7/3/2017

Oregon State Capitol

Today was what passes for a rest day for our style of vacationing. We made a short 45 mile drive down to Salem to check out the Oregon State Capitol. We went on the guided tour and learned about the building, which was actually the 3rd capitol building, because the first two burned down.

On the way back up to Portland, we walked around an Eddie Bauer outlet, where I found a cool shirt with a llama on it. Aliciana also snagged some good deals in the Loft outlet.

Back in Portland, we had a delicious family dinner at the Raccoon Lodge. The Reuben sandwich I ate was superb!

7/2/2017

Silver Falls

All the Portland Ladd clan went to the Silver Falls State Park that was in the mountains south of Portland for an afternoon picnic and some fishing. Connor and Gavin were super excited to try fishing, because they had never gone before. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any fish biting this day.

Aliciana and I went on the 2.5 mile long looping trail that went to the South Falls and Lower South Falls. It was gorgeous, but the climb up from the Lower South Falls would have killed the fatter version of myself from several years ago.

7/1/2017

Building and Hops Baseball

We started off our first day back in Portland by building some bug boxes. My little brother AJ and sister Michaela joined us, as did my dad.

Later on in the day, we watched a Hillsboro Hops game with my parents, little brother and sister, and my sister Courtney’s family. Connor was excited to get to buy a Hops hat, so he could match his Daddy and Grandpa Rick.

It was a little on the hot side, but the kids enjoyed themselves and even got to run the bases after the game.

6/30/2017

Snoqualmie Falls and Leavenworth

We started off our last day in Washington by having a picnic at Snoqualmie Falls. Then we continued east, up into the mountains, to the little “Bavarian village” of Leavenworth.

We went for a nice hike along the Wenatchee River and then walked around exploring the village shops. We finished up our day by having a delicious German dinner at the Andreas Keller Restaurant. The bratwurst and weinkraut were amazingly good!

6/29/2017

Gas Works Park

We finished off our day exploring Seattle at Gas Works Park, which must have the best view of Lake Union and Seattle. The boys enjoyed rolling down the giant hill. I was very tempted to join them, but figured I would hurt myself.

6/29/2017

Ballard Locks

Our next stop of the day took us to the Ballard Locks. We learned all about the locks in a nice visitor center, then got to see some boats actually pass though the locks.

Next we visited the fish ladder, where it was very difficult for me to get a picture of the finish jumping through the air. They have an observation tank by the ladder, where you can see the giant fish on their way upstream.