Thursday, September 30, 2010

Washington in September

First things first:
My Washington road trip is over.

I'm back home even though my Mazda isn't. She didn't make it past Boise. Here's the story...
The drive drive up north was awesome. The kids were great. Karin's hospitality in Meridian (just outside of Boise) was first-rate. All in all pretty easy despite a little barf-session by Jake.
The week in Washington was heaven. We had a lot of fun... but I'll let the pictures do the talking on that.

The drive home was good. I got a late start on Saturday, but both kiddos were champs and all was well. Then, my air-conditioning stopped blowing cool air. I was only to about LaGrande when I called Blaine and told him something was up with it. He told me he had just recently seen that Mazda had issued a recall on an a/c part. We laughed at my luck (I hate the heat), and I vowed to get up really early the following morning to continue the trek home. By the time I stopped in Baker to eat, I could smell something was wrong with the car. It was kind of a wet smell, and was reminiscent of when the air-compressor blew on the Neon a couple years earlier. I called Blaine again. He told me to buy a gallon of water -just in case- and to turn off the a/c altogether.

I made it into Boise just fine. It was really late (about 12:30 am), and though I could still smell my car, I figured the Mazda would be okay the next morning.

A little before 7:00 am Sunday morning, Karin was waving me off--then telling me to turn off my car immediately. Yikes. What a sound. She went inside to get her hubby, Jim, who kindly and sleepily told me to turn it off again when it began smoking. Double yikes. We all decided it was best to have a mechanic look at it. I tried to turn it on a third time to move it into the street and out of their driveway, and the thing wouldn't start. Hmmm...

So, Jim and Karin offered me their mini-van (I may now be converted!). I said yes since they were buying a new car the next day anyway (which they didn't end up buying... poor Karin was stuck without a car for three days!). I'm pretty sure the Hawkes will be translated soon for their generosity and sainthood. Seriously.

So, I am in Utah sporting the van look and I dig it.
Karin, how's the SUV look treating you in Idaho?

We are planning "the great vehicle swap" Tuesday if all goes as planned. My parents are coming this weekend for business and Conference, but they are already driving two cars out as it is. So, they wouldn't be able to pick up our car for us and drive Hawkes' van back. How dare they?!?! :)

As it turns out, it was all connected to the a/c part which means it's all on Mazda's dime. Sweet. Freakin' sweet. For real.

Anyway, we are very grateful for prayers and family. I feel very taken care of. Seriously, I could have been pushing two kids in the stroller in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. Yikes.

Now on to the photos...

Markelle, this is for you.
Sheridan's Pumpkin Pie Concrete Shake.
With real Pumpkin Pie blended in.
About six bucks and worth every cent.
I took this picture with my phone. It sucks.

Dee Dee (my mom) made sure Sarah had her rite-of-passage-bath in the kitchen sink.

She wasn't so sure at first, but in the end, loved it.

Jake liked being a part of things too.
He sat right next to Sarah on the counter.

These pictures turned a little grainy, but I had to post them anyway.

I really wanted to go to Crown Point overlooking the Columbia Gorge. I hadn't been in years... since Blaine and I took his folks there right after we got married.
This view is killer. And it was such a beautiful day.

Isn't my mom pretty?

Sarah flirting. She's perfect.

This isn't as scary as it looks. These pictures are deceiving.
Although, Jake was a little nervous--he loved sitting on the wall like this.

FB posin'.

We ventured to Multnomah Falls also.
This is the lodge/restaurant. I have yet to eat here. We always say we want to, but I never have. Next time... Christmas? Anyone?

These falls are absolutely breath-taking.

Check out the moss. I know, I'm lame.

Very cool, Northwest trees.

More moss.

These Jeep pictures make me a little nostalgic.
This used to be Blaine's Jeep. He sold it to my dad shortly after we got married, and now my dad is going to sell it to his boss here in Utah. It's had a good run. Here's hoping I see it around town.

Jake sure loved "driving" it.

I love my dad.

So, on my way out of town, I decided to drive Highway 14 to the Bridge of the Gods rather than I-84 the whole way down. Really, not a huge time-saver, but a beautiful drive. I love the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

For real.
Does it get any better than this?


Laurel said...

Okay, I SERIOUSLY love all your photos. Beautiful, Alicia. Looks like a perfect week!

Karin said...

Gorgeous. Even the moss.
Ok, so: a) have you tried asking Mazda to do the car swap, since technically it's "their fault"?
b)your parents could drive my van up, then you/Blaine could fly to get your Mazda at your convenience (maybe get Mazda to pay the airfare?)
Jim LOVES your car- He says the country stations come through great on the sound system;) And you'd think I'd have more to show for my few days stuck at home (like an updated blog post?) but really- a few bike rides to school in the a.m. is good for us:)

Jessie said...

Looks like a total blast. {minus the car trouble}

The pictures are great.

You are a rockstar of a mom!

Mesia said...

Alicia..what a story...crazy! I'm so glad you had family to help out! Karin is awesome!
The pictures of washington are gorgeous! Love it!

Markelle said...

mmmm, I love those shakes. even though I technically haven't had one...technically.

I love the sink pictures and that waterfall is amazing!!!

Jen Carter said...

Beautiful pictures as usual. You and Blaine made really beautiful babies. Doug and I were just talking about how we need to come hang out with Jakey and Sarah. Glad you made it home safe! (thanks again for the tickets....the show was AWESOME)

Matt and Brianna said...

Gorgeous!! Makes me wanna take a trip to Washington!! Glad you guys made it home safe and sound!! That's scary! And you are my hero for making that trek by yourself with your two kiddos!! Yikes! You're awesome!

Shum Girl said...

The pictures are gorgeous and I love the moss. I want to snuggle Sarah before she gets too big.

dxeechick said...

Glad you made it safe - with lovely pictures to boot! :)

Angenette said...

Hooray for Washington!

Rachael said...

What a great trip! (Minus the car troubles of course! NO AC??? That's the worst!)

I LOVE that picture of your mom - gorgeous - all of you Lee girls are!

brad and michelle said...

These pictures are awesome! I'm jealous (of your trip and of your photography abilities). I love those pictures of Jake in the Mangler. What a good idea!