Multnomah Falls

Visited more than any other attraction in Oregon (nearly 2 million/yr) we added our crew to the statistics.  About a 20 minute drive from Rauchelle and Seth’s place we piled in our two vehicles and set out on a sunny Portland day to get us some scenery!

The upper falls are 542 feet while the lower ones are 69 feet high.  Measured ‘together’ they are the second highest year-round waterfalls in the USA, with waterflow the heaviest in spring with mountain snow melt.  In the winter the spray often freezes against the cliffs and is sometimes severe enough that a glacier-like formation occurs.  That would be cool to see.

For us, the falls are light and the day is perfect.  Marin fell asleep on the drive so her daddy stayed back with her in the parking lot while we moseyed up all the way to the top, pace set by our 38-week pregnant daughter determined to make it!

Restaurant, gift shop, information and museum.

Restaurant, gift shop, information and museum.

Easy view just a few steps up from the stone building.  Wheel chair accessible.

Easy view just a few steps up from the stone building. Wheel chair accessible.

View from the top looking down over the parking and highway and the Columbia River.

View from the top looking down over the parking and highway and the Columbia River.

We all made it....but not all into this picture.

We all made it….but not all into this picture.

38 weeks with Skittles

38 weeks with Skittles

Descending the climb.  Everything is wet from spray; Laars talks about the nano water droplets.

Descending the climb. Everything is wet from spray; Laars talks about the nano water droplets.

Seth and Marin join us.  She had been marvelling at the giant 'shower'.

Seth and Marin join us. She had been marvelling at the giant ‘shower’.

We explored in the museum, checking out the rock formations of the falls, the creatures and plants that populate the area.  We discovered that it was a Pacific Giant Salamander that Toveli spotted burrowed under the base of a big white mushroom on the bank.  We confirmed that Danaka was right, it was Liquorice Fern amongst the other 4 or 5 different types of ferns.  And Laars explored the topography of the area, pushing buttons to light up on the display model.

Two of Our Happy Girls!

Two of Our Happy Girls!

Gaelyn’s Along-Time-Ago View of Her Family

(Repost) I just came across this picture from over 4 years ago.  I don’t actually remember when Gaelyn drew it, but at least 2010 or before.

Why do some of us have teeth, and the rest don’t?
Does she really see as all as happy people?
Does Mommy really have rosy cheeks like she portrays?
Believe me, we all wear clothes in real life!

Been to an Online Party?

 

Wrapologist

Until a few weeks ago I would have said “NO! I haven’t been to an Online Party.”

But I went, and a friend from Toronto (I met her on the Baja 2 winters ago) joined me as a busy skeptic of the wraps.  She only attended because she trusted me!  Sweet.

That skeptic was THE winner of a free wrap that night so she’s now had it mailed to here and I’m anxious to see what her results are.

Well, there’s another online party tomorrow night (Wed 6:30PST) and you can join us from the comfort of your own home (even in your jammies with a glass of wine!).  Learn what the wrap is, what it does, and some of the other products that It Works carries.  There’s nutritional supplements for women’s hormones, and a fabulous line of skin care.

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!  Join us to learn more about Those Crazy Wraps…..and maybe YOU’ll be the winner this week!!

Saying Goodbye Yet Again

Traveling, like all things, has its perks and its negative aspects.  One of our favourite things about traveling is meeting the fantastic people that cross our path.  But that means that one of the downsides to traveling is the friends and family we seldom see.

It’s good to RECONNECT.  But then we have to say SEE YA LATER again.

My nephew Emerson came out from Montreal, and he and his dad stopped in to visit on their way back from Tofino.

My nephew Emerson came out from Montreal, and he and his dad stopped in to visit on their way back from Tofino.

How was it that I didn't get a picture of a NEW friend, Beth and dd K?  But here our youngest three are with Sawyer at our old swimming hole, Spider Lake.

How was it that I didn’t get a picture of a NEW friend, Beth and dd C? But here our youngest three are with Sawyer at our old swimming hole, Spider Lake.

 

Christine and I've been friends for about 20 yrs.  She used to cut my hair, now she's just written a nursing exam so maybe she can take care of me in my older years.

Christine and I’ve been friends for about 20 yrs. She used to cut my hair, now she’s just written a nursing exam so maybe she can take care of me in my older years.

