My love turned the big 3-0 this year! (It’s not exactly the cake I had planned for him, but it was delicious nonetheless. Even though I only got a tiny slice and he took the rest to work to share with his colleagues…)
It has become a tradition for us to do a hike on his birthday and this year we picked Saddle Mountain and Netarts Spit. We weren’t up quite at the crack of dawn to beat the heat, but had a decent start regardless. Portland has been uncharacteristically hot this summer and this day was no exception (which is how we ended up at the coast, rather than on Mt. Hood).
Saddle Mountain is a relatively short hike, but it gains about 1,600 ft in 2.5 miles, so it’s a decent trek.
It wasn’t overly crowded on the way up and there were just a handful of groups at the top when we arrived. It wasn’t a perfectly clear day, but clear enough to see Mt. St. Helens and Astoria/the coast. We enjoyed some PB&Js and headed back down. The trail was much much busier on the way down. And it seemed everyone had their dogs with them!
We made our way to the coast, stopping at a cute pizza place for lunch. We ended up on the beach and gave up on finding the actual trail for the Netarts Spit hike and just walked in the sand for miles. There were thousands of broken sand dollars and zero people. It was windy and cold – a typical day on the Oregon Coast and exactly what we were looking for. On the way back home, we made the obligatory stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for some curds and taffy. And no, they didn’t make it home with us!