Life Lately / Pacific Northwest

The Weekender: Trillium Lake SUP, Swan Island, Forest Park

Trillium Lake SUP Swan Island kayak

Four weeks of summer left folks! The garden is going wild finally with tomatoes and it’s around this time every year that I tend to start neglecting the garden in favor of adventures (like Trillium Lake SUP and kayaking midweek). Luckily, tomatoes tend to thrive with a little neglect. And I got my first tiny watermelon start! How cute is that baby melon! Fingers crossed a squirrel doesn’t take it. Here’s what the week has held…


Trillium Lake SUP & Kayak – After renting a kayak last summer at Trillium lake, I’ve been wanting to get back up there! We made it happen on a weekday and it did not disappoint! Kayak all the lakes!

Swan Island River play – Swan Island is a pretty industrial area of Portland, but there’s a bit of a beach! We had an impromptu after-work distanced happy hour this week. A friend was trying out their new SUP, so we took our Oru kayak. Oh summer, stay forever!

Forest Park Hiking – Forest park is one of the easiest and closest toddler hikes (or bikes). Especially the wider lanes – pretty much any “fire lane” road or Leif Erikson.


This week on Frugal Bon Vivant…

Oru Kayak Review: Why I Love a Foldable Kayak with Kids – Hey look, I finally finished this post about the Oru kayak. Phew! Pros, cons, why I picked the Inlet, handling on lakes and rivers, and price per use.

Kids Winter Clothes: Best Gear for Exploring Fall to Spring – news flash it’s still summer! But now is the best time to do a quick inventory of your outdoor gear for this coming fall, winter, and spring. Here’s what you need if you live somewhere with seasons.

My First Backpacking Trip with a Toddler: Mirror Lake Camping – recap of my backpacking trip with a two year old (almost 3!) from last month.


Trevor Noah DNC Episode – as always, love his take.


H&M Toddler rain pants & puff vest – As I mentioned in my winter wear post this week, it’s time to snag deals on cold weather gear! I did a little inventory and we really only needed rain pants and trying a puffy vest again this year after none last season. They also had a 20% off promo code, so check for the latest!

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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