Tag: Adventure

Seizing the Day

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Between all the rain we got over the weekend, and the sun coming out today, hitting nearly 70 degrees (69 to be exact), I had to get out and go for a hike.

I went and hiked up Mt. Talbert, which is one of my favorite spots. From where I started, hiking up to the summit, and back down again, it totaled 1.86 miles. Coming down was a shorter distance than going up. In the mile going up to the top, there was an elevation gain of about 417 feet. It smelled amazing out there and the birds were chirping. It was awesome.

This is one of my places to go hiking at the moment since I have been away from hiking for a bit, and I don’t have much in the way of endurance, but I am working on it. Consistency is key. I am also still working on breaking in the boots I bout a couple month back.

I love being up there and just thinking, and trying to clear my mind from the stress and craziness of life.

I love being outside, whether I am going for a walk on the beach or hiking in the woods – up the side of a mountain, that is where I am most at ease and content with life. I have lived the city life, and it’s really not for me. I prefer to more active, and finding a better balance between being able to be outdoors and being indoors.

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Weekend Beach Trip

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This weekend, I spent it at the beach, attending a ladies retreat.

Friday, I got on the road about 11:00 in the morning. I started off my adventure by going to Astoria, and going to Fort Clatsop.

This is the second replica of the fort that the Lewis and Clark expedition has built and spent the winter of 1805 – 1806 in. The first replica burned down a few years ago.

The weather was decent, it was overcast and cool, but not raining.

I stopped in Rockaway Beach to go down on the beach for a bit before running into Tillamook to go to the grocery store, before returning to Rockaway Beach for the retreat.

Saturday was a great day, I had some great conversations with several of the ladies as well as going on a couple of walks. The first one I had gone on, on my own. I went from the beach house to the center to town (about a mile), and journaled with an ocean view before going back to the house. In the afternoon, a few of the ladies and I went up to my favorite spot, where we walked in the beach for a while. It was really nice.

I have been going to the beach since I was a baby. I have loved the beach ever since then. It is one of the few places I love to be and never get tired of. I have grown up with a healthy respect for the ocean and its power. I love the sound of the waves crashing, and the feel of the water on my feet, and the sand between my toes.

Ready for the weekend!

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The past couple of weeks have been busy, and I have been loving it. Spring is here, which means we are getting a few nice days interspersed with the rainy days, but I love it all.

I have been on two hikes in under two weeks, as well as running errands to get ready for the ladies retreat I am going on this coming weekend.

Today I had run to Trader Joe’s and Bob’s Red Mill to pick up a few of the dry good, and foods that don’t need to be refrigerated, so I won’t have to do it tomorrow.

After I got my errands taken care of, I went for a bit of a drive since it was so pretty outside and I didn’t want to be stuck in the house all day.

After I got home I did a test run of the breakfast I am going to be making while on my beach trip, to see how well it will work out, and if it has a good flavor and all that jazz.

While that was baking I was working on doing up the little gifts I came up with for the other ladies who are going on this retreat. I decided to do up little bags with two different types of tea and a sugar free sweetener for each.

Today has been one of those busy but amazing days that could not have gone any better.

Outdoorsy Girls are More Fun

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What a week. After my last post, I got a container of the Danner boot dressing, and used some on my boots, to help soften them up and break them it. It seems to be helping, which I will talk about in a bit.

I have also been preparing for a ladies retreat I am going on in the near future. I figured out what I am doing for gifts for the other ladies who are going.

I had also gone out to the stash tea store a couple times, once on my own and the second time with my mom.

Over the weekend I had gone back to the towns I lived in while in college to go to church. It is also nice to get away from the city for a bit. It had been such a beautiful day, so clear that you could see Mt Hood from where I was. Where I had attended college is at the bottom of the foothills of the coast range, southwest of Salem.

Yesterday, I had decided to go for another hike, because it was such a beautiful day, and I am not a fan of being stuck inside when it is between 60 and 70, and a beautiful day. The air smelled amazing, beings that it was warm, that warmth and direct sunlight made the trees give off that wood smell that reminds me of being at summer camp.

Today, it has been rainy and much cooler than it was yesterday. It has been a perfect day to stay inside, drink tea, work on my knitting projects, and watch Call the Midwife.

The blisters I got last week from wearing my new hiking boots are healing up nicely, and the Danner boot dressing has worked amazingly well. Yesterday I had used bandaid tough strips and some moleskin in the spots where I have blisters. That is definitely an upgrade from blister bandaids, gauze pads and medical tape, only to make my blisters worse. So my boys are finally getting broken in which is nice, as I am loving being out hiking.

Let the Adventures Begin!

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The bug I had at the end of last week was short lived, fortunately.

The Saje Essential Oils I ordered had arrived on Saturday, and the bottle of DoTerra OnGuard arrived yesterday. I love that the OnGuard is DoTerra’s blend of thieves. Thieves blend has been around for a while, and is based on a 15th century legend, during the bubonic plague.

Today was rather busy, I ran a couple errands, getting ready for some plans I have coming up in about a week and a half.

I also went on a 2.75 mile hike today. It was such a beautiful day, and I have been wanting to go out hiking for ages. I am also trying to break in my new hiking boots. One of the down sides of new hiking boots is blisters. I am hoping with time that my boots will get broken in so that the blisters don’t occur.

Over the course of the last week or so I have also been binge watching Call the Midwife, it is really good. As per usual I am late to the game of the good British TV shows that come across the pond.

Combatting Cabin Fever

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This past week we have been seeing snow off and on pretty much every day, and it has been sticking the past couple of days. This phenomenon is weird for Portland this time of year. As anyone knows Portland is already not very well equipped to handle snow and ice, even when it is most likely to occur. Whenever we get snow that sticks to the pavement, schools close, and the city shuts down. Fortunately it hasn’t been as bad as last winter and the snow has been melting off the pavement during the day.

