‘Twas my birthday on Saturday! It was a very low-key weekend spent with family, which was just what the doctor ordered. 🙂
Both Saturday and Sunday had ridiculously disgusting high temperatures. It was in the high 90s both days, which makes me puke in my mouth a little bit. With heat waves (especially when there is a drastic difference in temperatures from the day before) come crazy high pressure. The incredibly high pressure is what traps the heat close to the earth.
High pressure = insta migraine.
God hates me. Not only was the weekend way too hot, but I had a migraine. Grrrreat.
I nursed that puppy with far more meds and other migraine-eliminating tricks than I would care to admit. After 24 hours of hell, my migraine had numbed to a dull ache of a headache that at least made functioning bearable, and put me in a mood that allowed me to fully enjoy my birthday dinner.
My husband, parents, in-laws, and I went to a new German restaurant that had recently opened. With a German father and European in-laws, I was certain that this would please the whole crowd!
Holy. Crap. The food was amazing. The hubs had wild boar sausage, and I had the best weinerschnitzle that I have ever had out (obviously homemade is the best!). Start that off with delish potato pancakes and fondue fritters….
Fondue. Fritters. As in deep fried fondue. I just… So. Good.
And then the beer. An insane selection of imported German beer. The pic above of our cuteness also has a BOOT of beer saying hello. Yes. A boot full of beer. 🙂
Dinner was followed by dessert back at our house, a lovely evening walk (you know, after the weather decided to make it bearable to be outside), and more grub and drinks at our neighbor’s house to watch the UFC fight. A wonderful, chill evening and a great way to end the day, full of laughter and great company.
The next day we opted to go to the coast for a hike to beat another horrid day of heat. When the temperature gauge dropped from 96 to 56 by the time we reached the trailhead, I may have been squealing with joy.
AND IT WAS RAINING! Double win.
After the first mile of our hike, the rain had subsided, but it was still deliciously misty and foggy. Nothing like the chill of an ethereal marine layer to boost your spirits!
The hike we selected for the day we had done once before, but we hiked in at sunset and the majority of the walk was in limited to no visibility. We had plenty of daylight this time, and switchbacked down the dirt trail, descending down a ridgline to the most stunning view of a secluded and non-accessible cove. This hike is a bitch. Not gonna lie. You definitely get a workout coming back up the ridgeline. It was roughly 4 miles downhill, 4 miles back uphill. Totally worth it.
Look at that! Can you beat that view?! Burning roughly 2k calories during that hike was certainly an added bonus that my ass loved. Everyone I have talked to who has done this hike agrees that the breathtaking views of the cove, and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, make the reward far greater than the struggle climbing back up. I have to say, I agree!
Unfortunately, we took our precious time a bit more than we should have, landing us home around 10pm. I really wanted to spend a while at the beach itself, but time was not working in our favor this trip. I have an upcoming “girls day” at the beach with some girlfriends in two weeks, plus a camping trip at the coast with my family later in August, so I’ll get plenty of beach lounging in then! 🙂
All in all, a fantastic birthday weekend. Surrounded by the people I care about most, feeling the unconditional love of my family, and then soaking in some stunning nature made for an equally eventful and relaxing two days.
Hope everyone has an amazing week!! ❤