Friday, July 22, 2011

Bye to our England guests

Mike's mum and sister and her children Mark and Victoria left yesterday morning after a week-and-a-half visit. They didn't want to leave, and we miss them already! We had a lovely time with them. We hadn't seen Kath or the children in 3-1/2 years, which we all agreed was far too long. They hadn't been to Oregon for about 9 years, since Victoria was a baby.

We kept them busy the whole time. I already posted about seeing Harry Potter last Friday. The day before that we took them to the Columbia Gorge, and all of us--with the exception of my mother-in-law--climbed all the way to the top of Multnomah Falls. I was very proud of Nick! He attracted quite a few comments along the way because of his coonskin cap and pajama bottoms!

Captain Clark (as he calls himself)

Bridal Veil Falls

At Bridal Veil Falls






Kath and Mike at our lunch stop by one of the falls

Olga with 2 out of her 3 children

Mike and Chris

Kieran and Victoria with Grandma England

Cousins

Nick can create a "stage" out of anything elevated

Kieran

Gosh, they look like they actually like each other! ;)


At the base of one of the falls

Base of Wahkeena Falls




Love this photo!


Kieran and Nick were pretending to be skeletons

Over there, Lewis!

One of the views down up to the top of Multnomah Falls


At the lookout bridge


From the top




Group at the top--we lost Kath and Victoria...long story!

Every time Nick started getting tired, Kieran was the only one who could chivvy him along


Back down at the bottom






After our hike, we went off to McMenamin's Edgefield (as is our custom when we go to the gorge)!


Chris and Mark
We had two booths and sat four of the kids in one of the other booths! (Of course, we had to do a bit of supervision for their ordering, otherwise they would have gone hog wild.)

Victoria and Kieran
 Then we walked a bit around Edgefield.
 Kieran found a gorgeous Harley for prime posing opportunities.


This is as close as I ever want him to get to a motorcycle!!
 Part 2, next!


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