Where do I even begin? I must warn at the beginning that I feel like I've been holding all these details inside of myself waiting for a moment to blog that now I will be sharing many details that some of you might not care about. If so, just look at the pictures. If you like details I will begin my story with Thursday, May 21st. Cam found out that he had a short Friday on the 22nd and if I could get off a few hours early on Friday then we could jump start our Memorial Day weekend. We thought about going to Utah but decided that going to Portland, Oregon would be better. We got all ready the night before and headed out around 12:30 on Friday. I picked Cam up and had rolled down the back window to let some nice freash air flow through the car. As we stopped to grab something to eat I went to roll it up and it just slid further down. SO, we spent the whole trip across the state trying to keep it up and were unsuccessful.
The whole trip is pretty much driving close between Washington and Oregon as you follow the river. There were some places that looked familiar, especially this gas station by a dam, from when my family took a trip to the Oregon coast. We switched drivers right before the Dalles and I started driving and Cam fell asleep, boy was he missing out... that's where it starts to get pretty and it was such a beautiful drive I just enjoyed myself to pieces as I drove through thick green trees and drank my Mango Gatorade. We got to Portland and drove right through it to Vancouver, WA where we were staying with the Rhoades family. We picked up Bryan and with his native tour guide skills we found a place to eat dinner and went back into Portland to the Rose Festival. We were just walking though and looking at booths along the river and my back started hurting for no reason. There was one really cool booth that was selling Gelly Baths. You but this stuff in your tub and thickens up and holds the tempurature for up to 2 hours. Really neat stuff. We found a spot to sit and waited for the fireworks, which was the real reason we went to the Rose Festival.
This is us down by the river before the fireworks, they were fun to watch with the reflection in the river.
On Saturday we got up and found a place to get our stinking car window fixed. If cost a pretty penny, but became functional once again. With that all figured out we went to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). They had just started a new CSI exhibit that same day so we were pretty excited. It's an interactive museum and as you can see Cam was the first one at the crime scene.
On Sunday after we got out of church we headed to the beach. As you can see from the pictures, we had sunny days the whole time we were in Portland and Vancouver which wasn't the usual but was very nice vacation weather. Even with the sun shining, it was the Oregon coast and I wore jeans and never took my jacket off. I liked this picture of Cam taking a nap with a football pillow. The whole time we were at the beach I was reading Harry Potter and loving our time there.
Sunday night was full of laughs, we just sat with the Rhoades and talked and laughed til our cheeks hurt, they are a riot!