S: FaMILY VaCaTIoN............2010
1: Families are what makes life rich. Love is what binds us together. Joy is being surrounded by both.
2: Getting ready to hit the road! | gear... check. seatbelts... check. stuff to do... check. starbucks... check. let's go!
4: Driving through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, & Montana We saw some pretty fabulous sights along the way!
6: The view from where I'm sitting...
9: We got across the border into Canada and decided to stop at the Duty-Free store to use the restroom and ask for a dinner recommendation. We were sent to Dave's for "the best burgers in town". And Dave did not disappoint. What a delicious first meal in Canada! We had fun eating the poutine - fries with gravy & cheese!
10: Rockin' the Roadtrip!
12: Sooooo happy to see Nana!! | Reunited!
14: Pedicures with Nana!!
16: Lindsay Roth and I spent a day heading down to camp where we met 18 years prior... it was a day of nostalgia, fond memories, and catching up on life. A special day with a dear old friend. Not that we are old!!
18: Meeting Baby Blake!!
24: A Family Dinner
25: A bonfire at the farm. We roasted marshmallows and enjoyed the warm fire on a chilly Alberta night.
27: there were moments on the trip where we just sat back in awe of the blessing it was to be away together. we are a lively bunch, this family of ours. a bunch of chiefs, really. and the grace abounds, so when it is good, it is really, really good. for that we are grateful.
28: an urban hike
30: the edmonton corn maze
32: date night
33: Nana was gracious enough to babysit for us so we could have a much-needed date night. It was the only one of our trip, and we enjoyed the evening very much. We went to the Edmonton Fringe Festival, where we took in several street shows and some microbrews as well as some gyros & some elephant ears. The most entertaining of all the shows was Becky Hoops - who was basically a hula-hooping Barbie. She made us cry we laughed so hard!
34: The Baptism of Blake Ryder Honored Godparents: Tim & Stacey
36: surrounded by family... | surrounded by love.
40: A Visit With Old Friends
45: Camping in Jasper National Park | It was cold, but we had an awesome time roughing it!
49: The Columbia Icefields Jasper National Park Athabasca Glacier
50: Entering British Columbia on day 2 of our camping adventure. We were excited to make it all the way to Revelstoke for dinner & camping! We ate at a little place in town called The Village Idiot. We stayed at a darling campground called The Lamplighter. We loved it there!
53: Nestled into the lush BC forest, just south of Revelstoke is the most darling attraction. The Enchanted Forest had us from hello. We were entranced by the beauty and charm at every turn. The pages that follow tell the story of that enchantment...
60: The drive from Revelstoke to Harrison Hot Springs, which as it turns out was the one dud of the trip. No actual hotsprings to be found, a town that smelled like horse dung, and it was freezing!! We couldn't wait to leave!
61: The only redeeming part of the Executive Hotel in Harrison was the hottub, or so we thought. Then Timmy got a rash. Ugh. We checked out of the place right after that! | We had breakfast at a little place and it was atrocious. We were the only customers and it took like 40 minutes for the food to come. Needless to say, we gave it a thumbs down!
62: Our visit to Vancouver, BC. The main goal was to see the Olympic Torch. And we did it!! We also enjoyed watching seaplanes, and taking the seabus across to North Vancouver for dinner.
66: Back in the United States!
67: Due to large amounts of construction craziness in Vancouver, we decided to drive into the night to get out of there! While we attempted to find a hotel someplace outside of Vancouver in Langley, or Abbotsford we had no luck. At some point we got so irritated with the construction traffic and lack of interstates, that we decided to head back to the States a day early. Crossing the border was really no issue since the border guard was more interested in talking about our Arizona governor than he was talking about us & our business. After re-fueling on diet coke & coffee, we drove to Seattle. We spent the night in a little town near Seattle, at quite possibly the worst little motel ever. We put our own sheets on the bed & everything! The next morning the Mama got to sleep in while Daddy took the kiddos to breakfast. We then began a long travel day after deciding to get to California as quickly as possible! It was a fun travel day. The kids watched a lot of movies, we encountered a lot of traffic near Tacoma, and then again around Portland. We really didn't stop much in Oregon at all. We had sword fights at a rest stop, and Timmy picked our lunch place: a gas station restaurant which turned out to be pretty darn tasty! That night crossing into California was hysterical, as they had their own border patrol - as if they are their own country. And what were the guards checking for? Fresh fruits!!! Bizarre.
68: Our hotel in Crescent City, CA. A delightful treat to hear the sound of the ocean crashing 25 yards from our balcony!! The kids first experience of the ocean was definitely impressive!
70: The BEACH!! Just south of Crescent City, we spotted our first sandy beach! We all jumped out to go play for a few minutes before hitting the road again!
72: We pulled off the side of the road when we saw a hiking trail through the Giants of the Redwoods. We threw on our hoodies, and grabbed our camera for a little jaunt into this awe-inspiring world!
74: We drove into this Redwood Tree, and took pics, but we were too wide to drive through! Great fun!
75: Sights along the 101 in California. Beautiful Coastline, Redwood Forest, Wine Country, and of course, traffic.
77: Carmel-by-the-Sea | A Day at the Beach - which was by far the most relaxing, and enjoyable day of the trip!
84: Happy Family
89: In the middle of the night on our way home, we realized how close we were to our dear friends the Thompsons! So we texted them at midnight, and Erika called right away, telling us to come sleep at their place. It was such a blessing and an incredible way to wrap up our trip! The next morning, the kids played while we all drank coffee. Turns out it was JD's first day of 1st grade! We took pictures and wished him well. And then we left for home! They are such wonderful friends!