Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Smith Rock with the Gilbert's

We've just spent the past week with our friends Brad & Cindy Gilbert and their kids Spenser & Delaney.  Dave & Brad went to college together and they came out to Bend from Indiana for vacation.  We've packed a lot in during their visit and we've got a few photos to share of our adventures together.  The day after they arrived we took them to Smith Rock to hike Misery Ridge and we were so happy to have nice weather.  Especially since this has been one of the wettest and coolest springs we've had in a long time.
These Bachelor Buttons were beautiful blooming beside this split rail fence
Kelly, Cindy, Delaney & Brad taking a rest stop as we hike up Misery Ridge
Spenser & Delaney at Smith Rock
Spenser, Kelly, Cindy & Dave on top of Smith Rock
Spenser & Cindy
The Crooked River as it runs through Smith Rock State Park
Spenser & Cindy at Smith Rock

Sunday with the Gilbert's

Spenser really wanted to go mountain biking while he was here so he & Dave went for a ride Sunday morning.  Here they are after their return.
Sunday afternoon we went to the Amphitheater for free music and met up with Amy, Celine & Pat.   It was another beautiful sunny day and there was a good crowd out enjoying the music and the nice spring weather.
Here we are with the Gilbert's at the amphitheater
Dave & Norman came over for a cocktail later that afternoon
Brad, Spenser & Delaney on the deck
Here we are on the deck after a wonderful dinner and dessert

Crater Lake with the Gilbert's

Monday we all went to Crater Lake.  We had never been there this early in the season before, so it was a different experience for us to see it with snow.
Here's Spenser, Brad, Delaney & Cindy at Crater Lake and some random shots of the lake below

We had a nice picnic lunch while enjoying the views of the lake
Dave having lunch at Crater Lake
The Crater Lake Lodge
This Jay was very interested in what we had to eat
Spenser at Crater Lake

Tumalo Falls

Tuesday afternoon we took the short drive out to Tumalo Falls
Tumalo Falls

We've sure had a busy but wonderful week with the Gilbert's.  It's always nice to have guests visit as showing them the sites and all that Central Oregon has to offer makes us appreciate where we live all the more.

Dave's New Bike

After 15 years of riding the same mountain bike (which was too small for him) Dave decided to buy a new one.  Here he is with his Giant Anthem 3 prior to taking it out for it's maiden ride......

........and here is his bloody leg after returning from his maiden ride.  He probably should have read how to get the shoes out of the clips before he took off......

Pole Pedal Paddle

Once again this year we volunteered to help with the Pole Pedal Paddle.  We handed out race packets for five hours the night before the event so we were able to enjoy race day watching with our friends.
Here's our friend Wendy as she runs on the trail which goes through our neighborhood
Here's Kelly watching the bikers and racers go by our neighborhood with Ken, Pat, Paul & Tom
Our friend Collins did the whole race as an Individual racer.  Here he's coming up to say a quick "Hello" as he runs by
Collins coming coming back down through the neighborhood following a racer in a Super Hero costume.
A few other racers who felt the need to dress up
Kelly & Norman at the post race party at the Les Schwab Amphitheater
Dave, Norman, Kelly & Ken at the amphitheater

Hiking at Smith Rock & Visits from Antarctic Friends

A few days after Kelly's Birthday our friend Susie Lyons came to visit as she was driving from Palm Springs to Seattle.  She stayed with us for four nights and we had a lot of fun showing her the area.  One day we took her to Smith Rock and did a hike with our friend Amy.  Here are a few shots from that day.

Kelly, Susie, Amy & Dave at Smith Rock

A few weeks after Susie's visit our friends Julie Bonneau & Kim Bowyer stopped in for a one night visit.  We always enjoy seeing our friends from Antarctica of the Ice.

Kelly's Birthday

For Kelly's Birthday this year we kept it really small and just had a few friends over for dinner.  It was a nice mellow evening where we enjoyed Mexican food and peanut butter brownies for dessert.

Pat, Amy & Dave
Kelly & Norman