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Lucia Falls

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Gilbert House Children’s Musuem

The kids have always loved children’s museum. We were all very sad when the Portland Children’s Museum closed permanently during the pandemic because the kids looked forward to going back as older kids with their young cousins.

Thankfully, Salem has an elaborate children’s museum that we have always wanted to go to. While we had Hayden for a few days, we made a trek down to Salem to join the other cousins for a fun time exploring the Gilbert House.

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Mom and Dad’s 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to my amazing mom and dad for 50 years together. Legend tells of their courage leaving their homeland to America for a new life, a better life, away from persecution and bless their community with their talents, generosity, and service.

So much of my identity I owe to their dedication as parents and examples of a life lived by loving others.

Thank you mom and dad for joining your lives daily for all these years and being a rich forest that shelters and provides for everyone around you.

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Mom’s Birthday at Depoe Bay

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Mary S. Young Park

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Leavenworth Is Worth The Leave

For Jenni’s birthday, we visited the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. She had a wish to attend a live production of The Sound of Music at an outdoor amphitheater and I’m glad we were able to make that wish come true.

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A Duo of Drone Demos

I used my drone this Fourth of July to try to capture fireworks explosions up close.
I enjoyed capturing views of southwest Portland during a group bike ride.
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The Knoll and God’s Thumb Hike

On our last day in Lincoln City, the forecast was cloudy all day. I didn’t feel like I had gotten all of the photos and videos I wanted to capture yet, so I hiked when the skies cleared in the afternoon.

In the morning, I had seen a few peaks from the third floor of our beach house. I looked it up on Google Maps and found it amusing that one of them was named “God’s Thumb.” But upon looking at its shape, it made sense.

God’s Thumb is the round peak third from the left.

I misread the distance and thought that God’s Thumb was too far to reach for my afternoon hike. So I opted for The Knoll close by. Our rental house was on 58th and Logan Road, just across from the Road’s End State Recreation Site. But The Knoll’s view wasn’t enough and I surprised myself by hiking to God’s Thumb by accident.

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Regatta Park

During our stay at Lincoln City with Jenni’s siblings, Cory led us to this playground located by Devil’s Lake. The wooden play structure spread across the area and gave ample space for kids to climb, crawl, weave, balance, and jump.

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Thor’s Well

I can’t remember how I found this spot, but I’ve always wanted to go to Thor’s Well. It might’ve shown up on Google Maps as a photo shot, on a top places to visit on Oregon coast list, or a friend referral.

It’s bittersweet as it’ s the place where my dad fell last year and injured his leg. He has had difficulty walking on that leg ever since.

When I walked toward Thor’s Well itself, I could see why. The terrain is very uneven and jagged. We arrived during high tide and the wave height allowed for gushing out of the hole.

Jenni and I enjoyed our visit there and hope to come back for a sunset at Thor’s Well and take in its beauty.