I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m tired of winter. I’m thinking about summer and vacations. This morning I sat in front of my computer and pulled up the hundreds of photos I took of our family vacation several years ago.

Wow, when we booked our trip to the Pacific Northwest, I never expected to see such variety in the scenery. Our flight landed in Seattle and then we rented a car and drove south to the Portland, Oregon area. We spent the majority of our two week vacation driving all over Oregon, beginning with the Columbia River area.

We visited waterfalls, a zoo, mountains, cities, a river gorge area in the mountains that made me picture cowboys and indians fighting, the coastal area where we saw seals sun-bathing on the rocks and playing in the water. We saw sand dunes and people riding dune buggies. We walked along the shore and studied shells and exotic sea-life.

We saw several lighthouses, seaside towns, and a volcanic area near Bend. One of our most memorable adventures was walking through a lava tube near Bend. Visitors rented lanterns which they carried as they walked through the lava tube which was basically a mile long, dark cave/tunnel. The ground was rough and uneven. People tripped sometimes and that was scary, especially considering there wasn’t any way to get help right away if someone got seriously hurt. My husband fell when we were approximately half-way through the tube and injured his leg. We worried he wouldn’t be able to walk the rest of the way. Fortunately, after resting awhile, he was able to continue.

Since we had to fly back out of Seattle, we headed back several days ahead of time and toured some interesting places in Washington, too. I have almost as many photos from Washington, and I’ll post those later.

I hope you enjoy my photos.

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