Somehow thirteen happened way too fast.
We went to a three hour school orientation today for Ally, and I don't know about her, but my head is spinning. Who knew going to school three days a week could be so overwhelming. We sat down in the auditorium and next thing I knew we had two other girls sitting with us. Boy, she makes friends fast. Let's hope she remembers school is for instruction and not to expand her ever expanding social life!
Happy Birthday, Allygirl! We love you!!!
The hike to Benham Falls is beautiful. Well, except for the stretch where the mosquitoes had a hungry army awaiting our arrival.
Looks like Eric caught up with the convicts. By the way, they want to dress alike most days. I'm wondering when that will come to an end?
Gram and Pop are troopers. They are game for anything we decide to do!
Benham Falls is a stretch of Class 6 white water through craggy rock. It is gorgeous and powerful!
The crew minus me.
And, there I am.
The drive home is just as pretty!
For one particular side of my family: Mt. Adams!
>> Saturday, August 25, 2012 – summer 12
Good 'Ole Smokey
We liked this kitty!
The Newest Pioneers of the West
The highlight of Jake's vacation, evidently.
The deer would come right up to our deck and front porch. So cool to sit and watch them!
She didn't seem impressed with our garage. Guess she's not much of a ping pong or air hockey player!
I've never had the opportunity to see something like this before. The mounds and mountain of black lava rock were so cool!
(Excuse the lousy photo editing. I was lazy and just pressed the "magic button" in Mac's iPhoto.)
They allow ten cars at a time to drive up to the top. The view were great up there!
This is the center and you can hike around the rim.
You can see in the next two picture were the lava ended and the forest begins. All of the black is very thick lava rocks.
As you can see, the boys were stunned by the views!
At over 1,900 feet deep, Oregon's Crater Lake is the deepest! It sits at almost 8,000 feet elevation and gets over 500 inches of snow a year. In fact, they don't have many of the roads open there until July! It is beautiful though! See for yourself!
Goofy husband's vacation photo