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Road trip day one

June 30, 2013
1 all aboard

I’ve been made road trip conductor which means I have to check everyone is on board and blow my whistle when we’re ready to go. The whistle was great for the sing-a-long sessions too.

Instead of driving straight to Blue River we headed West and we were rewarded with great scenery.

Instead of driving straight to Blue River we detoured West a much longer route but worth it.

We stopped for lunch in Sisters, a town which is made to look like it's straight out of a cowboy movie.  Lucy and I got in a spot of trouble and ended up in the town jail!

We stopped for lunch in Sisters, a town which looks like the set of a cowboy movie. Lucy and I got in a spot of trouble and ended up in the town jail!

 

Fortunately busting out wasn't hard and half an hour later we arrived at the Bite of Bend festival but after burning my feet on the bouncy castle we headed down to the riverside for icecream.

Fortunately busting out wasn’t hard and half an hour later we arrived at the Bite of Bend festival but after burning my feet on the bouncy castle (it’s a sizzling hot day) we headed down to the riverside for icecream.

 

And a stroll along the river side.  Bend is beautiful.

And a stroll. Bend is beautiful and it was a bit cooler down here than with the festival crowds.

Day one of our summer vacation was a great start.

We hung about in Bend for a while before heading to Blue River (90 minutes from Bend).  It was a scorching hot day and our longest in the car (if all goes to plan) but a great start to the holiday.

By Ana.

 

Playing in Hood River

June 8, 2013
We picked a beautiful day for a drive to the Gorge.

We picked a beautiful day to take a drive through the Columbia River Gorge.

We decided to hang about in Hood River.  A little town nestled into the Valley with amazing views.

We decided to hang about in Hood River. We had a little wander through the town which is nestled into the Gorge and surrounded by spectacular green and blue views.

Down at the river all the windsurfers, para surfers and kite flyers were out enjoy the "breeze".  We wish we'd brought our kite!

Down at the waterfront all the windsurfers, parasurfers and kite flyers were out enjoy the “breeze”. We wish we’d brought our kite!

The park was just as fun.

The park was just as fun.

Especially the three way teeter totter.

Especially the three way teeter totter.

Which we could really get bouncing riding two up.

Which we could really get going riding two up.

After lunch in one of the local boutique breweries it was time to head home.

After a delicious lunch in one of the local breweries (beer is apparently serious business around here) it was time to head home.

Thank goodness the driver could keep his eyes open because the rest of us drifted off to sleep.

Thank goodness the driver could keep his eyes open because the rest of us drifted off to sleep.

We were in the City of Hood River and lunch was at Full Sail Brewring Co.

By Ana, Lucy, Rafa and Carlos.

I had to take a side

February 1, 2013

Today the time had come.  I was finally forced to take a side.  Am I an Oregon Duck or an Oregon Beaver?  (The Ducks are from the University of Oregon and the Beavers are from Oregon State University.  Yes, they are different places).

I decided to be a duck because I thought the logo was cuter.  I didn't own any of the gear so Mum and I got to work making me some team clothing.

I decided to be a duck because I thought the logo was cuter.  Having only just made the decision I didn’t have any team gear to wear for Friday Fun Day so Mum and I got to work making an Oregon Ducks top.

All ready to go to the office this morning in my Ducks gear.

All ready to go to the office this morning in my home made Ducks gear (and my quacker beak).

Go Ducks!

Go Ducks!

Seaside promenade and treasure hunt

December 23, 2012
We wrapped up in our beanies and as many layers as we could fit under our jackets for a morning walk along the promenade.

We wrapped up in our beanies and as many layers as we could fit under our jackets for a morning walk along the promenade.

Rafa, of course, still wanted bare feet.

Rafa, of course, still wanted bare feet.

It wasn't exactly "beach" weather but the seaside walk was beautiful.

It wasn’t exactly “beach” weather but the seaside walk was beautiful.

and it didn't stop us from utilising the beach swing set.

and it didn’t stop us from utilising the beach swing set.

