Monthly Archives: June 2016

20, 21 & 22-May, 2016 – Visiting Sarah and her parents in Bakersfield!

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 20, 21 & 22-May-2016

 

Visiting Sarah and her parents in Bakersfield!!

Friday –

I stayed in Portland Thursday night, so flying out of PDX was pretty easy – just a straight shot to LAX… which is really far from Bakersfield!  Sorry! I didn’t know it was so far away from Bakersfield! If I’d known, I would have flown direct, so Sarah and her folks wouldn’t have to drive so long!

The drive is nice though – it gives us time to chat, catch up, and relax a bit as a start of the weekend.  Most importantly, since we’re all stuck in the car for a while it gave me time to cuddle Ollie and Sarah, and for us to grab a bit of food on the way back. Yay Chinese fast food! And mango smoothies!

Getting to the house is a nice chance to unwind after an insane week, and I finally get to meet Leeloo and Loki – Sarah’s (now her parent’s) cockatiels!  We have fun, though they don’t really want to hang out with me, and instead spend the time hanging with Bill or Sarah.

Saturday –

Saturday get’s us up and at em, starting into the day. Breakfast was delicious, and followed up with burning it off by hiking around and looking at the oil fields… all while Ollie trips balls chasing after real and probably imagined gophers. Turns out, there’s tons of them in the area.  Then back to hang out at the house, have a soak in the jacuzzi, and eat an amazing prime rib dinner. Like… seriously.  Sarah’s dad makes an AMAZING prime rib!  I’m hungry typing about it again…

The rest of the night is chill, hanging out, having some drinks, and learning a lot about New Orleans customs, parties, and parades!

Sunday –

A sad day, the last day.  Packing up and figuring out what I should bring back to Portland takes a bit of time, but it’s not too much, and soon enough Sarah’s mom, Sarah and I all head into the Getty, a huge art museum in LA that reminds me more of a Bond fortress than an art museum.  Seriously – we take a tram up to get to the main gate.  Who does that?  Bond villains, that’s who.

The Getty is awesome, though unfortunately Bill can’t come, since he’s watching Ollie and showing the house, since they’re selling it and moving away pretty soon… Hence me bring stuff back to Portland.  There are tons of pretty exhibits, including caves and some awkward “erotic photography”… that honestly wasn’t super good, if we’re discussing it.  Kind of too focused on being fancy.  But hey, it was cool, so that’s nice!

Then dinner of pizza, a sad goodbye, and a flight home!

 

08-May-2016 – Hiking Munra point with Sarah!

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08-May-2016 – Hiking Munra point with Sarah!

Sunday, 08-May-2016

Mothers day!

 

First off: Mothers day calls.

 

Once Sarah and I had both wished all the happy Mothers days, we packed up the house… and then relaxed and did basically nothing for the whole beginning of the day.  Or… rephrase that – I did very little.  I read, relaxed, and helped out where Sarah needed me.  But honestly, she didn’t need much – she spent most of the time working on the truck, and finalizing her packing plan for the upcoming adventure.

Once that was done though, we drove out to Hood River, dropping the puppy off at the house.  Because we were hitting up a tough trail… hiking Munra Point! It’s a super steep line up to a ridge, with some amazing views… especially at sunset, which worked for us since we did it late. But again, that just meant that we got amazing sunset views.

Then we spent a long drive debating what to have for dinner… finally leveling out on steak. Woo!

06-may-2016: Hiking saddle mountain with Sarah!

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Friday, 06-may-2016

Hike saddle mountain with Sarah!

Camped out at the base of saddle Thursday night, after having a nice dinner in Portland. Full car camping, and it’s awesome.

Hike saddle during the day… it’s a super pretty mountain! Note: cool hiker ladies, and Dutch family with the cool kid.

Dinner of enchiladas and a fire and it’s freaking awesome

Saturday, 07-may-2016
Wake up, break fast, back to Portland. Relax and climb, I think?