Rocks, Rocks, and More Rocks

Completely amazed by these giant rock formations!! Welcome to Garden of the gods! Of corse pulling into Manitou Springs, Colorado this was the first thing our small rock obsessed family saw!! We couldn’t wait to get closer and check them out!

We left early, around 7 am, so that we could see these giant creations with the perfect light… unfortunately my pictures don’t even begin to show the their true beauty! Surprisingly we weren’t the only ones with that idea. As we strolled threw the big red rocks, we came across some climbers, right then, of course, Jim wanted to get his gear and join them… but I didn’t want to turn around… I was mystified by the beauty all around me!

It seemed like a lot of people used this place as their morning gym… people running, people climbing and people biking all around… I was so jealous, I may actually lose weight if I could come here everyday to work out!Ella took off in front of us… she has one speed.. RUN! All of a sudden she stops dead in her tracks, DEER, DEER… Oh deer.. she screams… of corse I thought they’d be long gone, but nope must be getting use too it! Strange this was the first doe I’ve seen since we got her… all I’ve seen where giant bucks, of corse they have been the biggest bucks this little country girl has ever seen and I’m certainly not complaining!!

It literally felt like we were in a completely different world, the feeling of relaxation came over me and I never wanted to leave!! Rocks seem to have that affect on me ❤️ I really don’t think I have seen anything like this, giant rocks, yes but this red color… the strange shapes, and of corse all the beautiful green surrounded them! I cant wait to visit again… maybe to watch Jim Climb, maybe on horse back, or maybe just a few more calming walking! Now of course Ella won’t let me stay away to long, she calls this place DEER, and says “I want deer” every time she sees it out her window!!

Have you ever been here?

Change of Plans

We had so many things to we wanted to to Friday… we decided not to do any of them. Instead we took a short, steep drive to Cripple Creek, Colorado. Over 10,000 feet high… we stumbled upon a hidden treasure, and by treasure I mean GOLD.. gold mining that is 😉

We weren’t sure what to expect when we pulled in, but we had to stop because of all the old antique equipment out in front, and you know Jim and his equipment addiction!!

Apparently they gave mine tours, who doesn’t want to see an old gold mind… we certainly did!! $25 a ticket seemed expensive… especially since we didn’t even see a mine, we had thought maybe we made a mistake… but we already bought our tickets, ya win some and lose lots lol! The next tour started in 25 mins so we had time to explore a little in the back! I bet you could imagine the look on Jim’s face When we saw all the old drills, tractors and mining tools… Even Ella wanted to play with the old toolsNotice the drill steels? Ya me either, but Jim sure did!!

About this time I noticed the previous group come out of an old mining elevator, I heard them call our ticket and my palms started to sweat! I am HORRIFIED of heights, and haven’t been the biggest fan of elevators since one broke well I was working at Ross and I was stuck on it for 6 hours until the fire department showed up to get me and my co worker out… mean-less to say I wasn’t happy about this tour. Jim saw the look on my face and told me I can’t chicken out, he wasn’t about to waste $50 bucks cause I was scared… I mustard up the tiny bit of courage I had and put the dam hard hat on, if this tour was safe why helmets? Besides what’s an a helmet going to do when the old elevator goes out and we all fall 1000s of feet to our death? The guy starts talking…. ” we only go about 5miles per hour, a normal elevator goes 7. We are going about 1000 feet down..” I don’t know what else he said I was trying not to run! He put a group in before us, then it was our turn… jim the baby and I in the back, another family of 3 in next and the guide… the elevator was about 3ft by 3ft… we were crammed… I thought we were going down for sure when the guid told us they use to put 9 men per elevator… I have no idea how they pulled that off but it certainly explains why so many people died back then… well at least that’s what was going on in my head.

Here we go, he rang a bell and we sunk into the darkness… I’m only assuming it was dark, my eyes where closed and I’m pretty sure I broke Jim’s hand! As we were taking our 3 min ride, the guide said it may be a bit bumpy as we were hitting the 4×4 used to build and hold the mine up… if I hadn’t used the restroom, the people below us would have experienced an underground rain… we stopped I opened one eye at a time and realized we were no where near the bottom of this thing, but we were where we needed to be and I just wanted off!! He rang the bell again and the elevators went up…. aaaa don’t we need those to get back up?

We started walking, my fear instantly disappear, the underground mine was so incredibly beautiful… oxidized copper hanging from the ceiling… gold and sulfur crystalizing in the walls… wow!!

