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!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beachside camping

For three years, the second year now at Beachside we have been going camping with our tent trailer. Each time we have a great time and the weather is hit and miss but I sure do enjoy the family time.
All the way to the coast from home it was a warm and sunny day, by the time we got to the beach the clouds had rolled in. 
Newport bridge in the fog!
Seal rock (from the truck in a drive by) 
But when we came upon the Waldport brigde there were some sun breaks. 
Our site... Beach front property I call it.

Our first trip to the beach... 

We do not need no stinking sun to have a great time in the sand!!!!

Don't the look thrilled for dinner Out in the great ocean air???!!! HA!
This is the site we want for next year!!!!
For our first outing we went to sea the Devils punch bowl natural state oregon park at Beverly Beach. 

We had a great time checking out the sites and there was even a whale sighting!!

There were also lots of surfers!!

had to get some shots of us on the beach (Beverly Beach)
Love them!!!

After some exploring the beach we found Mo's west!!!
Day 2. We went south to Florence OR!!

Sand dunes forever!! And Heceta Head light house!

Old town Florence on the Marina..

You cannot go to Florence and not have chowder at Mo's!!

We went for a hike to hobbit beach!!

It was a neat trail... like a tunnel thru the trees to the open beach!!

On the way home we stopped by the Devils Churn and the Blow holes!

All in all it was a great trip to the beach and we had a great time camping!  
until next year!! Cheers!!!
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