We followed my mom and dad and another sister Alana, and her four kids (Raine, Aspen, Ethan and Lily) on this journey.
Following my dad left me feeling very anxious because of his infamous shortcuts. Before this trip, we had talked my parents into buying a GPS and getting familiar with it, but apparently my dad just ignored the automated voice and kept driving like he's The Boss.
We drove through desert, hills and valleys and along the Colombia River. Ryder was so good the entire trip, I almost thought we left him at home. After 13 hours, we arrived on Paradise Lane, where we would stay for a week. True to it's title, it was paradise.
The thick, green trees and overgrown canopies were breathtaking. Moss grew everywhere including on the roofs!
My sister, Alana, made miniature fairy houses to hide in the trees for our niece and nephew. They were so cute and fun to find. (Now the neighbor kids all search for them.) Wish I took a picture of them.
Enjoy the pics. Sorry for the bad formatting. I don't have time to mess around with it right now. :)
---Awesome moss, wish my camera could do it justice.
Ryder looking content or is that sleepy?--
The whole trip when by so fast. The kids went on free, miniature train rides, where we discovered that wild berries were everywhere.... Yum. We went a-foraging.
;---What is this doing here...you might ask? Well, this is my dad's latest hot topic. If you have a free hour or two, have a seat because he'll tell you all about it. These medical secrets will redefine aging as we know it. :)
A neighbor has beautiful property by the river and we were able to picnic there. ------
They let the kids ride bikes. Ryder loved this! ---
---Here is Woody escaping something...
Once again, I wish my camera could do these pics justice. I love the rich greenery.---------------
----Bill and Ryder enjoying The Little Old Lady That Lived in the Shoe.
Ryder trying to get into a door that doesn't really open. :) ---
Grandma and Grandpa Myers------
---Look! A real telephone booth! Haven't seen one of those in years.
Ryder loves smoke because of its "wispy-ness".
|Bill studying the landscape for catching crawdads.|
|Big Man Mason|
|Hunter building a sandcastle|
|Lily and Aspen|
|Ryder in heaven|
|One Giant Stimulating Factor|