(Warning, vacation slides!)
We really had a great time on our vacation.
First a weekend in Oregon at my cousin's place. I ate a thousand of these:
And the kids ran wild. We spent some time swimming under this covered bridge about 1/2 mile away:
The it was off to Crater Lake. We stayed here. We all really liked the Pumice Desert:
The kids were utterly fascinated by my near mystical ability to make a fire. I swear, they were entranced. Should I be worried? Seriously though, they thought I was the coolest.
This trip was our first camping experience outside of the back yard and the kids handled it like pros. They easily entertained themselves and I never heard anything resembling "I'm bored!" In fact, I think they could have stayed in the exact same campsite for another week before they had exhausted naming every ground squirrel and jay. Every pinecone or branch or piece of moss begat a whole conversation, even though they'd seen all of those things before.
We're not the "trailer" types, but aren't these trailers cool? We saw a couple of them during the trip.
On the way back we stopped off for a night at Mount Shasta -- more awesome scenery and a little hiking.