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Travel to Florence, Oregon


We were feeling in the mood for a little getaway over Labor Day weekend but decided rather last minute to do so. Our family had been plagued by a persistent cold which had kept us homebound for several weeks and we were aching to get outside the four walls of our home and breathe in some fresh […]

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Visit Leavenworth, Washington with the kids!


For years we have heard about Leavenworth, Washington and have wanted to visit it. This Bavarian-themed village is nestled on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains and everyone that we have met who has visited this place has described it as being a “magical” location. As I say, it’s been on our list of […]

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Hiking Kootenai Falls/Swinging Bridge in Libby, MT


Hike location: Kootenai Falls & Swinging Bridge. Our family recently went on a road trip from our home in Oregon to western Montana. We were visiting some friends in Northern Idaho and they suggested a particular hike at Kootenai Falls. It’s one of their favorite places to take friends so how could we pass it […]

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Take the Adventure (Even if they don’t remember it.)


When we decided that we wanted to start taking trips as a family – even trips overseas – one of the chief arguments against doing so that we heard was, “But they won’t remember it!” The idea behind that statement is that there’s some money being put into these excursions and it could be deemed “wasteful” […]

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Hiking along Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats, OR, to Opal Pool

Waterfalls at Opal Creek

We have been doing our best to uncover some of the more unique, out-of-the-way places around the Willamette Valley, sometimes with more success than others. Hiking along Opal Creek turned out to be absolutely stellar, and we’re so glad to have made a visit to this amazing area! In the foothills of the cascades, about […]

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Visiting Prince Edward Island


For our tenth wedding anniversary we decided to visit Prince Edward Island which is located on the Eastern side of Canada. It is Canada’s smallest province, boasting roughly 140,000 residents. It is frequently called the “Garden of the Gulf” and it deserves the name. Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Island is a feast […]

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Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon


We recently visited the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Located in the historic Old Town Chinatown District, we consider this a place not to miss seeing if you are ever in Portland. The garden was built by Chinese artisans from Portland’s sister city, Suzhou. It is reported to be one of the most […]

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Visiting Lava Butte at Lava Lands near Bend, OR

Lava Butte at Lava Lands

  On a recent trip to Bend and Sunriver, Oregon, we spent an afternoon visiting Lava Butte, a cinder cone on the northern border of the massive Newberry Volcano (stretching 20 miles in diameter!). From the Lava Lands Visitor Center entrance, we walked the “Trail of Molten Lava”, about 1 mile round trip (lots of ups and […]

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Hiking Smith Rock near Bend, OR

Smith Rock

On a recent family tour of Bend and Sunriver in central Oregon, we stopped for a day at Smith Rock State Park to take in the incredible landscape and get some hiking in. This was a trip of many discoveries for us, not having spent much time in the area previously, and Smith Rock was […]

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