretty easy going.

We did about a mile and then took a break in the shade for water.

Logan was ready to turn around so we headed back down the trail to the car.

It was a lot slower going down with the loose rock and dirt.

It’s not much of a “workout” with a toddler. But it’s really more about family time and getting outside and getting Logan used to hiking. We did about 2 miles.

We got back to the car and I changed and then we drove to Panorama Point Park for a picnic. Due to budget cuts the park is now closed! So disappointing! It’s a great little park with nice views. You can still walk into the park, but it’s not maintained and there’s no bathrooms. But we parked on the street and walked in and had a picnic lunch on a picnic table anyways and just packed our stuff out.

The above view was from our picnic bench. See? Great views! Bummer. Anyways. After lunch we drove to the Draper Girl’s Orchard and Logan got to pet some goats and we bought some fruit.

It was a lovely, warm day. It was nice to get out of town and do something fun after months of doing house stuff with prepping our house, moving, unpacking, etc. I hope we can go for another hike again soon!

We drove back to Portland and Logan and Bella took another little nap in the car. 🙂

Summer BBQ

Saturday we had a BBQ at our house. We wanted to throw a BBQ last year to get some real use out of our new deck but our summer kind of got away from us. So this year I decided to put it on the calendar to make sure it happened. 🙂

I got a travel-sized cornhole game for the yard.

Michael got a bunch of bratwurst sausages and I got some veggie dogs, cheddar dogs and hot dogs for the kids. He decided to use the smoker. He cooked the sausages in beer and sauerkraut. (The veggie dogs were kept separate.) And he caramelized some onions.

We had chips, pita chips, hummus and nuts. And everyone brought a dish to share. There was so much food! Mac n’ cheese, a veggie salad, three bean salad, fruit salad, cheddar and bacon biscuits, and a dip.

The dip was SO good! It was a tomato and bacon dip that I could very easily eat way too much of. This is the recipe she used:

Bacon Tomato Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 container (8 oz) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons cooked real bacon pieces (from 2.8-oz package)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded, diced (3/4 cup) SAVE $
  • 2 medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)
  • Assorted fresh vegetables (bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower florets, cucumber slices, radishes)

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl, mix sour cream and mayonnaise. Stir in bacon, tomato and onions.
  2. Serve with vegetables for dipping.
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The dip was delicious and there wasn’t much left at the end of the night. I will definitely be making this recipe for the next potluck I go to.

Also, someone made peach/nectarine/bourbon empanadas! So yummy!

It was a fun night. I was so glad everyone was able to come over and hang out. There was music and then later Michael and his friend brought out their guitars and goofed around. We also had some kids, too, so Logan got to play with his buddies!

Logan had SO much fun! He was filthy, too. Covered in dirt and ketchup and all sorts of stuff. 😉

Happy summer!