June 17, 2013


We woke up at 4:30am Pacific Time (felt like 1:30am Eastern Time) to watch the sun rise over Crater Lake in Oregon.  It came over the horizon about 5am, but before it did the sky changed so much. Horrible mosquitos there!  BUT it was worth putting up with.
Rob standing by Crater Lake midday.  Clear and beautiful.  From there we drove down to the Redwoods in California.
 Hannah caught a tadpole in the Smith River...and let it go.
 The Redwoods at Jedediah State Park and National Park.  The girls earned a Jr. Ranger badge here and at Crater Lake!
 I got that striped skirt in a shop called Mia's in Portland, just a walk from my sister and her husband's place...when I saw that it was "made in USA" I had to get it.  Their green tent.  We had an orange one.


In the distance you can see the Battery Lighthouse.
We took a tour of the inside of the lighthouse and got up in the top.  $3/adult and $1/children.  The times for the tour depend on the tide.  It is inaccessible when there is high island.
Grilling hamburgers with Oregon's Tillamook cheddar atop...and onions and pepper cooking in the cast iron skillet on the side. 
Me and Theodore (often called "Theobeans") in our checkered Vans.
Then, a few days later, we watched the sun set at Crescent Beach, California. And roasted marshmallows over the fire and ate them with Seattle's organic salted toffee Theo milk chocolates and graham crackers.  Best kind of s'mores!


elizabeth said...

wow... what a beautiful and lovely time! so glad! and welcome back home!!! :)

Anna said...

Lovely photos from a wonderful trip - I've enjoyed looking at 'my side' of the continent from your pictures. Is that Victorian parlour in the lighthouse? Love the harmonium! Your outdoor meals sound delicious - I'm waiting for bbq weather here in England, perhaps in vain...

Xenia Kathryn said...

Hey Martha!
Next time you're visiting your sis, please let me know! I'd love to meet you for coffee! :D

So glad you had a great time here on the West Coast... it's awesome, isn't it?

Mary said...

The gourmet smores sounds delicious!!

Martha said...

Yes, that's the parlour in the was so pretty!

Xenia...where in Oregon do you live?!

Heather L. said...

Wow! What a fun camping trip! The pictures are beautiful! I have never made it to the west coast.

Heather said...

wow!! What an amazing trip! This will be a wonderful memory for you and your family for years to come. Looks like so much fun, and what gorgeous landscapes!

Rebeca said...

Looks like so much fun! Some of my favorite places.