Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Kalaloch Camping Trip

Only 2-1/2 days after getting home from Victoria, we packed up the camping gear and went to Kalaloch (pronouced klalok) Campground on the coast to go camping with Court, Brad and the kids. (Brent planned this trip before we had planned the Canada trip. I don't think we'll be traveling so much in a week anymore.) It's about 3-1/2 hours from here. Brent took a half day off of work, so we could get there early enough to start dinner.

For Brent's birthday, my parents gave him a new tent. This was also a gift for me. Let me explain. Brent is a backpacker. He loves to get lost in the woods and commune with nature. I, on the other hand, have a VERY vivid imagination and am just learning to camp. (What do I mean by vivid imagination? If you have ever seen the Vin Diesel movie "Pitch Black", you'll understand. Basially, I'm pretty sure that there are scary things all over that I can't see. I'm getting much better, but I'm still kind of a baby.) Anyway, since Brent is a backpacker, he has a light, 2 person tent that he takes backpacking. This tent was not big enough to have an air mattress in. I don't really enjoy sleeping on the floor, so we now have a big tent that I can have my air mattress in. Yeah!

Ok, big might be an understatement. After this trip, I have dubbed the tent the "Taj Mahal". It's a little too big for just the two of us, but I really like it. Oh, this is half of our campsite. We got one of the campsites where you could have two tents. This is our area. Just behind those bushes is the ocean. This is an awesome place to camp!
This pictures is taken just behind our tent from the last picture. It was great to listen to the ocean all day. Kyle kept taking about the "noisy racecar". It took us awhile to figure out that he thought the ocean sounded like a noisy racecar. That's a cute kid!!

Court, Brad and the kids got there a little before dinner was ready. Unfortunately, none of us had realized how chilly it would be at the coast. Just so no one has the same problem we did - no matter what time of year, always bring a lot of layers when you camp at the coast. Luckily, there was a lot of driftwood right down on the beach so we got to have a nice warm fire. It was just hard to walk to the bathrooms.
Brent made chicken and rice in the dutch oven for dinner. There is just something about dinner made in a dutch oven that make it yummy. We also had raspberry cobbler for dessert. Yummy!

So, we shivered around the fire for a little while, then all went to bed. It was pretty cold, but we toughed it out. Here are some great pictures of us around the fire.

The next morning, Brent made breakfast in the dutch oven. We forgot the ketchup, so I was worried, but it turned out REALLY good. Brent's such a good cook. :)

I asked Court to try to french braid my hair for the rest of the trip. Unfortunately, I had to brush out my hair in order to have her braid it. And, she wanted a picture. So...I'm going to be an adult and put my gorgeous picture on the internet, so you can all have a good laugh.
Ok, hopefully, you've gotten back on your chair after falling off laughing so you can see how cute the french braiding turned out.
Court is an expert french braider because it didn't even think about falling out for the next day and a half! Sarah wanted her hair braided too so we could be twins. It was super fun!

We spent most of the next day at the beach. We flew kites, made sand castles, and beach combed. Chloe and I found a sea star that may have been dead, but we decided to throw it back just in case. We found bits of sand dollars and lots of cool rocks. I love picking up rocks from the beach. It's a weird obsession.
To get to the beach, you had to climb over the drift wood. While pretty, it was kind of difficult to get over, especially with the little kids. It was worth it though.
What is this picture of, you ask? It's Brent's kite in another tree. How many times can one kite get stuck in trees. I think it likes to be in trees. (If you're wondering what I'm talking about, please seen the next post.) This one was easier to get out, but it still made us laugh.

Brent is in love with flying kites right now. He even has this little stunt kite. It's fun to fly, but I wanted my own kite. Last year when my parents were here, I flew my dad's kite which is about 6' across. It almost pulled you off your feet. So fun! So, I got one that is 7' across. It definitely makes your arms tired, but is fun to fly. We have too many kites!
We loved Kalaloch Campground. It wasn't busy, it was BEAUTIFUL and it wasn't too far away. If any of you would like to go camping there, we'll break out our Taj Mahal and go!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Victoria, Canada