We solved our first treasure hunt clue at the end of the Promenade.  See how the image at the middle bottom matches the very top of the 'h' on this sign!

We solved our first treasure hunt clue at the end of the Promenade. See how the image at the middle bottom matches the very top of the ‘h’ on this sign!

We didn't solve all the clues but we thought the initiative put out by the seaside visitor center was really cool.

We didn’t solve all the clues but we thought the initiative put out by the seaside visitor center was really cool.

Tonight's book, suggesting I wash my face in orange juice is another Aussie book.  Mum tried to sing all the songs but I think we need to listen to the CD because it sounded very wrong!  We were in fits of giggles though.

Tonight’s book, suggesting I wash my face in orange juice is another funny Aussie book. Mum tried to sing all the songs but I think we need to listen to the CD because despite being very funny it sounded very wrong!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seaside

December 22, 2012

 

After we had breakfast we went to give the seals at the aquarium their breakfast.  We threw them fish over the fence but had to keep our hands away in case they thought our fingers were little fish!

After we had breakfast we went to give the seals at the aquarium their breakfast. We threw them fish over the fence but had to keep our hands away in case they thought our fingers were little fish!

We made fish faces at the other sea creatures in their tanks.

We made fish faces at the other sea creatures in their tanks.

I thought the day couldn't get any more fun... and then I saw it.  The most magnificent thing I had ever seen in my life.

I thought the day couldn’t get any more fun… and then I saw it. The most magnificent thing I had ever seen in my life.

Papi and Rafa rode together.

Papi and Rafa rode together.

Mum and I rode various animals because once around wasn't enough.  I think we probably covered their day's overheads and I plan to do the same again tomorrow.

Mum and I rode various animals because once around wasn’t enough. I think we probably covered their day’s overheads and I plan to do the same again tomorrow.

Mum sang us tonight's book.  Abuela sent Raffy a book about a dragon named Puff since he's a bit of a dragon.

Mum sang us tonight’s book. Abuela sent Raffy a book about a dragon named Puff since he’s a bit of a dragon.

Astoria, Lewis and Clark and Christmas Pudding and Tea

December 21, 2012

Today the sun was shining as we headed North 25 minutes for a historic tour of the area. We started a Fort Clatsop.  Before this place was on the map, Thomas Jefferson commissioned two guys (Captain Lewis and Captain Clark) to work out how to get across the “unknown” West along the Columbia river to the Pacific Ocean. The guys led an expedition of about 40 men from 1804 to 1806. They spent the winter of 1805 / 1806 at Fort Clatsop.  Lewis and Clark are credited for discovering the area, but they met with lots of indigenous tribes along the way so I guess other people had found it first.

We checked out the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center which had artifacts from their expedition, a replica of the fort and beautiful walking trails.  Here we are checking out a hollowed out log that was used as a canoe.

We checked out the Lewis and Clark Visitor Center which had artifacts from their expedition, a replica of the fort they lived in over Winter and beautiful walking trails. Here we are reading about how they hollowed out logs and used them as canoes.

A column

We drove up and up the beautiful streets of Astoria to the column where the history of Astoria is pictorial told on the outside of the structure. It’s a great spot to see the township, the 1,232 foot bridge which is the longest continuous truss bridge in the world (and the last link in the Mexico-Canada highway), Mt St Helens the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.  It’s especially a great view on a clear day like today.

Onto Flavel House which was built in 1883.  Mum said it was in The Goonies Movie but I've never heard of it.

Onto Flavel House which was built in 1883. Mum said it was in The Goonies Movie but I’ve never heard of that movie (In fact lots of movies have been filmed in the area such as Kindergarton Cop, Free Willy and Into The Wild)

Flavel House is all done up as it would have been in Victorian times.  I particularly liked playing checkers in the kids room and the sleigh in the Carriage House.

Flavel House is all done up as it would have been in Victorian times. I particularly liked playing checkers in the kids room and the sleigh in the Carriage House.

