Can I just say, hooray for spontaneous vacations!
We seem to be getting really good at this in 2011.
First there was Memorial Day weekend in Lincoln City
. . . then an over-nighter in Portland during which we acted like tourists
. . . and then we rounded out the year with 2 nights in Bend for some skiing on Mt. Bachelor.
Each of these trips have been last minute adventures (planned just 24-48 hours in advance).
Each one has allowed us to explore new parts & places of Oregon.
And each one has been initiated, suggested, and booked by Scott. Even he was impressed by himself. Typically, he would prefer to stay home while I want to go out and explore. I told him that his training was now complete.
Scott and the boys hit the slopes, we checked Anna in for a full-day lesson (her first), and I set up home base in the lodge. I tried skiing once, it just wasn't for me. Since then, Scott has taken the boys skiing by himself. But 3 skiers is a bit much for one adult to handle, so I've been recruited for lodge duty.
Even so, I ended up spending a large part of my time outside watching Anna and waiting to catch a glimpse of the boys coming down the ski run. I had one hot chocolate and only made it through 1 chapter of my book. But that's okay. This trip wasn't about me. It was an excuse to get away, give everyone a chance to ski (this will probably be their only chance this winter), and spend some quality time together.
And now for a few photos . . . . (and a video - scroll down)
I decided to travel light and only used my iphone for photos & video on this trip
We took the truck to better deal with any snowy driving conditions we might encounter. This also meant that the kids had to sit very close to each other for the 4 hour drive. I was worried about our sanity at the end of the trip but the kids surprised me and they did wonderfully. No complaining whatsoever. In Payton's words, "when we're playing our DS's for a long time I don't really care about anything else."
Conner was in such a zen place that he was able to lend a shoulder to his sleeping sister. Usually, this would be cause for much grumbling.
We made Conner's day when we let him order the crab legs for dinner.
Thursday morning, our first glimpses of Mt. Bachelor.
Anna, getting all geared up.
The boys heading out for their first run of the day.
This is how I ski . . .
A few random shots
And back at the hotel after a long day, this girl was wiped out.
When I picked her up from ski school she was smiling, showing off her "jumps". As we walked back to the lodge the exhaustion hit and she collapsed to the ground, moaning, complaining about how tired she was. During the drive down the mountain she said her head hurt. Back at the hotel she said she was sick. And 15 minutes later she threw up. After a good 30-45 minutes of deep sleep while the boys went swimming she woke up and she was ready to go, no worse for wear!
Here is the video I promised
As you can tell the kids had a great day. It was a great little trip! We stayed at a hotel on the Deschutes river with a big breakfast buffet every morning. We rented a Redbox movie each night and popped popcorn in our hotel room. The kids got to see and play in the snow! We survived the trip there and back. We choose an alternate route for the way home (to avoid a massive snow storm on Mt. Hood) and saw even more new parts of Oregon.
Hooray for spontaneous vacations!