Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hood River Oregon - here we come!

This is our third year in a row, visiting Hood River, Oregon.
Second year, with Kimmy and kids.

Four hour drive and it gets very long for some of us.
First thing we do is hit the beach!
New swimsuits and swimming gear came in handy.
Some of us just enjoyed the water without any gear.
So what do you do after swimming?
Go to the ice cream store!
Then visit the fountain to cool off, again.
More pictures.
First day is over and we head back to the hotel.
Good morning!
We ate breakfast at the hotel and let mommy sleep in.
Second day...
Driving the Fruit Loop!
The Fruit Loop is a 35 mile drive through farmlands and orchards.
You can stop at different farms and shop, all along the way.
Great areas for taking pictures.
More pictures.
We ventured into an orchard
to get the "bugs" out of our legs.
First stop, Rasmussen's
Good Morning!
It was a hard decision which chair to sit on.
We knew just which cherries to buy.
They had over 7 different kinds of cherry samples.
Decisions, decisions...
So many flowers but I liked the Sunflowers!
This is the farm I want to buy!
Absolutely breathtaking!
Second stop, Lavender farm.
Oh, the smell!!
And you could hear the buzzing from all the bees.
Oh, look!
What is she doing?
This farm had artists sitting around painting.
More pictures.
Of course we had to do some "girl" shopping.
They even had samples to try.
The guys found a bench to sit on.
There wasn't a bad seat anywhere.
The on site distillery, where they extract the lavender oil.
This is the ceiling in the store.
When the little ones needed naps, we took "Nap Road Trips" (scenic drives).
We saw hundreds of Windmills.
Hood River
After a long day, we need ice cream.
Even the little guy had bites.
Shopping, in downtown Hood River.
Of course, it's a toy store.
"Grandma, will you buy me some shoes?"
These were outside a shoe store.
Another "Nap Road Trip".
This drive is just a few miles down the
road from the town of Hood River.

That is where we drove up to and took pictures.
Last day, heading home.
We drove to Pendleton, Oregon.
Home of the woolen mills.
More pictures.

New toy.
It's a stick horse.
It's name is now, "Pendleton Oregon"
Last stop before heading home is Hamley & Co.
This is a huge cowboy store.
Yee Haw!
We just had to try on a saddle!
They make them in the back.
Look closely, through those windows.

Hamley's also makes cowboy hats.
Got to try on a hat while sitting in the saddle.

Not everyone likes to wear a cowboy hat.

More pictures.

Couldn't resist.
These are cowboy chaps.

Heading home through Eastern Washington.
Nothing but wheat farms
This is a farm out in the middle of nowhere.
double click to enlarge

In the middle of nowhere!

Long day.

Almost home!



  1. Christine,
    Your photos are breathtaking!
    It looks like fun was had by all!
    I agree with you, I love the farm too!
    Dee Dee

  2. What a delightful trip. I enjoyed coming along for the great scenes. Loved the colored chairs!

  3. We had so much fun. Thank you, thank you!!

  4. Lovely! Love that mountain! We have NO mountains in Ohio! ha. I bet that lavender farm was sooo neat!

  5. WOW!!!
    Those are some amazing views and you captured them beautifully!!
    I'm glad you had such a fun trip. :)

  6. Amazing photos. Looks like everyone had a fun time. Jude

  7. Don't we just live in the most beautiful area? And we can be somewhere else beautiful in an hour or two. We can be in another state or country even in a short while.

    Looks like you guys had a great time. The kids were troopers too. I love the specific places you went. Places I've never been.

    have a fun rest of the summer,

  8. Shew!! Now I need a nap.;) Thanks for the tour. Beautiful one, too.

    That Ice Cream shop looked like fun...and yummy. I had to take a double take on those huge flip-flops. Are you sure you aren't getting into trick photography? Cuz, then you had us double click to enlarge one of the farm photos... how'd you do that?

  9. Hi,
    I just stopped over from Diana's blog "To Everything A Season." What a fun trip! And your photos are fantastic! Of course they make me homesick as I lived in the Seattle area for 18 years. Both my children were born and raised there and now we live in Florida.
    I guess my heart will always thrill at the sight of mountains and evergreens though.

  10. Now that looks like an AWSOME trip!Beautiful scenery, wish I were able to take that trip. Jackie

  11. Don't you think that blogging about your adventures makes them all the more special? There is just something about looking back, choosing pictures, and writing comments that creates wonderful reflections. What a fun adventure you had!

  12. Mary,
    Our grand daughter loves to look at my blog. She talks about it with her mom. Then calls me and we talk about the pictures. Not just the vacations but ALL my posts.
    I really do it for her (and Levi) and anyone else who wants to visit.

  13. What a fun adventure, and all of the pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!


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