We took a bit of a break from work, the internet, and normal life in general - because my mom and sister were visiting us for a week and a half! We did lots of new things while they were here - we went on hikes, visited new towns, ate yummy food, and got to view things in Portland through the eyes of visitors.
Here are some photos from the first hike we did - Beacon Rock, an 800-foot tall rock on the banks of the Columbia. According to the sign at the start of the trail, it's a "lava plug" that was the cooled interior of an ancient volcano. They built a trail up the side of it back in 1918 or so - it was a short hike but climbing 800 feet is fairly strenuous! The views along the way made it worth every step - even if it was misty on the river.
When we got to the top, we saw some local wildlife (the cutest dog ever). Afterwards, we went into Hood River, where everything was lovely and sunny, and got a tour of the Full Sail brewery - one of the local beers we really like.
There will be lots of vacation photo posts interspersed with our usual posts, so stay tuned for those! We're working as fast as we can to get all of our autumn releases printed - with that and our new wedding designs, we're pretty busy. Thinking of adopting the 4-day, 10-hour workweek that the brewery employees have! A three day weekend sounds pretty nice...