Yes, we went in April. And also, in this instance “row” rhymes with “cow” (#importantthings). The trail is technically BLM land that’s still open and there’s plenty of room for social distancing. I think the only real “rule” that we broke was actually leaving our house. *big breaths* Sometimes you just need a little fresh air and we’ve never been so grateful for it!
That picture above, that’s Dorena Lake. I’ve never seen a reservoir so quiet and so peaceful. We even got a little drone footage in the video below!!
I feel like I should start this post with an apology. By the time this is published, it’s likely that most of us will be completely relegated to our homes, with seemingly no end in sight. And yet here I am, taunting you with an outdoor adventure.
Full disclosure: we went on this hike prior to the full “Stay Home” policy of Oregon, so please keep that in mind as we bring a little nature to you! While the policy does still allow for hiking, it appears that hiking is the reprieve for MANY, and it’s not possible to keep six feet apart from other hikers on many of the trails. Be smart, stay safe.
The early stages of the COVID-19 “spread” had just started when we made our way to the river. Ben had been working from home most of the week, and I had been at a client site. We needed a little outdoorsy time, away from the house.
Lucky for us, it was a GORGEOUS day! Check out the video below!
I think the theme of our March hike was SPRING! We headed out on March 1st, and yet so many plants and trees were flowering, including the Japanese Cherry Blossoms! For those keeping track at home, spring doesn’t officially kick off until March 19th.
Welcome to the first of a few “busy season” hikes, where we are almost literally hiking around our backyard for a few hours on Sundays. In February, we took a turn in the Tualatin (pronounced: Two-All-Uh-Tin) Hills Nature Park.
And so it begins! The first day of 2020 marked the start of our third year of intentionally going on at least one hike per month. Per the usual, we started in Forest Park. This time, however, we went to a more remote location and essentially made up our own loop heavily featuring Firelane 15!
Give us a warm(ish) autumn day in the Pacific Northwest and we’ll find a place to hike. It was a perfect morning to get out and explore the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge and tackle the Cape Horn Loop Trail.