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Barlow Road camping

Weekend before last, we camped along the historic Barlow Road, on the southern foothills of Mt Hood. We camped along this road a couple times last summer, and decided to try out a new spot this time – one that we could take Lulu to (Lulu being our new camper trailer). It was a beautiful, dusty, fun time!

Babbling brook? Check. Flat spot for Lulu? Check. Surrounded by tall Doug Fir trees? Check.

Babbling brook? Check. Flat spot for Lulu? Check. Surrounded by tall Doug Fir trees? Check.

Lots of history on this here road.

Lots of history on this here road.

Eli out for a stroll along the Barlow Road.

Eli out for a stroll along the Barlow Road.

Camp shenanigans.

Camp shenanigans.

More shenanigans.

More shenanigans.

Mira gets her mountain biking on:

Dinnertime in Lulu ...

Dinnertime in Lulu …

... followed by cranky bedtime.

… followed by cranky bedtime.

An evening stroll. Boy likes to stroll.

An evening stroll. Boy likes to stroll.

The next day we went on a hike. Mira was pretty excited to get going. We'll see how long her energy lasts.

The next day we went on a hike. Mira was pretty excited to get going. We’ll see how long her energy lasts.

Mile 0.2: she's still walking, with a stick to give her confidence.

Mile 0.2: she’s still walking, with a stick to give her confidence.

Not much later, she gave up. Morgan schlepped her up the trail.

Not much later, she gave up. Morgan schlepped her up the trail.

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Our destination. We made it!

Our destination. We made it!

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Peek a boo.

Peek a boo.

The hike back down, time for a nap.

The hike back down, time for a nap.

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Back at camp, we had planned on going for a swim in Barlow Creek. Turns out it's 33F - at least it feels like it. So we floated Baby Maria a bit instead of going for the full plunge.

Back at camp, we had planned on going for a swim in Barlow Creek. Turns out it’s 33F – at least it feels like it. So we floated Baby Maria a bit instead of going for the full plunge.

Barlow Creek.

Barlow Creek.

The shenanigans get more serious. A Barlow Creek tradition: log cross challenge.

The shenanigans get more serious. A Barlow Creek tradition: log cross challenge.

Stumps abound.

Stumps abound.

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Summertime Rolls

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Oakridge camping

We went camping with some good friends last weekend in Oakridge, OR. It was our first big outing with Lulu (our camper trailer), and it was a blast. We found the last site at the awesome Salmon Creek Falls campground, and enjoyed a beautiful, chaotic weekend amongst the big trees, clear river, and warm hot springs. Lots of water sportin’!

Upon arrival, before the Lichtenfels arrived.

Upon arrival, before the Lichtenfels descended.

A sasquatch sighting on the way to the hot springs, starting the weekend off right.

A sasquatch sighting on the way to the hot springs, starting the weekend off right.

Hot springs just outside of Oakridge. Sshhh! Don't tell anyone!

Hot springs just outside of Oakridge. Sshhh! Don’t tell anyone!

Next morning: frying up some bacon in Lulu.

Next morning: frying up some bacon in Lulu.

The Lichtenfels' massive tent complex.

The Lichtenfels’ massive tent complex.

Some local foilage to spruce up Lulu.

Some local foilage to spruce up Lulu.

Kids are on dish duty.

Kids are on dish duty.

Busy times at the base of the Salmon Creek falls.

Busy times at the base of the Salmon Creek falls.

Mellow and clear upstream of the falls.

Mellow and clear upstream of the falls.

There's a nice shelf for sitting or standing off to the side of the deep pool.

There’s a nice shelf for sitting or standing off to the side of the deep pool.

The Lichtenfels take a fruit squeeze snack break ...

The Lichtenfels take a fruit squeeze snack break …

... while Mira stays busy with Barbie.

… while Mira stays busy with Barbie.

Back from a mountain bike ride, I hung out with Eli and a stump for a bit.

Back from a mountain bike ride, I hung out with Eli and a stump for a bit.

Lots of sly laughs out of that kid.

Lots of sly laughs out of that kid.

A great view of the campsite from inside Lulu.

A great view of the campsite from inside Lulu.

“The graham crackers and chocolate are over there …”

The last day: a trip to Waldo Lake. Eli and Mira explore the water while Matt tucks into a bag of chips. Can't blame him ...

