We've had several events with grandchildren in the last few days, as family has come into the area from out of town. Here are a few highlights.
The "Super Twin" hike! We had Sam and Audrey (age 4) and Kat & Sarah (age 8) joined by Josh (10) and a few other folks. We hiked from the Oneonta Trail to Ponytail Falls and Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.
Angela found a banana slug (on the rock) and threatened to taste it (ewwwww) (she didn't).
Josh, Hillary, and Ethan had a good time. Footwear...like father like son...good thing this trail isn't too long or steep!
Mark and I with all the grandkids who came on the hike:
Ethan (with Mark), Sam, Audrey, Josh (behind Audrey), Sarah, Joey (with me), Kat.
The trail behind Ponytail Falls always feels so adventurous! We had a great time on this hike on Friday. All of the grandkids are great hikers.
I got some sweet snuggle time with little Ender on Saturday morning, although he was too young to go on the outing that day with his dad and big sister and me. He's growing so quickly!
David and Arora and I went on a short hike--just under 1 mile--on Saturday morning. We checked out the Clackamas River Trail, a little ways beyond Estacada.
Arora did walk a good part of the way but she loved riding on her daddy's shoulders, too.
Looking upstream, Clackamas River. It was overcast and misty--perfect hiking weather!
We enjoyed a snack here at our "Snack Rock," and then headed back to the car.
Saturday afternoon we took some of the grandkids out for a short canoe outing in Clackamette Cove. This is me, Audrey, and Angela.
Josh, Ethan, Katie, Mark
Me, Katie, Sam, Tim
Mamas and little ones on the shore:
Ethan, Hillary, Audrey, Angela, Polly with Rebecca
Tim, Audrey, Sam, Seth, Angela
Josh, Ethan, Hillary
This was Hillary's first-ever time in a canoe!
Thanks to Polly for taking these canoe-outing photos.