There are a few things I miss about Columbus – the free lunches at work, the ability to drive home for the weekend, and Hounddog’s Pizza. But my favorite thing to do in Columbus, hanging out with Tyler and Whitney, wouldn’t have been possible even if we had stayed in C-Bus. Zach’s brother Tyler and his family moved out to Medford, Oregon in December and we went from seeing them almost weekly, to not seeing them for months. Since our springtime travels in the southwest weren’t taking us near Oregon, we left Lucy in the Las Vegas airport oversized parking lot and flew up to Oregon.
Oregon has so many waterfalls!
It was great to see Tyler, Whitney, Sage and June again. Our first weekend, we explored the town of Medford, stopping by the local Comic-Con and eating at a local brewery. After lunch, Zach, Tyler, and I biked up the local mountain, Roxyann Butte. As a cautious rider, I enjoyed the way up, on a wide gradual road, much more than the way down, on a narrow, steep, rocky trail. I rode my brakes the entire time and the guys spent most of their time waiting for me.
Biking up the mountain
On Sunday, we travelled south to hike Pilot Rock. Our driver missed the turn and we ended up in California for a few minutes before turning around (our 13th state of the trip!). The hike started out easily enough but soon became difficult due to steep, icy sections of trail. Considering we had a baby and a four-year-old with us, things went relatively well. The trail ended at the actual Pilot Rock, a very steep volcano plug. Whitney and I headed down with the kids while Zach and Tyler made the treacherous climb to the top.
Zach and Tyler made it to the top of Pilot Rock
Unfortunately, we all had to work during the week but still managed to find time for fun. Their house had the perfect backyard for croquet. We got a little creative with the course setup which made an antiquated English game relevant again. We also went to multiple wineries, including one within walking distance from their house.
Great wine, food, and company!
Nearly every night we played a game after the kids went to bed. I love board games but there’s not a ton of great options for two players. Luckily, Tyler likes games almost as much as me and we could usually convince Zach and Whitney to play with us. Euchre, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Party, Pirate’s Cove and my favorite, Agricola were all played multiple times throughout the week.
No picture of us playing games, so one of me and the Rogue River instead
My imagination and creativity were stretched playing Superhero Princesses with Sage. We both fought girl-eating giants and made macaroni-and-cheese soup for the prince. I liked to think I was one of June’s favorites back in Ohio but she always seemed to cry when I was around. Even though she may not like me, she’s still one of my favorites.
June liked Zach a lot more than me
The second weekend in Medford, we headed north. Unfortunately, all the hikes we had planned were still closed due to snow so we headed to Crater Lake National Park. There was so much snow there – I was surprised it was open!
SO MUCH SNOW
The lake was breathtakingly beautiful and we didn’t let the piles of snow keep us from hiking. There were obviously no trails visible so we followed the general rim of the lake, throwing snow balls, climbing up snow mounds and trying to jump as deep as possible into the snow. Since we spent the past few months in the south, we hadn’t seen any snow. I love winter so I was very happy to finally be surrounded by snow.
Crater Lake National Park
Before we knew it, Monday had arrived and it was time to fly back. We had a great time visiting in Medford and are already trying to fit another visit in this fall. Thanks for hosting us Tyler and Whitney!