Portland Sunshine // The Great Outdoors

Mt Tabor
When you live in the Northwest, you learn to appreciate sunshine in a hurry, and we have had beautiful weather over the last week or two! Last weekend, while my husband took our older kids skiing, the baby and I walked to the top of nearby Mt. Tabor. I huffed and puffed with the best of them, and loved the quiet forest, views of Mt. Hood, and basically basked in the sunshine.

WildwoodWe have gotten out a few times as a family, slowly but surely. Hiking the Wildwood Trail (for 45 minutes until the baby freaked out) was a highlight.  My kids are a fan of the trail because a. it is beautiful and b. it is where the Wildwood Chronicles take place. (Perhaps those two reasons should be reversed!) If you have kids in the 8-12 age range, I recommend the series–you get a lot of bedtime story mileage out of these hefty books. Found locally at Powells, because, Powells, or here:  Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I

Moss and Ferns in the PNW

Moss and ferns growing on trees is a new and beautiful occurrence for us. 

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  1. Karen
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    This reminds me of a piece on Portlandia where everyone got out their lounge chairs and shorts and moved around from one sunshiny spot to another! I AM jealous, though–my best friend says her crocus are up in Eugene, while we’re getting another foot of snow here in Maine :( And HOORAY for every book kids love to read!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      It’s so true! That’s what I do at the park, move as the (limited) sunshine moves! I’m sorry about the foot of snow… the east coast and midwest has just gotten slammed recently!

  2. Posted January 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! How very fortunate to be able to do these hikes with kids in January!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      It’s so true. Once we realized we had good rain gear and could do things in the rain, we were good to go. Thanks for stopping by.

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