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Hosting Our First Thanksgiving at Our First House

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Gosh, this was a month ago now, so I’ll try to remember it all. Back when Elsie was still living in Portland, she and Sophie (and Nat) and I decided we’d do Thanksgiving together at my house. Since Dan is kind of the reason we all know each other, he was obviously invited, too. He got in to Portland the day before Thanksgiving and I took the Max to pick him up. He had dinner at the phenomenal Loving Hut and then took the train home, then met my wonderful neighbors for drinks at a place in town. It was open mic night! So we had a blast watching that.

On the morning of Thanksgiving, I looked out my bedroom window to see that the rain had brought down a bunch of leaves, creating this sea-of-red-leaves effect in my backyard that I loved around Thanksgiving last year (before the house was ours!). I took a bunch of photos, and then Dan and Nat and I went to La Provence for some pastries and then Rood Bridge to give Cody a walk. Soph and Els met us at home and Nat and Dan started cooking. I pretty much just documented the process of making the dining room look ~amazing~. Dinner was really lovely – we had veggie loaf, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, vegetarian stuffing, cream corn, rolls, and Elsie’s green bean casserole. We’ve been doing Home Chef since the spring, so some of that came from there, and it worked out pretty well! After dinner some of the neighbors came over for a movie – we watched Men in Black 3? I cannot remember why, haha. This was! A successful! Thanksgiving!

Mount Rainier National Park, Part 2

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Day 2 at Mount Rainier National Park, featuring the outside of Alexander’s Lodge in Ashford, where we spent the night (our bedroom was in the turret); the town of Ashford, where we rented chains because they were required in the park; the view from a bridge above a waterfall we took a short walk to; Paradise, on the south slope of the mountain, where almost everything was closed for the season; Cooper Creek Inn & Restaurant, a spot I really adored; the Grove of the Patriarchs trail, heading up north on the east side of the park; and views from the Tipsoo Lake area and driving back south toward home. Now we just need to go back to see the wildflowers in the summertime!

Mount Rainier National Park, Part 1

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When we were in Grand Teton and Yellowstone in September, we ended up buying a National Parks pass, which we promptly justified by vowing to visit as many of the parks as possible over the next year. In my planning, I realized that the closest National Park to us is Mount Rainier, two and a half hours away, and we’d never been. We never even hear about anyone who goes there, and to be honest we struggled to come up with things we could do there (in November, which I read fifty times over the past few weeks is the worst month to do absolutely anything in the Northwest but it’s not true!). The first thing we did was check out the Longmire Museum, which is small but managed to captivate us (me, with its beautiful taxidermy displays) for what felt like hours but was really only 30 minutes. We headed up the mountain a bit just to see it before it got too dark, and I’m so glad we did because we caught the most incredible sunset. We had dinner at the Inn’s Dining Room and then drove to our place for the night, a room at Alexander’s Lodge, which was lovely. I had so desperately needed to get away from my norm and lie in a bed and do nothing but listen to music and play around with photo editing apps on my phone while Nat was next to me doing the same. I find that in these weeks of super limited daylight you’ve gotta just embrace it and commit to doing nothing to enjoy your life every late fall and winter. Or that’s true for me, anyway.