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I thought I would give a peek into what the rest of us did while the van was getting doctored.

The van on the tow truck’s trailer looked a bit…precarious.

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Our van gets a ride

The kids seemed to think so, too:

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Some of our children looking pensive

We decided that our only option, after Ben/Dad and the van headed out, was to take a walk down the path by the river.

First we found a very old apple tree loaded with apples, and each had one. Yummy!

Then we found some pretty little snails:

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One of our finds: a cute snail

It had been raining lightly for part of the morning (while we were packing up, wouldn`t you know), so the snails were out in droves. Cuter than slugs, although essentially a snail is a slug with a shell.

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And another one…

We found a spot for the kids to wade in the river–and throw rocks, of course (that’s what little boys do).

We then got a call that Dad was back with a rental vehicle: a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country with all the bells and whistles and only about 250 miles on it. Wow. We would have liked to take it home with us.

A new fuel pump later (yikes and ouch!), we were off and running.

We were thankful for how it all worked out in the end. The Lord was gracious to us!

 

During the vacation trip, we made notes when the kids (usually Brock) said funny things.  So to (maybe) close out the vacation posts, here are some of the ‘Brockisms’ from the trip (along with some Brock pictures)…

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King Brock

Heard a while after Lori reviewed cabins and rewarded the kids with a   dollar each . . . “give me a piece of gum, I have a dollar”

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Playground Brock

Heard at the campfire, “I want to burn a marshmallow”

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Jail Brock

At the OMSI Omnimax show, while waiting through the previews, “is there a remote?”

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Gargoyle Brock

In the yurt one morning, Davison and Brock were playing hide & seek with some stuffed animals.  Davison: ‘Hide, Mom is coming’
Brock: ‘Are Moms bad?’
Davison: ‘No, Moms are good; they work for us.’

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Motorcycle Brock

And that is it.  Thanks for letting us share our experiences and family memories.

Just this side of the border (south of Cranbrook) runs the Moyie river. We don’t always stop there (there’s a nice provincial park), but did on this trip.  It turned out that the park was closing for the winter less than a day later.

I have video footage from years ago of Layne and Rett at this spot on the river throwing rocks, which is what we did on this stop also.

Some pictures from the stop:

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We ended up getting home from vacation on Saturday night at 10:30 pm, a pretty tired crew.

A few months ago, Brock was terrified of hot air hand dryers.  If one turned on in the near viciniity (as in, somewhere in the same bathroom) he freaked out.

At the start of this recent vacation we stayed at a campground with hot air dryers on the bathroom.  Brock wasn’t nearly so frightened, but he did make a beeline out the door when I started drying my hands.

By our second campground stint, something had changed (probably that something called ‘growing up’) and Brock now fully endorsed hot air hand drying, particularly when he could make funny faces in the reflective parts of that dryer.

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Brock dries his hands

A minor step taken in the grand adventure of life.

On Friday we worked hard packing up to get on the road home. Once all was packed and everyone hopped in, the van wouldn’t start, which led to…

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…a tow into Newberg.  Diagnosis: failed fuel pump.

5:30 pm update: the van is fixed and ready to go. This was very good news indeed as the repair place closed at 6:00 pm and didn’t re-open until Monday, so we faced the prospect of a couple of days delay. On the other hand, this will mean a really late night tonight getting to Spokane, but it looks like we are off and running.

2:30 am update: arriving at the hotel in Spokane Valley. Live wire little boys (having slept for a few hours) are about to jump into the big jacuzzi tub.

In retrospect…
Kudos to the family for getting us ready to go by a little after 11:00 am. A checkout close to the 1:00 deadline would not have allowed enough time for repairs. The park Ranger commended the family on working together – and for using little kids as pack mules.

Major kudos to Keith and the mechanics at Tyler’s Auto Repair, who turned the van around in less than 4 hours.

Looking back on the day, I believe that our Father in Heaven was taking very good care of us. His timing was perfect.

