Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quite the Adventure

I have been quiet for quite some time now but with good reason.  This summer has been a journey.  My family and I traveled to ten states, 5 national parks, and logged nearly 9,000 miles.  We hiked and camped and visited special friends, and hiked and camped and visited family, and hiked and camped and hiked some more.  My feet are still recovering from all the miles they logged on their own.  

This trip was the inaugural  trip for a little camper trailer Ken and I are building.  It was all ready to go except for the cabinets, which worked out well because I finally know what I want as far as all the storage areas go.    We slept really well- the only problem was when our air mattress gave up on us, but we replaced it with some very thick foam and found our only trouble was we were too comfortable and slept in a lot.
Building the bed and under-bench storage.
Our Wee bit of a trailer- 6 feet wide x 12 feet long and tall enough for
  everyone but our over six foot son to stand in.  

Storage shelf across the back came in very handy.

And the journey begins:
An old wagon at a historic camp in Utah near Flaming Gorge- it had a stove inside,
but we decided we liked our mode of travel better.

Birding in the Grand Tetons

Being photo bombed by number one son in Yellowstone

The whole family joined up at Yellowstone

Seattle greeted us with fanfare

Birding on the Oregon Coast

I love the Redwoods

Number two son actually looks small for a change

cousins near my favorite place on earth- a little spot in Oregon on the Rogue River

Crater Lake, Oregon

More family joined us on the trails at Crater Lake

A glimpse of my galley kitchen that needs cupboards

One of many Oregon waterfalls we hiked to see.

One happy Oregon girl back home again.
On top of MacKenzie Pass Lava field near Sisters. Or.

Ken's sister joined us camping too.

That is a glimpse of my summer.  I have just a few hundred photos to sort through and I am sure to share more in the months to come.  Now it is back to life in Texas- another school year has begun whether I am ready for it or not.


Beth said...

My heart was warmed by your comment on my blog. Thank you so much for your kind words! I've been blessed by your blog already. These pictures are just beautiful! I'm an Oregon girl too! Grew up in the Columbia River Gorge, so your pictures just give me a taste of home. :)
God bless you!

Debra Davis said...

I am glad you stopped by Beth! I grew up in Portland and spent a lot of time in the gorge- running against the wind on the stairs at Vista Point, hiking trails...lot's of special memories.