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We have been back from vacation now for a few days and already it seems like a dream.  I wanted to write up a final summary of the trip and our memories.

Best Place

Canada, so excited to finally go back after 11 years (over 20 since I was in Alberta where I was born).   Fun to see my dad and his place as well as the Canadian Rockies. 

Best Hiking

Grand Canyon.   It is just like climbing a mountain for distance except it is down first and it is hot instead of snowy.  Both improvements on a near perfect activity as far as I am concerned.

Best Food

Hottest food was in Oregon at our Thai restaurant, but our best food was where we stayed.  Dad, Megan, Jason and Gem all cook awsome! 

Best Beach

Cape Perpetua in Oregon.  Wish it was warm enough to swim but all the animals and the waves were awsome!

Best Road Trip Tool

Bryons blackberry and its ability to tether to the computer.  We used Google maps on the computer for everything (maps, restaurants, stores, etc).  Just days after we left on our 5 week trip we got notice on one of our rentals.  The internet in the car allowed us to get it rented while we were gone.  We signed papers an our after we drove back into town and only lost 3 days of rent.  That right there payed for a bunch of our trip.  Love technology.

Worst Money Spent

Most of the fast food we got.  Yuck!

Places we would want to go back

Pretty much all of it again.  There was lots more hiking in Custer State Park, Yellowstone, Banff, Kings Canyon and Grand Canyon that we wanted to do but ran out of time.  Probabaly we will look for a different place to travel next… maybe south east or out of the country… gotta save up. 




  1. Actually getting everything packed into the little car
  2. Finding out someone got killed by a bear the same day we were hiking in Yellowstone
  3. Going to the Calgary Stampede
  4. Ian climbing all the way up Sulfur Mountain and the Hot Springs with rain and lifeguards in winter coats (and hoods..zipped up)
  5. More snow than I have ever seen (always living in snowy climates) at Mount Baker… in July
  6. The Pacific coast being so much colder than I expected
  7. Sea life on the coast of Oregon and watching the kids play in the waves
  8. Big trees in California
  9. Smog 🙁
  10. Gas dropping .90 crossing between CA and AZ
  11. The most amazing hike down the Grand Canyon!
  12. Lots of kids fighting in the car

I think the kids are a bit bummed about being back.  Lily is complaining that her eyes hurt because there is nothing pretty to look at and that her legs hurt because there is nothing fun to climb.  Another day, another time.  For now, it is work and getting ready for homeschooling 2 kids this year.   Great trip!  Great memories!


  1. Greg Busby Greg Busby

    You and Bryon are solid people – not gushy or whiny. So I feel like your ‘wow’s and ‘yuck’s are genuinely deserved by your subjects. Great vacation! Thanks for taking us along!

    • Lorilee Lorilee

      thanks! glad you enjoyed. Now we just need to figure out how to save the money and do another one 🙂

  2. Katy Katy

    Nice save on the rental!! Kiss Lily’s eyes and legs for me. hehehe

    • Lorilee Lorilee

      yeah, poor Lily 🙂 Hope you guys are doing good. We will have to hang out again sometime soon!

  3. Yeah, Oregon Coast rocks. Get it, rocks? 🙂 Seriously though, Cape Perpetua and the Devil’s Churn are pretty cool spots. I really like the central and southern coast. When you’re roadtripping through Portland next time, you’ll have to give us a holler!

    • yes, loved the coast. You close enough to go play there easily? The kids could spend days there just playing on the beach. Hope next time is soon 🙂

      • Yes, we’re only about 1.5 hrs. away from the coast. The sad thing is we only went once last summer, and not at all the year before. Something about having a new child in our household…just couldn’t get there. But I think we’ll be doing more beach time this year!

        • Tom…. it might just be considered a crime to miss out on that …. just saying 🙂

  4. Yeah, yeah I know… 🙂 We haven’t taken them up to the mountain to go sledding/skiing/snowboarding yet either (also about 1.5 hour away). Portland has such a great location, one of the reasons we chose it.

  5. Now, not getting into the snow and cold I can understand… but the beach… that is important 🙂

    • hahaha 🙂

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