As part of our Salem trip on Thursday, we wanted to visit the Riverfront Carousel.  I checked the website and it was still on summer hours so was open until 7:00 pm.  When the discovery village (see prior post) closed at 5:00 pm, we headed to the carousel, about a quarter of a mile away.

When we got there, alas, it had closed at 5:00 pm for a private function.  I expressed (politely, I hope – sadly I don’t always handle these setback things well) my frustration to the worker telling us it was closed, indicating that the website had said it would be open until 7:00.  He asked if we would be able to come back the next day.  Unfortunately, no as we were heading home to Canada on Friday morning.  So he told us to go in and tell the worker running the carousel that ‘Joe said we could have a short ride for free’.

Vic, the volunteer running the carousel, asked us to wait for a couple of minutes – and then included us with the paid event – as they were not counting how many rides were taken or anything.  At the end of the ride, he asked if the kids wanted to stay on for another free ride, so we happily took him up on it, the kids all changed horses and we went around again for a while longer.

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So, a wonderful time was had by all – and many thanks to Joe and Vic for allowing us to experience the Salem Carousel.

Thursday, our last full vacation day (prior to hitting the road homeward), we went to the A.C. Gilbert Childrens Discovery Village in Salem.  We got in free with our science center memberships.  It was geared to younger kids, so Danaya and Daelynn spent the day with Grandma Dana instead.  Here are some pictures of our time there.

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Mikaela in the Inventors Workshop
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Davison at the outdoor chess set
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Heidi recepts at the vet clinic
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Brock scans in groceries
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Brock at the playground
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Doctor Brock examines a fox

On Wednesday, we teamed up with Grandpa Ron for another activity day at OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). 

This time we packed a lunch, which was good because the cafeteria was closed for renovations.  There were a couple of exhibits closed and being switched out, but there was still plenty to do in all sorts of areas including the chemistry lab and the science playground.  Here are a bunch more pictures…

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Davison and the harbor crane
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Dad builds a caffeine molecule
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Davidson and Mikaela do an experiment
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Heidi makes a mega molecule
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The girls in the chemistry lab
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Davison and Grandpa Ron at a water table
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Daelynn in the turbine hall

On Tuesday we went to nearby McMinnville and visited the Evergreen Space and Air Museum, using our Telus Science center memberships to get in free, a savings of about $150.00.

Wow, the place was simply amazing and one that I could probably have spent a couple of days exploring (especially if I didn’t have a 3 year old constantly asking to go to the play place).

I really enjoyed the early rocketry exhibits, especially with the German V1(actually a US version of it), and V2 rockets.

I also really enjoyed the SR71 Blackbird spy plane which was on exhibit, including some plug-in modules for the fuselage whose purpose was still classified.

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Brock and the moon lander man

Lori and the kids got a lesson about ICBM missile deployments from a very enthusiastic docent.

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The missile expert
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Daelynn showing the ballistic steering

For the little guys, there was a plane ride (the aforementioned play place that Brock was pining for) that was greatly enjoyed and was free with our (free) admission.

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Davison and Brock flying

There was an amazing array of helicopters of all vintages.

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Heidi and the helicopters

And in the other massive building (housing the Spruce Goose, another whole story), there was lots more to look at, and tons of activities for the kids.

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Brock and Mikaela in the flight simulator
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Danaya flying a WW2 fighter

I took a ton more pictures, and Lori a bunch of video, so I’m hoping to part more later (once we’re done vacation).  Today, Wednesday, we’re back at OMSI (with its free wi-fi), so there will be another OMSI post soon.

On Monday, at Champoeg park, it was really hot and the yurt area was deserted except for us.  It was mid-afternoon water fight time.  Each person changed into water fight clothes (we want to do this in an orderly way, after all) and was allocated a standard size plastic cup.  There was a water tap at each of the yurts, so water was in plentiful supply.

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Dad gets really wet
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Congestion at the water tap
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Lookout, it's Davison
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Lori with Daelynn in hot pursuit

Given the heat, it was a wonderful way to cool down.  It being a pretty much windless day, we also had fun with the foxtail ball and the speedminton set as well.