McKenzie River Cabin

June 2007

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Our trip to the McKenzie river cabin started out as a last minute idea more than a vacation plan.  The weather in Kentucky had been typical for mid June, hot and humid.  Elaine had bid for the the week off to visit our friends the Grob's out in Colorado, but when they informed us of prior arrangements during Elaine's week off, we made tentative plans to do some camping at Hocking Hill State Park in Ohio.  The hot and humid weather made us re-evaluate those plans, as sleeping in a tent in that sort of heat and humidity can be a struggle.  Last minute phone calls (12 hours before the flight was scheduled to depart) secured the McKenzie river cabin for the week, arranged pick up from the airport and transportation for Elaine, Sierra, Cooper and I for the three hour drive from the Portland Airport to the cabin.  A quick check on the computer found that there were 20 open seats from CVG to PDX, unheard of during the post bankruptcy summer travel season.  Things just lined up, so we made it happen. 

2,600 miles, 10 hours, Taylor Mill Kentucky to the McKenzie river cabin, door to door.

The week started off with a great omen . . . as we were driving up the McKenzie river to the cabin, a majestic bald eagle flew over head, seemingly welcoming us back "home".  Our fly by the seat of our pants attitude was rewarded with a fantastic time spent with my parents on the river.  Relaxing days with short hikes and plenty of down time made for an excellent vacation. 

As an added bonus we were able to see old friends in Portland the night before we flew back to Kentucky.  It was great to see everyone!

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Sierra, Jake and Cooper

Celebrating Father's day on the flight out to Portland

Sierra and Grandma Nita

Reading in front of the cabin

McKenzie river

In front of the cabin

Flower

Trail sign

Cooper

Hiking to the ranger station on the McKenzie river trail

Jake and Cooper

Taking a break along the hike to the ranger station

Elaine, Cooper, Grandpa Bill, sierra and Grandma Nita

Hiking to Koosha falls

McKenzie river

Above Koosha falls

Elaine and Sierra

Hiking to Koosha falls

Koosha falls

Rainbow below Koosha falls

Cooper, Elaine and Sierra

Cooper, Jake and Sierra

McKenzie river

Below Koosha falls

Jake, Cooper, Elaine, Grandma Nita and Sierra

Enjoying smores by the camp fire

Sierra and Grandpa Bill

Playing dominos

Cooper and Jake

Playing memory

Horse Pasture Mountain

Our lofty hiking destination

Trail view

Sierra, Cooper, Elaine, Grandpa Bill and Grandma Nita

Hiking up Horse Pasture Mountain

Sierra, Grandpa Bill and Cooper

Hiking up Horse Pasture Mountain

Almost to the top

Geo marker

On top of Horse Pastue Mountain

The Three Sisters

View from Horse pasture Mountain

Pamorama view

Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor from Horse pasture Mountain

Panorama view

Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington, Scott mtn, Black Crater, North-Middle-South Sister, and Mt. Bachelor from Horse Pasture Mountain

Family photo

Cooper, Sierra, Grandpa Bill and Grandma Nita

With the Three sisters in the background

Grandpa Bill and Grandma Nita

Sierra and Grandma Nita

Sierra

Taking a break in a meadow

Family photo

Mt. Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack

Mt. Washington and Scott Mountain

Sierra, Grandpa Bill and Elaine

Hiking back to the trail head

Grandma Nita and Cooper

Hiknig back to the trail head

Cooper

Taking a break in a meadow

Cooper

Cooper, Elaine and Sierra

Taking a snack break on the hike back to the trail head

Cooper

Hiking back to the trail head

Elaine and Jake

Relaxing at the cabin

Cooper

Going fishing

Cooper and Grandpa Bill

Setting up the fishing pole

Grandpa Bill and Cooper

Fishing

Grandpa Bill and sierra

Fishing

Grandpa Bill and Sierra

Setting up the fishing pole

Sierra and Elaine

Fishing

Sierra

Sierra and Cooper

Playing in the McKenzie river

Sierra and Cooper

Elaine, Sierra and Cooper

Cooper and Sierra

 

Portland

Gracine, Sierra, Nicholas and Cooper

Grandpa Bill, Gena and Sierra

Sierra pleased to be getting a hair cut

Sierra

Feeding a neighborhood cat

Cooper and Grandpa Bill

Going for a scooter ride

 

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