I’ve done a horrible job keeping up with the blog this summer. But that’s ok, because I was having a great time. I’m not trying to brag here, actually yes I am. Truly enjoying the people and nature around you has got to be what the whole point in life. Right? I’m fairly confident that if more people had an outlook of seeing the beauty in life and making the best of each moment, there would be a lot less shit in the world. Maybe if everyone spent one full weekend in nature really looking at the trees and smiling up at the sun there would be peace every where! Well maybe not. But it’s nice to dream.
I’ve already spent time showing you some hike adventures and travels this year and will continue to post more as I catch up. But I don’t always get to write about random evening adventures, because they are so quick and there aren’t enough pictures and really do we have to get into it any further? I just want to share some other things I’ve done this summer and maybe it will inspire you to do one of them or maybe it’ll inspire you to tell me a cool adventure I should be doing that I haven’t heard of yet. I’m always down for that. Get on it. Thank you.
Went to an Edgefield Concert
The Edgefield Concert venue is pretty awesome. Here’s why: You can drink while you wait in line to get into the venue, it’s outside (only awesome if it’s nice outside I guess) and the concerts have to end by 10pm. You might not like that last part if staying out until 2:30 am gives you all the feels and excitement. But, there’s nothing to be ashamed of when you get home by 10:30 pm so you can watch Top Chef and drink a bottle of wine. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Bought a Family (Large Kiddie) Pool
The best thing you can do for yourself during a hot summer is purchase a swimming pool from the internet. Amazon has everything, you already know this so I don’t know why you don’t already own a pool by now. Hopefully you’re looking one up right now for next summer, here’s a link to start your pool search on Amazon. I’m sure you’ll find a way to thank me somehow. Maybe by posting a picture of you enjoying the pool in the comments. Summer is over, but you should probably still get on this.
The only way to live life fully is to eat pickled things. We’re about to get started on pickling some beets this month. It’s the way life should be.
Enjoyed the Garden’s Bounty
You know what really sucks? Picking weeds. Seriously. I get why people pay others to do it now. I’ve seen the progression of humanity from picking your own food out of a garden to the Industrial Revolution to today and somehow we’re still picking our own food out of a garden. But you know what? It’s rewarding. I hate it in the moment, but then I get the other side of it and why it is glorious. The food is much healthier, pesticide-free and more delicious. You haven’t experienced food until you’ve picked it right off a plant and eat it right then. Some things you probably shouldn’t eat raw include potatoes. Don’t do that. You won’t like it. Anyway, the goal of this paragraph is just to say we love to garden, it’s not easy work at first but one it gets going you get to benefit from all the goodness and take ridiculous pictures of yourself with a harvest. Oh and we had dahlias, holy hell the most beautiful flowers and they bloom from August-October here!!
Biked 50 Miles in Wine Country
Once a summer I try to do one bigger ride. A few summers ago I did a 100 mile ride (century ride) and it wasn’t as terrible as I had envisioned. I will say that I did a decent amount of riding to prepare for it though. When I tell people I’m going on even a 30 mile bike ride next weekend, I sometimes get looks. But for those that ride a lot 50 miles is not a crazy amount. It’s no small change, but it’s not a century. That being said, I figured I could get away with not training for this one so much. Yeah, probably wasn’t the best idea. I still did just fine. Next year I’ll ride a bit more beforehand, there were some good hills on this ride. My legs were not ready. Also you drink wine on this ride. So that’s a thing. It was really fun and I’ll do it again. http://www.eolahillswinery.com/events.php#bike
My Family Came Into Town
This is the first time since I’ve been living in Portland the last 10 years that my Dad, Gmom and Aunt have come out to Oregon at the same. My Dad comes out every year. It was great to have them all year and show them around town as we experienced all together. My goal is to get my Dad to move here some day, so I try to have him only visit when it’s nice out.
Went to Colorado to Visit Brian’s Family
It’s always a little nerve racking to meet your person’s family for the first time. What if they don’t like me? Ok, I never really have that thought. I’m pretty likable. What if I don’t like them? What if they are terrible and now this person I absolutely adore has an awful family? Well luckily I haven’t come across that too much. In fact, some past boyfriends I liked their family more than them. It happens. Let’s not dwell in the past. I’m happy to say I absolutely love this family. They feel like I’ve known them a long time. Which is how I felt when I first met Brian, and he feels the same way about my family. Also, Colorado is beautiful. There should have been a post just for Colorado.
Stayed in a Fancy Cabin for the Weekend
Sometimes you need to get away from the city and go stay in a cabin that has a hot tub on the river. I told you, I don’t mess around in life.
Made Some Ridiculous Memories
Life is a sitcom that should be captured and shared and laughed about and celebrated.
Other things not captured: Friend’s BBQs, bike rides, hikes, Portland adventures, hammock time, beer festivals, picnics and patio drinks. Now I’m getting ready for Fall adventures.