Over the Pass and Through the Woods…

About the time that school got out and we finally had some extra time to lavish on my parents, they decided it was time to leave  town.  (Yeah, go ahead and try to explain the reasoning behind that.) Not to be deterred, we hauled a kid up to them and left her there.  (Do you know how quiet it is with only one child in the house?)

Yesterday was the designated day to switch kids.  So I got up at the Crack of Dawn to take KT over the pass to the  campground where my parents are staying.  My folks are full-time RVers and have been to a lot of parks in the last five or so years.  This one, I have to say is one of my favorites.  It’s just so pretty, it smells wonderful and just seems…well…magical.  (Stop laughing at me Shaun!)

Mom and Dad decided that they wanted to take me and the girls on a “walk up the mountain”.  I readily agreed thinking it would be nice to take a little walk in the woods. 

We started down the path and started up a gentle incline.  I walked with my dad as Mom and the girls darted up ahead. Dad just looked at them, shook his head and sagely noted that they would slow down shortly.  My father, of course, was right.  They had pretty much stopped at the base of what looked like a sheet of rock.  My nearly seventy year old dad kept right on going at the same pace as mom and I struggled to just breathe as we pretended we were mountain goats.  Mimi thought it was her job to stay with us and prod our bottoms up the treacherous incline.  KT happily skipped ahead with her grandpa. (I would have taken photos but it was all I could do to merely put one foot in front of the other!)

They had told me that the view at the top of the mountain was well worth the hike.  (I didn’t think they literally meant hike!) They were right, it was beautiful up there.  (Of course the oxygen was so thin way up there that anything might have appeared gorgeous)

Fortunately, Mom had packed  provisions and had snuck them into Dad’s pack.  So we dined at a picnic table that must have been helicoptered  in to the top of the mountain.  

Halfway through our feast, we started to feel as though we were being watched.  We started to search nervously around to see if we were being sized up by a hungry wildcat or bear.  Instead what we found was much more terrifying…about 15 feet about our heads…the trees had eyes

We grabbed our stuff and ran as fast as our exhausted legs could carry us.   (Didn’t you ever watch the Wizard of Oz? Trees can be mean!) Dad said to follow him as he knew a shortcut.  (He tells us this after we climbed the mountain?)

The shortcut turned out to have the beginnings of a delightful outdoors museum about logging.  The first part was about Snuffy a hapless, cook who was treed by a bear.  Hopefully you can click and read his story.  (No, the photos aren’t so great, but we were really nervous about the trees!)


There was also some old logging tools being set up.

It didn’t take too long before we were back at the RV (or couch as I’m supposed to call it).  It was a fun day.  Lucky Shaun gets to pick KT up on Sunday as I’m off playing with “the girls” all weekend. 

I wonder if I should warn him about taking a “walk”…


Bit O’ Life

Mimi getting frustrated while helping Grandma set up a NeoPet of her own!

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17 Responses to Over the Pass and Through the Woods…

  1. Jay says:

    I wouldn’t have run away from those silly trees. LOL

    It looks like it was a really beautiful area. We have some really nice areas to hike around here too. But, it’s 90 degrees with 95% humidity so I’ll pass. 😉

  2. Karina says:

    Okay, those trees are creepy!

    I love your “bit of life” stuff…very cool!

  3. Kell says:

    The only nice trees are in the second Lord of the Rings–and they were still kind of scary.

    Sounds like a great day!

  4. Cheryl says:

    I haven’t been camping in ages. I really miss it. I’d love to retire and live in an RV. I think. I’d like to rent one and take a trip.

    Love your Bit O’ Life, BTW

  5. Stephanie says:

    What a beauitful view you were rewarded with after the hike though. I have seen those eyes and mouths for trees for sale in catalogs. I have even seriously considered BUYING some!!!!!! Just for fun :o)

  6. Kirsten says:

    I love Leavenworth! We were there last summer and it is gorgeous. Kind of far from Portland with a screaming baby, but fun. Those trees with eyes are seriously freaking me out!

    Thanks so much for your comments! You are awesome.

  7. Kristi says:

    My step mom has those things on two of her trees. They glow in the dark…for about 5 minutes!

    Keep the walk to yourself! Your husband should be able to get the chance to “enjoy” it himself!

  8. Diesel says:

    What does “full time RVers” mean? Do they live in the RV all the time? Cuz that’s kind of cool. I always tell my wife that when our kids are grown up, she and I are going to buy a van and drive across the country solving mysteries.

    Have your parents solved any mysteries?

  9. Jenster says:

    That’s a beautiful view! My parents did the full time RV thing for a while after retiring. It was great for them. They can’t do it anymore, but I know they cherished the time they were able to.

  10. MikeM says:

    Great pictures Susan!

    Hey, send me an email at minzesm@comcast.net so we can get started on The Experiment II

  11. The tree’s face seems alive. Look at the lips.. ha ha

  12. photowannabe says:

    You just have one adventure after another. I’ve heard that the walls have ears but not the trees have eyes. Very funny.

  13. mjd says:

    I enjoyed this post, Susan. The view is beautiful, and I did not have to hike up the mountain. Whew, I am tired just reading about the climb.

  14. Keshi says:

    aww Susan why wud ya run away from those gorgeous trees with luscious lips? :):)


  15. Jocelyn says:

    Those faces on the trees…!…and on Mimi in that last photo. Perfect.

  16. Mojokat says:

    Wow, you are lucky to be alive after coming into contact with those frightening trees. And to think, that even in the midst of your fear and running for your life, you took time in the middle of the very REAL danger to take pictures of the monstrous trees. I envy your courage and bravery. Thank you for risking life and limb (haha) to document the harrowing adventure you had.

    You really are dedicated to us, your blog-fam. In the future, though, please be more careful! Your life means more to us than your pictures…No really…ok, try to take pictures, if you can, but if it comes down to it…RUN!

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