We recently took a road trip through central and southern Oregon. My son did most of the driving. He did an excellent job driving over a mountain pass, with roads with no shoulders and barely enough room for two cars to pass each other, sheer cliff drops on the right, and he was rewarded with stunning views.
We actually drove over the cooled magma, lava from centuries before, and found our third American castle, our fifth North American castle. It was quite the reward. The views of the Three Sisters, Mount Washington and Black Butte were amazing. It was a wonderful trip and was exhilarating to be out in the wilderness again.
Here in the Northwest of the United States, our summers can come late, end early or be full of precipitation. But this summer has not disappointed. It has come early, continues to burn hot, and shows no signs of ending early. It is a time for road trips, hiking, exploring, camping, spending time at the beach, on the water and together, eating outside and enjoying time on the deck as much as possible.
As we continue to enjoy time outside and this pristine weather, we remember that family is important and that family must always come first. It is family that we work for, get up every morning and go to our jobs, save up, pay for benefits and plan for the future. Without family, fun in the sun this summer and every summer just wouldn’t have any meaning.
Get out there and enjoy the summer fun with your family!
This weekend we took a drive out to the coast and witnessed a wide array of nature’s color now that Autumn has alighted upon us. Even though daylight savings is here and the days are darker and shorted, the rain is falling and the temperatures are dropping, there is still the glorious color of Autumn to make us smile.
I recommend everyone take a drive soon, away from home and comfort, to a coast or a new place, and enjoy the adventure and the color. You may even discover something that is new to you, as we did, and will make the whole trip even that much more special.
Each year, my family and I take an Autumn drive to take in all the fall color, the foliage, the beauty of the season. In the past, we have taken drives south to California and east along the North Cascades Highway. This year, we are taking little roads from Seattle out to the coast at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
I have been looking forward to this trip especially since it will involve an overnight stay at Gearhart Hotel, a McMenamins hotel, on the coast. We will take walks on the beach and play golf at the lovely course at Gearhart, one of the oldest and most historic courses in America! I look forward to the drive, the color, the food, the drink, the golf and the coast. We are leaving soon!