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Hood River Weekend

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We had had gift cards for Airbnb and Timberline Lodge (both from my sister!), so when Nathaniel’s birthday neared, we used that as a reason to get out of town and spend a couple nights in Hood River. The place was so pretty, really our style and a joy to just hang out in when we weren’t walking around the town of Hood River or up on Mt Hood. It was super snowy on the mountain and Cody had a blast running and rolling in the snow. We had dinner at Timberline Lodge and explored a bit, but really just laid low. On the way home, we went to Antiques & Oddities across the river in Bingen, WA (we didn’t buy anything but we had such a fun time looking at everything) and stopped in Cascade Locks and then at the Bonneville fish hatchery. Nat’s birthday was actually the following Monday, and after I got off work we went for a long walk around the neighborhood. That’s when everything was really starting to bloom! The flowery Northwest makes me so love this time of year.

Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery

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Our flight home out of LAX was at noon, so after checking out of our hotel in Anaheim, we decided to drive down to Huntington Beach just for a little bit for Sea Breeze Pet Cemetery (and the statue of Old Sarge, the dog hero of WWII, there). The light was terrible at this time of year and time of day, but I’m glad I got to see it. I loved all the trees that were curved because of the wind, the “sea breeze.”

Disneyland

Even though it’s been very cool art-related things that take me to LA, we have to spend a day at Disneyland each time we go because how can you not?! We started with the Haunted Mansion and did it three or four times throughout the day. It’s Nat’s favorite, and definitely one of the best.

I’m proud of myself for doing every thrill ride with drops (except the one in Toontown, and Splash Mountain was closed for refurbishment – thank god, because I don’t think I could have done it), including Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, which I had never done in Disneyland before. I have really bad anxiety, particularly when it comes to waiting in long lines and anticipation (worry) is building, but I medicated myself and we had a great time all day long. I loved that Space Mountain here has side-by-side seats! That made it so much less scary for me and therefore way more fun. The Indiana Jones Adventure is still my favorite (do you love my vintage shirt?!), but everything about Disney is so neat to experience for one day every couple years.

I have terrible feet, and this time I abandoned all cool and wore my Crocs. Which was a very good idea?! My feet did not even hurt a little bit at the end of the day. Crocs forever.

Here’s my 1 Second Everyday video from the day. I have loved using this app almost every day so far this year!