So here goes: The Rest of the 2014 Adventures with Tim and Peggy Story... Its epic!
May 25-26 Memorial Weekend
Once we got life back to a good routine after our awesome bucket-list worthy trip to the Yucatan (previous post), we were ready to kick off the summer with our (almost annual) backpack trip out to Graveyard of the Giants via our secret(ish) back door: Scott's Creek.
It is always a bit tricky to find the right forest road, but it is always worth it! It would take us 4 or 5 hours of hiking in the sand to get to these remote beaches that we love. So nice I married a map head! The trail is not maintained, and is straight up into the primordial forest and then straight down to the beach, but always worth it! Check those tide charts! There are a couple of heads to navigate at low tide only!
|I love these beaches: surf, sand, rocks, logs, grass, forest and the occasional glass float.|
|Our camp was well above the high tide mark in the trees. Our neighbors were not so wise and camped out on the beach, below the hide tide mark....um a nice wave came in and put out their fire! Pilgrims....|
|Panoramic of "our" beach with my new camera.|
For Christmas, the kids purchased us some Seattle Sounder gear and tickets to some games! Absolute fun! Seattle does a classy job and each game is a sensory experience! This is game two that KB and Zac got for us! Sounder's Game 5/31
|Panoramic of Seattle from the ferry on the way into the stadium.|
|Tim always wanted a Sounder "kit". He has lost 55 pounds since this picture was taken!|
|Pregame warm-ups! It was nice in that sun!|
|This just happened to be the game winning shot!|
Day Hike up Dosewallips 6/7
|You can see where the road used to go; the forest is now taking it back over. The grade is easy to hike....mostly.|
|Tim brought a small tarp (always be prepared!) and after laying it out we took a nice nap in the sunshine before heading the 5 miles back to the car.|
|The old campground still has fire pits and picnic tables along the river. There is a ranger station there still that is manned in the summer.|
Katie and Zac Surprise visit with camping 6/27
One evening, we were at home and thinking about what to prepare for dinner and my youngest called for a chat. At the end of the discussion about our possible dinner solutions, Katie and Zac surprise ME with a visit! They live in Utah and were in Puyallup for a family wedding! They had made secret plans with Tim, so it was a surprise for me! Actually the surprise was on them....there wasn't much in the house for dinner!
|Eating teriyaki at Chungs in Poulsbo!|
|Eagles are always a happy site!|
|Zac and Katie checking out the flotsam on the beach.|
|Around the bend there was a beached sailboat! Somebody forgot to tie up his boat!|
Normally we have been taking one long backpack trip into the Olympics, but this year, Tim just didn't want to. So we planned a road trip to a part of the state that we wanted to explore:
SE Washington, Central Oregon and a loop out to the Oregon Coast at Newport: July 5-8
So our road trips are not really planned, we just have an idea of what we want to see, no idea where we will camp or stay depending on the circumstances and we eat out of the grocery stores along the way. The unknown is kind of the fun for us--drives our children crazy! (It is one of the perks of an empty nest) ....maybe the grandkids one year will like to have an adventure with us!
|Being from the western side of the state, it was really nice to be in he heat with an air conditioner! As we were driving along we saw this huge rock escarpment rising out of the ground. We drove over to check it out!|
|This is what it is up close! Smith River State Park in Oregon. Wow! Very cool rock formations with a lazy winding river. Lots of hiking opportunities, but we opted to not get out and hike.|
|Turns out this replica of Stonehenge in Goldendale is a WW1 monument; plaques with names of those local young men that served are on the cement walls.|
|Sign indicates Mt. Hood is 50 miles left, Mt. St. Helens is 70 miles , then Mt. Adams 45 miles, with Mt. Rainier on the right, 85 miles away. We viewed several others besides those our trip!|
|Tim remembers visiting these lava flows when he was young. They went on forever!|
|The PCT and the scenic road runs right through this lava flow!|
|There on the top of that hill (left) there is a structure built by the CCC. It is called the observatory. Lava rocks were stacked, leaving windows ( open slots) that framed all the local peaks and lava vents in the area.|
|Each window space / slit had a name plaque on it, with a corresponding map on the wall.|
|All made of the surrounding lava rock. Very cool. We are always finding little things like this on our back road jaunts!|
|After a beautiful drive through forests and lava fields we came upon this view of the 3 Sisters.|
|The wind was howling; we had to lean in to keep upright and Tim had to put his had in his pocket.|
|The area the light house was in bird sanctuary and we had to pay the fee to see it! It was beautiful, but the wind was crazy!|
It was time to find something to eat so we made our way into Newport. Past visits were always the other side of the harbor, but this time we got to the more west side.