Over Memorial Day weekend, we went to Victoria, Canada for a long weekend. (Brent got Friday off too so we had 4 days.)
Day 1
We decided to take our car to Canada, so we drove about 2 hours north of here to Port Angeles to take the Coho Ferry across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was a cloudy day, but still a lot of fun to take the ferry. This is our suggestion...if you are taking the ferry, go all the way to the top and sit under the cover to stay out of the wind. It's A LOT quieter up there and beautiful!The mountains are the Olympic Mountains - America. Kind of a foggy/cloudy day!We don't seem to be worrying about the weather though. Just happy to be going on vacation.
This isn't a really good picture, but I hope you can see it. This is a semi on the ferry. We take ferries across the sound all the time. There are always semi's on the ferries, but they can just pull in straight. The Coho is totally enclosed, so the semi had to turn a little bit, then back up, then turn a little bit, then back up... It took quite a while for them to get out, but really interesting to watch.

Once we had checked into our hotel, we went over to Goldstream Provincial Park. As the name suggests, there is gold in the river here. Brent thought I was just kidding about panning for gold, so we decided to just hike instead.

When we were leaving, we needed to go left, but there was a lot of traffic. So, we turned right instead, thinking that we would be able to turn around after a little bit. Well, it was a 20 mile detour through beautiful mountains until we could turn around. It was quite funny!

Day 2

Butchart Gardens. As you can probably guess, this is a very fun place for me. Brent made a point of saying that I took too many pictures of flowers and that my arm shakes when I take the pictures. Thanks for that Brent.

I don't think this is the best time of year to go because the spring flowers are on the way out and the summer flowers aren't in yet, but it was still fun. Although, one thing that was in bloom was this wisteria. (Ok, I think it was wisteria. The flower looked like wisteria, but I've never seen it in yellow before. Normally it's purple.) I love this picture of Brent. He doesn't always look great in pictures, but this is good!

This is the sunken garden. The azaleas and rhododendrons are out, but the summer plants had just been planted out so you can only see the dirt. It was nice seeing the azaleas in bloom though. They are VERY pretty!
We got there just after they opened. It was kind of chilly still, but it did warm up by the time we were done.

You know I always have to put in some pictures of flowers. This is a Blue Poppy. Pretty descriptive name. Isn't it GORGEOUS! We are going to get some for our yard. They did have seeds there, but they were REALLY expensive and said that they were for "expert gardeners". I'm trying to decide if I'm an "expert" or not. I really want them though...hmmm...
Butchart is always fun for me. This was Brent's first time there. If you're ever in the area, I would definitely suggest going the one time.
After that, we found a really pretty beach where we could sit and listen to the waves for a little while. Brent's ulterior motive was that he was hoping it would be windy so he could fly his kite, but it wasn't.
When we were in Hawaii, there was this place on the northeast side of the island where the Japanese tourists would stack stones. We found out that they are called "safe journey stones". It's an Asian tradition. We thought that was awesome, so we decided to make our own safe journey stones. Mine is the shorter one, but I think the prettiest!

Day 3
I love to read about where we're going on vacation and find fun things to do that most people have probably never hear of. That's how we travel. So, getting ready for this trip, I read about this BEAUTIFUL drive along the west side of the island. We decided to do that today.

Well, this beautiful drive was mostly just HUGE trees so you couldn't see anything but the trees. I love trees, but that's what it's like at home. I thought we were going to see the ocean and the mountains, but nope, just trees. Then we get to the "quaint fishing village" of Port Renfrew. Hmm...how to describe it...dilapidated? Nothing like what it said in the book. So, we turned back around and went back to Victoria. I hate it when the books let you down!

So, trying to salvage our day of vacation, we found a park to go and fly our kites. Last winter, Brent designed and made a kite. We haven't had a chance to fly it yet.

Yeah, it works! Flies great! Flies so great that it flies right into a tree. Brent gets it out of that tree just as another gust of wind comes up and slams it into another tree. And now it's stuck.

It's about 20' up. Brent's first thought is to pull it out. That looks like it might work until the string breaks. Then he thinks he's going to climb the tree to get it out. I then nicely reminded him that he wasn't 10 anymore, so no, he wasn't going to climb the tree. At this point, I'm thinking we might have to leave this homemade kite in a tree. Then, Brent finds a half full water bottle and starts throwing it up at the kite. After about 20 minutes of this, the kites is out of the tree. HOOORAY!

After this, we feel it may be time to move to Australia. (This is in reference to one of my favorite books - Alexander and the No Good Very Bad Day.) We decided to go back to the hotel instead.

