Checkin' In with more Family...........

Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
Trip End May 18, 2011

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Deb's House

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

After waking up at Peter & Paula's house to the smell of French toast on the griddle and bacon frying in the pan (now THAT'S what I call livin’!!), and after making our tummies happy and full with a delightful breakfast, we spent the morning taking care of a few odds 'n ends chores (thanks for your help, Peter………) and letting the kids burn off some more energy with their backyard antics before piling in the van for the next leg of our trip. We got our goodbye hugs from Peter & Paula and the grandkids, and "turned right" heading south to wherever the road was gonna take us next. 

The weather gods have certainly been generous to us so far, as we meandered under warm cloudless skies through the high desert country of Central Oregon, then climbed to the ridgeline of the Cascade Mountains where we detoured to take in the drop-dead beauty of Crater Lake.  I’m not sure if we’re becoming a bit “over-enamored” with the beauty of this earth a little too early in our adventure, but I gotta go back to what I said the other day: this part of the world has some of the most beautiful scenery you can find anywhere!  Not that that’s gonna stop us from exploring the rest of the world and seeking out it’s beauty, but there is so much that is inherently exciting right here in our own backyard!  If you ever have the chance or the inclination to prowl the wilderness of the south-central part of Oregon, you’ve just gotta make your way up to Crater Lake to experience its breathtaking, downright dazzling, sparkling indigo hue beauty! 

Departing Crater Lake enroute to our destination for today led us through the still-pristine forests of Southern Oregon, which caused John to jump into yet another déjà vu mode as he returned to the playground of his youth.  Growing up in Southern Oregon for his first 15 years, these hills were where he used to go biking, rock-throwing, snow-sledding, and anything else kids could find themselves doing with their boundless energy and imagination.  Of course, these déjà vu moments came replete with babbling stories for Benjamin and Lisha, which I’m not sure quite held as much interest for them as it was a time for me to relive my adolescent glory days!  Big surprsie, huh!?!? ;-)

After driving by to gaze at the old house in Medford where John was born, we were off to the beautiful Williams valley to stay with John’s cousin Deb for a couple of days.  Deb’s place deep out in the country is one of our favorite places to go to escape the “real world”, as you’re totally removed from the hub-bub of normal life.  The kids are in total anticipation of getting to Deb’s because they know what awaits our arrival as it has every time we visit.  It didn’t take much longer than a few nanoseconds for the kids to jump out of the van, dig feverishly for their swimsuits, and dive into Deb’s ultra-inviting pool!  And it’s pretty much where they stayed until bedtime, splishin’ and splashin’ to their little heart’s delight with all their cousins.  And of course, just like the days of yore, John seemed to be the “water magnet” for all the kids.  OK, I’m not complainin’, I’m just sayin’………………… ;-)
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Ann Chenhall on

It's still rainy up here so I'm glad to see the kids having a great time in the sun & water. Loved Crater Lake picture.

Sue Burt on

Wow! What a great view of Crater Lake! We spent 2 days there a year or so ago and it an amazing place. Keep sending the pics.

Travel well.......stay healthy!

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