|We watched this woman clear and fillet the catch from one of those fishing charter boats. She was so fast; it as amazing to watch her work!|
|As we wondered around the tourist shops, it reminded me of Poulsbo, except Newport is still a working port with small glimpses of fishermen going about their business just block away from Mo's; talk about fresh!|
|My parents used to make a point of stopping at Mo's. They love the clam chowder (New England red). They also enjoy my Ivar's (white) when they can get it! Mo's was really busy; we had lunch after a substantial wait.|
|Depot Bay, Oregon - Smallest harbor in the world according to the sign. We watched a coast guard cutter navigate this tiny passage into the harbor. I wonder if they try it when the surf is up?|
One of the really difficult parts of being empty nesters with our kids spread "all over creation" (Utah, Colorado and Texas), is that we miss them---especially when they bless us with another grandbaby! Marc and Jesica and Kyron welcomed Paxton Carter to their family on July 23rd, so my amazing husband said "Lets go meet the newest member of the family!" Quick Trip to meet Paxton 7/19-20
|Yes were are crazy! We left home on Friday afternoon, visited Saturday, and got back home Sunday night about midnight with enough sleep to survive Monday work! Hey, its only about a 15 hour drive, each way! Yeah for great gas mileage!|
|Grandpa and Kyron building and bonding over guy stuff.|
|Grammy getting her fix holding Paxton, grandchild #8!|
We love having Heather's family visit us! We could not stand the idea of missing a chance to play with them, so they came for a two-week visit. I know Ethan missed them very much, but we were so happy to have them!
We had some car problems the night before their arrival. The Snelson's loaned us their van so we could pick them up from the airport without renting a car! So thankful for them!
Next day we kind of hung around until the truck repairs were completed. Then we packed both the 4Runner and the Corolla with kids and gear and struck out on our first adventure: Camping at Grayland south of Westport!
We arrived just as it was getting dark, but Grandpa was ready with headlamps for everyone. Camp was set up and tucked in for the night. Next day was a fun mix of surf, sun and fog! So fun!
|Rafe is ready to go!|
|Love this smiler in the hat!|
|We had a small walk to the bathroom (which had hot showers). So we made a few trips--no accidents!|
|At home, Heather and crew helped us break in our newly completed fire pit. We made s'mores hung-out and talked r a day at our local beaches.|
|I think Eliza really liked the huge aquarium.|
After the aquarium, there was the Olde Curiosity Shoppe and some Ivar's food--of course! This is Seattle!
We were not done camping however! Heather said that she had never been up to Mount Rainier NP. So were camped near the entrance to the Park, viewed all of its awesome beauty at Sunrise then drove around to Paradise to close out the day and saw a completely different perspective on the mountain. We even caught the wild flowers right!