Anytime we get snow in the city, I start getting cabin fever. As much as I hate the summer heat, I just don’t like being forced to stay home. I like having the option of going somewhere.

Beings that the roads were fine by midday today, I left and went and ran a couple much needed errands. I needed to get some new hiking boots. While hiking boots may not seem like much of a need to a lot of people, they are if you are me.

I ran up to the Danner Factory Outlet store up on NE Airport Way here in Portland.

I got myself a pair of the Mountain Light Cascade Boots, which are the same style that Reese Witherspoon wore in the movie “Wild”.

I had also gone to the mall, and had gone to REI and Eddie Bauer.

I have to say that REI is definitely one of my favorite stores to spend time at. While I am not a huge fan of shopping, I can lose track of time at REI

At REI I had picked up a couple pairs of hiking socks as well as a couple other items, because I would rather wear a pair of socks I am not as invested in to break in my new boots, than wearing the nice ones that I have made myself.

This spring – autumn I definitely need to get some more hiking in and under my belt. Not only do I want to break in my new boots, but I also really miss hiking and being outside.

The last thing I really need / want to get before I go back out hiking is some moleskin, as I have areas that are prone to blisters, and with new boots I want to reduce me chance of blisters.

The Pain is totally Worth It

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This past Thursday I had an interview downtown, so Wednesday night I had figured out my transit route and options, since parking downtown is a nightmare and I hate driving downtown. I drove as far as getting myself closer to the nearest max station so I could take public transit downtown.

I had gotten to the max super early, and had bought a day pass, so I hopped on a bus and went to Starbucks (a few blocks away) to get some coffee before walking back to the max stop, to get the max. I made it back to the max stop with a few minutes to spare.

I made it to the location of my interview with time to spare, which was nice, so I had some time to chill and regroup before my interview.

I feel that my interview went well, I am just having to wait to hear back on whether I got the job or not.

After my interview I went to the Chinese Garden (since it was literally a couple blocks away). I took my time walking around. With Chinese New Year coming up, they were in the process of decorating for that. Beings that we have had such a mild winter, some of the trees and shrubs were blooming and they smelled amazing. I also stopped in at the tea house and got some tea since I was there.

I had also decided to go see the US Customs House downtown as it was only a couple blocks from the max station I needed to get back home. I wanted to see the Customs House, as it was used at least for the exterior scenes in Grimm when they are supposed to be coming out of the police precinct. Beings that I loved Grimm, and being that close to one of the filming locations, I had to go see it.

So, this day I had done a lot of walking around downtown in Ballerina Flats, and my leg muscles have been sore since then. When I have had a fun adventure, whether it be doing something I normally don’t do, or I get to go hiking, the pain afterwards is totally worth it for the adventure I had.

Last Time going to the Beach….

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I have been trying to write a blog post a day on this blog, yesterday it just didn’t happen.

The eventful things that happened yesterday were getting my Clinique order in the mail and finishing up a pair of socks.

Today was a busy day, it started out by getting up earlier than normal and getting out of the house early (for me anyway), so I could get gas in my car, stop at Cost Plus World Market to look for stocking stuffers, and then stop at target to pick up a couple items before I left town for a few hours.

I had been paying attention to the weather forecasts for a few days and they were calling for some nice days, with sunny skies and comfortable (for this time of year) temperatures. I have been itching to go to the beach for a while. I have missed it so much, and the past couple years I had gone a good half a dozen or more times each year, so the three times I had gone this year just wasn’t cutting it. Beings the weather was supposed to be perfect at the beach today (and it was), I went. I had also wanted to go one last time while I am in my 20’s. Once this month is over, I will no longer be in my 20’s. I realize the beach won’t change that much between this past summer and this next summer, but I will be in a new decade of my life, and want to close out this decade by doing stuff I enjoy doing.

After I got home, I got things put away, I showered, got some dinner, and then successfully started my latest pair of socks. That’s a story for a post on my Knitting blog. So now I am back to working on another pair of socks.

Autumn in Portland

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I had this morning off, so I could sleep at night like a normal person. Beings that I woke up at a normal time for me, I had the energy to go for a walk this afternoon.

Looking for a full time job here that is a good fit for me, has been a challenge. It has made me really think about what I am good at, what I am passionate about, and how I want to spend my career.

I have spent the better part of 7.5 years not using my degree, bouncing around doing different jobs in different industries, yet have had one that was close to being a good fit.

I am definitely wanting to spend more time doing Homemaking stuff and outdoorsy stuff. What would be even better would be modern Homesteading (aka living on a farm, that has electricity and at least a septic system), with a great view. Then I could do the Homemaking and outdoorsy stuff and not have to choose.

Hot Days and Going for a Drive

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Yesterday and today have been roasting hot. Yesterday was 94 degrees and today got to 88. While that isn’t hot for some areas, it is hot for Portland. Fortunately it has been cooling off quickly today. It went from 88 degrees sometime between 3 and 4, to 80 at about 5, and now at 8:30 pm it is sitting at a comfortable 62 degrees. 

This afternoon I needed to get out of the house and to go do something, so I went for a drive. It was so nice to get out of the city, even if it only was for a couple of hours. It was nice to be able to roll down the windows, turn up the radio and drive a two lane windy country road. That is definitely something I miss from having spent a few years living in a small town. 


While I would have loved to have gone to the beach, that was a bit out of a question, since the beach is and hour and a half to two hours away. I do love this part of the country. Well, the Mid & Northern Willamette Valley and the beach (Northern and Central Oregon Coast) anyway.