Monday, July 25, 2011

the rest of the adventure

Whew, it's been awhile since I've posted anything! We got back to Kelowna on July 4th, and have been enjoying summer here. Lots of relaxing and swimming in the pool! The last week of our road trip was fun but I got a bad cold and was pretty eager to get back. Here are some photos of that last week:

Enjoying Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, Northern California.

Glass Beach was the local garbage dump back in the 1950's. It was cleaned up long ago, but all the glass that was dumped over the years continues to show up. It's a facinating place to explore!

From Fort Bragg we headed north to visit Paul Bunyon. The kids remembered him from last time and couldn't wait to see him again. He "talked" to us all and made it a very memorable experience! I saw him when I was 2 1/2 years old on a trip to California with my parents and he's my first memory from childhood.

This time we hiked through "The Trees of Mystery" - an absolutely gorgeous forest of big old trees behind Paul.

We took a gondola up to the top of a mountain for a beautiful view of the ocean and the mountains beyond. Zara and Bella rode down alone - they loved the feeling of independence! Such big girls! 

There were lots of wood carvings on our hike back down out of the forest. This one was my favorite!

We spent a night at Crescent Beach - the kids loved playing on the big beach. They drew a HUGE house in the sand with sticks and played for hours out there. We camped just across the road. It was lovely!

In Southern Oregan near Humbug Mountain, we stopped at Prehistoric Park. It was a bit cheesy, but the kids enjoyed seeing the life size dinosaurs!

The Oregon Coast was WINDY! So windy we could hardly walk on the beach without getting totally sand blasted. My cold was at it's peak at this point and I couldn't stand the wind. I don't like wind at the best of time, but while sick it just drove me crazy!

So we left the coast after a day and headed to Eugene. We got there on Saturday morning in time for the amazing weekly Saturday Market. This was by far the best market I've ever seen... 2 blocks of everything handmade and a block of beautiful organic veggies and fruit..... all set in a lovely park with trees and shade and grassy spaces. We stayed there for hours just soaking it up and eating good food! It was bliss!

The next day we drove up to Northern Washington to visit GG Nybo again in Port Susan near Marysville. We had a lovely evening with her and her friend, then drove "home" the next morning - on the 4th of July.

Bella in the motorhome with her daisy chain crown and new feather hair extentions from the Eugene Market.

We were happy to arrive back in Kelowna and get off the road for a little while. We've been swimming, relaxing, enjoying the fresh Okanagan fruit, enjoying the farmer's market, catching up with friends and just enjoying life!

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