It was very well lit, but our amazing guide turned off the lights to show us how dark it was when they use to swing hammers down there…. yeah scary stuff! Every few feet they had a different set up we’d stop and the guid would tell us more interested facts about the old mining days… and every now and then he’d explain how much better it is now days, referring to the mining he does in a different part of the mine we were in. There where drills he ran, Ella wasn’t to happy about, but she never cried, and as soon as it was over she was back to her happy self loving every second of this adventure!

All kinds of cool old equipment they used over 100 years ago that still worked….

Then we came to my favorite part!! The old rail car!! He suggested we take the front with the baby, the only baby on the tour, because it wasn’t as loud…. oh yes our kid is pretty cool… it was a fun little stroll threw the caves that ended us in the tool area.. where some of our group took a crack at the bicycle rail car…. to much fun!!

We walked over to the last area full of different people who had owned this mine and a little about them. He told us that this room at one point had been full of gold and the only let miners mine in the underwear after that they were searched and showered…. he told us that one guy out smarted the system ( remember these guys got paid at most $3 an hour) he had a long black beard and he put motor oil in it every morning before entering the mine, as he worked the gold would stick and hide in his beard, every night he’d wash all the gold out and come in ready for more! Well after he died his family found a coffee can full of gold flakes which they donated to a museum… he probably wouldn’t have been happy about that but what’s family for if it isn’t to piss you off, right? One of my favorite stories he’d told us…

Time to pack our selfs into the elevator and head up…. but first he let us pick out rocks from the mine, some had gold flakes, some cooper, some iron…. we couldn’t see that well but I think our family got the best ones for sure!! I think going up was worse than going down, but we didn’t die and I’d have to say this tour was worth every penny even more! We tipped the guide and he hooked Ella up with a special rock from his mine!! I learned so much in that hour underground and even tho it scared me to death I’d do it again in a heart beat!! Jim was amazed at how similar mining and rock fall drilling where and he’s decided that someday somehow he will mine and find gold!! Thank you for reading our families little adventures! Have you ever been down that deep in a mine?

Bellingham

A change of scenery is always nice, and I’d have to say Northern Washington is beautiful!! We stayed and a campground called Hidden Village and we really enjoyed it there!! The rv spots weren’t to big, but they had cheap laundry and a heated pool, which we swam in everyday. We were only 10 min from the Canada, I really wish we would have gotten our passports… but I think we may be close to again in a few months, so maybe then we can check out Canada!!!

And a few more from beautiful Bellingham

Bellingham was a cute collage town, didn’t see any abandoned factories… sorry. It was refreshing to see the ocean again, Although we didn’t spend much time there! We spent ours days in the beautiful pool teaching Ella to swim. We were only there a week and our time flew by quickly. It was a very small job for Jim, which raised some difficult questions. He really likes the company he was working for however, they really weren’t paying what they should, they also had forgotten to pay him a couple of times which is really scary when you depend on that money to take care of your family! This very small job had him thinking they may be running out of work. Sure enough when the job was over he was told to head back to Glide for a few weeks to work the shop… $15 an hour ( shop pay) just doesn’t cut it, so he made a few calls. We made it 9 hours back to Glide just in time for him to finish up a few things for them and give his notice, since there wasn’t work for two week, we left the next day…. another 20 hour drive, worth every second, but before we left we had a little fun in the sun… I love it here and will have to come back!!

The new company is kinda an old company, Jim worked for them years ago before he quit to be closer to us, but now that we are with him things have changed and Apex was more than happy to bring him back. So where are we? Well I will say there is so much to do here expect a lot more blogs… we plan on checking out some pretty exciting stuff this weekend that you may not know about…. of course if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you probably already, but if not your going to have to wait for the be surprise 💋💋💋

Here’s a clue 😏

Last week in Portland

As badly as I dreaded being stuck here ( I really hate the city) I think I might miss it a bit! Even though we were smack dab in the middle of big city, we were able to find things that is plain old country folk could enjoy! I’m pretty easy to please as long as I’m surrounded by nature and near water! With a tad bit of blog reads ( thank you) I found a whole new world here, and I wish I had more time to explore! This last weekend we took a short little trip to the waterfalls… did I mention I love water! We settled on Latourell waterfall as Bridal falls was closed to the public due to a wedding… ironic? It was so beautiful and the perfect walk/hike for a two year old to burn some energy!! The beauty was breathtaking, and of corse as always pictures just don’t seem to do it justice!!After a wonderful morning walk and a little cool down from the misty waterfall, one of the tallest waterfalls I’ve ever seen, we took the long way home…. we love to drive and explore new little towns no one has heard of before ❤️ the drive threw the forest was definitely awesome but once we hit the top of the hill we had to stop just to take it all in… never would have guessed we were so close to such a big city, and for a minute it felt like we were the only people in the world!!