|At Sunrise, you are high up, right next to the mountain. The view are specatular from the Ranger's log cabin. You can see the climbers on the mountain from here.|
|The Bratts have a great tradition of doing the Junior Ranger program at each state park they visit. Here Liam and Eliza are working on theirs. It took them all day, but they kept after each requirement!|
|Wildflowers on the mountain were spectaular!|
|Lunch at Sunrise in the sunshine! Then it was time to pack up and head for Paradise--the other side of Mt. Rainier!|
|My first born with 3 of her kids hiking the trail to the falls. Rafe was in the pack on one of the grandparents.|
|Eliza took this one with my camera of Mt. Rainier.|
|Heather B! Looking great!|
|Alongside the trail up to the waterfall. The flowers were superior!|
|Heather crossing the creek into Marymere Falls. The kids were great hikers!|
|We played around in the water at Lake Crescent Lodge with lunch and rafting at Poele.|
|Jamestown S'Kallam tribal center has beautiful art everywhere -- stellar gift shop!|
All to soon, it was time to head to the airport! But before leaving, the kids made a visit to "our Betty"! She has been our go-to grandmother for all our local and church functions and has become our adopted grandmother in Washington! Love her!
|Betty with Heather|
Afton, Liam, Rafe, Eliza
Every few months I fly home to give some assistance to my aging parents in CA. It has become a tradition of late to also go to lunch with some of the gals from high school! We always have fun catching up on each other's news and they have proven to be a great strength to me! I look forward to it every time! Lisa always gets us together!
|This time Shirley's husband braved the gathering even! |
There were perhaps 20 of us this time; each gathering grows in numbers!
|Brad performed the ordinance and I goy to speak on the Holy Ghost.|
|Artie, Vere, Jeannie, Richard, Brad, Penny, Shelby, Laurel and daughter, me, Amy and Keith|
|I also got to see my great neice Kourtney at the Butte County Fair as a future Little Missette. She was adorable!|
Dose overnighter 8/30-31
Never ones to waste the fine weather of summer, not long after my return from CA, we made plans for an overnighter up the Dose. This time I took my water coloring supplies and painted while Tim did some fishing! There was an afternoon shower, so we took a nap in the tent. We were just about the only ones up there on Labor Day weekend!
|No mirror, so you use the camera to check things out!|
Mud run, Liam Baptism, Paxton Blessing 9/5-7
It seems that we like to squeeze as much family fun as we can into each and every quickie visit we make! The kids were kind enough to time everything this weekend whirlwind so we could do it all with a minimum of missing work! We flew in to Denver and spent time with our Colorado kids...
|Katie and Zac drove from SLC so Katie and Heather could participate in a 5 K mud run in Colorado. We got to go watch. They were not this clean in the end.|
|To be safe they taped their shoes to their ankles so the shoes wouldn't be lost. I hope to participate with Heather next year! |
Way fun to watch---
That evening was grandchild #2, Liam's baptism. He was so cute and paid close attention to his grandpa's talk on the Holy Ghost and how important it is to learn to listen and obey his directions. We stayed up late, but got up early to head back over the mountain to SLC for Paxton's baby blessing.
|Beautiful scenery that early in the morning.|
|This is a four generation photo: Great- Grandpa Bullock, Papa (my son Marc) holding his sons Paxton and Kyron, and Grandpa "Tim" Bullock (my hubby)|
|Kyron had fun showing grandpa all of his cars and toys.|
|Kyron loves airplanes, so we took some pictures of us inside the plane!|
We told ourselves that they were our Christmas presents to each other this year, but that we would get them now and use them now.... but they were for Christmas....whatever....
It was a little windy but we went about halfway down the lake on our voyage. We had practiced a bit on a sunny day at Island Lake first. We learned a thing or two along the way...like...different lifejackets would work better, and stuff gets wet-- plan accordingly-particularly when the wind blows!
|Glassy smooth, perfect for some time in the new Kayaks!|
|Peggy spent some time painting while Tim fished. Gotta love where we live!|
|Here's the set up. Tim is not completely happy with how long it takes to put the boats up on the truck.|
Summer is fading fast now, and although I love General Conference, we MUST go out one more time before the snows fly! The colors are showing in the pass so we head for Wenatchee.
