Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Best Monday

Last Monday I woke up not feeling well. The alarm when off, I sat up, decided work was not going to make it onto the docket, rolled over and went right back to sleep. Luckily Tyler had no patients scheduled and agreed that there is no better day to blow off than a Monday. We slept until 11:00. I have not done that since high school. I felt much better after my 13 hours of sleep, so we decided to make the most of our day avoiding responsibility. We loaded up our hiking gear, stopped for an awesome lunch at Skyline Drive In for some highly healthy burgers and onion rings and then took at 2 plus hour drive in search of fall colors. We ended up at a beautiful hike near Mt. Hood on the Hood River side. There was not one other human being. We did not pass one person on the road or on the entire hike. It was amazing. We got so lucky and had one of those fall days that are total perfection. Crisp weather, crystal clear blue sky and gorgeous fall leaves.The hike was awesome and mellow and perfect for our lazy day. That is right until the end where it was straight up. But it was worth it since the view was amazing and we could see all 5 volcanoes in the area super well. We are super hard core. Obviously.It is hard to tell but this is Mts. Rainier, St. Helens and Adams all in a row. Very awesome to get a day when you can see them all.We took our time driving home enjoying the fall colors. I wish that fall lasted longer because it just does my soul good. We had an amazing day. I wish all Mondays could be so perfect. To finish off all 8 hour trek we stopped at the same place we had lunch and got a big peanut butter chocolate shake - which was pretty much heaven. We wouldn't want to get fit with all of our hiking, so we figured a thick shake should do the trick. Happy Fall!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mt. Rainier

We managed to squeeze in one final camping trip in at the end of September before the weather got too rainy again and Tyler had to be back at school. We have wanted to visit Mt. Rainier since we got to Portland, so we are happy we finally got there. It vastly exceeded our expectations, and we were just sad we only had one night there. The National Park was immaculate. We forgot how awesome National Parks are. We plan to head back with our snowshoes ASAP.
This was one of my favorite hikes we have done in a very long time. While it was pretty steep for my liking, it was absolutely gorgeous with so many scenery changes in only a few miles. We had snow, green fields, wild flowers galore, and rocky volcanic areas.Getting ready to go UP. Fast.We made it to the top where the view was amazing, but it was FREEZING cold.We went crazy over the wild flowers. We took about 10,000 pictures of them. It was by far the most beautiful hike with wild flowers I have ever seen. They were everywhere and made the whole hike smell incredible. We were in awe the whole time.
We love camping and the time it allows us to just sit and talk late into the night. It is so relaxing and revitalizing. It thought about raining on us, but luckily waited until the middle of the night to really get going. Sadly, the rain cut our trip a bit short so instead of hiking on our second day we just visited some cool little pull offs before heading home.
We walked down to one of the washes surrounding the mountain. While very different than the greenery from our hike the day before, it was beautiful in its own way as well. We saw some beautiful waterfalls just off the road.We walked around a few of the many lakes at the base of Rainier. The mosquitoes were awful, so we didn't spend as much time near the water as we wanted to.
We took a little 1/2 mile hike through the Grove of the Patriarchs (or something along those lines) where we saw some pretty serious cedar trees. The smell of the forest during the rain is about the best thing ever. Especially when the trees are cedar. We had a fabulous weekend. Our break could not have gone better. If you ever have a chance to get to Mt. Rainier, we highly recommend you go. It was fantastic.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It was hot in the Caribbean

It is crazy how fast this summer flew by and how much we did. I have pretty much given up on blogging these days, so I am really putting forth some effort to get these posts up. Because really, our summer was fabulous.
We went on an amazing cruise to Mexico, Belize and Honduras. It was so much fun and I loved spending time with my family more than anything. I have more fun with them than anyone else, so really it could not have been a better week. Even my seasickness cooperated with me and I held it together better than ever. Woot!
Our ship was decently large...err...ridiculously large.
We definitely ate more than 3 meals a day, but truthfully the food was meh. I am grateful I discovered the Indian food bar where I was able to eat all the naan and masala I could get my hands on.
Sadly I still don't have many photos from this trip. A took all of them and I have not gotten them from her yet. So this is just a small sampling of what we did. Tyler went zip-lining with my family in Belize through the rain forest. I stayed with A and helped her watch over C.
We also dressed up for the very fancy-smancy Captain Gala. It is a VERY classy event. Where grown ups pull out their old and undersized prom dresses. People watching at its finest.
There were also some very nice vignettes available at every turn to get your family photo taken by an amateur waiter/photographer. We opted to head out to the deck for our own little photo shoot. Please note Tyler's super hot turquoise Miami Dolphins tie. He took dressing "classy" to a whole new level. He was also wearing white tennis shoes and a brown belt with that black shirt. HOT. I know. My man has STYLE.
I do not get to spend enough time with my siblings. They are my favorite people and my best friends. One solid week with them was much needed.
Our final stop was in Costa Maya, Mexico. We visited some Mayan Ruins. They were incredible.
C baby was such a good little traveler. A might disagree, but I loved having C there to play with all week.
I don't have any pictures yet from Honduras. And had it not been so disgustingly humid I might have wanted to stay there forever. So if you are not bored yet, for a more detailed look at the cruise you can click one of the links below.