Sunday, May 23, 2010

Friends and Family Weekend

Back in April we had the opportunity to go to the family cabin for the weekend with a few friends and my in-laws. The cabin is always a good time. It is very relaxing, pretty easy to get to and a nice way to get refreshed. We arrived a Thursday night and headed into Leavenworth on Friday. Matt and Lauren had never been so it was nice to take some time going into the stores and enjoy the Bavarian village and food. Yummy brats!

There is a goofy little hat shop there so we spent some time trying on silly hats. Here is the King and Queen.

Group shot against a mural
We played some fun games including a new one to us, Ticket to Ride, European version. Most have been beginner's luck, but I won!! Justin was a close second.

Saturday we went on a nice hike around Hidden Lake. There was still some snow on the ground in some spots, and the trail seemed to disappear several times, but we persevered and made it the whole way around. With a little trailblazing.
Would hardly be a blog entry without the patented self portrait.

We spent a little time on the lake kayaking, and here is a shot from an early morning jaunt that just Matt and Justin took. The time all 4 of us went was a little cold and windy, so we warmed up in the hot tub afterwards.

Thanks for a great weekend friends and family! We miss you.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Oregon Coast

Back in April, Justin and I spent about 4 days on the Oregon Coast. I had never been before and we decided to take this trip for an early anniversary celebration knowing we wouldn't have time off when our actual anniversary came about. Justin found a very quaint and cozy cottage right on the beach in Rockaway Beach. We really enjoyed the time to relax, do a little sightseeing, walk the beach and of course, see Scout have a blast frolicking on the beach.

Rockaway Beach

View from our cottage reading room
Our cottage

Comfy feet as we read and look out onto the beach

Man and dog


Self portrait at Cape Meares

Tillamook Cheese Factory!! Fun self guided tour and tasty samples!

Cape Meares

Cape Meares Lighthouse

The Octopus Tree

Munson Creek Falls

Happy Dog on beach