Vacation Pics

by Kelsey Norwood

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Some of you have been asking how our vacation was, so I thought I’d post some pictures! We spent 3 weeks visiting my parents and had a great time enjoying the beauty of the Northwest.


We went camping and did some biking, hiking, and skiing. The top left picture is of our hike to the Natural Bridge where the Rogue River goes underground through a lava tube for a little while. Then we have Gus’s morning hair…Elliott getting dirty on the beach, Boyd and I biking around the campsite, and our whole family at a waterfall in Prospect.  (You can click on each image if you’d like to see them bigger…)


And this is my whole family minus my mom (taking the picture) and my younger brother who is serving a mission for our church in Canada. He also has red hair, which is another great mystery of genetics (the first being my height…)


Gus at 3 months.


We were out picking blackberries in a field across from my parents’ house one evening when a hail storm suddenly began and I exclaimed, “WHAT THE HAIL!”  We ran home but got pelted with some huge chunks first.


Aaah, blackberries. So messy, so delicious. I brought frozen wild blackberries 850 miles to Utah so I could make jam. Yum!


And our favorite thing to do in Oregon…water ski.

If you’ve never been to Oregon, you need to go! It’s beautiful and there are tons of hikes and lots of outdoorsy things to do. Where did you go on vacation this summer?


1 Julie B September 1, 2009 at 6:30 am

Your vacation looks like you had a wonderful time. I’ve never been to Oregon but it looks so beautiful. The hail pics were so neat, I havent seen hail in years. As I was looking at the pictures, I was thinking of a book I have been reading called Last Child in the Woods. It is basically about many children of today not being exposed much to nature and it made me realize that I could do a lot better with my own kids. Being native Floridians, we enjoy having Disney in our backyard so to speak but we have neglected a lot of the natural beauty of our state. As a child, my father took us canoeing and to the mountains and some of my favorite childhood memories all involve the outdoors. I want my children to have those same types of memories and from your beautiful photos, I know your boys will too :)

2 Dawna W September 1, 2009 at 6:38 am

As fellow Oregonian…I too share your passion about that great state. My heart will always be in the northwest! What a great trip you look like you had.

3 Megan R September 1, 2009 at 7:24 am

I went to Oregon I few years ago for a family reunion. It really is so gorgeous there. Those blackberries look super yummy…I hope you will post a recipe to your jam!

4 KEri September 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

I was looking at Zoram’s picture and wondering what bil was and then realized. What about Maren though? Shouldn’t she be a “sil”?

5 Kelsey September 1, 2009 at 9:11 am

Oops. When I saved it with all the names, something weird happened and I had to do it again. I guess I forgot her the second time. I’ll have to fix it…

6 Caryn September 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

Your pictures made me homesick for Oregon. I now live in the desert and every summer I get a craving for handpicked berries. I can’t eat the fruit that they ship here to the grocery store because they have no flavor. It looks like you had a great time and I also hope to see a post about the blackberry jam.

7 Tanya September 1, 2009 at 9:51 am

Geat Pictures!! We almost went though Oregon to Washington State to visit some friends of ours but instead we went to Southern Caliornia to visit family (and go to Legoland and The George Page Musum at the La Brea Tar Pits). It was great to get away!!!

8 Jennifer M September 1, 2009 at 10:15 am

Love Gus’s little hat, such great pics, time with family is so important and it looks like yall had a great time.

9 Lindsey September 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

I have been following your blog for a short time and love it! It looks like you had a blast on your vacation! You said your height was a mystery of genetics…how tall are you? I am 6’3″…which is taller than EVERYONE in my family…genetics ARE crazy!

10 Natalee W. September 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

Hey Kelsey,

Wow your boys are growing so fast. I’m so sad I didn’t get to see Gus before we moved. I love looking at all the things you post on this wonderful site. Thanks for all the neat tips. Oh, and by the way, girllll, you totally rock I love the action shots on the water skis. So cool!


11 Jennifer Hamitlon September 1, 2009 at 11:02 am

Wow! It looks like you had a blast! I love family vacations and wakeboarding:) FUN!!
P.s. That blanket looks familiar;)

12 Kiersten September 1, 2009 at 11:26 am

One of my all-time favorite vacations was to Cannon Beach in Oregon. I am dying to go back with my little family now. So beautiful. I remember eating fresh berries–raspberries, marionberries, blueberries, and blackberries on homemade vanilla ice cream. Good heavens–my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I’ve loved your roadtrip posts, by the way. They’ve been some of my favorites.

13 Jessica September 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Looks like a fun vacation! I went to Tampa, FL with only two of my three kids and no DH for five days of fun with my bestie…then home to LA to visit family.

14 Kari September 2, 2009 at 8:19 am

Your pictures look great. Can you tell me what you did to post them the way you did (with multiple pics in one frame)? I would like to be able to do that for my little family blog. Love reading your posts.

15 Jessica September 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I love Oregon, everything to do is so close by! Beach, mountains, hking, biking, boating, etc. Looks like your vacation was really nice.

16 Sue D September 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. I picked a lot of blackberries this year and made pies, cobblers, syrup and jam. I like how you have a milk jug tied around your neck–it frees up both hands. That looks a lot easier than carrying a bucket.

17 Cristina September 8, 2009 at 1:21 am

Looks like you guys had a great time! I live in WA., the blackberry picking looked familiar!! YUM!! Your little Gus is SO cute! What a sweet smiley little guy! :) Oregon is beautiful!

18 Sharla September 12, 2009 at 9:00 am

Wow, it is absolutely gorgeous there! And the pictures are amazing!! I’ve always wanted to visit Oregon. Maybe someday….

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