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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


Exploring Downtown Seattle

We parked at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle, then walked down Pine St to Pike Place Market. We wandered around looking at all the shops and produce, visited Rachel the Piggy Bank, and tried to look (but not touch) the Gum Wall.

After seeing all there was to see at Pike Place, the boys and Aliciana caught the Seattle Monorail and visited the Space Needle. I picked up the car and then picked them up, before heading out for more adventures.