Tag: Oregon

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.

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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.

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.

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. 

Going up a mountain 

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This afternoon I went for a drive, and decided to go to Mt Saint Helens. Today ended up being a stormy autumn day, and only got stormier the further up I went. While it was good for thinking, it wasn’t as good to see the scenery. I only went part way up before I turned around to head back, as I wanted to be in cellphone range before sunset. 

While I was on that mountain, and having it be chilly and wet, it got me thinking about the pioneers and early white settlers in this part of the country. I was thinking about how cold and miserable it would be to be having to live back then, if they didn’t have some form of permanent housing to repel the rain and a fireplace to make a fire, or dry clothes to change into. 

I love the outdoors, and I love living in this part of the country. I love the cold and the rain. I also love being able to come back into a warm dry house and having dry clothes to change into, and means of getting warm again, I love being able to warm up by a fire, with a hot cup of tea. I can’t imagine being a pioneer, with at best a tent this time of year, where it would be cold, wet and dirty 24/7 for months on end. 

The thought had gone through my mind, of being a pioneer woman who had left her friends and family behind, following her husband and his dream. Then spending your first winter out here in a homestead cabin, and how hard that would be. In trying to imagine what it would be like, and I wondered how many women deep down really wanted to say “forget it, this place sucks, I just want to go home”, but had to stick it out, as they had no choice. 

Yes that is the kind of stuff that goes on in my head when I am on my own. I think about women’s history, American history, and anthropology pretty much all at once. 

Love my weekends!

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Today was an amazing day, I slathered on the sun block and I went to the beach. I had been watching the forecast for the last few days, and today was supposed to be a hot one (around 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and it was, so I ditched the valley and went to the coast, where it was the perfect temperature. 

I waded in the ocean for a while, vlogged a bit, and just chilled on the beach. The ocean was a nice temperature today, it was still cool, but it was not the frigid feet numbing cold that it usually is. As I was winding down being on the beach, it was still to early in the day to head back for the valley so I drove to Astoria and went to Fort Clatsop. I walked around a bit there as they have some nice trails to walk along. The reconstructed fort smelt amazing (no joke, it really did smell good).

In recent weeks I have been going on adventures pretty much every weekend, and I am loving it. It gives me something that I enjoy to look forward to and to help me get through to the weekend. I also love having something that I enjoy doing to blog about, I know it makes it more interesting for you guys. 

Since I have been back in the city, and got cleaned up and fed I have been working on the baby alpaca wool scarf I have in the works with the yarn that I bought at Happy Knits. I am really loving how it is turning out. It is so soft, and the scarf itself is sturdy but pliable if that makes sense. The yarn itself is a sturdy wool to work with, but the fact that is super soft means that my scarf is soft and not super stiff. That means that it will be easy to wear how I want or need to wear it. 

I also spent a lot of time talking to my friends today as well which was awesome. 

Summer is Coming!

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Today has been a very busy day. I got up around 8, and didn’t stop until about 5:00 pm. This morning I got to the post office, gas station, Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods before going to a parade that the near by elementary school along with the middle school band does each year. 

After the parade I went to Safeway to finish my grocery shopping, before coming home and showering before having dinner and working on my vlog for the first week of weekly vlogs. 

Today was so warm, and tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to be even worse. The heat wore me out. I love cool weather, in part because I can bust out a lot of stuff and still have energy. 

I edited my vlog and am uploading it, so it will be up on Monday Morning. 

Into the Woods

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Today was another busy adventurous day. Today one of my friends and I went to Sauvie Island then ended up at Cooper Mountain to actually hike. It was a really pretty and relaxing. 

I also did the vlog today, of the footage I took yesterday and Today. 

After I got home from my hike I did laundry, made dinner for this next week, made gluten free and dairy free chocolate chip cookies, and now I am catching up on vlogs and knitting while waiting on my video to upload. 

I am so exhausted. I am excited to sleep in tomorrow. 

I practically live at the beach

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I feel like I practically living at the coast with how often I have been going to the beach in the last 3 months. I love the Oregon Coast, I love how the entire coastline is public access here. We have former Tom McCall to thank for that. For someone like me who has only known Beaches to be public access, going somewhere where there is private beaches would weird me out. All the beaches I have been to in other states (Florida, New York and Hawaii) have been public access. I don’t know if it was just the beaches I went to were public access or what. There are plenty state parks, waysides, and other public parking and walkways that provide public access to the beach. 

I figured today would be a good day to go to the beach, as the Memorial Day Weekend started this evening after people got off work and kids got out of school. My friend and I left town this morning, after rush hour had ended. We avoided most of the traffic, and made good time to the beach. 

We stopped at the Tillamook Cheese Factory after we had some lunch, where I picked up Pumpkin Butter for myself, as well as cheese for my parents since they can eat it.  

 I love going down on the beach and getting my feet wet in the ocean. We went down on the beach in Rockaway Beach, and went for a bit of a walk before heading up to Cannon Beach. I wanted to find the yarn store in Cannon Beach, called Coastal Yarns. Considering the size of the town I was impressed with the size of the store and the selection they had, test wasn’t surprised at all because the town gets a fair amount of tourists, like myself.  

After we had gone to Mo’s for dinner, we went down on the beach there as well before we came back to the city. It was hard to leave the beach. It is always hard to leave the beach and return to City Living. 

Once we were back in the city, we went grocery shopping and I dropped her off where she is House Sitting, before coming back to where I am currently living. 

I did some vlogging while I was out today, and will do some more tomorrow, and then work on editing and then uploading the vlog. 

I love weekends where I have plans and adventures to go on. I work so I can have weekends like I have been having of late where I spend time with friends and go places that I love, and actually enjoy my life. 

Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest

I love fall, everything about it. I love the clothes, the colors that are in season in fashion, the changing colors of the leaves, boots, the food, the smells, the decorations, having my knitwear be in season, I love it all.

Earlier in the day, I was tired of being cooped up. It has been a perfect fall day, overcast, damp, cool, amazing smelling air. I just had to get out of the house and go do something. Back in August I had gone and found the Pioneer Church at the Baker Cabin. It was fun to see it in the summer. I wanted to go see it on a cool, overcast fall day.

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I had also gone up to the Military Cemetery in the city I live in. All 4 of my grandparents are buried in that cemetery. I knew 3 of the 4. It is hard sometimes to think about them, and what they missed out on. The grandma I was closest to, has missed getting to see two of her grandkids get married. The other grandmother has missed all 4 high school graduations, one wedding and her first Great-Granddaughter (who is also her first great grandchild).

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