The last leg of our month-long trip was through Washington and Oregon. We started off in Spokane, Washington, visiting my 94-year-old grandpa Bates. He lives alone since my grandma passed away four years ago and has lots of energy! He wanted us to stay with him, and he cooked us a nice dinner of fried chicken and corn on the cob.
I'm grateful to still have a grandfather in my life!
Here I am with Joe's wife, Virginia, on my right and Kent's oldest sister, Joyce, on my left.
Kent had put together a power point presentation with pictures from his mom's life. Kent's sisters prepared refreshments.
My friend, Lora Harrell, lives in Vancouver and we were able to meet for lunch one day. We've been friends since 1989.
While we were there Kent and I visited Fort Vancouver Historical Site.
There was a whole street full of beautiful old homes where the Army officers used to live when it was an Army post.
Tyler and Rachel and their children, Andrew and Sylvia, came for a couple of days before we all headed over to the Christensen family reunion in Sun River, Oregon. Tyler helped out doing some roof and gutter cleaning on Grandma Carson's house. (He takes after his dad--helping with fix-it projects--in that respect.)
On the drive to Sun River, a resort town in central Oregon, we had some more awesome views of Mt. Hood. We were on our way to a Christensen family reunion.
After the reunion Kent and I drove down to Crater Lake, Oregon. It was only about an hour and a half drive from Sun River. We entered from the north entrance, which was closed later in the summer due to forest fires in the area.