Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Trip to Selah, Suncadia Resort & Hood River

Friday June 5, we drove to Washington for the weekend for Uncle Frank Niessner's 90th birthday party.  When we got to Mom & Dad Cheek's house we were greeted by Amber & Chase.

Uncle Frank's party was held on Saturday afternoon at the Stillwater Winery at Suncadia Resort.

Suncadia Resort is just off I-90 near Roslyn, WA.  It's in a beautiful cascade mountains setting.

Kelly at Suncadia Resort

Mom Cheek at Suncadia Resort

Mom & Dad Cheek at Uncle Frank's party.

Dennis & Raeleen

Trevor & Cayley

Socializing at the party.

Uncle Frank & Mom Cheek.

Jerry & Tyson Allred, Uncle Frank and Dad Cheek.

Mom & Dad Cheek at the Canyon River Grill.  We stopped here for a cold beverage on the way back to their house after the party.

Dave at the Canyon River Grill in the Yakima River canyon, which is between Ellensberg and Selah.

Sunday on the way back to Bend, we drove through Hood River to meet up with some friends we hadn't seen in several years.  Here's Drew & Tula.

This was our first time meeting Tula, so Dave had to have his turn holding her.

Amalie & Nichole

Sitting - Amalie, Nichole, Natalie & Jason
Standing - Dave, Kelly, Drew & Amy.
Tula is hidden on Nichole's lap, so we had to go outside to get another group shot.

Drew and Tula at Good News Gardening Cafe in Hood River, OR

Dave, Amalie & Kelly.  We were texting a photo to Amalie's Dad, Chris Wilt, since he had to work that afternoon.

Natalie, Amy, Jason, Dave, Drew holding Tula, Kelly & Nichole.  Amalie is hiding behind everyone.

The route from Hood River to Bend is a beautiful drive that goes right by Mt. Hood.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Hike Through the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area

For years we've been talking about hiking in the Oregon Badlands, which are about 20 miles outside of Bend.  We finally made it there on June 2 with Amy & Jason and had a great time.

There are over 50 miles of trails in the Oregon Badlands. The area we hiked in was full of beautiful old juniper trees and wildflowers.  There are several more areas we'd like to explore some other time.

Dave, Kelly, Jason & Amy.

Kelly, Jason & Amy on the trail.

Here we are in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness.


Jason & Amy in the Badlands.

Group shot in the Oregon Wilderness Badlands on top of Flatiron Rock.

Kelly & Jason hiking down from Flatiron Rock.

Spring Update

Mom & Dad Cheek made their annual visit to Bend for Mother's Day weekend.  Here's Kelly & his Mom doing a walk along the river at Farewell Bend Park.

Kelly with his parents on a walk along the river.

One of Kelly's favorite things about being back home again is cooking in our kitchen.  One of Dave's favorite things about being back home again is eating Kelly's cooking, so he bought Kelly 'The Little India at Home" cookbook for his birthday.  Little India is one of our favorite restaurants in Christchurch, NZ and now Kelly can make their wonderful dishes for us at home.

Our favorite Indian meal is Butter Chicken.  It turned out awesome!!!

Saturday the 16th we met up with Jason, Amy & Chuck at the finish line of the Pole Pedal Paddle race.

After PPP we went to Cabin 22 where we met up with Norman.

Jason, Amy, Kelly & Dave

Jason & Dave at Cabin 22

Jason, Dave, Norman, Kelly & Chuck around the Cabin 22 fire pit.

Tuesday May 19, we stopped by the Two Old Hippies shop to check out the Breedlove guitar selection.  Dave had a hankering to start playing guitar again and wanted something new.  Breedlove guitars are made locally here in Bend, so having one of their guitars seemed pretty appealing. 

There were so many guitars to choose from, but after playing several and thinking about it for a few days he decided on this beauty, a Focus Special Edition made with Redwood and East Indian Rosewood.

May 22, we bought flowers for our pots.  Just as we started planting them, it began pouring down rain.  Kelly was determined to finish the two pots he had started out front.

Here are a few photos of the finished product.

Dave waited until the next day for the sun to shine to plant the pots on the upper deck.

June 4th we replaced the old rock retaining wall around our deck with 2,000 lbs. of Montana Bitterroot stone.  It took us nearly 4 hours to complete, but we were pretty happy with the results.

Bachelor Button flowers along the river in Farewell Bend Park.

Carrots and beets at the Farmers Market.