Schwartz were our neighbours in Sooke

Schwartz were our neighbours in Sooke

 

Layne came up island one more time and we all went over to the Ortweins for a final visit.

Layne came up island one more time and we all went over to the Ortweins for a final visit.  When we first met the O’s, we had 2 children and they had 1.  Since then we’ve gone thru 14 pregnancies (and a few miscarriages) and ended up raising 15 kids who virtually know no life without the other family.

Lisa Ortwein treated me to a hydropath and I treated her to decadent desserts at the Kingfisher Resort.

Lisa Ortwein treated me to a hydropath and I treated her to decadent desserts at the Kingfisher Resort.

That was quite a lot of chocolate!  and lavender ice cream.

That was quite a lot of chocolate! and lavender ice cream.  (To make up for all the fudge we don’t eat when we don’t go away to BnB’s for the weekend like we used to do!)

Beth Hirst, a beautiful homeschooling mom who teaches firearms!!  I met her through volunteering at the farm.

Beth Hurst, a beautiful homeschooling mom who teaches firearms!! I met her through volunteering at the farm.

C Hurst having final play time with some of our kids.

C Hurst having final play time with some of our kids.

 

Final See You Later with the Yaremcio's as they move to Salt Spring Island and we hit the road.  Here's Kyle and Cory with Shelley and I at the campfire.

Final See You Later with the Yaremcio’s as they move to Salt Spring Island and we hit the road. Here’s Kyle and Cory with Shelley and I at the campfire.

Kara and....

Kara and….

Anders, climbing trees with Puma (the still-kitten-but-getting-big)

Anders, climbing trees with Puma (the still-kitten-but-getting-big)

Hamilton's with the kids.  This summer was AWESOME, volunteering nearly full-time at the Hobby Farm.   Goes down in our memories as one of the BEST SUMMERs EVER!

Hamilton’s with the kids. This summer was AWESOME, volunteering nearly full-time at the Hobby Farm. Goes down in our memories as one of the BEST SUMMERs EVER!

Shelly and Danaka....just one more hug.

Shelly and Danaka….just one more hug.

And we're off for the mainland.

And we’re off for the mainland via BC Ferries

 

‘Year’ End Party for Volunteers

stone work

Open to the public May to September (& by reservations for parties/field trips the rest of the year) the Hamilton Hobby Farm couldn’t make it without the (wo)man power of its volunteers.  So the Hamilton’s throw a party at the end of their ultra busy season tosay THANKS for all the hours the volunteers have given.

 

Shelly and Chris thanking all the volunteers.

Shelly and Chris thanking all the volunteers.

Jake and the food table.  Chris knows how to make a great barbeque.

Jake and the food table. Chris knows how to make a great barbeque.

What's a celebration without a cake?

What’s a celebration without a cake?

Ethan went bobbing for apples

Ethan went bobbing for apples

 

Egg toss; won by Maret and Annalee

Egg toss; won by Maret and Annalee

Keshia with Gaelyn in a race.

Keshia with Gaelyn in a race.

Everette took Gaelyn (& others) for a ride on the back of the property.  Lots of tight corners and muddy spots made for lots of fun.

Everette took Gaelyn (& others) for a ride on the back of the property. Lots of tight corners and muddy spots made for lots of fun.

 

Mikaela, Denise, Maret and Danaka

Mikaela, Denise, Maret and Danaka

Blurry.....cuz Mitchell's driving me fast (& crazy!).  Had lots of fun on the quad track.

Blurry…..cuz Mitchell’s driving me fast (& crazy!). Had lots of fun on the quad track.

Guild, Guide, Whatever….Just Make Sure There’s Tiger Tiger Ice Cream

I overlooked these pictures from this summer, but as I am trying to organize pictures before our next adventure is in full Go Ahead Mode these resurfaced.

Guild Requirements....an aged pamphlet for correcting parents for the next time they might consider leaving camp for any length of time.

Guild Requirements ….an aged pamphlet for correcting parents for the next time they might consider leaving camp for any undesignated length of time.  Must have been on Mitchell’s birthday back in July.  

(it’s supposed to be Guide but supposedly Everette and I had JUST driven up and they panicked to get it finished ASAP)

Guild requirements