Hood River & Cannon Beach – Oregon (July 2016)

View from the hills in Hood River, Oregon
View from the hills in Hood River, Oregon

(Day 0) – Arrival in Hood River, Oregon

 

 

 

(Day 1) – Enjoyed new home location and settling into regular work/explore routine.

Daily fruit picking - some for snacking and for learning!
Daily fruit picking – some for tasting and for learning!

Boys very excited to pick fruit from all over the property including an array of berries, peaches and pears.

 

 

 

(Day 2) –  Hiked the beautiful fall area including Multnomah Falls then ventured to Columbia Oneonta Gorge.

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls
Great hiking day / picnic in the falls
Great hiking day / picnic
Beautiful clear hiking day in the Falls
Beautiful clear hiking day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gorge was pure craziness.  With only one way in and one way out climbing the piles of timber was challenging in and of itself, but getting through the extremely cold water peaking depths of chest high along rock covered terrain was the hardest, but worth every step as the views were majestic.

Adventure also included extremely challenging log climbing / manuvering
Adventure included extremely challenging timber climbing / manuevering
Water is starting to get deeper...
Water starting to get deeper…
Water on hike in Oneonta Gorge chest high and freezing!
Water on hike in Oneonta Gorge chest high and freezing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So close to the final destination!
So close to the final destination!
Final Waterfall in Oneonta Gorge
Gorgeous waterfall awaits at the end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Day 3) –  Great day for winery and checking out the town, topped off with double-decker ice cream cones.

Enjoying winery day!
Much deserved winery day!
Samuel likes his ice cream!
Believe it or not.. he did share!
(Day 4) –  Spent time at the house picking fruits / working and boys checking out local parks.
Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood

 

(Day 5) –  Went to Mt. Hood and checked out Timberline Lodge where we learned about the building process which took place during the Great Depression.

(Day 6) – Left Hood River and shifted to our new home in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

 

(Day 7) – Boys were very excited about our new neighbors – full playground and field to play ball, ride bikes, etc. across the street in addition to the beach just a few blocks away!

Austin saw a crab "this" big!
Austin saw a crab “this” big!
Generous strangers gave boys boogie board - they were excited to "surf!"
Generous strangers gave boys boogie board – they were excited to “surf!”
Sandcastle building begins
Sandcastle building begins
(Day 8) – Aaron went golfing while the boys and I walked around town to see where the Lewis & Clark Trail ended and drop by an arcade.

 

(Day 9) –  First stop, Oswald State Park, beach access after walk thru beautiful rain forest.

Oswald State Park
Oswald State Park

Then per boys’ request, off to their first kayaking experience.  Between race competitions under bridges and splashing fights meanwhile reminding boys to stay balanced – it was an entertaining escapade!

Kayak Challengers
Kayak Challengers

 

 

 

Kayak Champions!
Kayak Champions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Day 10) – Hiked the Tillamook Head Trail starting in Seaside – muddiest hike to date.  We were in a rain forest and walked past several people turning around due to terrain conditions, but opted to press on.  Although views of the Pacific Ocean were limited with the heavy fog, we still had a good time and ended at Indian Beach.

Notably tall trees amidst the foggy hike
Notably tall trees amidst the fog
Boys in packs to keep some of the mud flinging down!
Boys in packs to minimize mud throwing!
Lower elevation the Pacific Ocean becomes visible
Pacific Ocean becomes visible at lower elevation

 

 

 

Big decision point - throw army parachute guy off the cliff or keep him?! With the wind - they got to do both!
Big decision point – throw army parachute guy off the cliff or keep him?! With the wind – they got to do both!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Day 11) – Family golfing then late afternoon spent in Cannon Beach.

Baseball anywhere always!
Baseball anywhere always!
Perfect age for fetching water!
Perfect adorable age for fetching water!
Intense bridge building
Intense bridge building
Samuel working hard to step in my shadow!
Samuel working hard to step in my shadow!
Running to check out the Haystack Rocks
Running to check out Haystack Rocks

(Day 12) – Working and packing before bicycle attempts at the “Pump Park” across the street….fortunately no training wheels went flying off!

Samuel going strong at the "Pump Park"
Samuel going strong at the “Pump Park”
(Day 13) – I flew back to St. Louis for business event, Aaron and boys off to explore Portland, Oregon.
Favorite Kid Quotes:
• “I have my hiking stick ready to fight the shark on the side of the mountain.”
• “My boss took me here when I was a little kid.” (since 3 is so old and all!)
• “Dad, why do you always pick the foggiest hikes?”
• “Why didn’t we bring parachutes to jump off this cliff?” (i.e, we can throw new miniature army parachute man off – why can’t we go?!)
Thank you for sharing in our journey – have a fantastic day!

 

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