Monday, September 04, 2006


And What a Labor Day it Was - It was my intention to get up early this morning, and go for a nice long bike ride with Bob and then back home and take Ian to the golf course, which is what he wanted to do for Labor Day. Well I woke up much earlier than I had intended...0830, by the time I got myself together it was about 1000, so I decided to change plans - lets do something exercise wise that we all can partake in. You see Ian has this really cool BMX bike that he has had for almost 3 years and it is way too small for him, and he has a hard time keeping up with us on long bike rides, therefore Master Ian is due for a new bicycle, I just haven't gotten around to it. So instead of a bicycle ride for two, we went on a hike for three. Bob immediately had something in mind the Brice Creek Trail off of Interstate 5 and Cottage Grove about 40 minutes out of Eugene.

What a beautiful day for a hike, and the trail was more than we could ask for, just perfect. In all we hiked about 6 miles, and we found a wonderful swimming hole, like I had never seen before, it is my intention to go back and hang out there, before the summer is over. When I am out in the "wilderness", I want to see "wild animals", OK nothing too crazy, like lions and tigers and bears (oh my). We were not disappointed today. The first thing we saw was what we thought was snake skin. I saw this stuff that just had to be snake skin, but we kept seeing more and more of it, and Bob picked some up and said, "yup, looks like snake skin to me", but then we saw moreand more of it, and we were thinking that is one big snake! It was actually getting kind of creepy as to how big this snake or snakes had to be...... then we came to the conclusion that it wasn't snake skin at all, but it was some sort of leaves that had fallen. The snake story was more exciting though.
Along the way we came across several streams and waterfalls, and so I and I searched for some sort of wildlife, the first "friend" that we came across was a crawdad, I've eaten crawfish, but never seen one in the wild. It's always nice to have Bob along on outings because he is the brave one and willing to pick up the creepy crawly things......
We then saw a Oregon Newt, really cool!!!! Bob, disrobed, to jump into the water and get the newt so that I could see it up close and personal....MY hero. What a great hike we had.
My promise to Ian was that we would go golfing afterwards and that we did after a bit of a break and a snack at home, I took Ian to the driving range at Fiddler's Green. Now I haven't played golf in about 11 years, hhhmmm, Ian is just over 11 years old, you can figure that one out - it's called no time. But his grandfather got him excited about playing golf when he stayed with him last month and now he wants to play, with the promise from Papa that he will get a brand new set of Junior clubs if he continues his interest in golf.... so we shall see. Almost 10 PM, I am ready to fall out in the floor, but think that I can make it to my bed....... Not sure what excitement tomorrow holds, but it will be another busy day....

2 comments:

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Love the pics of your family!

Lisa W. said...

Love the pics.. you guys are always on the go and an inspiration for us! Keep it up Mrs Oregon!!