Every once in awhile I will take a day off during the week, just cuz. Last week we had the fourth of July holiday on a Wednesday, which was nice to have a little break mid-week but because I had to reschedule my massage for July 5th at 3:00pm, I thought why not just take the whole day off? And so I did .
My hot bf and I had decided to go on a hike that day. Living in the Pacific Northwest there is no shortage of wilderness hikes along lakes, streams and rivers with gorgeous views. I don’t know if she knows it but I am following one of my cousins on Instagram and she had posted a few weeks ago that she had gone on a hike on Hamilton Mountain. It is near Cascade Locks near Stevenson Washington. Have you read the book or seen the movie Wild? She comes to the end of her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail at the Bridge of the Gods. To get to Hamilton Mountain from Portland, you cross the Bridge of the Gods and its just a few miles west (just so you have a point of reference).
The other great part of the day was that my son and his girlfriend joined us. I love my time with my kids so I was so happy he and his gf wanted to come with us. Before the hike I read a little bit about the details of the trail and I will say that it was rated as “strenuous,” but that’s relative, right? Wrong! Oh my gosh, it was a hike all up hill! We made lots of pit stops for the views ( a few of the views below):
We took snack breaks and I took many “slow down my heart rate” stops but eventually we made it to one of the tops of the hike that had an incredible view.
A pic of my son and his girlfriend (left) and my significant other and I (right).
The hike took us two hours to get to the top and only 45 minutes to make it back down. I was exhausted, dirty and enjoyed every minute of it and couldn’t wait to get my massage!
I was way overdue for a massage and thanks to Groupon I got a great deal on an hour full body massage with Magnolia Massage and Reflexology. I decided to give it a try since the price was right and it was close to my house. Samantha, the massage therapist did a wonderful job. I was comfortable, the atmosphere was relaxing and my tense shoulders and neck felt so much better! I highly recommend her!
Every summer I put up our above ground pool. It can be a lot of work with the maintenance of keeping the water clean, changing the filter, scooping out leaves from the trees, etc. So far this summer the weather here has not been all that great to take a dip in the pool, but on July 5th it was finally hot enough to take that first plunge into the non-heated water. So as soon as I got home from my massage I put on my one piece and slowly stepped into the very cold water. You get used to the cold water after awhile and it was actually very refreshing :).
The day ended with a beverage, a yummy dinner made by my hot bf and then watching one of our favorite shows (Justified with Timothy Olyphant) and then falling asleep early.
It was the perfect day off
P.S. I went to work on Friday and all day long wondered why I didn’t take it off also.