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.
First day is over and we head back to the hotel.
We ate breakfast at the hotel and let mommy sleep in.
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.
We ventured into an orchard
to get the "bugs" out of our legs.
First stop, Rasmussen's
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.
So many flowers but I liked the Sunflowers!
This is the farm I want to buy!
Second stop, Lavender farm.
Oh, the smell!!
And you could hear the buzzing from all the bees.
What is she doing?
This farm had artists sitting around painting.
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.
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.
It's a stick horse.
It's name is now, "Pendleton Oregon"
This is a huge cowboy store.
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.
These are cowboy chaps.
Heading home through Eastern Washington.
Nothing but wheat farms
This is a farm out in the middle of nowhere.
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In the middle of nowhere!