Skiing in Early Winter Conditions

Last weekend we went up to Mt. Bachelor for the first ski day of the season. It was really a week too early, but the kids were signed up for lessons, so we went. It was a beautiful day. It was an icy day. I felt like I was starting over, like I didn’t ski at all last year. It was my first time skiing in less than perfectly powdery.. Read More

Green Lakes in 3 Sisters Wilderness

This summer we accomplished something we have wanted to for a while. We hiked to Green Lakes with the kids. It is nearly 9 miles round trip! The hike is at a high elevation and on the longer side, but it is easy. The lakes sit in a valley between the peaks of South Sister and Broken Top Mountains. The majority of the hike is along a river with small.. Read More

Melting Snow Hike

Last weekend we hiked to Todd Lake. It is a small mountain lake with a view of Broken Top Mountain on one side and Mt. Bachelor on the other.  It is easy to get to and a nice walk around. The lake can be used for camping or hiking deep into the mountains. We encountered both wildflowers and snow, which made the hike was a mixed bag for us. This.. Read More

Gymnastics Fail at 35

It seemed innocent. Harmless even.   My daughter is in gymnastics and doing quite well. I competed in gymnastics when I was young and loved every minute of it. So when my husband was trying some of her moves in the living room, I knew I had to join in. I mean, I have looked for adult gymnastics classes before. There are none in my area. Something about the price.. Read More

2/26/2016 Lunch Swim at Juniper

This was the first swim workout in over a year that I was able to verify I can still swim 1 mile.  I focused on the following:   -Staying relaxed.  There is a fine line between swimming hard with no breaks and swimming too hard and needing to stop and take breaks.  I wanted to make sure I didn’t accidentally cross that line in this swim so I just worked.. Read More

Paulina Falls and the Big Obsidian Flow

We finally made our way out to Paulina Lake in the Deschutes National Forest. It has been on the list of to do’s for a while now. We just went for a couple of hours, but there seems to be endless camping, so hopefully the next trip will involve a bit more adventure. There are two lakes, hot springs, camping, fishing, a crater hike, a drive to a mountain peak,.. Read More

Meadow Camp Hike

Today we had a glimpse of spring sunshine. There is something deep down inside that urges us to get outside after a streak of bad weather. It was a good idea too, because a storm threatened us at the end and it is pouring down rain now. Meadow Camp, Bend, Oregon was the destination of the day. It is on the Deschutes River on the way up to Mount Bachelor,.. Read More