Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summit Point

While Heidi and her family were here we decided to take a trip up the road to Summit Point. I really love Summit Point because the view is absolutely incredible and unbeatable!

It was fun to drive up the Carson Grade and I was really impressed with Heidi's minivan being able to make it up and over some of the (large) dips in the road. All in all, we had a great time and it was a beautiful day to get up and do some hiking and exploring!

Carson Grade

Family Photo - Love my self timer!

Trail to Little Eagle Meadows

Summit Point Lookout Station

On top!

The road to the lookout tower that we hiked up!

The "actual" Summit Point.

Looking towards Cornucopia/East Fork

Everyone made it up!

This deer decided to make a perfect photo op.

Carson and Halfway below.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer 2013 Bucket List

I'm making a rather ambitious summer bucket list for 2013. I know summer is our busiest season at the lodge - but I hope I can manage to squeeze in some great things around Baker County/Union County and hopefully I can cross some items off this list!

- Baker Heritage Museum
- Adler House in Baker City
- Eastern Oregon Museum
- Pine Valley Community Museum
- Sumpter Municipal Museum
- Ride the Sumpter Train
- Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
- Go to the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and Rodeo Never made it to the rodeo, but went to the carnival instead! I love elephant ears!
- Haines Stampede Rodeo (July 4th)
- Go on another jet boat tour in Hells Canyon
- Go to the Pendleton Round-Up
- Purchase a DSLR Camera
- Purchase a mule team (This is most likely not going to happen anytime soon, but a girl can dream - right? Plus then I could advertise the lodge in all the locale parades!)
- Union County Fair... Fail. Didn't make it the UC Fair.
- Baker County Fair
- Attend another competitive trail challenge.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Heidi and Gang

My sister Heidi and her family (husband David, son Daniel, and daughter Erin) drove out from Alabama and arrived in Oregon at the lodge yesterday. I am always super excited to see family! Because my parents are planning to live at the lodge full time and sell our house, much to my dislike, Heidi has driven out to take some furniture and assorted stuff back to Alabama. They aren't here for a long time, but I'm excited I get to see them - even if its just for a few days.

Yesterday Kay (who is working this summer as our resident farrier and hired help) and I went to take some trash and barbed wire to the dump. Note to all: Never EVER go to the dump when it's windy, and if you do, you'll find out why you shouldn't go on a windy day.

After the dump I went through Haines to Union and brought Cracker and Quincy up to the lodge. That means I currently have three paint horses up here to ride! 

When we got back to the lodge Heidi and her family has arrived, so it was time to eat dinner. We then had dessert (strawberry angle food cake) and celebrated Erin's birthday. I got her a neat little dream catcher which I am envious of... We finished off the night by playing a board/strategy game and drinking hot chocolate.

This morning CB (Conley) showed up to catch ski/yurt stuff and everyone got a hearty breakfast if biscuits an gravy. Right now I would assume my mother is entertaining Heidi and everyone in the lodge. I'm out in the horse pen holding Quin while Kay puts shoes on him. Hopefully Cracker will get shoes tomorrow and WindDancer Wednesday or Thursday.