Sunday, October 17, 2010

Autumn in Oregon

Another spectacular fall weekend, this time back home. The weather has cooled off quite a bit- down to 40 overnight and only barely getting above 60 at the warmest, but SO sunny and gorgeous. The leaves are changing and the sky is so blue; it’s a beautiful combination. We spent as much time outside this weekend as possible, because we know the rain will start soon.

Friday night I had a great run- I think I got my mojo back! I ran 6 miles at a 9:00 pace and it felt great. Saturday I got up early and went to power yoga, and then Zach and I did a 20 mile mountain bike ride up in Forest Park. We had lunch and beers at Rouge and then soaked away the rest of the crisp afternoon in the hot tub on the roof. I took a nap and then we got ready for a fun night out- we saw Doug Benson at the Helium Comedy Club. I love him! (Doug Loves Movies is part of my regular and extensive podcast regimen) Great show. Finished the night out walking like 4 miles home in my awesome new/vintage boots… a rookie mistake but I was insistently cheap cab-wise.

Today we slept in and then drove out to Hood River, our favorite spot in the Gorge (possibly the world). We started off with a long run of 9 miles on the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail, which is breathtakingly scenic and a great run. It’s pretty hilly, but both Zach and I noticed the hills weren’t so bad this time- all that trail running must be paying off! I felt great and ran an 8:50 average pace.

After the run, we had lunch in Hood River at our favorite cafe. (Veggie panini and a peanut butter cookie). We drove up Highway 35 to the Draper’s Farm and spent the afternoon picking several pounds of perfect apples. Actually, before the perfect-apple-picking began, I made friends with a bee! He stung my finger. Meanie. I have had bad bug luck this year! I sucked it up and continued on the apple quest like a hero. So fun. After visiting the petting zoo and the pumpkin patch, we drove home. I just went to Yin yoga and Zach is simmering a stew, and an episode of the Wire awaits.

Life is good.


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Thanks for reading. :)


Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex said...

Great pics! The Gorge is so pretty, but I'm sorry you got stung. :(

Mel said...

I absolutely love all of your great photos! I am so glad you are feeling better & getting your mojo back :)

Kelly said...

Looks fantastic. I'll have to ask where your favorite cafe is if I ever get back there any time soon! Sounds like a great day.

Amy said...

So fun! I love Hood River, too. That whole area is so gorge-ous (ha! I kill myself).

Glad you had a great weekend - it was beautiful, wasn't it?

Lisa said...

Hood River is one of our favorites. And we rode our bikes on that old highway. Such a fun, scenic location!

Petraruns said...

What a great weekend!

Jo Lynn said...

Pretty pictures. You two always seem to find fun wherever you go. Keep it up. ;)

Alisa said...

I've never run on that trail in the Gorge....hmmmmm maybe the next weekend it's sunny and we don't have guests in town we'll trek out that way.

Yay for mojo back!

Marathon Maritza said...

I've run there!!!!!!!

Gorgeous pictures and sounds like a WONDERFUL weekend! I love love love fall and it's finally arriving here too. Yay!

Can't wait to see you next month! XOXO

My Life and Running said...

I love how you get out and soak up the PacNW gorgeousness. Thanks for sharing!

Ewen said...

Thanks for the "proof". It looks beautiful up there this time of the year - well, coming into winter - it's coming into summer down here ;)