Sunday, September 10, 2017

Floating, Camping, and watching the Eclipse

Floating the Willamette
After work one night in August we went and floated the Willamette River. We put in our raft at Island Park and got out near the Rose Garden across from Valley River Mall.  It was a great float.  Aria didn't feel terribly safe and spent most of the time barking orders at Tara and I to row faster, and we pretended she was Captain Hook.  There were a couple places on the river with some small rapids, which evoked opposite reactions from the kids. Zade loved it, and Aria didn't.

We spent Sunday Night at my parents house in Corvallis, and watched the Eclipse with them in their backyard.  Since their home was in the path of totality, we thought it would be a better place to watch the Eclipse.  Up until the moon fully covered the sun, the eclipse seemed a bit overrated.  However, for the 1.5-2 minutes of totality, it was awesome.  At that point we took off our solar glasses (since you couldn't see anything through them) and could see a glowing ring around a black dot.  The sky looked like it was twilight, even though it was just around 10:20am, and the temperature had dropped dramatically as the eclipse began covering the sun.  Aria began doing cartwheels and Zade and Ryzen began running in circles celebrating.

Family Camp
We went up to Big Lake near Hoodoo for a family camp.  Tara took the kids up for the first two days while I worked and I came up for the last 2 days.  

Aria loved rock climbing.

Tara talked the kids into burying Ryzen in the sand.  He loved it.

Check out this sweet action shot.  Aria's arrow is in mid flight. 

Aria also got way into paddle boarding.  She eventually went out by herself for over an hour.

We drove a short bit and hiked around Sahalie Falls.  It was gorgeous.

Even though there was a forest fire burning near Sisters, most days the air cleared up and we were able to have fun with the kids outdoors. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017


A bunch of tiny flogs live in a plant right outside our front door.  The kids love them!

We've also been having fun picking all the wild blackberries that grow throughout Eugene.  We went on a fun bike ride by the Willamette river, and picked a bunch.

Afterwards we got ice cream at Prince Puecklers, a local gourmet ice cream shop.  It was delicious.

Tara has read a lot of books to the kids over the summer, but one that they enjoyed more than others was Captain Underwear.  Zade and Ryzen felt inspired one day and decided they would masquerade as that crusader.

Aria and Zade also went to Camp Harlow this past week while Dane was away at the AAA Annual meeting in San Diego.  They had a great time.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

2017 Summer trip to Utah

Gardens at Thanksgiving Point

Boating at Jordanelle
We went boating with Tara's parents and Ryan and Dani.

Dani taught Tara to surf on the wake of the boat. 

Tara picked it up the first time.  I was impressed. 

Hogle Zoo

We ate at a nice German restaurant in downtown Salt Lake.

Trout Farm in Ogden Utah
Within a half hour, Zade masterfully caught 7 fish!  He was so proud.

Swimming in the Crater

Heber Creeper
We went on a train ride out in Heber Valley.

Ryan & Dani's
We roasted marshmallows up in Summit Park.

Tara and I ran a 10K for the 24th of July in downtown Salt Lake City.  It started at 6am, so we got up early.  Neither Tara or I have been doing much training.  We only run 1-2 days a week.  Despite that, we did alright.  Tara finished in 52:07 (~8:24 minute pace), and Dane finished in 44:32 (~7:11 minute pace).
 Here we are with our ridiculous participation medals. :)


Baby Strollers
Nova and Kyra love pushing their dolls in their strollers.

Grandkid Pic
Terry and Jerry gathered up all the grand kids that were around for a fun pic.

Fishing Again
After we drove back from Utah (in a single day), we settled back into life as usual. One evening, we headed out to the Willamette river and Zade decided to take his net and go fishing again. Unfortunately this time he got skunked.  Not quite as easy as the trout farm. :)