It's a Wonderful Life…

with the Mace family.

Our trip to Portland.

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Well, I haven’t blogged in quite a bit.  I know, I know.  I really was going to, but with N traveling for work a bit more, being a single mom zaps me.  The last thing I want to do is write.  But I come with good news!  We now have a bit of a routine established, therefore I will be able to blog in the afternoons when I have a bit more energy.  Yay!

At the end of last month, Sept 29th, to be exact, we headed down to Portland, Or for N’s work.  We spent four full days there and had some fun.  The hotel pool and cable are always a novelty when we travel, so we def spent some time with both of those things.  Plus we went out and did a few things.  We went shopping at Ikea, which is just fun and inspiring.  B got a new desk out of it plus new desk chair, and Gav got a new duvet to cover the old Thomas comforter we have from B’s younger days.  This thing is more than seven years old and still going strong!  We visited a well known and very large book store.  It takes up almost a whole city block and is several floors.  Of course, we couldn’t leave without buying some books for the boys!  We sat in there for a few hours, and would have stayed longer if N didn’t have to go to work, and read books.  It was great just to walk the aisles.  The boys found so many books that they wanted.  The selection was incredibly huge, one has to wonder if they don’t carry almost every book available.  This was bigger than our library here, and to give you an idea of just how big, it was bigger than the Fairfield County Library last time I was there.  We also spent a day around the Columbia River Gorge area just east of Portland.  Beautiful!  We went in search of one waterfall, made a wrong turn, and ended up finding something so much better.  The boys really enjoyed it.  It was cold and damp, but they were troopers, hiking to see the several waterfalls we saw.  The first waterfall we stumbled upon was Wahkeena Falls.  A little farther up, we discovered Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon is 611 ft tall.  It was incredibly tall and really loud.  We walked along the bridge and felt the mist on our faces.  I will post a video I have of this for you to see.  We tried to walk up to the top of the falls, but 3/4 of the way up Gav needed to use the bathroom.  So we turned around and headed down.  The walk was very steep, a constant incline with switchbacks all the way up.  It was a mile long hike, but seemed so much longer when you are constantly heading up.

After this, we were pretty tired, so we headed back toward the hotel.  On the way back, B convinced me to take a turn where we were originally supposed to.  There we saw Laurel Falls, which was our intended destination.  What a blessing though to have missed that turn.  We wouldn’t have seen Multnomah Falls otherwise.  We enjoyed Laurel Falls too, and the drive back was much more scenic than the drive there since we took the scenic highway back to the hotel.  When we told N what we had seen, he wanted to go there too, so Friday morning that is exactly what we did to start our mini vacation….

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