some mosquitoes and a huge lake

well, that title about sums up our trip to oregon. thanks for reading!

kidding. i have a few more things to say. and just a small handful of photos to show you.

we went to southern oregon to join in on a reunion of my dad’s side of the family.  on our way down, we stopped for the night in portland.  our lovely friends tashiana and jamey were very good to us. they let us watch them milk their goat sassy (the other one is molly) and let us drink said milk and sample their goat cheese, they let josephine get an egg out of the chicken coop, they introduced me to the most delicious junk-food salad ever (the spicy peanut chicken tender salad at fire on the mountain), and their home instilled in me a deep sense of house-envy. i wanted to bottle the light.

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from portland, we headed south toward diamond lake. because none of us had been through bend, we decided to drive the long way down. we said hello to mount hood.

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the route we took was beautiful; thick forests turned into knobby desert grassland with snow-capped mountains in the distance. in bend, we ate a very civilized lunch involving cloth napkins and iced tea on a patio overlooking a pond. one last moment of civility before descending into the wilderness. (and, have you met my family?)

we arrived at the campground at diamond lake and immediately set to putting up the screen house we’d bought on our way out of town. the mosquitoes at this lake are legendary and we were determined to not come home three itchy masses of welt. while we set up the screen house and tent, we put josephine and her cousins (they’re really her second cousins twice removed.  i think. i just spent way too long trying to figure that out. we’ll just call them cousins.) to work building with mini marshmallows and toothpicks. this is GENIUS, people. the cheapest and most entertaining thing we brought along by far. we told them the one rule was that they couldn’t eat the marshmallows and they went to town.

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my aunt and uncle also brought a screen house. they were essential as the mosquitoes were indeed swarming. we scurried back and forth between the mainly mosquito-free zones to do our visiting and food-making and eating and dice-game playing. (here’s an article about mosquitoes, if you’re interested.)

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josephine had so much fun with her cousins (the one in the middle is actually her second cousin). josephine referred to her as “the girl i like to play with.” i reminded her that her name is evie and josephine said, “i know, but i like to call her ‘the girl i like to play with’ instead.”

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young models, striking poses:

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the highlight of the trip (and, for me, when the first night got pretty rocky, the thing that kept me from driving straight home) was crater lake. it’s enormous! and so blue! and so deep! it was really quite impressive. at first, i thought that driving around it and stopping at multiple lookouts would get old, but it just didn’t. every time, the lake’s vastness and incredible blueness was a revelation.

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a few more scenes from camp:

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my dad (on the right) and his siblings:

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josephine and her great-grandparents:

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the whole gang (well, almost):

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after a wonderful time with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and other assorted relations, we stuffed everything back in the car (somehow) and headed back to seattle. we’re still trying to climb out from under the pile of laundry we created in oregon and catch up on sleep. but it was all worth it.

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3 Responses to “some mosquitoes and a huge lake”

  • auntie mae Says:

    Actually, I believe your father is on the right. Unless there’s something I don’t know about…

    What a beautiful place!!

  • Oma and Ned Says:

    doh! fixed. 🙂 nothing you don’t know about.

  • Aunt Jann Says:

    Great photos, Oma. Please post photos to Snapfish, so that we can combine all of them in our own photobooks. I think you took the most, and probably the best, photos of the weekend. I love the marshmallow and toothpick idea. We missed that one. So cute that Joey calls Evie “the girl I like to play with.”
    (As an aside, I sympathize with your “Terrible Threes” problems — next post — I always have said threes are harder than twos. Hang in there.)