Day 4

Our last day in Victoria. We decided to shop that morning since the boat didn't leave until 3p. Victoria is a great walking city. It's pretty, flat and there are a lot of cute shops and stuff.

We had lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory and then said good bye to Canada...

Quite a bit nicer day, wasn't it?
We had a great time in Victoria. We would definitely suggest you go there. Just not to Port Renfrew.

I'm Back to **Somewhat** Real Life

Hello all!

I'm so excited to say that the fundraiser went great! We made over a thousand dollars which is WAY more than I thought we would! The girls worked hard and had a great time. I think I should be able to put "hostess" on my resume now. It was great. And it's super great that it's over!! Now on to camp. Yeah! This will be my first year EVER going to camp. I'm mostly looking forward to it. I love the Young Women I work with and the leaders so it should be GREAT!

Remember a little while ago when I talked about my friend from college who had a stroke? Well, I was reading about her recovery today. I'm so impressed with her and her family. I'm also really thankful for the gospel in her life, as well as mine. It makes me feel kind of bad when I complain about my "problems".

I also just have to say that I have the best friend in the world! Court came with me today to Joann's to help me pick out some fleece for blankets for YW's Camp. It didn't take that long and we didn't exactly agree on the ones I chose, but she was still there for me. She's so great! I love ya Court!

I'm going to do different posts for our travels. Have fun!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Since you have nothing else to do ... :)

Well, I thought I would share my answers to one of these questionnaires. Since you don't have anything else to do but read my blog. Yeah right!

Oh, keep your fingers crossed for our YW Fundraiser tomorrow. I'm nervous!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? I was named Ashley because my mom didn't want me to have a "normal" name like Linda. However, about 5 years after I was born EVERYONE was named Ashley, so it kind of backfired. :)

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Yesterday when I was reading a book.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Absolutely not! I'm a much better typer.


5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Just Brent


7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? naw (smell that, that's sarcasm)

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? yep, but not my gallbladder

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? There is no way!!!



12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? physically, no. Emotionally, I'm a big crier, but I can get through most anything. Mentally, most of the time.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? I love rocky road - hey, that's kind of like my life! :)


15. RED OR PINK? red


17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My Grandma Sally who just passed away. She was a good friend. - crap, here goes the tears again.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? This is a silly question

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? tan pants and my flip flops. I love sandals!

20.WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? left over Mexican Soup

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? People's Court. I'm addicted


23. FAVORITE SMELLS? I love how it smells in the morning after it rains

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Sheri - getting ready for the fundraiser means a lot of talking on the phone.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Court originally sent this to me, so I'm going to have to say - yep!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Basketball on TV, Hockey in person

27. HAIR COLOR? Well, it looks like mostly I have naturally white hair right now. I dye it to my old color - dark brown. (Don't you love gene's like that!)

28. EYE COLOR? dark brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? gross - no. I can't even watch people put contacts in.

30. FAVORITE FOOD? Right now I really like the chicken alfredo Brent's making, but I also LOVE pizza benders from Italian Village. YUMMY!

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I am the biggest baby - I HATE SCARY MOVIES!! I love happy endings! It makes me mad when it doesn't end happy!

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Star Wars Episode 2

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Orange shirt with my red sweater because it's kind of cold right now.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer, as long as it's not too hot. I hate the hot!

35. HUGS OR KISSES? I have to say hugs.

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Better than Anything Cake



39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Fishers of Men by Gerald Lund

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I'm on a lap top, so I don't have a mouse pad right now.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? We watched the bonus material for Star Wars Episode 2

42. FAVORITE SOUND? I love listening to the birds singing and the wind in the trees. It's so relaxing.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles, no question

44. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Hmmm....Maybe Paris, France? I don't know which is further, Hawaii or France. Probably France.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I love to sing

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Salt Lake City, UT



Wednesday, June 06, 2007

We're Baack!

Oh my goodness! This last week and a half has been very busy and it hasn't stopped yet. We went to Victoria, Canada over Memorial Day weekend. (Had a great time!) Then we were home 2-1/2 days and went to the coast to go camping. (AWESOME!) Unfortunately, this week I'm getting ready for the YW's fundraiser. VERY BUSY catching up with life and getting ready for this. So, please check back next week for pictures from our fun!