Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Words on Wednesday - Travel

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Last weekend we took the trailer @5 hours North and camped near Mt St Helens, a place I have never visited.  I was a little girl living in Alaska when it blew in 1980, but Steve remembers fishing on a local lake with his family and hearing what they thought sounded like a sonic boom, only to later learn on the news that the volcano erupted (you know, because it was the stone age, long before Iphones and the Internet, lol).

Morgan could barely sleep the night before we left, just like her dad when he was a kid, becuase she was so excited and could hear Mom and Dad getting the trailer loaded with food and supplies.  Even though this means a kiddo was rustling around after bedtime, that makes my heart happy, because I know that it wouldn't matter where we were headed.  Our kids LOVE camping and I think it's becuase it's 1000% family time without the distractions.  Sure, we only had 1 bar of service on my cell phone and I would have loved to utilize my Pinterest App or receive an email once in a while, but in general, it was so great to get away with our family.  We met up with other family from my side, and even though it rained the whole time, we ended up having a great time!

On Monday before we came home we drove up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, and if you ever get a chance to travel to Washington and want to check out the only volcano eruption in the lower 48 in our lifetime of this magnitude, I'd definitely recommend this observatory in particular.  It's practically in the mouth of the volcano and very awe inspiring.  When we were there we had a bank of cloud cover cutting off the middle section, but even with that it was quite breathtaking.  There's an @15 minute movie you can watch in their auditorium that was entertaining and quite educational about the actual event too. 

Anyway....  travel.  Even if it's just camping in the backyard, or taking the kiddos down the road for a picnic, I think all families should unplug and get away from the routine once in a while for family bonding.  It makes me smile, thinking of the memories we are creating for our kids, and hoping that when they are grown up, these trips and fun adventures we went on when they were young are something they'll always remember.

Have a great Wednesday!  Davinie


  1. I have had the pleasure of traveling once to Washington and we did go to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. It started snowing on the way up the mountain and it was a total white out once we got up there. I would have loved to really see it. When anyone asks where I want to go on vacation I always say Oregon/Washington because I would love love to go back.

    Glad you had a great time on your vacay!

  2. We were just up to your part of the country last August for a wedding. Tacoma and Seattle to be exact. My son would have loved seeing that observatory, but our time was so, so limited unfortunately!
    We will have to go back some day :)
    And I agree! Even a simple over night away is enough for me sometimes!!

  3. We visited there years ago, probably about 12 years ago, and it was really cool to see it. Glad you all had a good time.

  4. Sounds like a fantastic trip!

  5. time well spent, Dav! :)

  6. Such a beautiful post today!!! I love the poster you used too!

    Happy Summer!!!!!!