Saturday, July 31, 2010

Cherry Hill

Took the motorhome to Cherry Hill water park for the night. It was nice being able to take a rest in the cooled down motorhome every couple hours.

A thunderstorm rolled through around 6pm and shut down the water rides for the night.

Played in the game room while the storm rolled in.

Waited for the lightning to pass and then played mini golf in the rain.

Macie felt the need to climb through the snake in order to get her ball.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pioneer Day Parade & BBQ

Hot sunny day for the looong parade. We left half way through and went to the farmer's market on 25th street.

BBQ at Grandpa Raun and Grandma Debie's house. Had our own firework show using the good stuff purchased in Wyoming.

Ash snakes are the best!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The neighbors moved away today. Aiden and Macie's neighbor friends are gone forever.
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Pioneer Day Fireworks

Annual fireworks at Weber State University for Utah's birthday. I prefer the more creepy title and less commonly used "Day of Deliverance".

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Last Day

Attempted spending the night at a small rest area between Seaside and Portland. Seven cop cars pulled in with lights flashing and search dogs barking 20 minutes after we parked. Amie peaked out the window to see them all searching in the woods with their dogs and flashlights. That lasted about 45 minutes before they all sped off. A truck pulled in next to us 10 minutes after that with five guys talking about how much weed they had in the truck, how their gun was on safety, how the license plate was covered and then they all proceeded to change their outfits. That was a long 30 minutes of Amie panicking and me with gun in hand trying to plan how exactly I'm going to kill five armed guys high on drugs if they tried getting into the motorhome. As soon as they left we drove to the nearest busiest travel center and spent the night there.

Our final site seeing part of the trip was Multnomah Falls. We arrived at 7am and everybody was sleeping so I decided to view it on my own. I love this water fall and it was better than ever at 7am when hundreds of people weren't there crowding the bridge and all the good picture taking spots. I also took pictures with black & white film that I can't wait to develop when we get home!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 5

Walked the boardwalk in seaside, ate some corn dogs, had some ice cream, tried a deep fried twinkie (disappointing), tried chocolate covered bacon (I almost threw up) and played on the beach!

Next was cannon beach. The town itself was alright. The beach with all the rocks was amazing but all of the sudden got very cold and windy.

Aiden uncovered a treasure map while he was digging in the sand!! He wasn't interested in reading or following the map and Macie was cold hiding under a towell so I lead the way 30 paces north east to a volley ball court and then another 20 paces to some wood pillars holding up a wall. The map showed an X in front of the 3rd pillar so Aiden and I quickly found the X and started digging. He still wasn't all that interested up until we hit the top of the treasure box! You should have seen his eyes light up! He carried the box with him all over town and everybody that passed by was even asking about his new found treasure! It was pretty cool (obviously the treasure hunt was staged).

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 4

Hit the road toward Seaside, OR. The picture of the kids sleeping was taken BEFORE the motorhome was in motion.

Made a pit stop in the beautiful town of Astoria, OR.

I recently realized this is where the movie The Goonies was filmed so of course we had to make a stop at the house and county jail that were in the movie. Turns out Astoria has been used in quite a few films. Too bad the Film Museum (also the county jail from Goonies) was closed by the time we got there.

Ate dinner at Wet Dog Cafe and got back on the road to Seaside.

Finally arrived at Circle Creek RV Campground around 7pm.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 3

We got to spend a couple hours at the park with Thatcher (Jeremy's son) today! The kids had an awesome time playing with their cousin.

We walked to a pizzeria down the street from Jeremy's house for dinner and spent the rest of the night riding bikes, making s'mores and sitting around the fire pit.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day 2

Happy 4th of July! We spent most of the day in Seattle starting with Pike Place Market

There's a nasty gum filled wall down some alley at the market (upper left picture). We didn't spend much time there because it was a little too busy for the kids...and by that I mean it was too busy for me watching the kids in a crowded market full of hand made crafts within easy reach.

Jeremy took us to see the Fremont Troll in Seattle. I swear I've seen it in a movie or something

Next stop was the Ballard Locks. Boats transition from the ocean to a higher elevated lake by going into a "lock" that's filled or drained with water. It was a pretty cool thing to see. They also have a man-made salmon ladder display that shows how they migrate upstream.

Next was a quick visit to the beach.

Finally, July 4th fireworks! I wish I could remember where we went. Jeremy took us to a place in Bellingham that overlooked a lake and you could watch all the mini firework displays while we waited for the big show. The show began at about 10:20pm and it started raining. It was awesome even in the rain!