Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Mama's Retreat

Sunday morning, one of my best friends and I headed to Breitenbush Hot Springs, a resort about two hours from Portland. We shared a cozy little cabin and spent Sunday hiking, soaking, doing yoga, walking the labyrinth, and simply just being. There is no cell service, no wireless, and a whole lot of peace and quiet. I didn't even realize how much I needed that day away (from everything) until I was there.
Our hike was fabulous. We saw lots of different types of fungus, calypso orchids, trilliums, and several woodpeckers. We were surrounded by giants, crossed several rivers, and saw only a few other people. The kids and I hike quite often, but we take short and simple hikes. Taking longer hikes is much more rare for me.... and such a wonderful treat.
We woke up this morning with a silent soak in a thermal pool overlooking the river. If only every morning could start that way..... And after breakfast and some quick yoga, we headed back to reality.
I feel so lucky to have had a mama's night away and I hope I can get back there again soon... hopefully for two nights!

I wish I had more photos to share, but since we were often wet, I didn't carry my camera with me. I made sure to take plenty of mental photos though!

And, I have much to blog about from my past week, I just haven't had time to sit down yet with my thoughts. More posts to come later in the week.

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  1. Sounds like a lovely, peaceful time!

  2. Sounds wonderful! I spy a trillium, ours are just starting to peek out of the ground.

  3. That sounds amazing. Those flowers are so pretty and I love the photo of the creek.

  4. mental photos are the best ones. I love using my camera but I also like to be fully engaged with what I'm doing.

  5. that looks and sounds so great. i can't even imagine a long and quiet hike...