Living off the grid is time consuming, but our motto here is, “we work hard and play hard.” Summer seems to be constantly inundated with gathering firewood; hence, the several previous posts. But here, behind the scenes, it hasn’t been all about firewood.
During the summer, we took many stay vacations around the area in which we live, but we also headed west to see family a couple times. We went to the booming metropolis of Spokane, Portland, and even the Bend area in Oregon. Our son even went to a summer camp for a week and spent the time mountain biking, swimming, cake decorating, and was pulled behind a motor boat on a water tube.
While in Spokane visiting, we just happened to discover Manito Park. The park is an amazing place to visit with several well manicured gardens to see. It was a great day to stop and smell the roses as a family and take a break from the rigors of the property.
A couple of the main highlights were visiting both sides of the family this summer. We took my niece and nephew with us to see Mount St. Helens the active volcano in Washington. My wife and I had last visited the area during the first year of our marriage. The area has many new educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy. We enjoyed seeing the movies at the Johnston Ridge Observatory and visitor center and watching the reveal of the volcano at the end. Our son and his cousin went to the junior ranger program and earned certificates and a badge from the National Park and this has become a motivator for us to visit more National Parks next summer.
In the Bend area, my wife and I were blessed to meet up with her family in the Sunriver area. Once there our son was able to play with six of his cousins. We all went biking for days on the various bike paths, and we were able to visit Benham Falls on the new bike path created from Sunriver. We were all able to swim in one of the local area pools, play games, talk, eat delicious homemade cooked meals, and hang out. The almost week-long event was an incredible amount of fun and a great break from the rigors of the property.
This past week we cleaned up the home and property and reorganized the tools I had strewn about from the various projects I have been working on and had company over for dinner. It was fun to have two families over and to watch our kids playing hard. When we tucked our son into bed that night he stated, “Wow, I am tired. I played hard.”