Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Last week was Spring Break and we actually took a real vacation! For 5 full days! I had almost forgotten what vacationing with my little guys was like... It all came flooding back soon enough. Remind me why I went on vacation again? Oh yes, FUN! Thaaat's right.

We rented a 2 BR, 2 BA condo with a full kitchen in the small town of Welches, Oregon, which is located at the base of Mt. Hood and is about 45 minutes east of Portland. What I loved about this place was that there was a great playground just across the driveway from our unit and they also had a heated pool (85 degrees). We ended up swimming on a snowy day and it was really strange being in the warm water but then having the freezing cold snow land on your face and shoulders. 

I was born and raised in Oregon, so I found myself reminiscing as we enjoyed some of my favorite places. Oregon is truly a beautiful place and it was fun to share some of its treasures with my boys!

We packed up a whole bunch of food so we could cook in our condo, keeping the boys on their allergy-free diet (or close to it...). I admit, cheating was allowed in moderation. It was vacation, after all! We planned some day trips and excursions and also allowed ourselves some down time. Although with our boys, there is never really down time unless it's the middle of the night. By the time we got back home we had logged 900 miles! And, I have to tell you, I think this was our most successful vacation with the boys to date. There were no major meltdowns the entire time. Now that's what I call progress!   

Below are a few pictures from our week.  

View from the back patio. This is where we saw deer each night.

View from the front of the condo. We got about 3 inches of snow.

The view from Crown Point outside the Vista House.

Multnomah Falls as seen from our parking spot.

We got drenched by the falls!

View from the falls looking toward the Columbia Gorge.
The Astoria Bridge at the northwest tip of Oregon.
Having fun with sticks at Cannon Beach.
A nice shot of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.
Courtesy of Monkey, this is to remind you where we were.

I hope you enjoyed your Spring Break as much as we did!

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