Saturday, July 6, 2013

And We're Back... Part 1

The Plan

It was hailed as "the trip of a lifetime" (by my husband).  I would probably label it an "epic" trip instead.  Harper mapped out our trip for us. 

The Flight - Ohio to Washington

We started by flying out to Washington (here's our little safety girl with lots of questions about emergency exits, life rafts and infant vests).
Made it!  YAY!

Olympia, WA

We spent a few days catching up with friends and visiting our old stomping grounds in Olympia. Olympia is Washington's capitol and truly a scenic place with water, mountains, and lots of green everywhere you look.
Cooling off with some of our favorite people!  
Drove by our old house to show R2-D2. (There was a plan to have R2 visit all of the sites on the trip, but as it turns out, it's hard to keep track of a three inch tall toy.  He spent most of the trip hanging out in my purse.)

Portland, OR

Then we picked up a RV that we rented and started the BIG journey.  A little jaunt south towards Portland where we had lunch with the fabulous (and fabulously talented) Michelle Allen and her daughter Alexis.  Had a great time and great food, but I should have taken more photos!  Thankfully Michelle at least snapped this one of us.

Crater Lake, OR

Onward we continued to Crater Lake, Oregon.  Ummm... there are no photos of Crater Lake, Oregon.  That's because it was raining and foggy.  We bailed on the two nights planned at Crater Lake and moved on.  After a long drive across central Oregon, we made it to...

Breneau Sand Dunes State Park, Idaho

Next up was Breneau Dunes in Idaho.  Kind of amazing.  There are just all of these huge sand dunes in the middle of nowhere.  Harper and Doug loved climbing them, and I just loved the quiet.  The place was practically empty which I thought was awesome.
Harper making a phone call back home.  Cracks me up with all of her gestures. 
We were almost the only people there.  Heavenly. 
And we got a rainbow!  We could see the entire arch! 
The next day.  A very peaceful place. 
Up next... Craters of the Moon, Idaho and heading towards Wyoming!


  1. Shelley..
    What a fabulous trip.. thank you for sharing your adventure with these photos.. it looks so beautiful!!

  2. Wow! Looks like a great trip!!!!