Angels Rest | Columbia Gorge Hike

This hike is a winding trail (#415) on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge that takes you up to great views. It starts at about river level and quickly climbs up through trees and then over boulders before rising to a bluff above the river.  From the top, you’ll get a spectacular 270 degree view of the Gorge, including many landmarks like…

Powell Butte Rediscovered

So continuing on with the outdoors and landscape theme, here is a post from a mid-week hike with two preschool age boys. The decision to take this hike was based on the need to burn up some pent up energy by all three of us. I was thinking to myself that I needed to find a nearby hike and Powell Butte came to mind….

Lost and looking for Lost Lake

The day after my hike in the Gorge was a Sunday and it was sunny and warm and I had caught the hiking bug. After  morning church I did a little research and decided that my little family and I would drive up to Lost Lake to take a photo of Mt. Hood just after sunset. I mean it couldn’t be that hard right? I…

Hike it baby: the GORGE

We have been blessed with some unusually balmy weather here in the NW and this last Saturday on a whim I joined a couple of friends of mine on a nice easy hike called Dry Creek Falls.  I used to get out and hike a lot more before babies and since then I’ve really slowed down in that department, that is why I’m so impressed…

views of west MAUI

To say that we love vacationing in Maui would be putting it mildly. If I could financially make it happen I would spend at least a whole month on this island every year. This year we almost made it happen, ALMOST… 13 days is not 30 days but it’s definitely a lot more than we have ever done before. It worked out perfectly with…

Happy 75th Birthday Olympic National Park

This weekend my husband and I took a much needed little vacation from our very active toddlers. After getting the grandparents settled in with the toddlers or the other way around not quite sure which way it went, we got ourselves nice and comfy in our car for the long drive North into the Olympic national forest. We took 3 days away from the…

reflections | family | photos

*disclaimer: this post may be a little random and all over the place but hang in there… Can’t hardly believe that my littlest is 3 weeks away from his 1st birthday. I look at him sometime and he seems so small, and while he is small it just feels like Seth felt bigger to me at 1, this might have something to do with…

summer time and playgrounds…

I’ve had quite some time off and really enjoyed every minute of it, some things we’ve made sure to fit in is visiting friends and visiting parks and sometimes getting these two to coincide. My good friend has a lovely park near her home and not only is it brand new and in pristine condition but also quite unpopulated. So we really enjoy visiting…

Maui…

We were in Maui for 9 days and spent most of our time on the South shore. This was our second trip to Maui as I’ve stated previously and our first stay in Wailea. I was a bit nervous about this as we had stayed on the west side in Kaanapalii on our first trip here. We love Kaanapali, the location is awesome as…

new lens for new love… landscapes!

I love taking portraits. but lately i’ve fallen in love with some amazing landscapes I’ve been seeing from so many photographers and after a bit of research I have decided to get my own wide angle lens. here are a few shots I’ve taken with this lens since my hubby brought it home the other day. I used  a 16-28mm f 2.8 lens and…