We took in the view and headed on our way ya not sure where we were going and in all honesty didn’t care! Driving down the road something caught Jim’s eye, and he immediately exited. Oh man, not again… he begged me to give him 20 mins to do some quick exploring of his own… not only was it another abandoned factory but it had a giant train tagged on it… two of his favorite things… as we got closer we saw tags that said ” crime scene, stay out or die” which of corse only made him want to enter even more…. This factory was in a small town named Troutdale… a pretty beautiful town besides this old rundown thing. I never would have guessed that the factory doubled as a druggy hotel… but 9 out of 10 times they usually do… the town was so sweet I just never saw it coming.

Unfortunately WordPress wouldn’t let me post the video ;( so I took the best screenshots I could…. he was moving fast! Next time will will take special pictures just for you guys, also if you want to see the full video, I will post it on YouTube by the end of the week!!

Yep that was bad… He did actually run into a very focused man that lived there, lucky he was busy with his recreational activities, and didn’t even turn around… I know one thing, sneaking up on an addict in the middle of the act can end dangerously… that was when he headed back to the truck. Jim is a sober addict, he has been there done that and thanks to the good Lord about he no longer does. I think that might be why he has no fear when it comes to abandoned buildings… he always says ” there ain’t no one out there worse than I was”… Men…. ahhhh.

Great day all and all and I can’t wait for some time in the water this week!!

Boring?

Oooooh how I hate that word. I finally understand why my mom would get so upset when I’d tell her ” I’m bored”. She’d always tell me to clean when I’d say that… so I learned quickly to keep it to myself or come up with a more creative way of saying it! As you get older you dream of being “bored” …. well I do anyway! Always something to do, for my household, well 5th wheel, that usually is clean… everything!! One thing I don’t understand is why they named this town Boring, OR. Yes it may not be as easy to find something to do as it is in the city ( Portland) but in my opinion there is so much more to do here!

We’ve been staying here at Barton Park. Our first time we stayed here was only for a few days, and I was trying to get over my long drive back from visiting my home town, so I didn’t get to full explore this magnificent place, and I wish I would have!!! Between hiking and fishing and swimming ( oh my) there is a small thing to do that I promise will have you talking for years to come…. boring, it may sound like that to some… but it is anything but!!

Floating. Lol, yes…. plain old raft floating. Something I’d like to call myself an expert in ( before I was a mommy). I’ve got some tricks you may not want to miss, stocked up from hours of floating down good old Kelly’s beach ( RIP) located on the Kings river in Reedly, CA. We once took a 7 1/2 hour float there and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun, the end got a bit blurry… some would say he had a bit to much ( fun). Yesterday we went down to the water around 5:00pm, it was over 100 degrees out side and we all needed to cool off. We sat and watched floater after floater float on by, Ella thought it was a private parade just for her she shouted “More,More” as the drifted on by into the sunset!!l

Barton Park ( our home for two weeks) is the end of the line for most floaters, they get dropped off down the road a few miles with their tubes, boats and in some cases giant swans! The time your on the river fully depends on a few things, #1 how fast the river is flowing. #2 how much you have to drink, and I’m not talking about water. #3 show many times you hit the side of the river. Finally #4, how far you make it without popping you floating device!

With that being said here are a few pointers:

-Pick a smooth flowing river, with plenty of water in it! I highly suggest coming right here to bordering and getting your self a camp site here at Barton… but plan they fill up very fast, still not sure how we got in here!

– Drink, yes having a little buzz makes this so much fun, however it isn’t allowed here, in fact no booze are allowed here at Barton Park… so put it in a different cup… or Jell-O shots work well, also gummy bears overnight soaked in your favorite vodka, rum, or even gin. But please drink reasonably and remember you need your wits about you to make it to the end. Please pack lots of water and drink it regardless of weather you are catching a buzz or not… the sun will ware you out!!

-Bring a paddle or long stick to push yourself away from the side of the river. Tie your tubs together with the rest of your group… I always chose to be tied to the ice chest floaty 😉

– Bring a trash tube/ ice chest tube. When or if yours pops because you hit a stick or a tree on the side of the river, you can carry on in the trash tube… kinda like the float of shame, but hey it beats walking in the heat, or sinking your friends float because you think you can both use it… I’ve done all of this, trust me!!

