Our first days here, though, were gorgeous, and the kids enjoyed playing in the new yard. :)
Yesterday we journeyed up the road a dozen miles or so to the National Park
Foxglove season in Washington! They're everywhere!
The museum was fun for the kids, especially
Gwynnie, who exclaimed, "Hey! I'm starting to like this
place!" (She's still having some challenges with all
the transitions from one too-fun place to another.)
most of the peaks around here are apparently named for food:
Chocolate, sourdough, bacon, the works! (hungry goldminers!)
who doesn't love a banana slug?
Gwynnie and Em loved the lightning area
Em loved this snowy owl - we don't have room in the RV to buy lots
of souvenirs, but we can take photos with them!
Thane taking in the scenery
wildflowers everywhere; the lupine is beautiful
Rhanna actually had a mild concussion all day, after a run-in with the heavy basement
door in the morning, but she's feeling better today, thank goodness. Still smiling!
The clouds were coming in at this point, so it's hard to see the top of this glacier-topped
mountain, but this was a stunning view!
Em knows how to look for the handicapped-accessible sign to see which little hikes we can take - he's chosen our next destination (which we will check out tomorrow, hopefully, under clearer skies!)
Rhanna says I was terrible mis-informed about the mundane nature of her concussion:
"So I thought you would all be interested to here the story of how I got a mild concussion yesterday. It's a crazy story! So we arrived at the North Cascade National Park, and I took one look at the beautiful Mount Baker and decided that I needed to climb it (Since the mountain and I have the same name. Plus I wanted a new profile picture of me on top of a mountain.) so we hired this (cute) French park ranger name Jacques-Pierre to take me up the mountain. We were almost to the top of the mountain when an avalanche came rushing toward us. We tried to get out of the way but Jacques-Pierre was struck by a boulder and knocked unconscious, So I had to dig him out of the snow, where a stray clump of ice hit me on the head momentarily stunning me. Then I carried him to the shelter of a nearby cave, but it happened to be housing a family of bears and wolverines and bear-wolverine hybrid cubs. It was almost nightfall and we didn't have any supplies to keep up warm for the night so I carried Jacques-Pierre down the mountain on my shoulders, and we reached the ranger station at midnight where I set Jacques-Pierre down and called an ambulance to take him to the hospital. Then I walked back to the RV where everyone else was asleep and being so full of adrenaline I baked throughout the night, until I was so utterly exhausted I fell asleep on the counter and woke up with a dreadful headache and lots of cookies.
True story!!" ~Rhanna