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As previously mentioned (and currently being experienced), Lori and the kids are in Oregon for a couple of weeks, while Dad is back at work living out of a cheap hotel. Lori sent me a bunch of pictures of the goings-on so I thought that I would post them here – with my best guesses about what is going on in the pictures. Those of you in the know can chime in and set me straight.

First up the pictures that were dated July 26th, which incidentally was Davison’s 8th birthday. I know that they visited a lavender farm and picked lavender, went to the county fair in Newberg, and some of the party went swimming. Here we go with the pictures:

The expedition to the lavender farm
The expedition to the lavender farm

The whole lavender-pickin' team!
The whole lavender-pickin’ team!

Auntie Marta and Brock discuss the economics of growing lavender.
Auntie Marta and Brock discuss the economics of growing lavender.

Brock goes crazy picking Lavender
Brock goes crazy picking Lavender
Davison and Brock with one of Davison's birthday presents in the background
Davison and Brock with one of Davison’s birthday presents in the background

Fun at the Newberg Fair
Fun at the Newberg Fair

Swamp water rules!
Swamp water rules!

Swimming at the hotel in Newberg
Swimming at the hotel in Newberg

It looks like fun was had by all.

The first leg of our Roadtrip is Houston to Portland. Here is a picture of the crew (sans the primary driver and photographer) and the means of conveyance. We are able to get five suitcases plus the bathroom bag in the cargo storage unit on top. That leaves two suitcases (the two boys are sharing a suitcase) for the back of the Traverse. This picture was taken outside of our hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The following picture was taken with my iPad while toodling through New Mexico; primarily to give the feel of what the terrain is generally like. While taking it (as we careened down the highway at 75 mph) I noticed that the iPad screen showed the view that the camera saw. It struck me that I could drive a long way with the iPad in front of my face and be able to see the roadway just fine. It also struck me that this would not be particularly wise at 75 miles per hour, so this picture is representative of about 10 seconds of such activity rather than an extended period of swerving and lack of depth perception.

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In addition to the two suitcases in the back of the Traverse, we also have room for two small coolers, one set of shelves (for such essentials as knives,scissors, band aids, paper towels, paper plates, etc), and a few other bags and items. It doesn’t make for great rear view mirror visibility, but is sure handy (as at least one of our meals per day was of the snacky ‘eat while we drive’ variety).

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We hit California yesterday (Sunday, July 20th) travelling through a whole lot of desert from Williams, Arizona to Bakersfield, California. No pictures, but think scrub brush, sand, straight highways, and lots of big trucks.

Today (Monday, July 21st), we drove north through California, primarily up I5, and ended our day in Redding.

We ate supper at a barbecue place (Brick’s BBQ) where we had one of their family meal specials which worked out really well.

Then it was on the hotel, where some of us (less Danaya the Reticent and Heidi the Unadventerous) enjoyed the outdoor pool until it closed at 10:00 pm.

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Following are some of the pictures that we took during the trip to the Grand Canyon.

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The family at Mather Point
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Davison and Brock, climbers
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Heidi, cheerful adventurer
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Brock at the Grand Canyon
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Ben at the Grand Canyon
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Lori at the Grand Canyon

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I don’t know if I’ve mentioned my philosophy of picture taking before, and I don’t know if you are wondering why there are no really good pictures of the Grand Canyon here.  The way that I see it is that there are a lot of photographers with better gear, skills and opportunities who have taken pictures of the Grand Canyon that you are better off looking for their much better work.  I have noticed that these uber-photographers don’t take pictures of our family (without wanting to be paid a lot).  So that’s why I take and post pictures with us in them.

Today was our day trip to the Grand Canyon national park.  Lori, Layne and I saw it briefly on our way to Phoenix in 1991, but don’t really remember it all that well.

It was pretty nice weather wise, with some cloud cover and the temperature in the mid 80s.  We saw the sites, rode the shuttle buses, visited the geological museum, purchased trinkets at the gift shop.  In general the day went well.

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Daelynn, Mikaela and Danaya at Yaki Point

We’re currently on day three of our summer long road trip.  We woke up this morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico and are ending up in Williams, Arizona.  Williams is just south of the Grand Canyon and a ways west of Flagstaff.

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So, yes, this is us at Mcdonald’s…