Might be hard to believe, but this adorable farm dog is actually a puppy! His name is Marco (his brother’s name is Polo), and he’s got the extremely important job of protecting Monteillet’s goats and sheep from predators. Since for the most part, our kids see dogs as being “just pets”, I love that this experience taught B & G that they can actually be relied upon for specific roles and purposes...like keeping those coyotes, cougars, and even wolves away!
Happily enjoying the beauty of the Palouse: Both in scenery and community. Known for being one of the friendliest towns in the United States, we certainly found that to be true with the folks that we met in Walla Walla...and I just can’t get enough of those gorgeous rolling hills!
Wine tasting for the grown-ups, and a milk tasting (complete with 4 different varieties) for the kids...followed by exploring the gorgeous grounds and playing horseshoes...such a lovely afternoon. #visitwallawalla
Roll on, Columbia, roll on. Roll on, Columbia, roll on. Your power is turning our darkness to dawn. So roll on, Columbia, roll on. Our spring break adventure begins with a stop at Cave B. Post dinner/pre-bedtime hike...
If you happen to have children that are young babies and toddlers, I just wanted to give some quick encouragement. Life and parenting does indeed get easier as they get older. Particularly, travel to our delight and relief has become simpler, more manageable, and a whole lot less stressful. On our blog this week, I shared about a particularly discouraging comment we received when our oldest was just a newborn. Link is in our profile if you want read more!
On the scavenger hunt that Bergen completed for his junior ranger badge, one of the items was “Mount Rainier”. It was the only item that he couldn’t check off, because...well, pesky clouds and typical PNW skies (also happened when we visited last year!). The thing is though, never seeing “the mountain” when visiting Mount Rainier NP doesn’t deter from the magic. Just makes those times when she is out in all her glory that much more special and spectacular. *We were treated to views of these surrounding peaks (from our rental cabin in Ashford, WA) after waking up on our first morning during our most recent visit to the area, thanks to a glorious sun break!
Still plenty of snow play happening @mountrainiernps, and for most for our visit, Bergen had the sledding runs to himself!
Meet Homer (with Bergen) and Destiny (with me). Two very gentle and laidback horses who we had the pleasure and honor of riding last weekend. This was Bergen’s first time horseback riding, and it was his highlight of our trip to the amount Rainier area!
“The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” -John Muir Amazing how these trees are actually growing this way, not falling. Seems like there’s a metaphor for life there…