Family Vacation — 2020

This last week we had our yearly summer family vacation. This entry is as much diary as pictures.

Friday

After an atypical last work day before vacation day, we packed up and headed off to our family summer vacation. A couple of the kids had left earlier in the day, taking a kayak and a dog. We were left to transport the food and five bikes. With Jamison packing the car, everything we needed to take fit, but just barely. We arrived late in the evening at the same place we’ve stayed the last two years.

Saturday

Once again, I enjoyed my early morning walks with Gilligan. It’s a nice way to start the day for both of us. We walked together every day except the final day. Some days, we repeated our walk shortly after returning, joining Ashley and Mousse on their walk.

Later in the day, we visited Crater Lake. I was the only one in the family who’d been there before,1Well, that’s not exactly correct. Jamison had been to Crater Lake about a month before. and yet, I have no memories of the lake itself. To be fair, it was a long time ago. My family wasn’t believing the two stories I told about my previous visit until brother Bob confirmed them via text. Maybe they still don’t believe…

We drove to the east rim and watched the sun set. Mmm…

Sunday

On Sunday, most of us kayaked from La Pine State Park to Big River Campground. Allegedly, this can be paddled in a couple of hours. We prefer to float as members of the dry paddle club, nearly doubling the time.

Monday

Sparks Lake was on the itinerary for for Monday. We played fetch with the dogs. We kayaked and Heather SUP’d. I read a John Grisham novel.

Somehow I took no pictures of this scenic lake.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, Heather, Jamison and I went for a short bike ride to the bridge that ended up going to the village and up the east side. Nice!

Later, we all hiked the obsidian flow near East Lake.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, we biked and took our traditional family photo on the bridge. This might have been the day I did a puzzle.

As you can tell, our days are packed with activities. ;-)

Thursday

Thursday, we hiked around Todd Lake. It was overcast and misting.

Friday

Friday, Suzi and I biked to the bridge. We returned to Sparks Lake for sunset. Ashley and Kevin rejoined the group.

Saturday

More bike riding, this time, to Benham Falls.

Late in the day, Ashley, Kevin, and Jamison decided to kayak from Harper’s Bridge to below the Sunriver bridge. They could take out on the other side, accessible through forest roads.

Unfortunately, the forest road was blocked by a closed gate and it was getting dark. Could a transfer happen on the other side of the bridge? Suzi’s text has the answer.

Sunday

One last bike ride to the bridge, a trip to the village for a cool drink, and it was time to head home.

Sunriver Summer Vacation 2012, Day 4

Ashley and I biked to Bellatazza’s Caffe for morning coffee. Ashley completed her job training while I read more of Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage. I questioned whether I should be reading a management book on vacation, but maybe that’s the trade-off for not checking my work email today.

After so much bicycling already this week, we decided to do a shorter morning ride, maybe just to Benham Falls and back. I said, “I think it’s only a mile or so off the bike path.”

I was wrong. According to the map, it’s 2.3 miles one way from the bike path, and that might only be to the falls’ parking area. The actual falls is farther than that. And it was a gravel and dirt road. Suzi and Jamison with mountain bikes and knobby tires were okay. Ashley and I with mountain bikes and smooth tires had it a little tougher. Heather and Melissa with their comfortable city bikes had it worst of all. Still, Lilly and Sweet Pea made the trek safely — and in style. :-)

Our total “morning” ride ended up being around 15 miles. So much for a shorter ride.

Mid-afternoon, Ashley and Melissa headed to the pool and Jamison and I headed for the tubing hill. After our first run, we ran into our cousins and sent them into the pool area to find Ashley and Melissa. Jamison and I tackled the tubing hill five or six more times, then followed them into the pool area. We went down the slides a few times and it was time to head back to our cabin. Where did the afternoon go?!

Predmores invited us over for a barbecue and diet cola and Mentos squirt. So much fun!

Afterward, we biked back, watching the sunset over our shoulders, and stopping to take some snaps.

Even with our “short” morning ride and no real evening ride, my odometer reads 89.7 miles — 20 miles for the day. :-)