The last day: a trip to Waldo Lake. Eli and Mira explore the water while Matt tucks into a bag of chips. Can’t blame him …

Morgan and Mira take a plunge off the dock.

Morgan and Mira take a plunge off the dock.

Eli gets some time in the deep end.

Eli gets some time in the deep end.

Video time! Eli enjoys it when his water bottle is opened, and Mira and I take a plunge in Waldo Lake.

London, part two

After Barcelona we flew back to London for a couple of days, then flew back to Portland.

Hailing a bus using the proper technique.

Hailing a bus using the proper technique.

Mira looks so non-plussed.

Mira looks so non-plussed.

At a Sunday roast, a British tradition.

At a Sunday roast, a British tradition.

Eli digging in.

Eli digging in.

Us, Sadie and Daniel at the roast.

Us, Sadie and Daniel at the roast.

At the start of our journey back home, in good spirits.

At the start of our journey back home, in good spirits.

Home!

Home!

Barcelona

We flew to Barcelona for five or so days during our trip to Europe. It was the highlight of our trip. What a great city!

The wacky taxi ride from the airport to our apartment.

The wacky taxi ride from the airport to our apartment.

Our digs.

Our digs.

Lots of time was spent on our patio.

Lots of time was spent on our patio.

Typical snacky scene on the patio.

Typical snacky scene on the patio.

Naked bottom situation.

Naked bottom situation.

Eli's hair enjoyed the humidity.

Eli’s hair enjoyed the humidity.

In capes, planning our moves.

In capes, planning our moves.

She takes flight!

She takes flight!

Our first but not our last tapas of the trip. Morgan munches some chilis.

Our first but not our last tapas of the trip. Morgan munches some chilis.

Typical Barcelona street scene. Canyons!

Typical Barcelona street scene. Canyons!

First sightseeing trip: Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia (sacred family) cathedral. Work in progress, expected to be finished by 2026. A good excuse to come back to Barcelona!

First sightseeing trip: Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia (sacred family) cathedral. Work in progress, expected to be finished by 2026. A good excuse to come back to Barcelona!

At the front entrance, preparing to enter.

At the front entrance, preparing to enter.

Oh the details.

Oh the details.

Can you see the chameleon?

Can you see the chameleon?

Inside.

Inside.

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I don't know why I'd ever tour another cathedral. This was amazing.

I don’t know why I’d ever tour another cathedral. This one was amazing.

The light from the stained glass was my favorite part.

The light from the stained glass was my favorite part.

Found a good mexican joint near our apartment. Why not?

Found a good mexican joint near our apartment. Why not?

Sadie at tapas place #2: our favorite of the trip. Very family-friendly, very yummy.

Sadie at tapas place #2: our favorite of the trip. Very family-friendly, very yummy.

I'll have one of those.

I’ll have one of those.

Next tour: Gaudi's Park Guell, just up the street from our apartment in Gracia.

Next tour: Gaudi’s Park Guell, just up the street from our apartment in Gracia.

Light and shade.

Light and shade.

Awesome columns.

Awesome columns.

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Parakeets abound at Park Guell.

Parakeets abound at Park Guell.

Looking east to the sea.

Looking east to the sea.

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Lovely, Mira.

Lovely, Mira.

Hide and seek in the room of 100 columns.

Hide and seek in the room of 100 columns.

Surprise!

Surprise!

Pausing to check out the mosaic ceiling.

Pausing to check out the mosaic ceiling.

After some searching and asking around, we finally found the salamander.

After some searching and asking around, we finally found the salamander.

Clowning around in the cave.

Clowning around in the cave.

Another Gaudi building, towards downtown. Cool dragon scale roof.

Another Gaudi building, towards downtown. Cool dragon scale roof.

Up close.

Up close.

Another Barcelona street scene.

Another Barcelona street scene.

Gothic church downtown.

Gothic church downtown.

I like big bubbles and I can't deny.

I like big bubbles and I can’t deny.

A trip up the mountain to an amusement park near a beautiful church. Why not?

A trip up the mountain to an amusement park near a beautiful church. Why not?

Sadie and Mira on a ferris wheel, with an awesome view of the city.

Sadie and Mira on a ferris wheel, with an awesome view of the city.

Beach time! Scoping out a spot.

