Mount St. Helens, WA KOA Kampground

November 30, 2015

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This was another super fun campground at which we stayed.

(Grammar police got into me, sorry.  Oh, and no, I didn’t spell campground wrong in the title; that’s how they spell it.)

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We had beautiful weather, the playground was fun and not too far away from us.  They had blackberry bushes to munch next to the dog area, so Handsome Hubby ate plenty.

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The bouncy house was up for several hours a day.  This one was for ages 5 and under.  I don’t know why we never got a picture of the one for older kids.

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They had a fun rec room with all kinds of things for kids and adults to do.

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And while we did take advantage of the rec room, we tended to hang out at the blackberry patch or the bouncy house.  We got enough blackberries that I might have made a pie or even jam.  However, they never lasted long enough for that.

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May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Bigfoot – near Mount St. Helens, Washington

November 10, 2015

One thing we found was that Big foot is well, big, in Oregon & Washington.

Stories even went so far as to say that sightings pretty much stopped after Mount Saint Helen’s exploded in 1980.

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So it goes without said that some people believe that the volcano killed him.

At least the one in that area.

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This statue was actually the replacement for the original one that was badly damaged when Mount Saint Helen’s erupted.

May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Hood River Lavender Farms – Hood River, Oregon

November 9, 2015

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I love lavender.

I will generally pick it out for a scent in candles, lotion, hand soap, even hand sanitizer.

Knowing this, Handsome Hubby suggested we visit a lavender farm as Oregon & Washington has a lot of them.

Did I mention how awesome my husband is?

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He even overheated the car’s engine just to get us there.

(We had the camper attached and had to go up a steep hill, only to find out that there was another way that wouldn’t have been so hard on the engine… ah well… you live and learn.)

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It was truely a fun place.

However, we got there with thirty minutes to spare.  So while I was in the store.  The kids entertained themselves with bubbles.

I tell you, the air smelled wonderful.

My thought, while shopping in the store was, “I bet they don’t have many irate customers, since lavender is a stress reducing and calming.”

Anyway, it made ME giggle.

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This is one of my favorite pictures of the day.

We took these right before leaving with my essential oil (that they make themselves!) and my lavender, pear, cherry marmalade.  The marmalade was good, but was a bit too strong of lavender.  If I were to make it, I would have liked a little less.  Weird coming from me, I know.  I just wanted to taste the cherry & pear too that they also grew there.

2015-07-25 17.16.57Overall though, it was a great stop and oh, so worth it.

May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Craters of the Moon – Arco, Idaho

November 7, 2015

I had never heard of Craters of the Moon before when Tim suggested we go there.  At the time, we had seen so many parks that they all started to look the same.  We needed something drastically different.  Craters of the moon fit the bill.

Ok, so picture this.  You’re driving along a hilly countryside like this one.

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And then you start seeing black spots dotting the landscape.  At first they look as if it was caused by a fire, but then you realize it’s black rock.

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I realize this picture is a little blurry, but it was quite windy that day.  In the distance behind Princess, you’ll see a black spot.  It’s similar to where she’s standing, black rock.  According to scientist Craters of the Moon was a major spot for volcanos, thus all the black rock.  As the earth’s crusts move, the volcano moved eventually landing in what’s now Yellowstone.

2015-07-16 16.10.20This one is called Inferno Cone.  The cone is made up of little black rocks that reacted a little like sand.  At the top of that hill in the distance, it actually goes up even more.  No one was more glad than I to actually make it to the top.

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It was windy that day and it blew even harder at the top, but it was worth it.

Another fun aspect to Craters were the lava tubes.  Lava tubes are formed when the lava forms bubbles and then cools.  It feels a little like going caving, but the landscape is drastically different.  At least every other spot I’ve gone caving is covered in trees, I don’t know about you.

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Inside the tubes didn’t go far, at least the one we went in, before hitting a spot that had had the roof crumble.  So there was an abundance of light.

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And last, but not least, are Spatter cones.  It’s really just like it sounds.  It’s a cone that formed because of lava.  However, while lava spattered up like hot bacon grease out of the cone, no lava actually flowed out of the cone.  It just spattered, cooled, and hardened.

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Ok, fun story: We were up near the mouth of this spatter cone looking around when we took this picture.

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The rails are there to protect people from falling in and climbing around the cone.  We found out that Superman could put his foot between the bars.  Don’t worry, his foot didn’t get stuck.  But as Handsome Hubby took this picture, Superman’s shoe came off on the other side of the fence.  The part that goes straight down.  Luckily his shoe landed next to the fence and not down the hole.  But there were some anxious moments while we tried to figure out how to get his shoe.  Needless to say, this is what we think of when we see the spatter cones.  We did get the shoe back.  I think C.J. or Princess were able to reach it by putting their arm through the bars.

May God bless your socks off, as He has ours!

Rachel


Swimming Pool Humor

November 6, 2015

So, some pool signs just need to be shared.

They’re funny, but definitely get the point across.

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And this one has to be my favorite.

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May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Arco, Idaho KOA

November 6, 2015

The Arco, Idaho KOA was one of our favorite campgrounds on our trip.

It was cheap.  It was nice.  They served waffles every morning for free.

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It had a nice playground.  It was cheap.

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They had pool that Handsome Hubby and the kids used quite often.

(I’m a whimp, what can I say?)

And it was cheap.

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They also had a daily ice cream social that at the end, a Park Ranger from nearby Craters of the Moon would come by and share information on the park.

Superman has an arrowhead, in case you can’t tell.

I can’t remember if they were coming from or going to swim.

They swam frequently.

May God bless your socks off!

Rachel