Welcoming Summer

Today was my dad’s 56th birthday and Helen just finished up her term at OHSU, so we took a break from working on the house and homework (yes, different things) to celebrate this weekend!

Turns out we picked a great time to celebrate, because it was such a beautiful weekend – helloooo summer!

Friday after work, I strapped the kayak on the roof of the car and we headed to Lincoln City, watched the sunset on the beach (aww) and then headed to a little place known as Kernville where my parents own a “cabin” on the Siletz river.

On Saturday morning, we unstrapped the kayak and jumped into the river. My parents also have a two-seater, and they put in right behind us.

We paddled our way up the river (the old folks got left behind), stopping to enjoy the scenery…

…and a few brewskies along the way.

It could have been the beer, or the heat, but while we were waiting for my parents to catch up, Helen and I started singing top-40 music… “I, know a place, where the grass is always greener – woah-oh…”

After a while, we decided to attach the geezers’ kayak to the back of ours, so they could keep up with us and we could go a little farther up stream. About 3 miles up river from where we started, we found this little inlet.

We paddled to the bank and hung out in the shade for a while before our return trip.  On the way back, we were able to mainly just let the current take us back, so we had a relaxing little stroll back to the dock.

After getting back on dry land, Helen, Bella and I jumped in the car and went to the beach, where it was 71 degrees and so incredibly windy. I laid under a blanket and took a nap, while Helen and Bella took a walk, followed by a little fetch, which was cut short by Bella nearly blowing away.

We headed back to camp, and had fire-roasted corn and smoked salmon (delish!)

And roasted marshmallows while the sun went down.

Despite the awkward sunburn on the front of my body (apparently my moobs are big enough to make a shadow directly below them), the nightmare I had last night about spiders that made me jump out of bed slapping at my head, and being sandblasted on the beach, we had a great summer kick-off weekend.

This week, I’m headed to Seattle for work for a few days, and then our new front door is being delivered on Friday – the transformation continues.

Happy Birthday Dad – I love you!


  1. Mommy said:

    It was so fun having you all with us, and so glad you let the “geezers” tag along. Love you

    June 14, 2010
  2. papa said:

    Awesome birthday!!! The firepit and sunset say it all.
    Love, dadeo

    June 14, 2010

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