– Enjoy the beauty of the river, sometimes we get going so fast in our day to day like a we don’t take the time to smell the roses… stop along the sides of the river and explore all this beautiful park has to offer, you won’t regret it!!

– and finally have an exit plan, I saw an awful lot of people walking a very long ways back to there cars parked where they entered the river. You will be so tired and it’s still very hot, so do yourself a favor and get a campsite here…. again trust me on this!

I was afraid of getting my phone wet so I left it at the trailer… these are some pic Jim took… I loved the long bearded guys…. but there was really so much more we didn’t get a picture of!!

If you do have kids, to young to float I suggest doing what we did and head down to the river for the show… they have all kids of little water spots off the main flow of the river to sit in and stay cool and the entertainment is truly endless… especially and the end of the float, way to much fun!!!

Abandoned Adventures

Ever since I’ve known Jim he’s had a strange amusement with exploring abandoned buildings. Over the years it’s grown on me and I too find myself looking for giant old rundown buildings! I remember this one time we set out for a drive and ended up in a whole abandoned neighborhood near Monterey, CA, apparently it was an old military housing area and tho I still don’t know why there was 100s of houses abandoned, it looked as if they rebuilt 100 more down the street where military families currently live. To me it’s such a waste of money, I mean why not rebuild what is there? I’d think it would be much cheaper than re building all the houses? The abandoned houses seemed nicer than the new ones even… something I’ll never under stand… like wastefulness, I just don’t get it!

It was only natural to the both of us to see the old paper mill our first day in Portland, of corse the job site was across the street which is what led us to it, it seemed to have such a beauty to it and I could seem Jim’s uncontrollable urge start taking over! Without saying a words I knew as soon as we say that old warehouse he’d be in it within a matter of days, to my surprise it took almost a month, but that’s because work had kept him busy! I’m sure you’ve seen this picture in one of my earlier posts but I figured I’d repost it here so we don’t over work your imagination 😉

With so much to explore the second he got a chance Jim was there… yes probably braking the law by entering the building, and I don’t think anyone should do this especially alone because you never know what shape the bones of the building are in and at any moment it could come crashing down on you…. but this is Jim we are taking about here, he loves the rush and has a whole lot of experience in “exploring abandoned buildings ” ( I like the word exploring, because breaking in seems so criminal) but if you don’t break anything and leave no trace you where there and you don’t take anything and your careful not to hurt yourself what harm is caused? Honestly if we could afford to Jim, Ella, Loretta and I would do nothing but explore the abandoned buildings of the world and I think we’d do a much better job than anyone you see on TV or you tube for that matter… but chance are wed break a lot of laws and we are parents now so we can’t be going to jail… in Jim’s case prison ( everyone has a past and I don’t like to live in the past so for now we will not talk about that). I guess Jim had gotten lost on his way to the gym one foggy morning because I started receiving the strangest snap chats from him… I’d have to say I was pretty jealous but Ella is way to young for that kind of dangerous exploring, so I understood his going on for the both of us! Now what I didn’t expect was what he found inside… I’m still not to sure what it all meant or weather it was done for a movie or an actual gang/ group did these paintings… either way I’d probably be peeing my pants if I was with him anyways, I’m definitely the wuss in the family!

Here are a few of the snap chats I received. After some serious Google time I discovered that these some how relate “Wesen” which was some sort of vampire thing? Idk I’m not all that in to vampires, but it was a interesting read if you get a chance google it! Here’s a pic I found online that Jim swears was taken in the old paper mill… which would mean the paintings where done for a movie or tv show because that’s what this picture is from

Apparently they would burn people alive for inter species marriage, that was my first clue that it must be from a movie because here in the real world we don’t have werewolves… and tho the paper mill is very old, it isn’t old enough nor is the fairly newer art work to have been around when people hunted that sort of thing… Well digging threw the inter webs, I discovered a group or gang that was the ” real life” version of the Wesen called the ” wolves of Vinland” they are said to have originated in Oregon City, Clackamas county…. hmmm strange that’s exactly where the mill is located… this is where I got a little confused and of corse I don’t have a ton of time on my hands to be digging much deeper, I don’t understand how they are the “real life version” I’m not exactly sure what it is they believe… at first thought it seemed they were a white power gang that disagreed with gays and lesbians… but reading on, it seemed that most of what I read as written by a well known gay man by the name of Jack Donovan… who talks about being gay… if your gay you are a man who likes men, so why do men that are gay act like women, which leads to the stereotype of a “gay man” truth be told I thought it to be a very good question…. but going down that road just lead me away from what it was I wanted to know… here are some pic I pulled off the inter webs of the Wolves of VinlandAgain this last picture seems to have been taken in the paper mill… there was a painting of that same eagle on one of the walls in there… for some reason I can’t find it but I’ll add it as soon as I do!!

