Birthday Hike

It was our birthday week this week. It’s hard to say it was “my” birthday because I’ve always shared it with Paul since day 1. So I tend to refer to it mostly as “our” birthday. Keeping with tradition Mia, Codi and I went hiking (and I know Paul went hiking back in NH too)….

Annual Timothy Lake Hike

The hike around Timothy Lake has pretty much turned into an annual fall tradition for Mia and me. We like to start from Little Crater Lake Campground and have in the past always gone clockwise around the lake. This year we got all adventurous and went counterclockwise (the scandal!). It actually turned out to be…

Another Week in Paradise

I’m almost hesitant to once again talk about the Methow Valley. As I have mentioned numerous times before….It.Is.Paradise! (or at least Mia and my definition of paradise). So I’m afraid if I keep talking about it too many people will go there. Selfish? Yes. I’ve got no problems admitting that. This year we couldn’t get…

More Family Time

I just had Paul and his family out here in the PNW for my nephew’s graduation from UW-Bothell.  I spent last weekend up in the Seattle area to celebrate Travis’s accomplishment and to hang with some of the Rhodes side of my family.  It was nice to see everyone and to also get out on…

Mia’s Birthday Weekend

  Mia and I have been in Oregon long enough now that we have our default favorite little places to visit.  Sisters, Carlton, Cannon Beach and little old Waldport.  That is not the complete list by any means but just a highlight instead. Mia asked several months ago if we could stay at the same…

Return to Deschutes River Trail

I last rode the Lower Deschutes River Trail with Dean back in October of 2016.  I wanted to head back and check it out because of the huge wildfire out there this summer.  Based on other pictures that I had seen online the old railroad cars and farmhouse were completely destroyed which is a HUGE…