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Tuesdays with Mindy: Saddle Mountain Hike

This was going to be a post about the Pedalpalooza Star Wars vs. Star Trek bike ride on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 but we couldn’t rally the motivation what with the relentless rain. Instead we spent the entire day using up a bunch of coupons before they expired. Yay for consumerism.

Instead, I’ll give you some fun pictorial glances of our trip to the Oregon Coast for Father’s Day. We had lunch, walked on the beach and then hiked about a mile up Saddle Mountain, which is inside the Tillamook State Forest in Clatsop County – just a jog off of Highway 26. Then up a ridiculously rutted and curvy mountain road, which apparently they are paving all this week. The park is closed June 20th-28th. Check out more details on the website.

It was getting too late and foggy to make reaching the peak a desired outcome, but we managed to snap some incredible pictures of the Tillamook forest and valley below. Everything was insanely green and muddy, but there were surprisingly few grumblings. We took to calling some of the more notorious spots where people had laid down logs in order to pass “Bogs of Eternal Stench” and quoting Ludo with “smells bad.”

Pleased to announce that my new knee brace and a walking stick provided by Dan made the hike bearable. Yes – I have the knee troubles. It’s a sign of old age and too much exercise. 🙂 But really, despite the pain, I would not miss these awesome opportunities to enjoy the natural scenery the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Since we’ll be spending a week in Rockaway in July for my 29th birthday (holy shit I AM getting old), we’ve made an official goal of reaching the top to get a 360 degree view to the Pacific Ocean.

I mean, it looks like this up there:

Saddle Mountain Summit. How could we possibly resist?

The pretty spring flowers and deep rich green colors will most likely be gone by then, but that means the fogs will probably have lifted as well. Can’t think of a better birthday present than achieving that particular view.

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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

5 responses to “Tuesdays with Mindy: Saddle Mountain Hike”

  1. Michael says :

    Sweet dude! That looks awesome! It looks like I’ll be vacationing with my lady up in the Seattle area from July 6-14. If you have some time that’s free during that stretch, we were debating heading down to PDX. Hit me up if you might wanna chill.

  2. tinyheroes says :

    Of course – it would be great to see you in person again! We’ll be entertaining Dan’s cousin from California, so we’ll be out at pubs on Saturday July 9th and in the Columbia River Gorge on Sunday the 10th. Not sure when you will be in town for, but our schedules our pretty open! 🙂

  3. Top Gear Track Days says :

    This is an ideal blog, you have given me some terrific ideas. I’ll certainly be back in the future.

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