Deja View?

I’m sitting here on the couch with an ice bag on my right calf… I took a little tumble this morning while trail running out at Shevlin Park. Shevlin Park is about a 10-minute drive from my house and my new favorite place to run, despite the fact that I fell. There’s a 4.6 mile loop that I have started doing there and my goal is to be able to run the entire loop without stopping by the end of September. I can run most of it (at least 4 miles) but I do tend to walk up the steep sections.

Juno is finally at a point where I can leave him alone for a few hours at a time which means I can start exploring the area, going for runs, hikes and the occasional personal grooming appointment. Juno does NOT like to hike (he doesn’t even like getting his feet wet!) and trying to run with him just isn’t possible. So after I take him for his morning stroll, he curls up by the back door and waits for me to come home.

This past weekend, my friend Ashley and I ventured out to Tumalo Falls to do some hiking. As soon as you get to the trailhead, you see the falls. But as I stood there looking at the beautiful scenery, I mentioned to Ashley that it looked familiar and I wondered whether I had been here on my road trip back in 2016. The short answer is yes, I was there four years ago – I consulted my blog when I got home and found pretty much the identical picture to the first picture in the group below (deja view!) But back in 2016, I only saw the falls and didn’t hike since I had Juno with me. This time, Ashley and I did a brisk 2-hour hike where we passed several other waterfalls and some other picturesque spots. We turned around at the bridge and came back out. Next time, we’ll go all the way up to Happy Meadow. Note: Ashley is smiling under her mask. Good times…

I’m going to take tomorrow off and let my leg heal up before I venture back out again since there are so many amazing places to explore that I haven’t been to yet (again, I referenced my old blog post). Truth be told, Bend might be the most outdoors-y place I’ve ever been. Hiking, trail running, mountain biking, road biking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, fly fishing – and those are just the summer sports. I’ll eventually get a mountain bike and probably a paddle-board too but not until next year.

In other news, my new range was delivered last week so I’m having fun getting to know all the different settings. I tried doing a loaf of sourdough but it was still undercooked, though not as bad as last time. I tried using the auto-convection setting for baked goods but it lowered my temperature by 25 degrees. Clearly that didn’t work. Next time I’ll just do the manual convection setting and see if I can get it right. The good news is I was fairly successful with my rainbow bread which I made yesterday. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love rainbows and my friend Monica sent me a pinterest pic of rainbow bread which inspired me to try making it myself. The only real issue was I had a hard time getting the food coloring even distributed in each dough ball. So the result is more of a marbled-rainbow. But I’m pretty pleased. And next time I’ll get better food coloring.

And for those of you who want to try making this at home, here’s a link to the YouTube video that I followed:

Because there is no better way to start your day than with buttered rainbow toast with and a pot of hot green tea.

Until next time!

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