Monday, July 28, 2014

Mariners!!! The Seattle experience

This last weekend we were lucky enough to go to see a Mariner game with the kids Aunt Lisa! We had amazing seats behind home plate in the SHADE and close to the field.
Since it was a day game we decided to do the whole tourist thing in Seattle. We went to Pike's Place Market, Seattle Center, and the Mariner Game. Here are some of my shots from the day!

 Can you just smell the flowers?!! oh so amazing!
                            Rub the Bronze pig= LUCK!!!

                                 Hey honey.... Say "CHEESE"! 

you cannot go to the market without tasting some fresh made CHEESE!!

 We also had to stop at the bakery for a pastry!!

 Next up... MARINERS!!!

after the game... oh and we won by the way.... we headed up to the Space Needle.... and NO we did not get to go up to the top... too long of a wait... :(

 This weekend was also the Sea-fair Festival... with torchlight parade and floats... they were all lining up right near the space center... really cool to get to see all of them up close....


 and right next to the Space Needle is the Chihuly Glass Garden....

Here is to a great day in the city as tourists!  Thanks to Aunt Lisa for driving us around town and showing us all the sights!

Thank you Seattle for a great day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ramona falls hike

I love hiking and in Oregon they are everywhere!! The views are amazing. I really want my kids to share in my love for the outdoors. So we set out to try this hike. Round trip it is 7 miles but I had faith that they could do it.

Some info about the hike:
Start point: Ramona Falls 
End point: Ramona Falls
Trail Log: Ramona Falls Hike/Log
Distance: 7.0 miles round trip
Hike Type: Loop
Elevation gain: 1100 feet
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Seasons: Late Spring to early Fall
(when the Sandy River footbridge is in place)
or possibly year round if you cross the Sandy without the bridge
Family Friendly: Yes
Backpackable: Yes
Crowded: Yes
Hike Description
The Ramona Falls Hike is a favorite summer destination for outdoor enthusiasts due to it easy trail, relative proximity to Portland, and it's beautiful climax at the wondrous Ramona Falls. This hike describes and out-and-back trail with a slightly longer loop option. Start south passed the information board. The first mile goes along the south side of the Sandy River. Be careful because the Sandy River can undercut the trail causing it to collapse. 

We got started late morning. It was not too warm yet and nice and sunny. 
The kids were super excited to get started since the trailhead was about. An hour from home. 
Had to get some beginning shots and of Mt Hood. 
Sawyer was So excited that his friend and family could join us on the hike. 

This was a first obstacle... Crossing the Sandy River footbridge!!!
Doesn't look like much from here but... Closer up that water is RUSHING!!
We made it!! Yeah!! And then there were lots of other bridges. The kids really enjoyed them!

We were quite happy to reach the falls and take a break!!

It was great to see my boy and his friend have such a good time on the hike :)
                              ............precious !!!

After 4 great hours on the trails we made it back to the car!! So proud of the kids!!

So glad we were able to try out this amazing hike. It was great!!!
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