It was nice, too, because although it is a wood cabin, it isn't so rustic that it feels like you're roughing it. It has a full kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, wood burning stove...Very comfortable.
The first full day we were there, we went for a sceninc drive all the way around Mt. Hood, up to the Columbia River, and back around. Here's a picture of Mt. Hood we stopped to take on the trip.
We stopped at some fruit stands along the way and got some varieties of apples that I had never heard of before - very tasty. We picniced for lunch on the river, and then stopped at several water falls. The biggest fall along the route is Multnoma Falls.We actually did the full hike up to the top of the falls! Round trip it was 2 1/2 miles! After hiking over a mile straight up a mountain, we were really winded. Talk about motivation to get to the gym more often! But it was great to get some exercise since most of our day was in the car making the drive around the scenic highway. We would love to live in a place that we could do stuff like that all the time. As wonderful as Dallas is ::said tongue in cheek:: there is no scenic beauty, nowhere to hike, nothing to see. Everywhere you looked on this trip, you saw beauty. Our boys would love going...maybe soon we can take them too. Although I think we'll skip the hikes that are straight up a mountain with them!
After exercising our bodies on the hike we stopped at an outlet mall and exercised our debit card! Jerry found some really nice things, which is great because normally on stops like that *I* am the one racking up the charges! I found a few things, but *I* also exercised my self-control! Anyway, now we are back in reality...getting stuff done, dealing with a vomitting child, doing school lessons...yep, regular life again. But I have to tell you, even just four days gone and we were really ready to see our children again. It is good to go away, but it is oh, so good to come home again.