Too hot and Smoky for outdoor adventures

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I haven’t been on too many adventures, especially the past month and a half because it has been to hot and smoky most of that time.

Beginning in late July and early august we were getting smoke from forest fires in BC (British Columbia) and Washington. Now we have a lot of fires burning up and down the west coast, including as close as 20 – 30 miles away in the Gorge.

Here are a few pictures taken locally within the last 36 hours:

The air has been at an unhealthy level quite a bit. I stepped outside about an hour ago, and it was very hot and smoky. The air even smelled very smoky. My allergies have been very bad today and my nose, throat and lungs are burning, just from a few minutes outside.

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Summer Beach Day

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It was so good to be back at the beach today. I have missed it so much, you all have no idea. 

There is one particular area of the North Coast, which has felt like home for the past few years. 

Today I had gone to Rockaway Beach for part of the day. It was a beautiful day. It was pretty windy but beautiful. There is a state park near there that I absolutely love. 

Before coming back to the city, I stopped in Seaside, to grab some food. I had found a parking spot a little bit of a walk from the main drag that goes down to the beach. I am super glad I had parked where I did beings that there was so much traffic and not a park to be found along the main strip. Seaside is pretty much my least favorite town along the Oregon Coast. It is so touristy and has lost the character that many of the other smaller towns on the Oregon Coast have. Seaside has definitely turned into the top coastal tourist destination and has been trying to imitate the Southern California and East Coast beach towns that have all the attractions and shops. It also has a huge to do over spring break. For those of you who have watched Gilmore Girls in season 4, when Rory, Paris and some of the other Yaleies go to Florida for spring break, Seaside is where you are going to get as close to that kind of spring break as you will get here in Oregon. 

I definitely prefer a beach that is relatively empty and fairly clean. I definitely prefer being able to get out and walk along the beach, and be able to stay somewhere (whether I am camping or staying at a house) where I can have a campfire in the evening, and relax and drink some tea and maybe make some s’mores. 


I have loved the ocean for as long as I can remember. Whether it is a beautiful sunny day like today or whether it is pouring down rain and the seas are super rough, or even the rare occasion when it snows on the beach. I love it all. 

The Aftermath of Hiking

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The hike I went on yesterday was fun, but now I am paying for it, with a blister and sore muscles and joints. 

I put my ankle brace on my left ankle and I am sitting here with ice packs on both of my knees. I have also taken some Ibuprofen to help with the pain and swelling. 

My left ankle was severely injured about 14 years ago, when I badly sprained it, and was not able to let it heal properly.

I love hiking and don’t want to give up hiking, even though I have old injuries to contend with and am more apt to reinjure them. 

I am quickly learning that footwear is important, and even though I have hiking boots, I feel like they are a bit too loose for my feet, so when I can get back to working again, I need to try out more pairs. I am willing to pay for a quality pair (or pairs) of hiking boots when I find a good fit. 

I know I really need to work up to more strenuous hikes, and get my body used to moving more than I currently do. Getting my muscles and joints used to moving more will help. I also need to do more “easy” hikes and get my body used to elevation gains and descents, as well as rougher terrain. After yesterday I also want to steer clear of the popular spots during peak times/seasons so I don’t have to contend with a ton of people trying to go by, and walking on the rougher edges where I would be more apt to roll or resprain my ankle or pop one of my knees out of joints. Earlier Mornings (like as soon as the park opens or as late as 8:30 – 9:00 am to start out) and the off seasons are good for the popular spots, especially the ones with narrow trails. 

I will be fine in a few days. 

When Your Legs feel like Jelly

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It’s been a while since I have gone for a hike, so yesterday (Tuesday) I went for a short (somewhere in the ball park of 2 – 3 miles) hike at Silver Falls State Park. 

