What a wonderful trip we had to Southeast Alaska! John & I had seen a small sampling of a few of the communities there on our way south on the ferry in June of 2007, but this was the first time we'd spent some time getting to know one of the areas. Such fun with great friends!
So, now we're back at Curt & Diane's place near Walla Walla WA and hanging out here for another week.
|Beautiful views on the way home...|
|A map of the area|
|SUP'ers love to take their dogs along!|
|Loved the tile work depicting the Columbia River...|
|And, the exhibits were well done, too.|
|Wagons were a big part of the history in this area.|
|Even with the power lines, the views here are special!|
We tried to visit The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, but it was closed by the time we got there. Darn. Another time, hopefully.
|Adding some air|
|Heading down to the take-off point|
|Everyone is enjoying this beautiful day!|
|Love the fact that grey-hairs are out there, too...|
|...and, see who is still on their board!|
|Enjoyed watching this guy - he did lots of stunts.|
|But, watch the guy in front with the grey-hair and a few extra pounds...|
|...Pretty impressive air!!|
|Tired after such hard work.|
|And, yes, we tried SUP's too! We were smart enough not to |
go out to the main part of the river, though:)
The next week Sebastian skipped preschool and stayed days with us. One day we took him on a road trip to Tillamook OR where we all enjoyed touring the Tillamook Cheese Factory. The other days we just lazed around.
|Sebastian is a great little road-tripper!|
|He enjoyed learning to use binoculars at a rest stop.|
|Grandpa & Sebastian delivering Tillamook cheese!|
|Using Grandpa's phone while G'pa watches TV...|
|A sunny day calls for outdoor time - trying to fly the remote control helicopter.|
On Tuesday, September 24th, John took me to the airport and I flew up to Anchorage to spend some time with my folks. I had a wonderful visit there, we got some yard work done and on Saturday, the 28th, my brother Chris, wife Alana, daughter Olivia and her boyfriend Conner all came out to help clean the moss off Mom & Dad's roof. Fun day with family!
|Chris, Conner & Olivia hard at work!|
|Niece Danae & Annika came to visit - always fun!|
|And my dad with his favorite combo: Ebay & Cheetos!|
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, John was trying hard to keep from getting moldy in typical NW fashion. Guess it rained nearly every day I was gone!
On Thursday, September 26th, John picked up Sebastian and they drove up to Mount St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument where they enjoyed a great hike, complete with a picnic lunch!
I returned from Alaska on Wednesday, October 2nd. Sebastian came with Grandpa to pick me up from the airport in Portland.
|This kid loves beaches!|
|No wonder he gets drenched...|
|Grandpa & Sebastian out exploring.|
|This is a really awesome beach!|
On Sunday, the 6th, we picked up Sebastian and drove up to Renton to visit niece Jenica and her family.
|Onyx and daddy Jonny - she was a little shy at first...|
|She loved dessert.|
|Jenica & Onyx|
|As the afternoon progressed, they got wilder!|
|One of my favorite photos of Sebastian.|
Thanks for having us - we had a wonderful visit!
Time to move further south. We remember from 2008 what late fall is like in Washington... We left Kelso at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, October 7th and arrived at Premier RV Resort near Coburg OR at 3:00 p.m.
Last night we stayed over at Tim & Vicki's so this morning, Wednesday, October 9th, we headed out when everyone else headed for work. Thought it would be fun to go home a different route, so we headed south on the Coast Highway which took us through Yachats where we stopped for hot drinks and pastries to eat in the warm car overlooking one of those amazing Oregon coast scenes! Wonderful way to end our time in the fabulous Northwest... We wandered south as far as Florence and then headed back to the Eugene area on Hwy. 126.
On Thursday, October 10th, we took the rig over to Cummins NW for its annual maintenance. And, now we're off! On Friday, October 11th we left Coburg at 10:40 a.m. and headed south to California...