|But first we stop and Tim shows me his Everette workplace and how close it is to Boing Field.|
|We stopped for food along the way at a local grocery store; this was the view from the parking lot. We have not yet gone up into the cascades, but the view was pretty spectacular! I want to say that this is Mount Si!|
|This is a pretty stop we made after traveling up some forest service road, looking for a prospective camp site for the evening. We just sat in the sun and ate a snack, then went in search of another spot.|
|This place was appealing to us.|
Bentley Baby Shower 10/10-12
Katie, Heather and I coordinated plans to fly out to Dallas to attend Sarah's baby shower in Shreveport. LA. We stayed the night at Tim's in Fort Worth, then he drove us the 4 hours to Louisiana where Sarah is from.
After the shower, Sarah showed us around her childhood home and the town she grew up in. We attended a street fair with some nice live music and enjoyed the local river walk shopping.
|Peggy, Sarah, Hether,Rafe, Katie|
KB, Heather, Rafe, and I stayed at one of the Casinos in town for the night, then Time drove us home to Dallas, stopping at the stockyards to enjoy the fun atmosphere there and give Heather a chance to see the area.
|Sarah made sure we stayed at one of the Casinos in the "right" part of town! This was our room for the night|
|Tim, Peggy, Rafe, Katie and Heather at the Stockyards in Fort Worth. Tons of Cowboy shopping at its finest!!|
|Big Sportsman's place with allegators out front. Tim treated us to some target practice on virtual target range; there is a massive aquarium inside too! This place is cool!.|
Just had to toss this in! We didn't get to see her run, but the picture is priceless!
|October right after our whirlwind trip, Katie ran her first half-marathon back in Utah. She was so proud and so done!|
Condo at West Port 11/1-2
Tim had access to a condo right on the beach at West Port. So on a promising weekend we made the dash out to enjoy a couple of nights.
|View from the balcony|
|Those dots are surfers.|
|Surfers in the water with wet suits|
The water views were awesome. We just strolled the beaches and the harbor and dodged the rain and Peggy painted a lot. It was simple and nice. Being winter, there were not many places opened, but we came prepared. We did find one Greek restaurant that was sooo yummy! The food was super fresh and well prepared! I look forward to eating there again!
Turkey Shoot 11/27
Empty nesters can run amuck sometimes when left to their own entertainment devices. After a yummy meal with just the two of us, we had a contest shooting inflated rubber surgical gloves, marked to resemble turkeys. We used a BB gun; loser had to wash dishes--Tim won. Then we went to a movie.
Sol Duc 11/28
Day after, we needed something to do. I had never been up to Sol Duc falls so we made the drive out onto the peninsula to make the one mile hike into the falls.
|First bridge over the creek|
|Shelter up near the falls|
|It wasn't raining, that is spray from the river and falls!|
You may remember, (or you may have heard in the news) that they have removed the two hydro- electric dams on the Elwha River. They built an observation platform on the top of the old dam; we stopped to see what things look like now that the work is done.
|Lots of silt in the water today due to the rain.|
|River bed changes course regularly in the "old" lake bed|
|Elwha River Valley|
|Our son Tim Jr. holding his Christmas present Bentley James (#9)!|
December Storm Damage 12/12/14
Wind storms are a staple in the PNW. We are used to losing power and having trees blown down. This particular night, it sounded like a 747 was trying to land on the house, so we decided it was the prudent thing to go sleep in the basement, just in case. This is what we woke up to!
|neighbors tree almost got us!|
Our neighbors both had trees damage their houses, but we were fortunate to only have arm sized limbs in the yard-- some planted 6 or 7 inches deep in the yard! It took several hours on Saturday to clean it up!
We enjoyed several hours of Facetime with the kids opening gifts "together" with them. Among all of the great gifts and time spent together was this stellar news: Katie and Zac are providing grandbaby #10 in August 2015! The blessings of our Heavenly Father have been great! Best Wishes for a smooth and blessed 2015!