A blog about my adventures with my girls to share all of the beautiful, amazing experiences we've had (and maybe even some misadventures). I hope to inspire others to get out into the woods with their children.
It was a beautiful SUNNY October day. Oreo dog and I set out for the Mirror Lake trailhead on a Monday without the crowds with our friend Sarah who I have missed hiking with. I have been under an amazing amount of work stress so hiking with or without children has been a huge priority.
With Oreo dog pulling me up the hill we made it to Mirror Lake in record time.
We wandered around Mirror Lake. The reflection of snow covered Mt. Hood was lovely.
We continued up toward the top of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain stopping to enjoy the fall color.
When we got to the top we enjoyed the amazing view of Mt. Hood!
The panoramic mountain view was fantastic- Mt. Adams in the distance.
Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier could also be seen in the distance.
We savored in the view from the top and worked on cooking some lunch and making coffee.
Oreo dog tried to steal the lunch and drink the coffee as well as wanting to chase a chipmunk off the cliff. I held tightly to her leash.
Sarah enjoyed the view while Oreo dog could not figure out why we had stopped!
Enjoying being so close to Mt. Hood.
Oreo dog and I hanging out at the mountain viewpoint.
Mt. St. Helens looking lovely in the distance.
We headed back down and enjoyed the fall colors reflecting on the lake.
What a wonderful fall day to let go of stress, catch up on future hopes, and bask in the mountain views.
We gave the lake one last look and headed down toward the car.
Oreo dog led the way. I gave her a B for hiking today because she is pulling hard after all the little animals but having a dog pull you up a mountain is not always a bad thing!
Mom: We headed out with friends to Thousand Acres Dog Park on the Sandy River Delta. We were a little nervous about Oreo because we were not sure if she would come back since this is not a fenced dog park and she is so fast. She had two chances to run near a huge mud puddle and here at the Sandy River.
Amy:The sandy river was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Analise: I liked the river and getting super wet! 😇😂👺💗💂👰👻👽💦💥👅
Analise: I liked playing with Oreo in the water and climbing the tree! 🐕🍦🍝🍐🍇🍉🍰🐚🐈🐆🍧🐶🐬🍱🐏🐓🐔🐦🍭🍚🍛🍦🍗🍟🍡🍩
Mom: Our friends youngest daughter has the same name as my youngest- Annalise.
Amy: I fell twice.
Analise: I liked hiking with friends Michael and the other Annalise! 🎅🎄🎐🎏🎸🎹🎺🎰🎓🂴♦🀢🀡🀨🂧🃊🃂🂭🂢🂧🃎🂬🃊🃘🂸🃂🃂🃂🏆🎽
Analise: Me making a silly face! 🕘🔮🔑💎👟💐💮💉👜📺🔍📶📹📢📣📑📑
Analise: My friend Michael and I were testing who was taller. Michael is a little taller. 👰👧💢😉💖💅😏😏💭😑😑😚😈👳👈👧👶👧💟💆💘💙💙💝💝
Amy: Oreo was so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Analise: Oreo got to play off leash and I got to dance with her in mud puddles!⛖🏰🏰🚩🚢🚘🚏🏬🏡🏯🚀🏦🏦🚖🚕🚃🚃🚏🚗🗻🚙🚄⛨⛩⛩⛩🚂🛅🛅🛅🚳🚳🚗🚙🚚🚔
Amy: There was a big puddle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Analise: I splashed in the big puddle while Oreo played chase. I was playing Capture the Flag🌐🌌♊🌍🌞🌟🔥🌕⛎♏♒🌚🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌊★🌙🌠
Analise: I loved watching Moana in my friends van and was playing Moana while puddle splashing! 🅩🅰🅱🅲🅳🅴🅵🅶🅷🅸🅹🅺🅙🅚🅛🈠🈯🈚🅿🅿🆑🆑🅣
Mom: Oreo was playing chase with the other dogs but didn't follow anybody home and stayed with "her pack". The kids were wading up to their waists in the puddle and river which I was not expecting in mid October but I am glad to have hearty Oregonian children!
Mom: It was a really fun and wet adventure. We headed back to dry and warm up.