Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Weekend Away

As you can probably tell from my extended absence from this blog, things have been busy in these parts. Matt and I finally got a mini-vacation this weekend, driving up into Washington state to meet my family for a weekend of camping and hiking at the Klickitat Wildlife Area, a place none of us had ever been before. Only a 2.5 hour drive from our end, we drove up Friday after work and came back this afternoon. We had a really great time, fantastic warm weather, an undeveloped campground all to ourselves, and hiking through a really unique landscape of open oak and pine forest, with wildflowers everywhere. Our drive home today was spectacular, winding river canyons and some amazing views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. It was really great and much needed time spent with my parents and brother, and I'm so glad we did it- I finally had a weekend where I didn't have to think about homework! Just sad that my sister-in-law Lisia wasn't able to come. Here are some photos from our weekend:
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Can you spot the lizard?

Lunch stop.

 Mom crossing a creek on a log.

Massive oak gall.

Shooting Stars, one of my very favorite wildflowers.

This is what happens when you give Tighe a butterfly net.

Mt. Adams peeking over the oak trees. 

Driving towards Mt. Adams on our way home.

Camas flowers.

 Mt. Adams from Glenwood, WA.

Mt. Hood from White Salmon, WA.

Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks, where we crossed back over into Oregon. This is the narrowest point in the Columbia River Gorge. 

What a weekend.

1 comment:

Heather said...

Fun! I love your family! And I've actually never seen Tighe catching butterflies.
Hoping we can hear more of how the rabbits are going soon...