Dad had to work until noon this past Saturday, so when he got home he asked if there was something I would like to do for the rest of the afternoon. Well, I have been wanting to climb Mt. Scott for as long as I can remember, so I suggested that we go mountain climbing there. I know he thought it was complete folly as we headed out to Crater Lake to climb to the highest point at the park, just under 9,000 feet. We didn't get started until after 3:00pm and it was 2.5 miles to the summit. In the picture of the mountain there is a small lookout just barely visable on top. That was our goal, and it was quite an ascent. The views were spectacular, and we made the summit in less than 1 1/2 hours!! It was absolutely awesome up there!!! I can't wait to take my visiting children and grandchildren there. It is a 360 degree view of Crater Lake, Klamath lake and marsh, Diamond Peak and lake, and everything in between. The smells were incredible, & the vistas were unforgettable. What a great afternoon we enjoyed together. I think I am ready for Mt. Mcgloughlin before the snow flies. What a great memory!!!
Monday, August 18, 2008
4 -Wheelers!!! There is always great adventure to be found riding around the farm on Grandma and Grandpa's 4-wheelers. Cameron brought her new 2-wheeler this year and shared it with the other kids. Grandma always says her prayers for safety as everyone takes their turns getting covered with dust and bug bites, along with the thrills of course. Fun!!
Dad, Alexis, and I took a leisurely weekend trip to the beach a couple of weeks ago. It was so nice to cool down and get out of the smoke for awhile. We went to some of our favorite beaches, ate seafood, and did some hiking. Just before we left, the local Kiwanis club was hosting a public BBQ salmon feast at Bastendorf Beach. That was the freshest, tastiest salmon I have ever eaten! Yummy! We also saw more starfish than I have ever seen in any of the trips we have made and they were beautiful! We had an adventure driving home back across the mountains from Gold Beach to Grants Pass on a one lane, ridge-running , 20 mph scenic route. I love the beach!!!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Last Saturday Alexis, Dad, and I headed up to Crater Lake to take a hike. It was smokey at home in the basin and we just wanted some clean air and clear vistas. The Garfield Peak hike starts right by the lodge and ascends 1.7 miles to 8094 feet. It was breathtaking in every way; the sheer drop offs to the lake as we got higher and higher, and the beautiful forest vistas. By the time we got to the summit, we could see all the way to the basin and were high above Crater Lake. it was spectacular!! Check out my new fanny-pack day pack. Love it!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
After the BBQ, Mike and Dad built us a nice campfire so that we could toast some marshmallows for s'mores and get in a little family bonding time. The s'mores were tasty, but the real fun of the evening were the skits that the kids came up with. They were hysterical, well done, and even a little embarrassing to some unaware participants. We also revealed some of our individual talents, and maybe abnormalities, (which are not genetic of course!) It was a blast-more fun than I would have guessed and we think it should be a part of every future reunion. The campfire...ah-h-...great memories!
This is what happens when you skip part of Church, come home early, and bake bread on Sunday. I can't even pry it out of the pans with a knife and a spatula. My advice is to go to all your meetings, study your scriptures, and bake another day. Lesson learned!
The first official day of the reunion we drove up to Crater Lake. On the way, we stopped at the fish hatchery on the Wood River and fed the fish. We met Mike's family up there and enjoyed a picnic, sightseeing, and playing around. We stopped at Kimball park on the way back and viewed where the Wood River starts as a spring right out of the ground. We then met at Abby's for pizza and headed home. The first day was a really big one and so much fun!!! P.S. My camera battery was dead that day so I am using the pictures that Melanie took. Thanks Mel!
The chicken or the egg? At Grandma's house the chicks came this past spring and 2 days ago came the first egg. Mel's family had just left for home last Friday, and so to console myself, I took a treat out to my chickens. There it was - the first egg! It was small, but surely felt like a miracle as I held it. It is such a pretty blue- green color, (the picture doesn't do it justice.) I only wish the girls would have been here to find it with me. I talked to Sara on the phone and she was worried that there might be a chick in there but I assured her there was not. She also couldn't wrap her mind around the idea of a blue- green egg. She kept correcting me saying"you mean white don't you?" I found another one today, and so it begins...the treasure hunt every day now.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Melanie, Curtis and girls, along with their niece Amy, and I went to do some cave exploring yesterday at the Lava Beds. We had a great time at Hopkins Chocolate cave, and Skull Ice cave. Curtis hid and scared us a few times, and then we turned off all our lanterns and sat still in complete darkness, while I took a picture. We had a great time not only in the caves, but checking out the views and wildflowers everywhere. I miss them and love them all.