Beach time! Scoping out a spot.

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Post-beach paella. Mira gets her own little paella pan.

Post-beach paella. Mira gets her own little paella pan.

I have no idea what was going on here. But it's a funny photo.

I have no idea what was going on here. But it’s a funny photo.

At breakfast the next day, all the ladies in the house went with a black top and blue jeans.

At breakfast the next day, all the ladies in the house went with a black top and blue jeans.

Eli started walking in earnest on this trip. He rarely crawls anymore.

Eli started walking in earnest on this trip. He rarely crawls anymore.

My favorite part of the trip: a spontaneous cultural event right on our street, outside our balcony. Morgan heard some commotion on the street, so we stopped what we were doing to check it out.

My favorite part of the trip: a spontaneous cultural event right on our street, outside our balcony. Morgan heard some commotion on the street, so we stopped what we were doing to check it out.

Turns out this group was practicing their human pyramid skills, a Catalan tradition.

Turns out this group was practicing their human pyramid skills, a Catalan tradition.

Three levels up.

Three levels up.

The little girl climbs up and makes the fourth level, and salutes to indicate she made it. She was nervous, but focused. It was amazing.

The little girl climbs up to make the top level, and salutes to indicate she made it. She was nervous, but focused. It was amazing.

Then, much to our surprise, the whole shebang moved down the street!

Then, much to our surprise, the whole shebang moved down the street!

Here’s the moving pictures version:

London, part one

The whole fam damily went to Europe this summer! Morgan and the kids went to London in early June, then I followed a week or so later. We stayed with Morgan’s cousin Sadie and her fiance Daniel in London, and took a five day trip to Barcelona during our stay. It was a great time!

At PDX, Pinguino backpack all packed, on the way to check-in.

At PDX, Pinguino backpack all packed and ladybug neck pillow in tow, on the way to check-in.

Good times on the plane. Mira slept the whole 10 hr flight from Seattle to Heathrow! Amazing.

Good times on the plane. Mira slept the whole 10 hr flight from Seattle to Heathrow! Amazing.

Hangin' at one of the many parks in London.

Hangin’ at one of the many parks in London.

Mira's favorite swing of the trip.

Mira’s favorite swing of the trip.

Eli's preferred mode of transport: tight to mama's back.

Eli’s preferred mode of transport: tight to mama’s back.

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Sadie's friend lent us this stroller for the visit. A double decker! Eli loved the dog's eye view.

Sadie’s friend lent us this stroller for the visit. A double decker! Eli loved the dog’s eye view.

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Banksy panda bear.

Banksy panda bear.

On a double decker bus with Sadie.

On a double decker bus with Sadie. Don’t worry Eli, it’s safe.

Tea time! "Cups and cakes, cups and cakes, I'm so full my tummy aches." Prophetic words by Spinal Tap, as Mira threw up later that night. Oof!

Tea time! “Cups and cakes, cups and cakes, I’m so full my tummy aches.” Prophetic words by Spinal Tap, as Mira threw up later that night. Oof!

Don't smile, Mira!

Don’t smile, Mira, don’t smile …

Pillow park downtown, near Daniel's work.

Pillow park downtown, near Daniel’s work.

Typical scene in the bedroom after a busy day of sightseeing.

Typical scene in the bedroom after a busy day of sightseeing.

They went to a paper doll play in London, and Mira got hooked.

They went to a paper doll play in London, and Mira got hooked.

Flat tire on the stroller = Sadie carries Mira for a bit.

Flat tire on the stroller = Sadie carries Mira for a bit.

On the Tower Bridge.

On the Tower Bridge.

My first day in London! We went for a stroll downtown.

My first day in London! We went for a stroll downtown.

Splish splash, on the way to Borough Market for lunch.

Splish splash, on the way to Borough Market for lunch.

On a sightseeing tour bus in Bath, a day trip from London.

On a sightseeing tour bus in Bath, a day trip from London.

Goofing around in Bath.

Goofing around in Bath.

Am not sure if the tourist that took this photo of us meant to give me a tree hat, but either way, well played.

Am not sure if the tourist that took this photo of us meant to give me a tree hat, but either way, well played.

Morgan and the kids.

Morgan and the kids.

Paddington Bear abounds in London.

Paddington Bear abounds in London.