I’ve been struggling to define my desire to take my boy out into the woods. Over the last year, I have been taking the boy on long walks among the trees. He often refers to it as ‘deep in the woods,’ and that is somewhat my goal. I’d like him to grow up with an understanding of what life is like on either side of the wilderness boundary.
I’ve been thinking about being out on the trail. The daily grind has been a bit of a grind lately and it is easy to hear the call of the woods. Over the last couple of years, I have been thinking more and more about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I’ve been running and hiking longer distances with the thought spending days on the trail.
This last Friday, Portmandia Jr. and I rode our bikes up to Forest Park for a walk in the woods. There are a number of smaller parks embedded within the bulk of Forest Park and this time we were visiting Macleay Park, one of the first parks in Portland. We rode to the end of NW Upshur and locked up our bikes by the bathrooms. On a nicer day we could have stopped and eaten some lunch at the picnic facilities or the big lawn.
I managed to do some great hikes this year. I also pushed my range and hiked farther and climbed more than I had before. I’ve started running so that I can be a stronger cyclist and hiker. On top of that, I’ve ditched my old hiking shoes and started using Fivefingers on the trail. Now I am ready to sit down and start thinking about the year to come.
So once again, Portmandia Jr. and I biked across town and into Forest Park to take a little hike. The previous week, we had spied a trail leading up and away from the fire road, but since we were already very near the limited range of my son, I decided to go back on another day. This time we simple rode our bike into the park and locked up at the trail head.
One of the biggest problems that I have with my car-less lifestyle is the lack of access to the outdoors. Luckily, there is a massive wilderness here in Portland in the form of Forest Park. Over 5000 acres of woodland, riddled with trails, situated in the hills just above downtown. Last Saturday, Portmandia Jr. and I climbed onto our bikes and rode up to the park to take a bit of a walk.