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5 things to do on an active staycation

We were on a staycation for the first part of last week. Celebrating husband's week between school terms, and our 11-year dating anniversary (we usually take a trip to the coast).

We had originally planned a great road trip to a few of the Seven Wonders of Oregon--we were planning on taking the whole week and going to Crater Lake, Smith Rock, and the Painted Hills. But, things have been a little stressful around here recently and adding a big week-long trip to the schedule/brain power was just too much for us. Instead, we hung around our part of the state and did some vacationing here!

It was weird, at first, to be at home during the day on weekdays, but it was great once we switched into vacation mode to have the comforts of home. And to be able to stay on a relatively normal schedule, eat normal food, have access to all of our normal favorite things. Like a super long weekend!

And like we do on many nice weekends, we went hiking, took walks, and spent some time trying new things (new for me, anyway)--bouldering at a rock climbing gym. I realized, being at home with extra weekend time lead to us really just having a super active few days! As compared to weekdays at the office, we were moving, enjoying fresh air, and just feeling great.

Here are my tips for you on how to enjoy a staycation while staying active and taking care of yourself!

5 tips/things to do on a great active staycation


1. Try a new kind of indoor recreation. My husband likes rock climbing, but I haven't done it since college. We went to The Circuit, a very cool bouldering, yoga, and other kind of gym with a few locations in Portland, and it was fun and exciting to try different routes and practice falling on the soft floor! Even got to try slack line balancing at the end. But rock climbing isn't something I have time for during most weeks, so an afternoon off was a great opportunity for it!

2. Explore your neighborhood by foot. This is the faraway part of a very long park near our house. We walk there a lot but we don't always make it this far north. It's so cool to find this kind of oasis within walking distance! Morning walks are so relaxing when we have the time.

3. Take a powerful bath! Since I posted about my DIY essential oil bath salts for sore muscles, I've used it a couple times and given some away to family who needed it, too. And the verdict is looking good--on the night I used this, husband and I were both sore from a recent run and hike a couple days previously. I woke up feeling much better, with less tightness and soreness in my legs!

A staycation is a perfect time for a bath, because it is sometimes hard to make time during the regular routine!

4. Eat really awesome breakfasts. Every morning for the past many months I've eaten a slice of my crustless quiche with whatever I had on hand that Sunday thrown in. It's tasty and nourishing, but it's not the same as a hot breakfast, and every weekend morning I look forward to frying my eggs over-easy and eating some hot bacon and veggies if I have them.

I actually don't remember when I made this breakfast, but it looks pretty awesome to me now. Over our staycation, it was a great treat to have a fresh, hot breakfast every morning in the morning light of our kitchen or living room!

5. Find an epic hike! We've been hiking almost every weekend since February this year, but usually just short hikes close by. Over our staycation, we made it out to Larch Mountain Crater in the Columbia River Gorge and did a 7.5 mile hike that included a view of 5 mountains at once! Here's one that fit in the camera view.

Other hikes we like to do when we have a whole day to kill are Saddle Mountain on the way to the northern Oregon coast, and King's Mountain.

5 things that worked well for us! I really enjoyed our staycation and hope we get to do it again sometime, at least for a long weekend!

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