Thursday, September 4, 2008

Weekend in the Mountains

Last week Adrian’s friend Laura came up to Washington for a visit. We wanted to show her all of the best of our beautiful state. My friends, the Backman family, were kind enough to let us invade their cabin on Snoqualmie Pass. The cabin in is such a beautiful setting and has all of the amenities for a relaxing time in the mountains. Of course in our family we are never happy with just relaxing unless we share it with the whole family.
We drove up Sunday after church and soon were joined by parts of the Sirrine, VanderHoeven, Lutz and all of the Keenan families. Since a good part of the family was on a camping trip our group was quite a bit smaller than usual. The Nerf guns were a huge hit.Cat brought up pizza dough and we all brought toppings so we made our own calzones. Cat is an excellent baker and the calzones were almost Craigo’s pizza bomb good. During dinner Pam received a call from Mike that their super hike to Goat Lake was snowed out and they were on the way home. We talked them into joining us for a nice warm bed and hot tub. It didn’t take too much convincing and they straggled in achy and tired a couple of hours later.This gave us the opportunity to fully immerse poor Laura into our large and not so quiet family. I hope she wasn’t too overwhelmed by us. Our family loves to be together just hanging around and visiting. We enjoyed the hot tub and it felt so good to relax.I really like that I am now moving up in generation with all of the new babies in our family. I love watching the little kids play with each other and try to communicate. It is also fun to see how much like their parents they look.Everyone else left on Monday morning and our family stayed around for the day. Daniel had to leave at 5 a.m. to get to work by 7. The best part of was that Jack and the kids went to hike the train tunnel. It is a popular part of the Iron Horse trail, many people ride bikes through the 2.5 mile tunnel. It is completely dark so you need to bring along flash lights. I dropped them off and then went back to the cabin to enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet with my book.On the way back home we stopped by to see Snoqualmie Falls. It is an impressive waterfall that is a 268 foot drop over granite rock. The falls makes a great backdrop for lots of pictures.The end of a great weekend.

4 comments:

The VanderHoevens said...

I am glad you got some pictures of this trip. The only 2 that Jeff took should not be published if ever we want to be invited back. It was right before it was time to clean after breakfast and looked a little chaotic, and the swimming ones, I wasn't sure if people would approve of them. :) - Valerie

The Keenan Family said...

fun! I love all the pictures. Thanks for inviting us. We had a great time even though our kids prevented anyone from sleepin!

Riland and Jamie Duka said...

That sounds fun!

Chris and Caitlin Sirrine said...

It was fun while we were there! Great idea Judy! By the way... who is that adorable little boy that Valerie and Ben are holding? Must be mine. lol