Sunday, June 26, 2011


June 23, 2011 - The boys & I drove out to Kahneeta for the night, with Mom & my cousin Angela. The views along the way are beautiful. As soon as we arrived at the lodge in Kahneeta, we saw a fire truck speeding up the hill. And soon found out that a guest had been barbecuing on the porch of their hotel room and sparks had flown up from the barbecue catching the outside of the hotel on fire. So they had evacuated that wing & the lobby was filled with upset guests waiting to claim their bags from their room & check out. ---Luckily, our room was on the opposite wing, so we were able to stay. No way would I have stepped back into the car after traveling in between my boys for almost 3 hours. A hotel employee said they had worked there 11 years and never had a fire. We were just thinking, what are the odds that this would occur on the night we decide to show up? But the boys did love seeing the fire trucks & police.
The view outside of our room.
We arrived too late to go swimming. So we just wandered around outside & hung out in the lobby while the boys wore out some energy.
R: Versii, Me, Paxton & my cousin Angela.
Mom & Paxton.
June 24, 2011 - In the morning, we had a lovely breakfast at the hotel. Then we went over to swim. The boys couldn't wait to swim! And it was great swimming in a warm pool. The water is pumped in from the natural hot springs and they cool it to a comfortable 96 degrees. The only thing is that it was really breezy, which made it really cold if you weren't in the water.

The fun thing about Kahneeta is that you can bring in your big pool floaties.
Versii had a great time floating around on the big whale.
And Paxton had fun in the kiddie pool.

Paxton checking out the tee pees. We'll have to stay in one next time.
Versii running around outside the pool, just before we left for home.
Some of the beautiful views we encountered on the trip.
The boys loved seeing the horses along the drive.
And right where we were going to stop for lunch there was a huge accident blocking 3 out of 4 lanes. So we, just kept driving. Such timing we have. But it was still a fun adventure.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Day on the Columbia Gorge

June 20, 2011 - Since we had Julie here in town. We decided to go out for a cruise on the Stern wheeler, check out the fish hatchery, visit the dam & stop off at Multnomah Falls. We took our nephew, Chris, along too. Above: Versii, after I found him in the bathroom trying to give himself a mohawk.
Eating at Char Burger just before our cruise.
Waiting to board the sternwheeler.
The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.
The boys checking out the train.

Versii kept calling the paddle wheels the "ferris wheel."

Washington on the left, Oregon on the right.
The boys steering the ship.
Versii showing off his Honorary Captain's Certificate.

Playing at the park.

Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

The boys playing around in the old "pill box," used during WWII.
Bonneville Dam.

Multnomah Falls.
Paxton fell asleep in the car on the way to the falls, so Mom stayed in the car with him while we took the short hike up to the bridge.