Any feed back? Maybe help me fill in some blanks would be appreciated… thank you so much for reading of our adventures xoxox💋

4TH of JULY

First of all, I’d like to say thank you to anyone and everyone who has fought for this great country, you are the real hero! I’ve had many friends that have given there time to serve, and I even have a friend that is over seas now. I come from a long line of brave men on both sides of the family and I don’t feel our troops could ever receive enough thanks! For everything you’ve given up, everything you’ve done for this great country and the things you had to endure thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Being in Glide for the 4th was wonderful, apparently it was graffiti week! Not exactly what you may be thinking, it was a week full of old cars and rat rods ( which I love). We start our day with a big delicious breakfast at Elmer’s in Roseburg, then headed out to find Little Lake in the Woods… we stopped off about 30 mins into it to take a little hike and of corse check out some big old rocks!!

It was so hard to capture the whole hill mountain in one photo… it looked like there had be a great rock fall years ago and the mountain was covered in giant broken rocks… pretty awesome in real life!!

After a little stretch we carried on for our hunt to find a fishing hole! On our drive we came across a truck who’s owner must have been having to much fun already… I thanked God immediately for our little hike, as we could have been right in the middle of this mess! The truck was abandoned, and it didn’t seem like anyone had even tried to clean it up… beer bottles all over the place…. I do believe everyone was ok and no one was seriously injured because we didn’t hear or see an ambulance at the bottom of the hill… hopefully it just shook some sense into them!!

We carried on to the Little Lake in the Woods completely enjoying our drive!!

When we arrived I couldn’t believe there was no one there on the 4th!! I told Jim next time we should camp there! It was beautiful!! It was like it was made just for us!! My favorite was the old log that was plenty wide enough to walk out into the water… perfect place to get our poles wet and let Ella and Loretta run a muck… 4th of July isn’t fun if your don’t get dirty, right?

After spending a few hours trying to catch something, anything with no luck we decided to head back and pick up some fireworks for our little firecracker to enjoy!! Yay, most people probably would have gotten their fireworks in advance… but we are very last minute kinda people… They didn’t have anything good, everything we’d deem good is illegal here lol ( should have purchased some in Wyoming) so we got the kids kit and a few other small ones for Ella and we had just as much fun watching her tiny little face light up!!!

She’d scream no, no!!! Then as soon as they were over I hear More!! More!! Funny child of ours!! We wrapped it up with bbqing some amazing steaks and hitting the bed early, jim didn’t have much to do the next day so we planned on hitting the rat rod show!!

….. and we did lol, the creativity people put into there car always amazes me! And to watch them in action was fun too!! I couldn’t believe how excited Ella was about all the cars she is truly daddy’s girl!!

The rest of the week was fairly uneventful we hit some more fishing some more hiking and some amazing family time, hope you all had an amazing 4th xoxox 💋

Birthday Month

I remember when I was little as soon as July hit I was excited… we celebrated my birthday all month long, usually we would have a big party, but I’d get presents threw out the month…. so of corse I’m doing the same thing for my daughter…. the big trip home and birthday party extravaganza was over but I still had one more trick up my sleeve… maybe it was more for me than her, but I knew she’d love it!

After being back on the road for two days, we got word from the boss man the boys couldn’t work the week of the 4th because the city was afraid it would cause to much traffic… so we headed back to Glide on the 1st. I was overly excited not only is Glide beautiful and low key I had recently tracked down a zoo my parents took me to as a child that was only and hour away!! This isn’t any old zoo…. no no, this is the coolest zoo I’ve ever been too!! It is a petting zoo full of baby animals!! Oh yes I’m talking about the Game wild life safari in Bandon, OR. They are a breeding zoo, that breads and trains animals that are born in captivity and then send them out to other zoos, or nature preserves!! I couldn’t wait to take Ella there, and her Birthday month is the perfect time to do it!! I still remember when my parents took me I think I was maybe 6ish then… I remember thinking that I wanted to live there and love on all the baby animals everyday!! As a visitor to the zoo, you could buy food to feed the deer goats and donkey that ran free threw out the park…. the grain cane in an ice cream cone that the animals could also eat! As soon as you walk in they swarm you cause they can smell the food… that was the coolest part by far… I think it scared Ella a bit, but as the day went on she was chasing the baby deers threw the park, pretty sure she was responsible for a stampede or two lol!

