2014 in short(ish)

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!

Here’s our 2014 year in review:

January: A somber beginning with the passing of my Mom. We spent the month in Arizona with my Dad and brother. Before returning to Oregon we made a trip up to Washington to see Mom’s friends and former Scouts and deliver dolls, books and Girl Scout memorabilia according to her wishes.

February: Back in Oregon at the Umpqua River Lighthouse. Not much excitement, just replacing our shower, adding fancy new LEDs and fixing our toilet.

March: Still at Umpqua River Lighthouse. We met up with a few friends and enjoyed a day out on the Dunes on ATVs.

April: Made the voyage out to Cottonwood Canyon State Park where we stayed until the the end of June. It’s the newest State Park in Oregon and had only been open a few months at that point. There was a lot to do!

May: Lots of Bighorn Sheep watching, star gazing, fishing, tick picking and snake relocating plus a few road trips. In the park there was a LOT of work to be done trying to keep the invasive weeds from completely taking over the new campground, not an easy task!!

June: Years ago my Mom started the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Bridging the Narrows. It was always a dream of hers to have the troops in the area Bridge by walking across the Narrows Bridge in Washington State. With help from the council there she made it happen shortly before moving to Arizona. This year’s event was held in her honor and she was memorialized by the hundreds of girls and adults who experienced her love of the Girl Scout program. We made the journey to Tacoma to attend. It was amazing to see my Mom’s legacy living on.

We also made a quick 4 day road trip into  Eastern Oregon to scout out some places to go back to in October.

Before we left we made a float trip down the river with the other hosts. We had a ton of fun even with the rough start… Less than a minute in to trip we managed to hit a rock and flip our tandem kayak. We lost everything out of the boat but our friends and another couple in kayaks retrieved it all as it floated past, except my fishing pole, that must had sunk straight down. We made it back into the kayak and continued down the river. It was a perfect day for a float and a great day for fishing (even with just 1 pole between us).

July: We made our way back across Portland to Stub Stewart State Park to spend the rest of our summer working on the trails there.

We were excited to have Dave’s oldest grandson Isaac for 10 days this month. We took him to as many places as we could manage while he was here and added about 1100 miles to my car. We all had a ton of fun and wish he could have stayed a lot longer.

August: Mostly just working and exploring all the local farmer’s markets.

September: Been busy all summer pruning, mowing, blowing and raking over 20 miles of soft surface trails. We love what we do and the hikers, bikers and horse back riders are appreciative! We traveled over to Cottonwood Canyon for a host gathering and I got my fishing pole back! It was found in the river by our friends who were with us on the river in June and after almost 3 months underwater it needed some serious cleaning.

October: Vacation time!! We finally took the vacation we’ve been talking about for years. We spent October with just the RV (cars and trailer in storage) and wandered Eastern Oregon. We started off with an itinerary and plans to make a huge loop around the state but gave that up within a week. We fell in love with the Northeastern part of the state, from Baker City north to the border, and didn’t want to go much further. We took our time exploring, spent time in amazing places and met up with some amazing people (old friends and new!). We found a “home” in the little mountain town of Sumpter and cannot wait to go back for a longer stay!

In the Elkhorns ATV tour of Sumpter The Steam Train in Sumpter Camping in the National Forest Soaking up the sunshine in the Wallowas The Wallowas are amazing!

At the end of the month we headed north back into Central Washington to babysit our favorite little lady, Shelby. We spent a week and a half with her and had a blast! We got to take her trick-r-treating!

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November: We left Washington and moved across the Columbia River to Viento State Park to spend a week “scouting” current and future trails. We weren’t too helpful this time around though, the day after we got there a storm came through that left about a foot of snow on the ground. We love the snow but it’s not too helpful in finding trails… We still did a lot of hiking though and had fun in a gorgeous area.

From there it was off to Newport on the Coast to Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort. We were brought on here as “work-campers” to clean up their trail system. In return we had access to the pools, hot tubs, saunas, gym and clubhouse! We didn’t know what to do with it all!

December: Loving the resort here, work hard on the trails all day and then take advantage of the amenities, pretty sweet gig! The trails were ignored for about 8 years and are in major need of repair. We lucked out with the weather and in just over a month we managed to find and clear out the overgrown trails. Everyone so far is excited to have them walkable again. There is still a lot of work to be done but it’s a start! We’ll be back this coming spring.

Finally, in this 2014 summary of the Cross family, some news! We finally bought ourselves a little spot of our own here in Oregon. We loved Pacific Shores and the town of Newport so much we bought an RV lot! It’s not the acreage we’ve been looking for but it’s a great spot for us to start. We’ll still be hosting occasionally but we’ll also be taking some time off to focus on ourselves. We have some remodeling we want to do on the RV, we have plans for building up our new lot and we both want to get back into our arts, things that we just don’t have the spare time or energy for when we’re working.

Well, that was a “brief” look at our 2014. We hope everyone else had a good year!

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