Friday, August 27, 2010

Crabs and Go-Karts and Kites - Oh My!

AKA - The Beach Leg
Surfer boy
Callie flying her finger kite

The crew at the beach on the last night

Christmas shot???

Kite festival

Westport fishing docks

Pelican Point

Mom & Dad by the fire

Dutch & Helen

Crab Pot night!

Go-Kart racing

Sandy Cliffs Resort - as named by the kids
Chance & Makenna, general managers
Ali & Callie - Artists
Colton - Chance's assistant (until he got fired)

Dutch learning to fly the trick kite

Matt fishing

Jump Shot!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Washington Irving - "balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog's fat"

Some call them doughnuts.

I call them breakfast heaven.

Not like the case of dried out, crusty, run-of-the-mill things at Safeway.


Imaginative fillings. The fritters, during our stay, ranged from traditional apple to raspberry, blueberry, raspberry/cream cheese, apple/raspberry, and raspberry white chocolate.


Melt in your mouth.


The only thing that came close was Seafood Chowder for lunch at the One Eyed Crab. But even its excellence was a distant 2nd place.

Life is good on vacation.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Vacation via Facebook

Heather Messer Day 1 vacation accomplishments: made it to our first destination, and Matt uses 5 hours in the truck and dictator-like control of the iPod to convince the boys that the Beastie Boys are still the pinnacle of good music.
August 13 at 5:29pm

Heather Messer Day 2 vacation accomplishment - Colton - "Daddy, if Bigfoot really lives in the Ape Caves like you said, I'm gonna need to buy something sharp like a sword at Wal Mart so I can chop off some if his fur to prove that I saw him."
August 14 at 10:52am

Heather Messer Ape Caves - check. Lava Canyon suspension bridge - check (barely). Daily trip to Wal Mart - check. Life is good. So is vacation.
August 15 at 9:03am

Heather Messer Johnston Ridge - fantastic. Coldwater Lake - beautiful. Helicopter ride - too expensive. 3/4 mile hike downhill to "Valley Overlook" to look for elk - doable. 3/4 mile back uphill after finding a dead end and no such overlook - CRANKY! Night at the Museum in the theater room of the 5 - perfect end to a great day.
August 16 at 9:36am

Heather Messer Crab pots - successful. Donut shop - exquisite breakfast. Kites, sand castles, and shell hunting - oh, my! Limited cell coverage - welcome. Life on vacation - still good.
August 18 at 10:42am

Heather Messer Back to reality . . .
Sunday at 10:00pm

Monday, August 23, 2010

30 years ago in May

The first leg of our journey took us to Mt. St. Helens.

Hiking the Ape Caves, Lava Canyon, Johnston Ridge, and Coldwater Lake.

Earning Jr. Ranger badges.

Learning at the Johnston Observatory and Wildlife Learning Center.

Life is good on vacation.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Let's call it Cousin Camp.
The boys are having a great week!

(with 3 balloons. Get it?)

Orange slime

Lego Wars

Thanks, Jessie!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How do you spell adventure?

This weekend, for us, it was R-O-A-D T-R-I-P!

Matt had been out of town for a couple weeks, and had to pick up some equipment for work in Seattle sometime during the weekend. I decided we weren't going to let him go by himself, so the roadtrip plan was hatched!

We hit the Science Center:

The Market:

In addition to the Waterfront, a hotel with a pool, and multiple Jamba Juice and Starbucks stops.
Topped off by a tornado-style, kid friendly whirl through the U-District shopping center. Is there such a thing? I think not. Not with boys, anyway. However, they do have the coolest Apple store I've ever been to, which to their credit kept the boys entertained a LONG time.
Memories in the making . . .