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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 09:02 am
dad nic camp run pain free car

Ok, so.

Dad's at a convention in LA right now. I dropped him off at the airport yesterday morning at 5am after he'd crashed at my place for the night. I just drove in to work afterward, showered and changed, and was at my desk at 5:45 am., surprisingly awake and alert.

I left about 3 to go enjoy the afternoon with Nic ... didn't have much success finalizing where to go for our camping weekend at the end of this month. At this point I'm still hopeful about securing a reservation or taking off a day or so early to try our luck at grabbing a first-come first-serve spot somewhere. But where, good question. We thought about the Metolius, but none of the campgrounds we looked up have showers, and we're not that hardcore (yet). More research today ...

I picked up a new pair of running shoes over the weekend at Portland Running Co. and was eager to give them a try, so we went up to Mt. Tabor for a brisk walk, then broke into a jog around one of the reservoirs. Our total walk was only about an hour, and the run was about a half-mile in seven minutes, but that was enough to thoroughly exhaust me. I'm planning to get serious about a running regime if I can avoid/endure the shin splints that always seem to accompany running. Everyone I know who's tried the Couch-to-5k plan proselytizes it, so that'll likely be the model I use.

I made sure to drink a bunch of water when we got back, but after dinner I felt the onset of an exertion headache, which stayed with me until past midnight, preventing any kind of restful sleep. Nic finally gave me a few tablets of melatonin she sometimes uses for insomnia, and I don't know if it was sheer exhaustion at that point or what, but they did the trick in about 10 minutes.

This morning I woke up from a dream in which I was in a banquet room at some kind of event. but I didn't recognize anyone, but it felt as if my dream-self knew the people around me. There were new cars being given away via a drawing, and I won one. Well, actually I won two, because apparently each of the car winners (eight of us) were placed in a second drawing for another new car. When my name was announced, I stood up from my table and shouted "Holy fucking SHIT!"

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tertyl
tertyl
Random thoughts of a Madman
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

of the plethora of Excited Tim Pictures in current circulation, can you post with face went best with the last expletive?

kplztanks


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)

?


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tertyl
tertyl
Random thoughts of a Madman
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)

thumbs up!


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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)

but none of the campgrounds we looked up have showers

*snort*

Is Fort Stevens full?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)

Ooh, almost. Never been, checking it out now. You like this place? Good hikes close by?


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solteronita
see the moon? it hates us.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)

I remember going there as a kid. I just thought of it 'cause I know it has showers and flush toilets - an outdoor hotel, if you will. I'm more into roughing it these days.

If you go there bring bikes!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)

Ah gotcha. I think we're more toward the roughing it attitude than expecting all the amenities. Showers and drinkable water are pretty much all we want.


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acadiabaird
acadiabaird
Acadiabaird
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)

Smith Rock State Park has an awesome little bivvy and the place has showers. It never gets full and the view from the tent (if you scramble and find the little spot on the edge) is here
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$4 per person per night, and there are some great hikes with sick views....

it is also a short drive to Steelhead Falls for swimming on the Deschutes.


Have you looked at sites along the McKenzie River? That is an AWESOME river with great mountain biking trail with lots of great campsites.,,,,something might be open. Not sure about the showers, but you can always take a refreshing dunk in the river!


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acadiabaird
acadiabaird
Acadiabaird
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)

i'm telling you, if you w3anna "rough it" but still have showers and water (which is usually unheard of) Smith is the place for you!


and if you get tired of "roughing it", there's a SWEET little restaurant that used to be a train depot in Terrebonne, where you can sit outside on the deck and watch the train go by and see Smith in the distance, with really good food and drinks. We always hit it on the way out off town on Sunday night

(I recommend the chicken quesadilla or the fish tacos :P )


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)

Showers and drinking water? Go to Motel 6. :P

And yes, melatonin can give you weird dreams. I recommend only taking one to begin with.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)

I took 4. That dream was pretty normal by comparison. :)


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)

4? No wonder your ass got knocked out in 10 minutes. Just take one next time.

Nic might be up to four as your body develops a resistance to it, not to mention that you shouldn't really use it long term, but you as a first timer should take one.

It's like any drug, why use more than you need to?


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)

Because I trust her, and it worked. I don't know what the dosage was. It looks to be completely safe in short term use; considering I've taken it once, I'm not too worried.


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)

One melatonin is a total pussy dose, even for a 5' 5" 130 lb. woman. Its not like I'd ever do anything to harm you. And you were in such pain that I wanted you knocked out anyway. :D


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remix79
remix79
remix
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)

Regarding exertion headaches, I used to get them (if that's what they were) after I'd been in the sauna. I started drinking Gatorade afterwards and they stopped. I don't know if that would have helped you or not, but I thought I'd mention it.


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)

I really like most of the campgrounds up in Gifford-Pinchot, out of Carson. I don't recall any with showers, but you could always schedule a day in the spa at Carson.


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ellettra
ellettra
Na zdraví
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)

we just did the fruitless camping thing and it really sucked. i hope you find a reservation or are able to find a spot. nothing is worse than loading your cars with gear and pals and ending up back home in a sleeping bag in the backyard. that said, if you DO decide to go hardcore, check out Saddle Mountain Nature Area... it doesn't even have toilets, though, so they mean primitive when they say primitive. it truly is beautiful there, though. it's first-com/first-served and there are only about 10 sites, so get there early.

i feel your pain with the running bit, as well. i bought new shoes yesterday and am also bound for mount tabor. i have heard good things about the couch-to-5-k also! yea for beginning a running regime. runners are cool. :)


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)

It was reading about your fruitless experience that made me insist we figure this out ASAP. because nothing would be worse than to drive 3+ hours w ith no where to stay. Arrrgh! NOT how I want to spend Labor day weekend!


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ellettra
ellettra
Na zdraví
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)

oh yeah, and on labor day weekend you're def. going to have a fight on your hands for spots. good luck! i hope you find something. i looked at the oregon state parks website for hours and finally gave up, pissed. i will look again in a few months, and reserve 9 months out, like everyone else does. it's a little bit nuts, i have to say.


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