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In 2017 we made a NewYears resolution to have more outdoor adventures. Here are little squares of our attempts and other life moments

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Let’s just say some of the words that @pathfound shouted as he jumped were NOT PG-13 ......@asarajane your height perception is crazy off , this cliff is not 40ft, this jump is 15-20ft tops 😉

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The Babe had lots of big plans for swimming in the lake on the hike down. Then he put his feet in, screamed it was too cold and proceeded to sun himself on a rock. ——————————————————————- know before you go 1) there is only one way to legally and safely access the lake from the rim of the crater and that is via the Cleetwood cove trail. A trail of 9 steep and dusty switchbacks from the rim down to a small stretch of rocky shore, a boat dock where you can take a guided tour boat ride, and a cliff you can jump off into the lake at your own risk. The hike down is not too bad but what goes down must come back up again! it’s a strenuous hike with 1000ft elevation gain the surface of the lake is just over 6000ft and the rim 7000ft. I may or may not of had some chest pain getting back up. Thanks to @pathfound for hauling the babe up and out. 2) swimming for those who dare to brave the frigid ice /snow melt water, is permitted, as is fishing no license needed and no catch limit, artificial bait only NPS doesn’t want anyone adding additional foreign organic matter to the water. No private water crafts or wetsuits are permitted. 3) there are portapotties at the top and bottom of the trail. 4) the rocks are sharp edged basalt scramble with care. 5) the water gets crazy deep ( America’s deepest lake) just a few feet from the shore watch your weak swimmers like a hawk. #makingmemories

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“Hey Mom, remember that time that we jumped into the heart of a volcano and into America’s deepest, clearest, bluest lake?” #makingmemories #adventuringwithkids #adventuringtogether

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————————————————————————-Life in technicolor...... #shotonaniphone

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When you see posts of Crater Lake the comments often say pictures can’t do it justice. Have to say, pictures can’t do it justice. #shotoniphone #oregon #oregonexplored

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2018 goal all Oregon’s National Parks. Oh wait there’s only one, well that was easy.

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Street parties are the best parties thanks @california_blueys

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“ America is not natural. Natural is tribal. We’re fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history.... that’s what’s exceptional about America... this ain’t easy. It’s an incredible thing. “ Jon Stewart

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The Babe called this one an exploding 🌮

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“ No temple made with hands can compare to Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.” True words from John Muir. Liberty cap and Nevada falls.

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We learned from our visit to the @johnmuirnps that the devastating decision to flood the Hetch hetchy valley to create this reservoir may have saved the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone from similar fates, the public outcry was so great. Did you know the water from the run off in the High Sierra that forms this reservoir is so pure that in 90+ years only 2 inches of sediment has collected at the bottom. Exploring the back country here definitely on my list for when the littles are bigger.

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And now back to my more regular feed. TB to our Memorial Day weekend in @yosemitenps. The Woo likes going to the historic sites but she did confess that she liked the “nature stuff” better though. I don’t have photoshop some of my pics are edited through the Instagram app but that’s it. Yosemite really just is this breathtaking

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Today the middle two learned about the role that WWII played in shaping the bay’s history and gender and racial equality in the work place for the second half of the twentieth century. Heavy stuff for summer break. Know before you go. The visitors center is right by the water. This part of the bay can be extremely breezy if you want to explore outside you might want to bring a jacket, even in the summer. We found this junior ranger program to be quite challenging and took us more than 2 hours to complete.

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When I was very small we lived in Saudi Arabia and my mother wasn’t allowed to drive. Our family had to hire a driver for her to do simple errands. I remember how limiting that was for her. Now I can’t imagine not being able to pack my kids into the car and driving somewhere to have #moreoutdooradventures. So here’s to all the Saudi ladies who finally get to be able to drive today. it’s a step in the right direction. #driveonsisters - here’s me and my first car mentioned in a few posts back. #womensrightsarehumanrights

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This mornings #fridgesituation

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For many years on Father’s Day we have been going to the Volunteer fire department pancake breakfast at a beach town nearby. Glad we made it this year

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This is Bob he’s our 95 year old neighbor. He came over for dinner and told us about his first car a ‘31 Chevy. The middle boy is laughing because then @ph12390 proceeded to tell stories about my ‘89 Fiat, that included the time I made him get out and walk the highest road pass in the Lake District (England) because it was such a pile of junk and couldn’t make it up the hill with two people in it #lovedthatcar Apparently ‘31 Chevys came with curtains and attached flower vases in the back seat.

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We’re taking advantage of summer break to explore some local NPS sites and earn some more junior ranger badges. The middle kids swear in their Junior ranger pledge in my stories . Don’t worry grandparents if you don’t know how to view stories I’ll send you an email 😉

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