Sunday, August 22, 2010

Multnomah Falls!

On Saturday Andy and I got up and headed down the Columbia River Gorge to Multnomah Falls to do some hiking. And unsurprising, we found ourselves among more beautiful scenery - and some serious inclines!

From the falls we headed to Hood River and found ourselves what else but a BREWERY. We had lunch at Full Sails Brewery and enjoyed walking around, checking out the many art galleries, wineries and coffee shops along the way.

I must admit that I am one happy girl to have my husband by my side on all these adventures rather than locked in the basement with books so big they could be used as weapons!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Our Portland Playground.

We are slowly, but surely, getting settled in to our new home. We were officially "just the two of us" last Friday as we took Shay to the airport. It was sad to say goodbye but I'm fortunate to be heading home for work in a week so I knew that it wouldn't be long until I was laughing - in person - with my sister again.

Andy and Shay had a good time getting to know the area (aka all the local breweries) during the days while I worked, and it was nice to meet them out for drinks and fun as I finish my days up at 3:00 here (5:00 central). The week found us exploring Powell Books, The Bite of Oregon (FABULOUS), Willamette Valley Wineries and getting pedicures (we had to relax after all that walking through National Parks!).

Since Shay left us, Andy and I have really started to get settled into our new place. Although it continues to be a work-in-progress (we still have not bought a TV)it feels like home and is such a wonderful space - we really lucked out!

In addition, we have enjoyed walking each evening through our neighborhood (are we getting old?!). Within a block of our condo there is an amazing view of Mt Hood - so much fun! We were also able to do some exploring and hiking through a few parks this past weekend as well as walk around and get to know downtown a bit more!

Oh, yeah, and Andy finally started his new job... :)!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

We made it!

I apologize for the delayed update but as you can imagine we have had quite the adventure the past week - yes, it was just over a week ago that we left Waterloo and now I'm sitting in my new home smelling a delicious dinner being prepared by two of my most favorite people.

Ok, now to back up. We left Dubois, WY and headed in to Grand Teton. Grand Teton was absolutely beautiful but the highlight was by far when we grabbed some burgers, our small grill and headed to a picnic area over looking the mountains and lake.

Grand Teton lead us into Yellowstone and many, many more surreal sights - including Ol' Faithful. We are proud to say that we were eaten by no bears (and we even talked the boys into a cabin) and were able to see some elk, buffalo and antelope.

We stayed in West Yellowstone on Monday evening, spent half of Tuesday at the park and then headed to Glacier that evening. The boys were happy to camp in Glacier and I have to admit that waking up to the scenery (and the all you can eat pancakes at the campground) may be the most beautiful thing I have experienced.

Glacier brought us "Going to the Sun Road." This was the real test for me. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I can be quite a Nervous (anxious) Nelly and this road was not for the faint of heart. Long story, short, Glacier ended up being my favorite and was a great reminder of one of the many reasons I love my husband - he forces me to experience things I may not otherwise.

From Glacier we headed through Montana and were surprised to experience an absolutely gorgeous drive. Montana lead us to Spokane (and a hotel room) where Andy and I quickly showered and were able to grab a beer with a friend of Andy's that he was on Active Duty with many years ago. I so enjoy hearing about that period of his life. Great to meet you, Pete!
Spokane lead us through some beautiful wine country - scenery that Shay and I could sure appreciate.

And after a few stops at wineries and a drive through the Columbia River Gorge we arrived in Tigard. Our house exceeded my expectations. It truly feels like our home already which set my mind at peace.

The last few days have been full of more adventures. We went to the Portland Zoo, drove to the coast, put brakes in the truck (no more moving in a U-Haul), ate some wonderful food, visited more breweries (found my fave beer), got to know Oregon wine, went to the aquarium, put our feet in the ocean and finally ate dinner in our new home.

Enjoy more photos. Phew, what you can do and see in a week!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 2 - Rapid City to Dubois, WY

Day 2 was yet another success. We made it from Rapid City to Dubois, WY via Mt Rushmore. We had a slower start out of Rapid City as Ryan was excited to see the Reptile Gardens. Ryan and Andy were able to go see that while Shay and I got some groceries and bear protection merchandise.

With the late start we opted to stop in Dubois, WY rather than head to Grand Teton since it was going to be so late before we'd be able to get to a camp ground. Shay and I did NOT complain and we were able to enjoy a few beers at a local steakhouse followed by sitting under the stars. It really is amazing all you can see without the city lights surrounding.

Here are some photos!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day 1

Waterloo, IA to Rapid City, SD

Day one was a success. We made it all the way from Waterloo to Rapid City (about 12 hours drive time). We drove through the Badlands and made it to Rapid City to enjoy a local brew at the Firehouse Brewery (delicious!!).

Today we are heading to Mt Rushmore and Grand Teton National Park. We will be camping this evening so hopefully Shay and I make it. More later!

Enjoy the photos.

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