Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Floating on Trillium Lake

 Notice the heart cloud above Mt Hood?

 These photos are from a late summer trip to Trillium Lake to take the boat out. I just don't feel like summer can end until we take our boat out at least once. This was the weekend before Labor Day weekend and it was still so crowded! In the photo above with the kids you can see all the people crammed along the shore. I like to go out in nature get away from the crowds and the city so it was a little annoying. At one point there was a lady in a mermaid tail riding a giant inflatable swan out in the middle of the lake. It was pretty funny, although I am looking forward to the "off" season and to finding a little more quiet. I am a nature hoarder I guess.

Oh, and p.s. My photo of Little Crater Lake from the previous post made it as a finalist for an Oregon Live Photo contest! I will find out tomorrow 9/11/14 if I win or not. Yippie! Oh and if you want to see it(or vote to help me win) here is the link. My photo is entitled, "A jewel in the mountains".

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Summer Beach Trip

Okay, I am back. Here to bore you with more photos of our summer "trapped"in Oregon. 
I just entered one of my Little Crater Lake photos from the previous post into a photo contest last night so, wish me luck!
Here are some fun pictures from a weekend down in Newport,Oregon.

We spotted the Weinermobile!

Drove a pirate ship.

 Went down this slide a million times.

Ben finally built me the house of my dreams....and right on the beach. ;)
We played on the beach in the sand where a little creek came out to meet the ocean. The creek water was so warm the kids had a blast playing in it and I didn't have to worry about waves carrying them out to sea. 

Also, when you have a creek meeting the ocean you also have a good rock hunting spot. I found a ton of fossils that day. I finally had to throw out my old Minnetonkas after wearing them in the ocean and then shrinking them in the hot sun. It is okay, they were worn through and beyond rotten carcasses at that point.

We  also did a lot of sunset kite flying.

 It was a nice little trip. I prefer the off season so I don't have to share the beach combing with as many people. I dream of some day getting an Airstream and retiring along the coast, beach camping and rock hunting all day long. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Summer Adventures from 2014...(part1)

With the death (or coma rather) of my laptop I haven't had the opportunity to blog this summer. The kids went back to school today and I decided it would be fun to get caught up and get back into the rhythm of blogging again. Summer is officially over now, thank goodness. The last week of summer was horridly stressful for SO many reasons, so I am happy to let it go. I am excited for my kids and the fresh start to another school year. I miss being the kid and having a fresh start at the beginning of every new school year, and the hope that anything is possible. This mama could use a fresh start that is for sure.
Our summer involved a lot of running around to camps and classes and didn't feel much like a vacation at all. We took a few day trips and an overnight to the beach, but other than they we were stuck close to home. Due to lack of funds our end of the summer trip was called off. I was really hoping for a break before the school year began, but no such luck, oh well. 
It is a good thing we live in a beautiful state where we don't have to go far to get lost in the beauty of nature.  Just a short drive from the city and we can get lost in the woods,swim in a mountain lake, find agates along a wild river or fly kites on an ocean beach.

This summer we discovered a few new places we had never been within a few hours from home.
My favorite was Little Crater Lake near Timothy Lake Campground on Mt Hood.
I have never seen water that beautiful in my life. I could have sat and stared into it for hours. So amazingly beautiful. It is more the size of a pond than a lake, but so worth visiting. I loved listening to the other hikers gasp as they came out of the woods when they saw this:

Another place we visited for the first time was Mount St Helens. It was lovely and I am not sure why It had taken us so long when it is only about 70 miles from Portland. I think I was afraid it would be sad and depressing, but it was so amazing. My pictures do not do it any justice.

Solomon spotting the volcano behind the clouds.

                                                   We stopped at the Bigfoot Museum along the way just for fun.  I always loved the idea of Bigfoot when I was a kid. I made a film called, "The Urban Sasquatch" when I was in art school. I should find a way to upload it and share it here!


We celebrated holidays with friends, and went to outdoor parties...


I even got a teeny little bit of kid free fun this summer at the Oregon Country Fair...

And I made pickles for the first time...
They were refrigerator pickles and they turned out great. I found a recipe here and added jalapeno and onion to one of the batches as my friend suggested. I never knew it was so easy. I look forward to making them again some day. 
I thought I could catch up the whole summer in one post but that isn't going to happen...
 Looking back on it from this point of view our summer looked pretty fun. Of course, these were the good moments. That is why blogging is good in a way, to focus on the good times. That is why I am giving it another go rather than abandoning blogging all together.