(Day 0) – Arrival in Hood River, Oregon
(Day 1) – Enjoyed new home location and settling into regular work/explore routine.
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.
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.
(Day 3) – Great day for winery and checking out the town, topped off with double-decker ice cream cones.
(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 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!
(Day 9) – First stop, Oswald State Park, beach access after walk thru beautiful rain forest.
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!
(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.
(Day 11) – Family golfing then late afternoon spent in Cannon Beach.
(Day 12) – Working and packing before bicycle attempts at the “Pump Park” across the street….fortunately no training wheels went flying off!
• “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?!)