Sunday, November 3, 2013

Not A Bike Ride, and Good for the Soul Anyway

We have resumed our practice of Friday Adventures.  I have already told the Spouse that I intend to call these outings Friday Adventures regardless of the day on which the Friday Adventure occurs.  So we might have Friday Adventures on Monday.  It drives the Spouse nuts.  It's fun already!

We went on a hike to Blue Pool- one of the headwaters of the mighty Willamette.  Way up in the mountains, a long ago lava flow rolled over the Willamette and buried the river deep underground.  Blue Pool (aka Tamolitch Pool) is one of those places where it emerges.

This is a lovely, easy hike.  We started on Trailbridge, a trailhead about 10 miles northeast-ish of the Willamette Ranger Station.  There's no significant climbing and it was just a wee bit muddy.  The walk started off cold (I was actually perfectly layered, but my furnace of a spouse started out in shorts and was a little chilly!) and turned out to be just right once we'd warmed up.

We met a few mountain bikers and took turns taking photos of each other's groups, leaving me with my favorite unintentional selfie ever.  I don't know who these guys are off the trail, but they are sure fun.

Yeah, he was a little cold.  (Layers, my dear.  Layers.)

In front of the pool!

A better shot of the blueness of the Blue Pool.  You get your money's worth from Blue Pool.  

Two of our MTBer friends learn how to work an iPhone.

Then today, after dealing with stressful moving stuff all day, we met up with friends for a nice dinner at home and then we took them to the movies- one of our favorite second-run theatres was having a fifth anniversary party, so we went to see Pacific Rim. These friends are awesome for many reasons, but one of those reasons is that my friend's wife and I have exactly the same taste in movies.  Our idea of how to end a stressful day includes a stiff drink and a movie in which lots and lots of stuff blows up and hot guys take off their shirts.  Pacific Rim had both of these things in spades.  We both approved heartily, and both our spouses put up with their wives.  Hey, we figured thin and predictable plot line, hot guys, and plenty of explosions.  Everyone wins, right?

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