Adam, Cara and Cambria came out to help us enjoy spring break, and enjoy we did. If I am not mistaken I would say that we saw more in one week than we've seen in the entire time we have been living in Eugene. I, true to form, ignored the camera during the most interesting part of our trip but that is okay because Cara put them on her blog for me to steal. Besides, the truth of life is that those in-between moments where nothing special is going on are some of the best. I loved all the fun places that we went, but I loved just being able to spend time together even more.
What's the point of finding a huge meteorite in your back yard if it isn't for babies to play in it?
One of those in-between moments mentioned earlier.
Rocky loves her aunt Cara and wouldn't stop smiling the whole time she was around.
Cambria is so adorable and interested in everything she sees.
Hiking at Mount Pisgah
It was the first time that we tried out the bike trailer, which only became a success when the girls got out and realized that we were at a really fun park.
The trip took us from Portland over to the coast and back to our very own Eugene. We learned a few good lessons that will come in handy for future trips.
The first one is that barfing can be overcome with a new outfit and one package of wet-wipes.
We know some good places to go in Portland and one of them is Voodoo Donuts where it turns out that ordering a donut the size of a plate may eventually lead to more barfing. Another place to go is Powell's City of Books, but don't go there if you are in any sort of a hurry because it takes several hours just to find your way out, let alone see any books. We unfortunately found out that the Craft Museum is closed on Mondays and that the International Rose Test Garden doesn't start to bloom until May.
It was pretty clear that Rocky and Cambria shared a special bond when their hands and toes turned purple while swimming in the hotel pool and they still both refused to stop having fun. Speaking of the hotel, another good idea is to check that your alarm wasn't set for 5:20 A.M. by the jerk-face that was in the room the night before.
Two of the places that seemed to be favorites were the zoo and the Tillamook Cheese Factory. In one we looked through glass at polar bears and naked mole rats and at the other we looked through glass at hair-netted cheese craftsmen. In both places we in the crowd seemed to be equally thrilled when the objects of interest seemed to look right back at us. Both places also emitted strong smells, I'll let you guess which ones were good.
We proved once and for all that it is fun to camp with two babies in the pouring rain, especially if you have a mini-van and a few Peeps to snack on.
We found that just because it is "Whale Week" and thousands of whales are migrating past your viewpoint there is still no guarantee to see them. But, on the other hand the tide pools at Strawberry Hill and the seals at Yaquina Bay were awesome to anyone who was couragous enough to brave the cold rain to explore them.
We learned that Salt and Vinegar almonds are good and that veggie burgers may be an acquired taste. We tried out some fun restaurants which I can recommend but I would advise that trying a new place just because it has the same name as your grandpa is a risky move and could possibly lead to a less than pleasant experience. Also, while we are on the subject of restaurants, Rocky showed us that it is not a good idea to let her sit within arm's reach of a freshly filled glass of icy Mountain Dew.
Also, if you've ever wondered, one pair of pants, and one pair of socks is sufficient for a week-long trip. And, in case you didn't know, one diaper may successfully get you to the top of Mount Pisgah, but not back down to the bottom.
We had a great time with our visitors and they were perfect guests. We miss them already.