lake & 4th


It feels really good to be getting out every weekend again and nice to finally be able to get further up the mountains to trails that were inaccessible over the winter.  We tried to get to Jubilee Lake about a month ago but the road was still closed due to snow.  This past Saturday we finally made it back and had warm(ish) temperatures and the trail mostly to ourselves.  My sister came with us and that made it extra nice. 

On the 4th, we got up early and road-tripped to Portland, Salem, and then Monmouth to spend the day with my husband's family.  My brother and his wife just moved to Portland from California, and we stopped to visit them and see their new place.  It's going to be so nice to have them so close and see them more than once a year.  At my sister-in-law's place in Monmouth, we caught up with family we hadn't seen for a while, ate, and watched all the kids/cousins having a blast together.  After dark/fireworks, we headed home, bringing one of Thor's cousins with us.  We got home and fell into bed about 3:30 in the morning, so were all a little blurry-eyed yesterday, but it was well worth the trip.  

We have been counting down the days to a very exciting adventure.  In a week, we will be somewhere we have never been but always dreamed of going.  I cannot wait.  
by mlekoshi