We spent a week hanging out with family that traveled out from Chicago and Austin. Actually they had all been here except the kids. This was their first trip to the Pacific Northwest and to the ocean. They were adopted from the Ukraine 4yrs ago & the youngest brother just came over last September.
The journey started Sandy Oregon, staying at a rental home on lots of acreage with a pond.
The sisters, Sarah & Rachel, heading out in canoe.
David & Adam (w/mohawk) taking their turn getting ready to go under bridge.
What not to do in a boat. No Standing Up!
David, Kola & Sarah going for a spin. Kola looking apprehensive.
On to the gorgeous Gorge! Only 100 degrees plus that day.
Sarah at Crown Point overlooking Columbia River.
Adam & David trying to check things out.
Multnomah Falls was a bit cooler. We stayed there for several hours before heading to Hood River for a Dairy Queen break.
Dave at Timberline on Mt. Hood. Sun setting fast.
Mt. Jefferson in background, Timberline Lodge and an uncropped vehicle. The Williams fire was already in progress near Roseburg, hence the haze.
There was still snow accessible for those willing to hike a bit. A great first for the kids, snow in summer on a dormant volcano. Rachel & Paul below.
Mary, Lois & Sarah in snow zone.
Just after sunset looking south.
Mt. Jefferson again.
On to the beach portion of the trip. We stayed in Waldport and spent one afternoon at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Always a great hit with kids of any age.
Rachel & Sarah in the bird area.
Say Ahhhh! Kids posing w/ ancient shark jaws. Kola’s beach/ocean experience.
Another first for the kids. Whale watching out of Depot Bay. Paul & David watching for spouts. This is also before David became ill.
Mary & Sarah hanging on watching. I was surprised they allowed a dog on board.
Rachel, Paul & David still watching out into the fog.
Looking towards land and fog.
Otter rock from the north.
Kola, Sarah, Dave & Jon. Kola discovered that boats are fun if you’re warm.
Heading back to port.