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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.

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Short Sands Beach

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Oregon International Air Show 2022

Otherwise known as the time Jenni got a photo with Tom Cruise (a very good lookalike).

We have heard fighter jets blast across the sky in past years, but we never got organized enough to attend the air shows in Hillsboro. With Top Gun: Maverick coming out, fighter jets were on our mind, so we attended the air show and got to see the planes that were making the roar across the skies.

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Bricks Cascade 2022

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Weekend at Whispering Woods

We got to spend a fun weekend with Cory and Arianne up near Mt. Hood. One of my coworkers had a time-share they couldn’t use, so we snapped it up to play in the snow.

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Great Wolf Lodge and Hands On Museum

For each of the kids’ 10th birthdays, I take them on a special trip. Kadie visited Seattle, Violet explored Victoria B.C., and now, Bruce and I played near Olympia, WA.

COVID did limit some of our options, but thankfully we were able to enjoy two new destinations just Bruce and me.

Great Wolf Lodge entertained us for an afternoon with its water parks and magic quests. I think it is a great destination vacation for families as they have activities to suit a range of interests and ages.

The Hands-On Museum reminded me of our closed Portland Children Museum, where kids and adults can explore fun activities in science, engineering, and exploration. We spent a lot of time at the dry ice fountain, ball launcher, sock skating, and the tube maze.