Archive for the ‘Outdoors’ Category

August 20th, 2014 by seans

Camping with Nora!

This past weekend I took Nora up to Charlton Lake, in the cascades, east of Eugene. She has wanted to camping with “just Dad” for a while now so we finally made the time and did it. A fun time was had by all, of course. She is a very competent camper as you’ll see from the images below. Enjoy –


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August 4th, 2014 by seans

From our Mt. Rainier trip

This is from our trip to Mt. Rainier earlier this summer:




June 3rd, 2014 by seans

Some weekend hikes

 Last Saturday, Nora and I hiked up Spencer’s Butte here in town, close to our house. She did a great job at the all uphill one mile hike, too.

The next day, Jonah and I hiked up Mt. Pisgah, a 1.5 mile hike with a 1000 foot elevation gain. He also did well and enjoyed snacks and some silly photos once we arrived at the top.

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January 20th, 2014 by seans

Silver Falls State Park hike

Today we went up to Silver Falls State Park, just east of Salem, Oregon. We did a relatively short 3 mile hike, but went down and up about 700 feet altogether. Nora and Jonah did a great job hiking, even though it was very cold the whole time. Afterwards we did our obligatory stop for post-hike ice cream. Fun was certainly had by all. Here are some photos of our day:


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December 10th, 2013 by sara


LOTS of it!!

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On Friday, we got SEVEN inches of snow.  Jonah even went out with a ruler and measured.
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After breakfast, we bundled up and went for a walk in the snow, right down the middle of the street and through the park.
Nora was excited to catch “TEN snowflakes” on her tongue, and was a fan of licking handfuls off her gloves.
She was even tough enough to try a snow angel while it was still snowing heavily down onto her face.
Jonah enjoyed the scene, too, as we headed off to the hill where we could hear faraway sledders already having fun.
We watched people go down for a little bit and then a family who wasn’t using their plastic saucers kindly let us borrow theirs for some trips down the hill.
Nora was eager to give it a try right away.  We had a few fast rides, and ended up backwards a few times.  After watching us go down, Jonah decided to take two trips with me, too.  (He also took this picture.)
Unfortunately, it was a very dry snow and wasn’t good for building things or packing snowballs, but Jonah did his best to pitch a few anyway.  :)
My little snowgirl.
Sean was sent home from work early, so he went out with the kids for some afternoon playtime – showed them how to make snow angels.
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And headed off to explore the snowy meadow.
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Then…  No school on Monday.  Or Tuesday.  And already called off for Wednesday…  Not sure if they’ll make it back this week.  But by Tuesday, it seemed like it might be a good idea to at least get the car cleared off.
The snow has been fun overall, but the painfully cold temperatures have not.  We’ll all be glad when things get back to the usual gray and rainy winter.