Good morning, Northern California! Today, we drive the last leg of our trip down to San Francisco. We’ll explore the Avenue of the Giants, Redwood National Park, stop for lunch in Mendocino, and finish the day having dinner at Fog Harbor in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Vacation Day 4!
Today, we headed south out of Portland and straight into Willamette Valley. Known for its Pinot Noir’s and sweeping views we had to stop at a few before heading into Northern California for the night.
2. Domaine Serene
3. White Rose Estate
4. Stoller – boys loved playing frisbee golf
Here we took a break and headed to Eugene. Drop through the University of Oregon to show the boys and passed the Ducks Stadium.
5. Sweet Cheeks
6. Kings Estate – here we sat outside and ate dinner.
Vacation Day 3!
Today we drove out of Seattle. Our first stop was at Snoqualmie Falls. This waterfall is the tallest in the state of Washington. Next we drove to Mt. Rainer National Park. Just outside the park is Crystal Mountain. There we took a gondola ride to the top where the views were spectacular and we ate lunch at Summit House. It was 42 degrees and the boys loved the snow patches. After the drive through the park, we headed down to Portland. In Portland we stayed at the Nines Hotel. We snacked in the roof and then ate at The Urban Farmer restaurant. Our waitress mentioned to the chef that Davy is in a bee club at school, so he came out and took us on a tour of their rooftop garden, showed us their rooftop apiary, and then their aquaponics garden in the basement of the hotel. It was an awesome personal touch experience.
So, I’m laying in bed Sunday morning and Davy comes running into my room and says, “You need to get up, get dressed, pour some coffee, and come outside! Today is a special day because Matty is learning to ride his bike with no training wheels!” Sure enough, all three of them are outside at the crack of dawn with Matty’s training wheels off and he is gliding down the driveway. He did a great job and by the end of the morning he was riding it by himself. I took a short video and we cheered him on. He’s almost ready to ride on two wheels full-time, he just needs his legs to get a little longer for better balance when he puts his feet down… 🙂 Awesome job Matty bear!
After months and months of trying to help Davy learn to ride his bike, and what seemed like every different type of method under the sun….Andy finally found the solution and within 45 minutes he was up and running and the rest is history. So now you are asking yourself what finally worked???, well a YouTube video Learn to ride a bike in 5 simple steps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRk1xZbahf0 They watched it a few times and then he was ready. In fact the whole thing happened so quickly that I missed the first time he went gliding and pedaling down the driveway.
Here are the steps:
1. Take off pedals
2. Walk around while on the bike
3. Glide using a slight down hill
4. Put pedals back on
5. Glide and pedal…ride the bike!
He was so excited and we are so proud of him.