For Labor Day weekend, it is our new tradition to go to Baker City Oregon to visit Rustin and Suzi, and to have Jenny and Dana come out from Bend to meet us (by new tradition I mean this is the second year in a row that we've done it).
We always like visiting Baker City. It's an awesome little town with a beautiful historic Main Street. The farmers market is small and nice, and there's a huge park in the center of town. Rustin and Suzi live out by the golf course but also have ranch property with an old farmhouse they're in the middle of restoring.
Saturday we spent the day at the ranch, but poor Amy got sick early that morning. It was a nasty 24-hour flu-ish illness (or bad salsa fresca from TacoTime), and she was incapacitated for the whole day. She kept saying, "We have to go home," but I would just say, "Really?" and see how things went. So she stayed at the house when the rest of us went to the ranch. We hoped she would rest and let her body heal.
We saw all their animals: pygmy goats, sheep, chickens and cats. They had this rooster which was violent and territorial, and had attacked everyone in the family. So they chose to do away with him. I'm a baby and didn't want to watch. Rustin took him out with a .22, and then butchered him right there on the property. The kids watched it all. Though possibly disturbing, I thought it was a good lesson for the kids to learn--essentially where meat (chicken) comes from.
sheep bottoms--if this doesn't scream wild wild west i don't know what does
the atv is always a ride
oey loves animals
poor rocky the rooster
playing cat and dog
That night the boys went to see Tropic Thunder while Amy was passed out and the other girls babysat. They ordered a monstrous pizza that fed everyone.
Amy finally felt better the next morning, and so our long-planned plan of going to Walla Walla still happened. We left in the late morning and took a beautiful backroads drive through the mountains to get there. We walked the little town (though it was shut down on Sunday) and all around Whitman College. What a beautiful campus. You should consider going there. We found fresh pears on the ground and walked part of a historic house tour. Seriously a gorgeous town and area.
part of a cool mural on a wall
playing at a park in downtown Walla Walla
enjoying at fountain at Whitman College
one of the amazing southern-looking homes
We stayed at the historic Marcus-Whitman hotel. This was Suzi's idea and we love her for it. It was quite grand. The huge breakfast the next morning was also part of the deal (we overate). That night it was the guys' turn to babysit while the girls went out to eat. You guessed it--we ordered pizza and watched the Disney Channel. It was fairly hellish trying to squeeze three men and seven kids in one hotel room, so it didn't last long. We all split soon after the pizza was gone and put our own younguns to bed. Then Jarom and Bella saw Mikie on the Disney Channel. A surprise treat that left their mouths hinged, hanging open.
our grand hotel
On Labor Day we got up, said some goodbyes, drove the entire historic house tour (some amazing homes in that little town), then were on our way on I-84 back to Baker City. We stopped off at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center there before leaving. We stayed a good hour. They had a small wagon train out front, with huge oxen and a fiddler and heavy winds blowing everything all over. We loved the displays, and it always makes you appreciate the pioneer life to think of the hardships they had to deal with. Kind of like our 8 hour drive home from Baker.
We can't wait to come back!
our only breakfast picture, but it was tasty
wagon camp and leftover pizza
the ox family
so happy to be there
watching one of the mini-documentaries
Our late night dinner (by late I mean about 10 pm) at IHOP in Twin Falls. The kids got funny face pancakes that they got to decorate.