Tuesday, August 16, 2016

THE KOOTENAYS

We hadn't planned any trips for the summer as we were both busy working but I had a couple weeks still open so we decided to book it off and go somewhere!

We drove 13-14 hours through the night, stopped for breakfast and drove another 3-4 hours to get to Canada. We first went to Grand Forks, BC where my parents are currently on a mission for our church. We were able to stay with them there and see what life in Grand Forks is like:
Driving through Oregon I woke up to the sunrise on all the mountains.


 Playing in the river near my parent's place.

 Swimming at Christina Lake - it was actually quite warm!



 One of the many times we played at the water park

 Grand Forks


Aubrey with a bag of crab apples she was given.

Then we drove less then an hour to Jared's brother's house in Castlegar, BC

 It felt like we went to a different lake or river everyday. Above is one of 3 man made ponds right next to the Columbia River.

 A little further down the path from the ponds was a bike park. Jared had fun and Aubrey tried her hand at the little kid one but crashed and got a little scratched up.


 Scraped knees didn't stop her from trying a skateboard lesson at the skate park!
Another day we went to Champion Lake

 The kids got turns on the canoe for some fishing.





 The above is along the river in Trail, BC - it was so pretty and fun to play in. We brought our bikes and biked along the river trail then stopped for a picnic lunch before heading down to this beach to play.



 We spent a day in Nelson, BC to do some shopping and then went to a park where you could get on this trolly and go for a quick ride along the river. 
We went for a small hike to this viewpoint in Castlegar up to a helicopter pad.



 We saw some strange wildlife.










 Aubrey was taking photos of me taking photos


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SANTA CRUZ

After an almost 2 hour drive to Santa Cruz (don't go on a Saturday!) we finally made it to the beach!















Harper seemed concerned about where Aubrey's body was!