Friday, July 29, 2011

Summertime Fun At A Favorite Spot!

Now if this isn't summer, what is?





Three cars and an hour plus of driving delivered us to an old favorite spot: my great uncle's acreage in rural Oregon. This is a special place I've been enjoying spending time at since I was my children's age.


A creek, swimming hole, swinging bridge, trails reaching deep into the woods and even a cave...what is not to love!








On the other side of the bridge is a cave...


...full of old relics. 
I recall camping out here one night when much younger than Max. 
And I didn't like crossing that swinging bridge at that time, let me tell you!





I can't wait to go back again.

22 comments :

  1. Wow! What a great spot, Janell...looks like sooo much fun!!! I love tubing!! Glad you are having such a great summer together:)

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  2. Really..what's not to love.. Such a fabulous setting..must be so hard to tear the kids away from this place! xx meenal

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  3. It looks heavenly! you really have me missing our Muskoka place right now - getting out into nature, kayaking down the river, watching ducks and listening to loons...I'd trade this sand in a heartbeat to be there right now.

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  4. LOVE this place...my sister just this morning with her family to go spend a month in Maine to do all the things above, its always the highlight of their summer and now I am officially jealous. YES this is the essence of summer to me too, thanks for sharing your awesome pictures!

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  5. Yup, I'd say that says Summer! What a great adventure and how wonderful that your kids get to enjoy the things that you did as a kid, Awesome memories here!

    Cathy

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  6. how great that you get to bring your kids to a place that you grew up visiting and exploring. i would have been ALL OVER that cave when i was a kid! i have three brothers, so i was *kinda forced into being a tomboy...but the cave + the bridge + a swimming hole? we would have all been in heaven. glad you had a fabulous time.

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  7. I grew up In Oregon and these pictures bring back so many good memories! thanks for sharing them!!!

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  8. That is an awesome spot! The bridge, the creek/river and tubing! Wonderful.

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  9. What a treasure! Oregon has got to be one of the most beautiful places!

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  10. Yep, that is pure summer, isn't it? Looks like a wonderful place to have grown up. Your kids are lucky to have that opportunity as well.

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  11. What a great spot! It's idyllic in every way. Glad you could have some fun family time.

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  12. These photos brought back memories of growing up near the Oregon border in Idaho. We could even tube the Boise River in the great city of Boise, but our favorite times we spent doing what described above (with lots of bowls of fresh cherries everywhere). I wanted to highly recommend picking up Lynn Reiser's Tomorrow on Rocky Pond at your local library ~ it has a way of taking you back, even if you are home. xoxo michele

    here is more info on it:
    http://thegreatread.blogspot.com/2011/07/well-be-comin-round-mountain.html

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  13. How gorgeous, Janell. The scenery is just beautiful. How special and sentimental to be able to share your childhood memories now with your children. It looks like a great spot to unwind, relax and just not worry about anything for awhile. Not sure I would be brave enough to cross that bridge! Happy weekend to you.

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  14. That place looks like a storybook...and memories your kids will have a lifetime! glad you're enjoying your time!

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  15. *** WOW, Janell!!! That looks SOOOO INVITING!!! ... fun, relaxing, light-hearted and great, fresh weather for all the family n' friends to enjoy!!!

    "Who could ask for anything more?!?!?!"...

    Blessings,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  16. How awesome. That's the quintessential summertime experience. I just visited Portland for the first time last week and fell in love. Next trip is to the coast for sure.

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  18. Looks amazing! And it's a good reminder to us to slow down and enjoy the last weeks of summer.
    Stacy

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  19. There is nothing like a family summer vacation! But...you would have to drug me to cross that bridge...my family always makes fun of me because I am so afraid of heights and turn into a real weenie :)

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  20. ahhh...makes me breath deep just looking at these pictures! You really captured Summer happiness!

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  21. I wish I had spent my childhood the way those kids are in those pictures.

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  22. What a great childhood memory that you are creating for your kids! For many years we used to take our 4 daughters to Mackinaw Island in Michigan and now they are in their twenties and still talk about those amazing summers and how they want to take their own children there. Traditions and just old fashioned summer is always priceless and fondly remember after all is said and done.

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