Tag: Adventure

The Successful Search for Roses!

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Following up on my post from Yesterday, I went out and found roses today. I went to 2/3 places I know have Rose Gardens here in the city. The third place will have to wait for another day.

By the time I got up the International Rose Test Garden, parked my car, paid for parking and walked back up to the Rose Gardens it was going on Noon. I was also amazed at how many people were up there today. It’s a Thursday, and not even all that “nice” weather wise, in the mid-50’s, overcast and trying to rain. I guess that is Portland for you. There were also field trips going on up there. I didn’t let that deter me from going, and getting pictures.

There are more pictures up on my Facebook Page, as well as some of the best are up on my Instagram, so you should be following on those as well if you are wanting to see more pictures 😀.

Once I was done at the Washington Park Rose Gardens, I ran up to NW Portland and got some tea (it was like a 15 minute trip), and from there I went over to North Portland and went to the Peninsula Park Rose Garden.

From where I was in North Portland, my favorite bakery was less than 10 minutes away, so I stopped there on my way home and picked up a couple gluten free / vegan Lemon Lavender Poppyseed Cupcakes.

All this running around the city, using multiple freeways to get from one place to another, sitting in traffic and being gone for hours at a time, with each place miles from the next, reminds me why I want to keep my time spent in the city to a minimum. It’s fun on occasion to come into the city to go do something, but the whole living here, city mentality and lifestyle wore off long ago when I realized that I am a country girl at heart, and I want to be able to live that lifestyle. Part of why I have been wanting to explore these Rose Gardens is so that I can get ideas, so one day, when I have the property and room to have a Rose Garden of my own, I have a better idea of the types of Roses I want to grow in my own garden.

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Angel Eyes

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Yesterday I had gone down to the area I had lived while I was in college, for an adoption party. My good friends had gotten the adoption of their daughter finalized just after Christmas, and had the party yesterday. Little Miss also recently turned 5.

I still love the area there, and it was my home for four years. I fell in love with the area, and being in and around small towns in the middle of farm country. Having lived there will always be a part of me and who I am. It has been almost eight years since I lived there, and for a while I wanted to move back.

In more recent years, I have come to terms with and accepted the fact that I will likely never live there again, but it will always be a part of me, and I left a little piece of my heart there. I will also have the memories I made there.

I have had the song “Angel Eyes” by ABBA stuck in my head for the past few days. Really since I figured out the title of the song. I had been hearing it on the promos for Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia). I remember the summer of 2008, and having gone to see Mamma Mia in theater like three times. When you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, going and seeing movies is one of the few things to go do.

Earlier I mentioned that I know that realistically moving back to the towns I lived in while in college isn’t going to happen. That being said, the small town & country life is more the life that I am called to than the city life is. The city is fun to visit on occasionally, and with having family still in the area, I know I will be back here to visit. Moving somewhere else, is what I am being lead to do. The west coast is so expensive, and realistically (based on my eight years of trying to find a full time job here), staying here isn’t possible. So I am definitely looking at moving elsewhere. I am ready to move and see what else is out there. This country is so big, and I have only seen a handful of places. I love adventures and seeing new places and new things.

Still being younger, single, and nothing holding me here, I am ready to see what is out there, and take life by the horns and take you all with me on my adventures.

Not living here, will make visiting, going for treats and tea on Alberta, and going over to NW to go to the tea shop there and get tea, and then to the Stash Tea store, and Bob’s Red Mill that much more special.

Preparing for Summer Adventures

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I hadn’t planned on going for a hike today, or even leaving the house. This afternoon I really was just like “I need to get out of the house and do something, and get some exercise and spend some time in the woods”. Fortunately, “The Woods” can be found in quite a few locations near by, without even having to leave the metropolitan area. I lathered on some mineral based sunblock (more on that topic in a bit), and went hiking.

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Once I had come back to the park loop trail from the summit trail, I had decided to take the long way, up and around the mountain to get back to the trailhead I had parked at. This detour added a mile and a half to my hike, which means I hiked a total of 3.37 miles today. That is a lot for me, as I have been away from hiking for a while. Even when I was doing more hiking a couple years ago, today’s hike would have still been a good hike. This hike had kicked my butt, as I have really only started hiking again in the past couple of months. The ascents were what really got me. I am definitely wanting and needing to get out more, and do more hikes and walks.

While I was out hiking, I definitely had the scene from the newer parent trap with Lindsay Lohan where they are hiking up to the lake where they are going camping….Yeah, the first 45 seconds of this clip was the part that kept playing in my head.

While today was a beautiful day, and got up to 68 degrees (Fahrenheit), and was hiking in a wooded area, so you aren’t in the direct sun the whole hike, I still applied sunscreen. I have been trying different brands of mineral based sunscreens to see if there was anything I liked better than the traditional sunscreens (because, chemicals….). Turns out they have have some not so awesome chemicals in them too, and don’t work as well (for me anyway) as the traditional sunblock brands (like Banana Boat, Coppertone, Water Babies (which is by coppertone), and Hawaiian Tropic). The bugs also seemed to be attracted more to something in the mineral based sunblock I used today because they were literally attacking me the whole time, and i have never had that issue with “normal” sunscreens.

With feeling like I was getting burned while on my hike, and the bugs, and just overall not being impressed with the mineral based sunblocks, I stopped at Target on the way home from my hike (since there is literally a Target on my way home from where I went hiking), and I picked up some of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 Sunscreen for my face, and a bottle of Coppertone Sport SPF 70 for the other exposed areas of skin that need sunblock. As a teenager and young adult (while in college), I didn’t care so much about my skin or the potential for skin cancer. I cared a bit more in my mid-twenties, but it wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that  I was like “I better really start taking care of my skin”, and that includes sunscreen. I have seen many women who have spent too much time outside and not used enough (if any) sunblock. Suffice it to say Sunblock and hats are quickly becoming my BFF’s when the sun comes out. Besides the fact that wearing a hat helps to keep the sun out of my eyes.

Other than my adventure today, and quick stop to pick up sunblock that should last me for the next couple of years, depending on how much I go outside, this week, I have spent the majority of working on my new sock pattern. I did go out Monday and Tuesday afternoons to go pick up my mom from Downtown Portland….But it has been primarily a week spent working on knitting and drinking tea.

I found season 7 of Call the Midwife on iTunes, so I bought the season pass, so now each Monday, I get to watch a new episode of my current British Periods Drama obsession. It’s still hard to believe that they have started filming Season 8 of Call the Midwife. From what I have been reading and seeing, Call the Midwife has been renewed for at least a total of 10 seasons, which means at least two more seasons after the one they are currently filming (and three seasons more to watch after I finish season 7). I am pretty excited about that. I am still waiting to see if The Blacklist is renewed for a 6th Season, and if there will a 5th season of Poldark (Season 4 is filming). Good TV shows are hard to come by these  days. Now that Grimm and Downton Abbey have ended, I have been looking for new TV Shows to watch while I knit. At least I found a few show that are still coming out with new seasons to watch.

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.

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.