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Portland...Family Fun!

We got an early start on our only full day in Portland.  Our nephew Matt works for Nike, and he arranged a special stop in the Employee store for us...so off we went!

The Nike "Campus" is HUGE...and Hubby's bro Steve drove us through part of it so we could get a feel for how big is really is...


And after our tour we headed to the Employee store for a bit of shopping...


By then it was time for lunch, and Steve and Lucy took us to a perfect spot...



Check out all the HATS on the ceiling!






So after a DELICIOUS burger and homemade fries...

I found out one of my favorite TV shows is filmed just a mile or so from the restaurant!  So...Off we went to find the farm, with the help of MY GPS "voice" I call Stella...

We were off to see Roloff Farms...home of TLC's Little People Big World...!

I only wished it was PUMPKIN  SEASON!!!
And here is their Wedding Barn and Church... (I love the show!)



(Maybe I love it so much because I'm less than five feet tall too!)

Then it was off to the house to prepare for a dinner with a niece and nephew we haven't seen in years.  So long, in fact, that they now both have SPOUSES we haven't met!  

Have I said recently how awesome this trip is!!?????

Stay tuned...

Portland..And FAMILY

Arriving in Portland was another homecoming, of sorts.  And our first glimpse of Mt. Hood was breathtaking...as it always is!

Look closely...Right above the semi...The Sharp peak of Mt. Hood!
We were visiting Hubby's brother and his family...a long-overdue event. And when we finally arrived, snacks and wine appeared almost immediately.  My sis-in-law Lucy made sure we were settled in and comfortable...and then we sat down for good food and a great visit on their park-like back yard deck.








After a delicious dinner and a great "catch-up" we headed for bed so we could hit the ground running the next morning for our one full day with family...and I even got a surprise "tourist stop" I wasn't expecting!
Stay tuned...

A Waterfall Of Memories...

After our hearty breakfast (and our education about porcupine racing) we headed on toward Portland...




The scenery began to change as we approached the Columbia River Gorge...



And then we were there...a place we'd been waiting to see again.  It requires a short hike...


MULTNOMAH FALLS




It's a much LONGER hike if you want to walk up to stand on the bridge... (We didn't this time.)



And let's just say...the sound of the ROARING water is almost deafening. 
It is amazing...TRULY...



This memory stays with you forever.  Just ask our son Nick.  When he saw this picture he told me he still remembers when our family visited here when he was six...and now he says he can't wait to take his three daughters to see it.

People used to ask us how we could afford to take such big family trips with our kids...and our answer was...How could we afford NOT to!  These are the memories we thought would last a lifetime.  But now we know they even extend to future generations.

Cool...Really cool...

Council Mountain Cafe...A GEM in Idaho





One of the first lessons children are taught is not to speak to strangers...but you'll miss out on some great information if you pass up the opportunity to talk to the "locals" in Mom and Pop restaurants.

That's why I couldn't resist striking up a conversation with THIS fellow...


I didn't catch his name...but soon the ice was broken, and when he left I turned around at our table to speak with the man seated behind me.  He introduced himself as Jeff...another long-time resident of Council Mountain.  (Although he DID admit to heading to Phoenix when Old Man Winter arrives!)


And let's not forget the reason we came IN to this great spot...BREAKFAST!


And we were NOT disappointed!  Check out these plates...




And after cooking our food, the talented cook came out to take a break...so soon ALL of us were chatting.


Amy and Nicki...an AWESOME Dynamic Duo!

 So what tidbits did these great folks share about their town and their claim to fame??

Council Mountain is home to the 4th of July WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PORCUPINE RACES!

Yes...Porcupines!

It seems the forest and mountains are TEEMING with Porcupines!  So the local kids go out the night before the big event...and catch them! (Apparently porcupines are not too bright...no offence to any porcupines who may be reading this...)

So after the long-awaited heats and the final BIG race, the kids release the animals unharmed (calm down animal rights people!) and everybody is happy...even the porcupines.
Check it out...

www.councilidaho.com/porcupine.htm

And betting IS allowed, since all the proceeds go to charities in the area.

It's a WIN-WIN for everyone...including those newly-released porcupines!

And WIN WIN also described our breakfast...AND our visit with "strangers" in Council Mountain, Idaho.

Now...back on the road and headed for Portland...with a special stop filled with memories along the way...

Flowers, Food, and FAMILY

Back in McCall, we made a stop at my cousin's adorable flower shop called Flora...





Long Lost Cousin Heather...It's her daughter's flower shop.
(Heather was my childhood horseback-riding partner in crime!)






We would be meeting the shop's owner, Fallon, later at dinner, and we were anxious to tell her how much we loved her BEAUTIFUL store.  (What's not to love about the smell of roses in the air!)

Later that evening, we met everyone at The Hotel McCall, the premier hotel and restaurant on the water in downtown McCall.  Check it out!

http://www.hotelmccall.com/

Our dinner was fantastic.  I chose the chef's recommendations for a three course tasting meal...

A Beautiful Salad...

Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and Grilled Vegetables...
But the BEST item on the menu...? Having dinner with FAMILY!





And for dessert?  A Caramel Pot de Creme...


And as our last evening in McCall came to an end, we walked out of the hotel and strolled along Lake Payette where we watched a beautiful sunset...




The perfect end to another magical day...a day spent with people we love.