A one hour tour on the Sternwheeler

Somehow I got left behind on my parent’s excursion to the Gorge with my Auntie Carol on Friday. I guess I wasn’t moving fast enough in the morning and they assumed I wasn’t coming. But in reality, I was trying to get my buns moving and out the door so I could go on an adventure. Instead, I’m calling over there trying to figure out if they’re waiting for me and no one is answering their phones. I got left behind. I was a bit bummed. They must have assumed since I wasn’t bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning that I didn’t want to go. So, I’m not a morning person. I was up. I was moving. I was trying to get my little butt out the door. But nope, the early birds were out to get some worms, apparently.

 

 

Life preserver on the Sternwheeler
Life preserver on the Sternwheeler

 

And then, just when I was thinking it was after noon and my other Auntie should be up by now and maybe I should call over to the hotel and see if Auntie Leilani and Uncle Bill were up and wanting to do something, my phone starts ringing. They’re calling me. Ready to go on an adventure. Can you believe it? So, off we head to the Gorge several hours behind my parents and Auntie Carol. I tried texting the early bird expedition to see where they were, but didn’t get an answer while we were on our way there.

 

The captains cabin
The captains cabin

 

We decided we were going out to the Sternwheeler to see Sasquatch and the Sacagawea  statue. We passed by the East-Wind drive in, looked right over at it and noted that we were going by the ice cream place. Then kept on going to the next road down to Marine Park and the stuff we wanted to see. As we are getting ready to board the boat, I finally get a text back from my Auntie Carol that they had just left the ice cream place and were on their way home. We’d passed right by them and didn’t even see them!

 

You can ring my bell
You can ring my bell

 

So, off we went on a one hour cruise (Yes, if you must know,  I’m singing that to the Gilligan’s Island theme song tune. Feel free to join in!)

 

Look to the sky
Look to the sky

 

Supposedly there were dolphins in the river. But they were just old pilings or poles used to support fishing nets. What a disappointment. Auntie Leilani and I heard the word ‘dolphins’ and were hoping we’d see real live ones. Or at least some pretend ones jumping out of the water for us to see.

 

Life boat
Life boat

 

Apparently, Pocohontas lived on one of the little islands in the river. She got there by way of the zip lines on the Washington river side by putting her hair over the lines and then zipping down.

 

The prow
The prow

 

Auntie Leilani and Uncle Bill would make great tour guides. They came up with all sorts of funny little side stories for what we were seeing off the side of the boat.

 

The side deck of the Sternwheeler
The side deck of the Sternwheeler

 

So, it sucks to be left behind. But you never know when a new adventure is waiting for you just around the corner!

 

End of the cruise
End of the cruise

 

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta roll with the punches!

 

Take life the way it comes at you quote
Take life the way it comes at you quote

 

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Multnomah Falls & the gigantic cookie

As a missionary kid, we used to meet all sorts of people growing up – from all over the world, and my parents were always having people over for dinner. I find I don’t do this myself, but sometimes, when they have people from out of town come visit, they invite me to come over as well, since I live near them.

This past Sunday was one of those days. I got to meet a wonderful mother and daughter who stopped by on their way to visit friends in Eugene. We met over spaghetti dinner at my parents and then had a fun trip touring the Columbia River Gorge along the historic highway and eating one gigantic chocolate chip cookie at Multnomah Falls. I’d never met either of them before, but the daughter had actually helped on workshops at the SIL Center in Alotau, Papua New Guinea, and helped my dad work on the song book for our village language, Buhutu, and even went out to our village and slept in my very own room while she was there!

This random connectedness to people you’ve never met is something I run into once in a while in life. Maybe in another missionary kid. Or someone who just grew up in another country and knows what it’s like not to have lived your whole life in the States. That feeling of having shared similar experiences either in the same place at different times, or different places in third world countries far away from all the conveniences of modern day life. That random bond that brings you together. Over gigantic cookies and waterfalls…

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

The view from the path to Multnomah Falls looking out towards the Gorge
The view from the path to Multnomah Falls looking out towards the Gorge

 

The stairs down to Multnomah Falls Lodge
The stairs down to Multnomah Falls Lodge

 

The back of Multnomah Falls Lodge
The back of Multnomah Falls Lodge

 

One gigantic chocolate chip cookie from the Multnomah Falls snack bar!
One gigantic chocolate chip cookie from the Multnomah Falls snack bar!

 

Multnomah Falls from the bridge
Multnomah Falls from the bridge

 

 

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