My husband wanted to do something nice for Mother's Day so we decided to take a quick trip. It doesn't take much to make me happy. I love road trips with beautiful scenery. So into the woods we went. The whole way there and back had a magnificent view.
I knew I wanted to stay somewhere secluded and away from it all. We are hugehttps://www.vrbo.com/ andhttps://www.airbnb.com/ so we started a Mt. Hood list and landed with a quant little tiny house on a beautiful and charming farm. It was the prefect size for us and the littles. It had no tv, a lovely skylight to watch the stars, a compost toilet ( interesting, but cool!). This place was just for us. If you're curious here is the listing http://abnb.me/EVmg/X2eYdjILcD
Stuart was the nicest man who welcomed us with a friendly smile. He Introduced us to all the farm animals. Took the kids on a horse ride, let them walk the goats and to top it off brought us locally made croissants in the morning.
I'd call that a beautiful start to one fun day.
On the way to the hot springs they could not stop talking about how much fun they had and how they wanted to go back.
From the AIRBNB it takes about and hour drive to Bagby Hotsprings https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagby_Hot_Springs .... this place was amazing.
It's about a mile and half hike in with a 300ft elevation gain. The kids did great. This hike is unbelievably beautiful. We have hiked all over the world and this has to be one of the tops!
There are quite a few bridges and every once in awhile you would pass a fairy ring with glittery and shinny things. The kids loved it.
Tiny little waterfalls in every direction. Phorest loved these.
When we finally reached our destination it was time to soak! There wasn't too many people this time, although I have read that it can be over crowded and you can wait awhile. There are private tubs and big tubs. The rule is 45 minutes and required clothes in the giant shared tub. Although, there are some who choose not to follow them.
What is neat about this hot spring is that you are able to drain the water and add fresh new water. The one downfall is that the water is too hot to just jump in. You'll need to take buckets of cold water from the creek to cool it off. A bit fun!
What an absolutely relaxing day. I love spending time with the people I love in the place I love ( the forest).
My husband knows how to spoil me that's for sure. We were hungry and only about 45 minutes to Portland so we decided to grab some food. We ended up at the recently opened Jack Rabbit http://www.gojackrabbitgo.com/
This place is cool. Caters to kids although fancy. I have to say it was my first time eating pig's feet and duck liver. Man, it was good.
As we drove home the kid's talked about all the fun adventures they had. They couldn't wait to share the peacock feathers at school and tell the kids about a magic hot tub in the middle of the forest. It was so neat to follow the horizon and see the pink sunset behind it. Now, I call that a great Mother's Day.