I've updated this post with some great info from the portlandhikers.org Trip Reports forum:
Oregon Poor Man's Guide: Getting from Portland to Great Nearbly Camping/Hiking Spots, Using Tri-Met
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
|A 5 mile, 90 minute trek to get from Tri-Met to a weekend in paradise.|
This map leads to Metro's Oxbow Regional Park, near the east side of Gresham.
Even if you do have a car, but are looking to cut costs and don't mind packing light, showing up at the campground without a vehicle would hopefully eliminate the $5 per vehicle fee. You never know with these bureaucratic places though, so I would suggest giving them a call to verify if that would actually work.
The camping fee is $22 per night, though. And I don't see any upcoming free camping nights, if they ever do such a thing.
Oxbow Regional Park PDF Brochure
Backpacker.com Sandy River Loop Hike
I got some great advice from Guy over at the portlandhikers.org Trip Reports forum. He pointed out that the equestrian trailhead entrance is closer than the main entrance, plus you don't have to pay to get in through that entrance. He also said that he's sure they would charge that vehicle fee to camp, even if I hiked in. Here's the updated map to the equestrian trailhead. This shortens it by one mile, but Google only takes off 7 minutes in their estimated walk time, perhaps because there isn't a 400+ foot elevation drop at the end of this one.
|"Do you have a Knave?" "No, go Sakana". (via)|
Nintendo later ventured into various other kinds of businesses, including a taxi company, and love hotels.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
I think what got me here were multiple, ongoing changes in my recent life, big and small, both out of my control and of my own doing, all of which were intended to better my life in my eyes or even a loved one's eyes that I might not even have agreed with at the time of change.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Makes 4 bowls.
1 lb lean ground Turkey
1 small can of refried beans
1 small can of sliced olives
1 8oz bag of shredded cheddar
1 5.5oz bag of Food Should Taste Good brand Olive flavor tortilla chips
1 10oz tub of Wholly Salsa brand guacamole & spicy pico dip
Brown the meat.
Heat the beans.
Spread some beans into the bottom of a microwave-safe bowl.
Add a thick layer of cooked meat.
Insert a dozen or so chips vertically into the mixture so that they stand on end around the edge of half of the bowl.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the chips.
Add the sliced olives.
Microwave for 60 seconds to melt the cheese.
Add some dollops of the guacamole & pico dip.
Some may experience this a lot more noticeably than others, depending on how severe your depression, but it seems to be a common occurrence to those who find that they're experiencing more and more days where they are actually getting high on life, instead of fighting the urge to spend the day in bed.
Looking back on a depressive part of one's life varies hugely from one person to the next. Clinical depression, or major depressive disorder, is defined as lasting anywhere from two weeks to as long as the majority of someone's adolescent and adult life. Major depressive disorder can consist of (1) depressed mood, most days and for most of the day, (2) loss of interest or pleasure in most activities and interests, (3) sleeping too much or not sleeping enough, most days, sometimes back and forth between the two, (4) fatigue nearly every day, and (5) feelings of worthlessness and unfounded guilt, among other symptoms. Suddenly finding that, after weeks, months, or even years that these symptoms are occurring less and less each day, or no longer occurring at all, can be an drastic and maybe even overwhelming experience.
So, the lesson to be learned to those finding this happening to them would be to not try and do too much. Suddenly having more than 2 or 3 days a month where you are excited about life and want to do and experience EVERYTHING that is finally exciting about your life again can actually overwhelm you.
Some good advice would be to structure yourself and your days. Living in depression usually has no structure because it is very difficult to set and achieve goals that consist of more than just surviving the day, so structure may be something that we are really not used to. Set your morning alarm, plan your day's meals and when to eat those meals, plan a realistic amount of activities that will actually fit into a 24 hour day, leave plenty of room in those plans for that extra time you find you are using to enjoy these activities, and finally, go to bed at a decent and consistent time each night.
Don't be that crazy last shopper at the grocery store while they're trying to close for the night, like me. Do you know how great grocery shopping is to the newly happy person? :)