Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
We're going tomorrow Sept. 5!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The next day got harder. There was a lot of elevation change, and as you can see, Samantha was using our old heavy external backpack. But that notwithstanding, she did quite well. We stopped at a small crystal clear lake for lunch and had a swim. Chilly, but very refreshing to sore muscles!
It rained off and on Saturday morning. We hiked a couple of hours until we hit it: a big lava flow leading to the summit. And yes, it was as cold as the picture looks.
And yes, it was the hardest part of the hike. It was quite a climb. We reached the summit, which was quite desolate. We were at glacier level, and there was still a lot of snow. Speaking of which, here's our fearless bishop showing how to stay young:
As we started our descent, the scenery began to look much prettier. Wildflowers, which were sparse the first part of our hike, soon were all over. We were now hiking through terrain which was more "Pacific" than "Bend", if you know what I mean.
By this time, legs and shoulders were sore, blisters had popped, but spirits were high, as we could feel the end coming near.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Here is the 3rd waterfall. Kim was the only one who slid down this one (at the base), everyone else just waded in the pool. I think they were still a little chicken.
John and Gregg were first to go down the slide. They would spend the next 30-45 minutes standing there in that cold water helping everyone get down the slide and catching them at the bottom. They even helped a tour group who came along, where John had to rescue a dog who unexpectedly found himself going down the slide. Thanks guys!!
We went by ourselves, but here is a video of Ethan and I together.
Poor Brooke got SO dirty! I guess this would be the 5th waterfall.
Poor Brett took a bad spill and got some serious road rash, a cut on his shoulder and lip and a bloody nose, but toughed it out. Here he is with his battle wounds.
Ethan and Breanne prepare to slide
Abby's blisters really hurt when she put her feet in the moving cold water, so she didn't get to slide, which I feel really sad about. We will go again for sure though.
Doing this post makes me want to go again... right now!
This trip was really one of the highlights of my summer. It was SO fun. The Lewandowski's were so good to let us tag along and are such great people. Thanks so much for such a great day!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
We caught our last Bend Elks game a couple weeks ago. and last week made what will most likely be our last trip to the outdoor pool
and then last night the temperature dipped below freezing!
It is sad to see summer end, but I know the kids are anxious to see their friends at school and I have to admit it will be nice to be on a bit of a schedule again.
Goodbye summer. It was a fun one, and passed all too quickly.
Luckily Fall brings it's own fun and I'm sure we'll find more "Bryan Adventures"
(Yes, all the cupcakes were there at one point, just 2 eager beavers snagged theirs before the picture)