And the journey continues towards building our family. Finishing up adoption paperwork so we can get our home study scheduled, finished our training for the agency, meeting with DHS today, and going to the fertility doc for more testing as well. Whew! Separate blog post coming soon 🙂 (image source)
Dan managed to get a rare “real” weekend off (i.e. Sat/Sun) and so we grabbed a Zipcar and headed down to the Mother Earth News Fair happening in Albany, about an hour or so south of Portland. I’ve been waiting for this huge event to come to our region and it was pretty cool. Being us, however, the crowds and heat (91 degrees by noon, with most food vendors in the bright sun with minimal shaded areas to sit) meant that instead of the full weekend there, we lasted about 3 hours. But we saw some great talks (the one on mushroom cultivation was awesome), learned about some awesome products for both the urban and country farmer, watched a blacksmith make tools in front of us, pet some pigs and goats, had a great conversation with a retiring Morgan horse breeder who’s trying to save the breed from dying out, and more. I wouldn’t attend again, as it was too much stuff I could already learn about in Portland (we’re spoiled rotten here), but it was fun.
A goat milking demo. Poor mama goat looked humiliated. You would be too with this big of a crowd eh?
Yes that’s Bob of Bob’s Red Mill autographing his book 🙂
And yes that’s awesome blogger SouleMama on the left, AKA editor of the fantastic magazine Taproot. My husband laughed as I had a bit of a “I’m meeting a rockstar” giggle to my voice when I went over to so say hello. Readers, check out her blog – great stories and her photography is very impressive – and check out the magazine at Whole Foods, New Seasons, etc. (or online)!
Since we were down south a bit I suggested we check out a few of the covered bridges in the Scio area, which I hadn’t done since I was a kid with my dad. We fell in love with them! Covered to prolong the life of the wood planks underneath, they are each unique in detail with their own stories…and off the beaten path so super easy to get out and take pictures (not to mention discover a few swimming holes for next time!). This is the Hoffman Bridge, built in 1936 over Crabtree Creek.
My handsome fella inside Hoffman Bridge. I can totally see why Kelly Clarkson and her hubby chose to marry on a covered bridge!
While Gilkey Bridge was paved, it’s the one with the coolest little swimming hole we are definitely returning to on one of Dan’s weekdays off 🙂
The Stayton-Jordan Bridge was lovely, albeit part of a park now. It burned down some years back and the community raised funds to rebuild it and honor its memory. So great.
And because it was in a park we took some time to chill out by the creek and enjoy the breeze. Favorite part of the day for me 🙂
Sunday, since we had no plans to return to the Fair, we grabbed the dog went to another place an hour from town, this time along the Washougal River in Southwest Washington. Got there around 10am before everyone else and waded in, checked out nearby Dougan Falls, and had a picnic. Way cool.
Happy husband, happy dog, happy life!
This is as deep as Ruby would go. Dan & I both went all the way in but she was not having any of that swimming in cold water business LOL…