On the way over to drop off Gracie Lou for her new sun hats, we met up with the Kenney's (@kenneysseeamerica) in Rufus, Oregon, to see their wonderful new trailer and hear about their solar install, done by the same installer, Lew Farber. We had met the Kenney's last winter in Casa Grande, and had chatted with them before about all things Airstream, solar and full-timing! (Mike is working on a solar post for those of you that want/need that info!)
We stayed with Mike's brother outside of Vancouver, Washington for a few days and had a great time visiting Mt. St. Helens' Johnston's Ridge Observatory. I've always wanted to see it, since the eruption of 1980 hit so close to home, literally, while living in the ash fallout zone at the time! It is very well done and a phenomenal look at nature's power.
|Mike's brother and sister-in-law in the shadows of Mt. St. Helen|
|I was living in Eastern Oregon, Mike was at WSU, when the mountain blew in 1980!|
|Don't feed the wildlife...even if they sit on your knee.|
From there we headed to Pacific City, our nearly mandatory spring stay/fix at the beach...seriously, I'm probably addicted! We walked on the beach, hiked the dunes, ate fish tacos, whale watched, sat on the deck, watched boats come in and out...the usual. It's heavenly. We also got to host family during the last part of our stay, which we always enjoy! But then we left the beach a little bit early, to pick up Gracie Lou and to head East to Pocatello, Idaho because Nana (me) was starting to get anxious about missing the birth of grandchild #6!
|Dory boats...one of the many things I love about this place.|
|This is my favorite spot on the cape, with my favorite guy.|
|Even on a gloomy day...I love it here.|
|Baby sand dollars!|
|We love it when friends and family come to visit!|
|Cape Kiwanda...looking at Kiawanda, the sixth largest off shore monolith in the world.|
|The sunsets aren't bad...|
With our new solar panels soaking up the sun we spent a night boondocking along the Columbia River in Rufus, Oregon...not a glamorous place, right off the Interstate, but with a river view, not bad at all. The next day we made our way to Caldwell, Idaho to hang out in the Airstream Adventures Northwest courtesy lot...and caught up with some old friends who live in town. (We also met some new friends, fellow Airstreamers, @ontherunwithmrsfun, Mike & Jackie!)
|An ice cream stop along the way...|
And finally, we made it to Pocatello, specifically to the Cowboy RV Park. It wasn't scenic or even spacious, but the people were friendly and I was happy to be here, just in time...
|Cowboy RV Park, in Pocatello Idaho...home for a month.|
|Almost ready to POP! Oh...another reason to love being here...|
the son in law is kind of a genius on the Traeger grill!
|He is here!!!|
|Oh, how I love it when babies grasp onto fingers!|
|Daddy with his son!|
|Welcome to the World, Ozzy Howard!|
While I was at the hospital, Papa was watching Ozzy's big sisters...and then we brought them to the hospital to meet baby brother...some of my very favorite moments, ever, are seeing families become families...
|Papa meeting grandchild #6!|
|Oh, I love him so much already!|
Okay, so that pretty much sums up what we did for the next couple of weeks...!!! Held Ozzy, played with the girls, ate yummy foods...repeat!
|They are a beautiful little family, inside and out!|
|Our oldest grandchild and our youngest.|
|Seriously, this is what it looked like most of the time!|
And then, we kidnapped the girls for an overnight trip to Salt Lake City! We got a hotel near a little shopping district, had a yummy dinner out and watched the fountain show in our jammies...and the next day we swam and went to the Living Planet Aquarium, where we all got to be kids!
|So much fun!|
|Sunset in Pocatello|
We left the city at the end of the month, for the mountains...hoping to find a nice boondocking spot near the Tetons...