|Leaves just starting to turn in Washington Park|
|The City of Portland from Washington Park (they love the Great Outdoors)|
So in an effort to be more active and spend a little more time enjoying the Pacific northwest that I love, I decided that we should start a weekly hike. Nothing crazy, mind you. I googled "easy Portland hikes" and picked the easiest one I could find. No need to overdo it right off the bat. How do I know what these hiking people consider easy? K seemed slightly uneasy about my declaration that we would now be doing weekly hikes, but being both a good sport and a loving husband, he agreed and jumped on board. We ended up taking a hike 3 out of 4 weekends in September. We are sticking with the easy hikes for now, but we are starting to feel more confident in our ability to love the Great Outdoors.
|Oh nothing, just a hike in the woods|
If you want to start checking out some hikes in the Portland area, I have found this website to be very helpful. Last weekend we did the Washington Park hike, a beautiful hike in a park established over one hundred years ago by early Portlanders with amazing foresight.
Our most recent hike was in Tryon State Park. This park is near Lewis and Clark College. It is filled with amazingly HUGE trees, and even has trails for horseback riding.
|But First: Waffles!|
On the same day that we went to Washington Park, my BFF texted me and told me that one of my favorite restaurants from Eugene, Off the Waffle, had opened a Portland location! She and I try to go there for breakfast every time I go to visit Eugene, so I was ecstatic to find out there was one close to me.
We plan to keep up our weekly hikes as long as the weather stays decent. But we have also come up with a few "Must Dos" for October.
October Must Do list
Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch
Apple picking on Hood River Fruit Loop
Wine Tasting in Yamhill Valley
Weekend trip to Seattle to see friends
I've already scheduled our fun on my calendar. What are your October must dos?