There are several things I learned yesterday: 

1. Start off with an easier hike when so out of shape

2. Pick a less popular spot in the summer, the tourists will stop right in front of you on a narrow path to take a picture and slow you down

3. Don’t go hiking on such a warm day (or go in the morning if I am visiting someplace with a warm to hot climate)

4. If I ever have kids, take them hiking from the time they are still being worn in a mobywrap type wrap (or at least a backpack carrier) so they will learn to love it from a young age and have fewer meltdowns on the trail. 

5. Invest in a better pair of hiking boots

6. Finish knitting up my boot socks, as Hanes socks don’t stop blisters. 

7. Wear as lightweight clothing as possible this time of year. Jeans are just too hot.

I do have to say that when I got away from where the bulk of the crowds were congregated, it was fairly quiet of human sounds, and the air smelled like being in the woods (which I was), and a bit like being at summer camp. The birds were chirping and you could hear the sounds of the creek flowing by as well as the sound of water going over the falls. 

I feel like I may have gotten a little sun kissed, but not too bad. I thought about putting on sun block, then reminded myself that I could use the vitamin D. We don’t get enough of it this far north, especially for those like me, who prefer to hide out indoors when it is sunny and warm. I know sunburns aren’t good for your skin either, it doesn’t look like I really got burned, my arms just feel a little warm. 

I could totally tell that my muscles aren’t used to hiking anymore, and that I will likely be sore in the morning. By part way through my legs were feeling like jelly. 

Note to self: I need to go for more walks and easy hikes, before I really try tackling more of the moderate to difficult hikes and work up to them. That, ultimately is my goal, to be able to go on longer and more strenuous hikes. I want to have the stamina and endurance to be able to do the whole 8.7 mile trail of ten falls loop hike at Silver Falls State Park, and be able to do it easily in a few hours. It is a “moderate” difficulty hike with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. That is my first “big hike” goal, from there I would love to consider doing other tougher hikes. 


Oregon has so many hidden and not so hidden gems to be explored, that I could be kept busy for a while exploring what is in my own home state. 

Bybee-Howell House

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Yesterday, my mom has suggested making a run out to Sauvie Island, and go to one of the farms to see if they had Strawberries yet. Turns out that it is still a little early for strawberries, especially to get flats of them to make jam. They had some from their first picking so we got a couple of pints. 

We had driven past this old farm house, which I had seen before, but kind of took notice of yesterday. The site has been turned into a territorial park. The house itself was built back in 1856, before Oregon was even a state. It’s original owner was one of the first commissioners of Multnomah County. 

I love old farm houses, especially in this part of the country. The Bybee – Howell house has an orchard out back, and it was so pretty. 

Ready for New Adventures 

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I know I mentioned in my last post, that I love this part of the country, which is 100% true, I do love it here. At the same time, I am ready to move. I don’t want to move super far away, but I am wanting to move somewhere that would open up more adventure opportunities that are in the Rocky Mountain region, yet also near an international airport. 

Living where I am, we have old company owned lumber mill towns that have been Demolished, and are not open to be explored. 

I am wanting to go and explore the old gold and silver towns, and towns of the Old West / Wild West history. I am always looking for new content to write about and post pictures of for you all. 

While I love this part of the country, I can only go back to the same places so many times before it is redundant, and boring for all of you, as well as for me. 

I will keep you all updated when things and the details fall into place and a move takes place. 

Late Spring Afternoon Drive

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Today I just needed to get out of the house and go for a drive. 

I headed Southeast out through Clackamas County, out to Estacada, and a little way up into the Cascades.  

While I am definitely a beach person, I grew up living in between two mountains ranges, so I am used to seeing them everyday. Even though I am using to seeing the mountains everyday, I never get tired of seeing them. 

It was hot today, so, on the freeway I definitely used the AC, but once I was on the back roads I just rolled the windows down to get the breeze. It made for beautiful pictures. 


It’s days like this (as long as I have AC), that remind me why I love this part of the country. It is so pretty here, and it’s not all built up, and there are still many wide open, natural spaces. It’s not all concrete and steel here.