Thursday, June 26, 2014

Biking and Camping on the OR Coast

 Fort Stevens State Park was a great place for camping and lots of exploring on our bikes this past week. They have over 14 miles of bicycle/hiking trails.

 We saw remnants of the historic military site.

 We biked to see the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck.

 We loved running up and down the sand dunes on the beach!

 One of our favorite things to do camping is roast marshmallows and drink hot cocoa on the cold mornings.

 More biking!

 We visited one of the freshwater lakes near the mouth of the Columbia.

 Of course we had to visit the Tillamook Cheese factory and enjoy some ice cream!

 The Oregon coast has so many neat beaches to explore. Our favorites have waterfalls, natural caves, and tide pools to explore.

 Notice the bug net over my head. I was the only one to get any mosquito bites.
 We had a blast exploring Fort Clatsop where Lewis and Clark stayed for 2 winters.

 We learned what Lewis and Clark ate (mostly elk, some salmon, berries, roots, etc.).
 They had a great interpretive center. My sister loves she spent some extended time hugging the statue of Seaman.
We encountered some rain on our final day of camping but it didn't dampen our spirits. We had fun eating breakfast in the back of Papa's truck. We are so thankful for the great memories!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Air Show for Father's Day Weekend

 Father's Day weekend we enjoyed an incredible air show at the Tumwater airport.

We also had a blast at two new parks this weekend!

 We explored the McClain Nature Trail near our house after church on Sunday. It's a great kid-friendly trail with lots of wildlife, bridges, and ponds/swamps to explore.
 We spotted a turtle on the log below.

 We also saw lots of newts coming up for air.
 When we got home, we saw a mama dear and her two fawns walking across our driveway.
 Papa worked many hours into the night putting together this play set we got from Grandpa Mike. Thank you! We call it "our park".

We love you so much Papa! Happy belated Father's Day to all the special fathers in our life.