Posts Tagged ‘central oregon’

Summer Stops

We had to go slow on our last trip.  Back troubles are keeping us from driving for more than 45 min at a time.  (Did you know that you are not supposed to sit for more than 45 min at a time? Try it on your next roadtrip.)


I loved it though.  We stopped places that we wouldn’t otherwise.  This first picture was taken between the two large dams (Detroit and Big Cliff) on the Santiam River.  Chris and I had never seen the water this low.

Afternoon snack

We were looking for one of my favorite childhood lakes here.  The road is now closed so we had to hike around a bit.  We never found it, but think we found another way around. The kids were tired and cold, but still enjoyed the hunt.

Picking Hucks

We were able to stop and pick huckleberries. There are tons this year so another trip to the mountains may be required before summer is over.

Cooling Off

Another stop, but this time at a state park on our way back home. (I think it was the North Santiam State Park.) The area was gorgeous and perfect for the kids to explore on their own without me having to worry about their safety.

First Apples

When we arrived back home, our first crop of apples were ripe and ready for picking.  I don’t know how she got the biggest one, but she ate it all!

Garden Out of Control

This year, we decided to put our garden in the front yard since our lawn is non-existent and this is where we get the only sun.  We had to find out way through the massive tomato and pumpkin vines that seemed to take over while we were gone. I planted everything I need for fresh salsa this year and things are just about there.  I can’t wait.

So that’s it.  Those are our stops during the last week or so.  Just wanted to capture more of the summer before it’s gone.


Memorable Morels

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  We had a great time up at the Ranch although we didn’t spend that much time actually on the ranch itself.  We went hunting.

Favorite Find

It was such a fun weekend.  On Saturday, we were out in the forest from about 9:30am until 6:30pm.  Ms O found the first morel of the weekend and it was one we all walked right on by!

Ms O

She was proud of her morel.

Her Prize

We walked and walked and walked.  The kids just kept on going.  Chris and I couldn’t help but take advantage of their love of the outdoors.

Favorite Log

Ms O entertained us with her singing, Eddie made us laugh with his special “mush-a-room” walk and Augie amazed us with his finds.


They are all so much closer to the ground than Chris and I so we had the best spotters ever.

Augie's Happy

At least that’s our excuse.

Few Hours Later

Needless to say, everyone got plenty dirty, but Ms I won the prize everyday.


Now we’re back home enjoying our bounty every night.  We fired up the dehydrator tonight, but we kept some out for a few more fresh morel dinners.  Oh, and yep, I plan on throwing some porcini burgers on the grill as well.



Need a Break

After removing this:

Chris and his tree

We need a little of this:

Island Lake

I have a ton of things to share with you, but my camera seems to forget to take pictures after something is made. I’ll try to catch up on some projects when I return. Have a happy week!

Weekend Highlights

Spelunking in Central OR:

Spelunking In Central OR

After 3 hours we didn’t find any Morels, but kids are still happy:

Dirty, but Happy

Catching up with our horse friends:

Not Scared

Feed, bathed and now happily relaxing in the sun:

Catchin' Some Rays

We hope you had a great 4th of July as well!


Things that are making me happy lately:

New Marriage

New Marriage

New shoes

My New Shoes!

(These are Naot Gardenia Shoes in Toffee)

New Sunglasses

New Sunglasses

New Morels

New Morels!

New Baby Geese

New Babies

New bike trails we have yet to explore!

New Bike Trails

Snowfort #2 (Written by Chris)

This is the fort I (Chris) built the kids over President’s Day Weekend. It took two-four hour days of shoveling and packing the 12 inch deep snow. It has an j-shaped entrance tunnel, three rooms that were 3 feet by 8 feet each, a turret with crenelations and merlons. (I had to look that up) I eventually added two small stoarge areas and an air hole. The roof varies from 30 to 40 inches in height.

Augie and I spent a 24° F night in the fort. It worked out pretty well, we stayed dry and warm. He slept soundly the entire night. I of course worried about cave-ins, coyotes, and having to help someone with a subzero pee break, so I tossed and turned a bit.

The next day, some kids and their parents were walking by as I was doing some interior touch-up work. Augie invited them in. Before I knew it- we had 10 kids, myself, and two visiting parents all inside. We were comfortable but a little cramped. Thats when I decided to add the turret and the third bedroom, you really never know when you may have unexpected company and need the extra space.