We walked threw the park and saw everything they had out, the big old bear, elk, strange sheep…. oh yes and of corse they had the tiger… they even had a white tiger!!! The leopards and the big sleeping lion… the list goes on. Now these animals where what they used for breeding and where not out for us to pet, just for us to see… and it is so amazing to see a white tiger up close… they are truly beautiful creatures…. and very playful…

Once we walked threw the park we came to the “show” area this is where they would bring out baby or young animals for everyone to see well they fed them, then if you were lucky like us you got to pet them as well!! We got to pet a baby raccoon, a beautiful mink, and of corse Ella’s favorite the baby rarrrr lol

We had such a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go back to see what they have in store for us next time!!!

So little time

Wow it’s been way to long!! I’m going to do my best never to wait so long again, but I’m not making any promises! I’ve been so busy! Last week we headed home ( California) for my beautiful baby girls 2nd birthday, and we were swamped with friends and family that missed us, we tried to get everyone in with short amount of time we were there, but we did miss some dear friends that we didn’t get to see! Ella had an amazing birthday party tho surrounded by everyone she loves, except dad of corse who stayed behind and worked his buns off in Oregon city well we were gone ( 12 10 hour days in a row). We were able to hit the beach, and my favorite lake ( Santa Margarita) for a little fishing… and Ella caught her first bass!! That’s my girl!!!

We got out for a beautiful summer ride… truly all Ella wanted for her birthday was a good ride on Lindy, she loves that old mare… but I stole her for pictures so she HAD to ride Jack for a little bit too… she didn’t mind that much hehehe!

Great bonding time with my mama too!! Danielle, my moms bestie and landmark/landlord and her daughter Ginger are family for sure, Ginger has always been a big sister to me and so to share this special moment ( Ella’s first big trail ride) was amazing!!

After 3 days with my parents we headed further South to Santa Maria to spend some time with Nana ( Jim’s mom) and prepare for the big Birthday extravaganza!! We had a wonderful visit with her, Papa ( Bill, her husband) is an amazing BBQ-er and fed us some outstanding tortillas and artichokes, we got to swim every night in their giant hot tub… jump on the giant trampoline and play with all the pups… and of corse shopping was a must as well!!

I really wish I would have snapped some more pic, but I was already so tired lol I didn’t really think about it! The weather is always perfect in Santa Maria… and I really just enjoyed sitting out side well Ella and Nana ran around with playing… poor nana had to be beat after we left lol! It was all worth it the finished product was amazing, I’m not going to lie I really didn’t do much this was all nana… from the decoration to the park to the food to the gift bags nana out did herself yet a again and we are so blessed to have her!! Really all I did was the skirt, I decided last year I was going to make her one every year as her birthday outfit, and yes I will make her wear it when she gets older!!

Well the drive home was a whopping 15 hour drive + stop time which with a dog and a kid was often, so instead of leaving when she woke up like I did on the way home, I decided to leave after the birthday party and drive threw the night! I was a courier for years and drove in the night and I kinda miss it, plus with a sleeping child and a sleeping dog we rarely had to stop… I was about dead when we got back, but we made it!!

The new campsite I had gotten us was beyond beautiful, Barton Park, we got a spot right on the pond!! The bugs were bad but it was sure nice to be in nature again and out of the city! Yes, it was a longer drive to drop Jim at work in the morning… and he hated it because they lock the gates at 10 pm and don’t open them until 6am!! Some days we had to park outside of the gate aways away from the gate just so jim could get to work on time, but when we got back we started our day off with a beautiful walk around the pond…. even snagged some wild blackberry’s!!!

On our way home one day we saw this deer… I’m not sure if it’s a rare breed or just an odd ball but I always get excited when I see an animal I’ve never seen before…. if anyone has any ideas of what they would call this deer please let me know!!

Well I think I’m going to end this post here… I’ve got some much more to share but I need to get a post out…. Oregon is sorta growing on me, although I don’t think this is where we want to make home… it is a pretty cool state to visit 💋

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