Daily Archives: May 17, 2009

No one to go to prom with; another hike.

Mt St Helens from Sauvie Island

Mt St Helens from Sauvie Island

The weekend has been great! Brian took Friday afternoon off (gasp! Unheard of!) and suggested we walk to the Kennedy School for lunch, sitting in the garden and drinking beer. Heaven. On our way out, I peeked into the movie theater where they had set up for prom.

Anyone want to go to prom with me next year? Brian has no interest in dancing, and he rolled his eyes a bit when I told him it was an 80s themed prom. I need someone to go with – it looked awesome! Here’s a slightly gritty picture of the set up. Note the disco ball. C’mon! It’d totally be fun.

Prom set-up at the Kennedy School.

Prom set-up at the Kennedy School.

Saturday after the farmers’ market (you’d laugh if you saw the amount of strawberries we now have) we went for a hike on Sauvie Island. I’ve never done the hike out to Warrior Point and it had been on my list for a while. Sauvie Island is Oregon’s largest island, one that has an island on it too. It’s in the Columbia River, just north of Portland. It is popular for U-Pick berries, a huge corn maze, and pumpkin picking in the fall. It has a huge wildlife preserve on it, which is where our hike was.

Just before we crossed the St John’s Bridge, we stopped at Burgerville to split a lunch of lightly battered asparagus spears (o dear lord) and a tomato-aspargus melt (which is mainly a provolone-mozzarella grilled cheese on sourdour with veggies set in it. They can keep this on the menu, please, change the veggie with the season. mmmmm). I <3 Burgerville, I'm sorry but I do. When we stopped at the grocery store on Sauvie Island to grab our wilderness pass, we got to see four mountains: Mt St Helens, Hood, Adams and Rainier (just a peak, but still!). [caption id="attachment_677" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Columbia River from Sauvie Island"]Columbia River from Sauvie Island[/caption]

We drove down the gravel road past the clothing optional beach to the trailhead. We walked down to the beach and walked along it until we ran out of beach. It’s still spring – the water was cooooold, as cold as Lake Michigan usually is, as cold as the ocean in Lincoln City. All the snow runoff. This is the time of year where inevitably someone doesn’t pay attention to how dangerous the water is in May and drowns (it’s happened already this year, hopefully that’s it) because it’s hot outside but the water is swollen and cold.

It was a beautiful day – lower 80s, it looked like summer to me. Here’s just a few pictures of the hike, I’ll put the rest on my flick account so I’m not boring you too much. Most of the hike was through woods after the beach. We saw two blue sand cranes, a couple snakes, and an eagle. No underwear this time, just two hoodies hanging from a tree branch.

This is buried in the beach.  Sauvie Island, Oregon.

This is buried in the beach. Sauvie Island, Oregon.

Most of the hike looked like this.  Trees on  Sauvie Island, Oregon.

Most of the hike looked like this. Trees on Sauvie Island, Oregon.

At Warrior Point, the turnaround for the trail and the lighthouse.  Sauvie Island, Oregon.

At Warrior Point, the turnaround for the trail and the lighthouse. Sauvie Island, Oregon.

When we got home, I used some of the strawberries to make a pitcher of agua fresca. I’m not certain that it’s a good thing that I figured out how to make agua fresca. Definitely one of my alltime favorite drinks and definitely the drink of this summer (I’m done with you, mojitos). When I get it at Por Que No, I have them add a shot of tequila to it. We didn’t have tequila so we added a shot of rum to each, alternating with glass of pure agua fresca. While we drank those in the sunshine, Brian grilled freshly caught halibut and potato chips on the grill. A great reward for hiking seven miles!

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Today, we start some house remodeling, so I am going to think fondly back on yesterday.