This is one of my favorite pictures. Anytime we go to a store with clothing, Dixon always finds the soft, fuzzy ones to snuggle into!
…or in this case it’s a game called Loopz that Steve’s brother sent us for Christmas a few years back. The boys found it today and tried to figure out for themselves how it worked. They were pleased to hear they were scoring points, although oblivious to the fact that they were “not doing awesome” and “can do better than that”.
Since the weather was great, we took the afternoon off to play in the snow! The snow adventure park and snow tubing at Mt Hood Skibowl is only open on the weekends so we settled for the Little John Sno-park instead, testing the like/dislike of Dixon’s tolerance to playing the snow. It was a hit and although a little tiring for him to walk up the hill several times, we had some good runs down the hill, bumps and jumps and all.
Eating dinner at Calamity Jane’s in north Sandy rounded out our family fun with delicious burgers and fries. Yum!
My favorite place to go! Our awesome dispersed campsite was available when we drove up to it at 7:45pm, set up the tent and got right on those tin foil dinners, which apparently are made of “tin foil” as Dixon thought.
Fishing at Clear Lake landed us 7 trout, two bites and 4 throw backs and the 2year fish catching drought ended! We did a mini hike about halfway to Linton Lake before Fixon was tired and the sun was setting anyway.
We found a new place to explore fishing and canoeing next year, at Smith Reservoir, so that’s something to look forward to. Loving this summer!
When we canceled the 4-day Trek event for our stake, due to the extreme heat, we decided that we would embark on a one-day jam packed adventure, “trekking” along the local trails from Vose Elementary to the Portland, OR temple.
Walking about 8 miles in total, 6 spiritual vignettes along the way, teambuilding activities and a lot of really good food kept us going strong!
Tonight we return to our homes, successful, happy, and feeling accomplished. Congratulations to all our trekking youth ages 12-18, we knew you could do hard things, and you did!
we are super excited to have our Adoption Profile “up and running” on the adoption.com website. We hope to add another friend to our family to share and make more of these wonderful memories that we have together.
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Happy are we!
busy Saturday, hot spell of weather!
9.75 mile run, pick Marionberries, wash the cars, make jam, vacuum the cars…really well, organize trekking supplies, dust/wipe down cars, dinner with family, play at park with family, chill
After a fun birthday party celebration with friends near Seattle, we camped the night somewhere near Mt Rainier National Park. The next morning, we wound through the road, stopping at Reflection Lakes to see Rainier’s reflection in the waters. We went on to do an easy hike to Myrtle Falls, then on toward Panorama Point. We saw a deer feeding at the side of the trail. We also came across a few marmot and was warned or a black bear around the bend from where we were headed, but didn’t see one.
Dixon and I stopped to play in a patch of snow which was his ultimate hiking goal until he informed me that “the snow is icy, and so cold for little kids’ hands!”
Steve continued onward without us, hiking the entire loop up and around the mountain, intending to meet us up back at the visitor center later.
During the Memorial day weekend you will always find us looking for a good outdoor adventure. This year, we decided to venture east of Estacada, OR to backpack to Shellrock Lake. The hike in was a mere 1 mile, a distance that we knew Dixon could easily hike while we packed the gear in.
We camped by the lake, made Smore’s and settled in for the night. The next day, we hiked around one side of lake and eventually the other side as well. The highlight for Dixon was definitely the clusters of salamanders that we spotted at the water’s edge.
We had planned to stay for two nights, but ended up only stayed for one night for a couple of reasons, one being that Dixon had a bit of a cold.