Stewart Six Go West–> Part 3:: Good to be “Home”

Back to the trip! In my last post, I left off at the Great Oregon Steam-Up show in Brooks, Oregon. (If you’re just now tuning in to our crazy cross-country road trip journey, you might want to start here first!)

We figured since we were so close to the coast, we needed to see the Pacific Ocean. E&J had never been to the beach after all and we wanted their first one to be our beloved Pacific Coast! A brief two hour jaunt over to the coast, and we were there!

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Crossing over from Portland, Or. to Vancouver, Wa. Love seeing that sign!

We stayed at Cape Disappointment State Park, and we couldn’t have been happier with our stay…except we would have liked to have stayed longer! We also had the best site, right next to a short trail leading to the beach! My parents were also able to come with us and had a site right across from us!

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Great size site with some room for the kids to explore…and no the babies did not stay in their little jail long…they were not happy campers!

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A&H thought riding their bikes around the loop was pretty cool…I always liked riding my bike when my family camped!

Time to visit the beach. It was a brief visit as it started to rain (surprise!) and Mr. E had eaten his fill of sand.

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Staying dry during breakfast, the true PNW camping experience!

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If you’re looking for a place to camp on the Washington Coast, this is the best place in my opinion. The State Park is huge, the town isn’t far away, and the beach is so wonderful. We also visited the nearby beach town,…needed to get coffee, candy, postcards, an ornament…you know the staples 😉

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And if you’ve never been to Washington/Oregon and you think it’s full of hipsters/hippies…you might be right…not many places have signs like this:

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Sometimes stereotypes are accurate 😉

After the coast, we headed towards our home town, Tri-Cities, Washington…but we decided we needed to see the mountains on the way 🙂

Too bad it was suuuuper foggy and we couldn’t see Mt. Rainier.

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So good to get out and breathe the fresh mountain air! We also stopped and visited Nathan’s cousins who are missionaries on a boys ranch near Naches, Wa. It was a great visit and we had to get a quick pic of the 12 kids that were there! They played so well together! Three families represented here…we each have 4 kiddos: 2 boys and 2 girls…and all our kids were born in the same order: girl, boy, girl, boy. What are the odds?! Craziness. Anyways, we miss all of them and wish we could see them often!

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Next stop: home. Loved seeing the brown sagebrush covered hills, orchards, corn and alfalfa fields, vineyards, and the Columbia river. Some people don’t care for the desert landscape, but it will always be home to me and Nathan.

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The next few days were spent visiting friends, family, and our favorite spots. And it was so good.

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Nathan and I alone with E&J visiting one of our old fav places, Casa Mia…E&J approved.
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Before a little get together we had at Nathan’s aunt & uncle’s place…which is absolutely beautiful. They were so generous to let us use their gorgeous yard!
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A bouncy castle was a must and kept all the kids busy the entire party!
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Nathan & I had our wedding reception here 11 years ago…such a beautiful venue.
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Can’t visit the Tri-Cities without a stop at the Spudnut Shop!
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A “small” gathering at my parents place before we headed back to KC.
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Racer meeting two of my aunts…sweet ladies. I sure miss them!
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Bros…my dad and my uncle
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My dear friend Anna. Miss her face.
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Two of my cousins, their families, and my bro and his fam were able to come!! Kids a plenty!!
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Hall cousins, (minus one! missed you Aaron!) spouses and all our kiddos! Eleven kids 5 years old and younger! It was not a quiet gathering ;)

So many other great moments and faces…so hard to say goodbye.

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My sweet gramma (or Gramma Gigi as the kiddos call her) with some of her great grandkids…only a fraction! She has gobs of them! So glad she was able to meet E&J.
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My moms sisters came for a visit too, so wonderful to see them.
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Just a few of the gals from our small group when we lived in Washington. Loved seeing these ladies and so glad to finally meet members of their families that have arrived since we moved away!
Going for a ride in Boppa Jeff's "jalopy"
Going for a ride in Boppa Jeff’s “jalopy”
So great to meet aunt Amber during our visit! And seeing uncle Micah was great too ;)
So great to meet aunt Amber during our visit! And seeing uncle Micah was great too ;)
Gramma Edie & Boppa Jeff with their grand twins.
Gramma Edie & Boppa Jeff with their grand twins.

Unfortunately we had to head home…hard to leave the people and places we know and love. But, we were def looking forward to not living in an RV anymore…our own beds were starting to sound super awesome.

Next post is all about the journey back to KC! Stay tuned!

Press on!

Jaimi S.

Goodbyes=no fun
Goodbyes=no fun

(Part 1, Part 2, you’re reading Part 3, Part 4)

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