Since it was Christmas we got to have Christmas pudding and tea in the dining room.  It was real china so I had to hold my cup with both hands.

Since it was Christmas we got to have Christmas pudding and tea in the dining room. It was real china so I had to hold my cup with both hands.

Back at the hotel we opened present 2.  This was the story of Madeline, a little girl at a boarding school in Paris who made all the other little girls jealous for having her appendix out!

Back at the hotel we opened book number two. Tonight’s present was the story of Madeline, a little girl at a boarding school in Paris who made all the other little girls jealous for having her appendix out!  Thanks Abuela!

 

Tillamook and The Cheese Factory

December 20, 2012
Crossing through the Tillamook Forest Park was much slower than anticipated but it was so pretty.

Crossing through the Tillamook Forest Park was much slower than anticipated but it was so pretty.

Tillamook Cheese Van

First stop, The Tillamook Cheese Factory.

We saw the big vats where the milk goes in, then out comes big blocks of cheese that are heavier than me!

We saw the big vats where the milk goes in, then out comes big blocks of cheese that are heavier than me!

We followed the process as the 40 pound blocks were sliced into pound blocks that were wrapped and sealed for retail.

We followed the process as the 40 pound blocks were sliced into pound blocks that were wrapped and sealed for retail.

We checked out some farm machines and animals, had a coffee and then hit the road again which was really flooded.

We checked out some farm machines and animals a bit further down the road, had a coffee and then hit the trail again which was really flooded but opened just in time for us to get through.

We were allowed to open a Christmas present when we got to the hotel.  Only one!  So we chose one of Raffy's.  It was an Aussie version of The Night Before Christmas where Santa arrives in a 'roo drawn ute and says "Merry Christmas and Goodonya Mates!" at the end.  It's very funny so we read it again and again and again.  Thanks so much Bree!

We were allowed to open a Christmas present when we got to the hotel. Only one! So we chose one of Raffy’s. It was an Aussie version of The Night Before Christmas where Santa arrives in a ‘roo drawn ute and says “Merry Christmas to all and Goodonya Mates!” at the end. It’s very funny so we read it again and again and again. Thanks so much Bree!

Nye Beach and the lighthouse

September 6, 2012

We drove the few short minutes around the bay head and down to Nye Beach.  Stephanie’s makes great coffees.

We had our togs in the bag. How silly! Mum seemed to forget that we’re on the Oregon Coast not living Down Under any more.

We were going to have a walk around the lighhouse (you might need to click to enlarge the picture to see it) but the day was getting on and it was time we headed home. Good bye Newport, you were great fun.

By Ana.

The historic bay front

September 5, 2012

Newport is one of Oregon’s largest fishing communities with over 250 commercial fishing boats, most of them family owned.  Walking along historic bay front it’s certainly clear to see how central the fishing industry is to the local community.

We watched tuna being transferred from a bigger fishing boat to a smaller one. 10 minutes later, further down the bay front, we saw the little boat pulled up at the Trident factory delivering the fish for processing.

Dinner can be purchased straight off the boats.

The processing plants and commercial fishing buildings are in between the shops and cafes. They are a bit stinky but all have nice murals on them.

I’ve never seen so much clam chowder, fish and chips and oyster stew in one street. Mo’s is a bit of an icon for clam chowder.

So much so there is a Mo’s on both sides of the street. You can’t avoid that clam chowder!

By Ana.

Kind of like a zoo, but underwater

September 4, 2012

I learnt a new word in Newport.  Aquarium.  Mum said at the aquarium I was going to see fish and animals that lived in the sea but I didn’t realise it was going to be this much fun!

I saw jellyfish.

a school of silver fish.

and counted the legs on the octopus (for the record, there were eight).

I got to touch sea creatures.

ride on the back of a big fish.

and try my hand at fishing, of course.

Rafa was mesmerised by all the fish when we went into the tunnels.

The tiger shark was his favourite.

By Ana.