Earlier this month we spent a week in Sunriver and explored the surrounding areas more than we normally do. Usually the girls like to swim so much that it's hard to break away, but it was much cooler this year which was really nice because we were able to do hikes and activities we have been always meaning to do, but hadn't gotten the chance to.
One of the highlights was rock hounding at Richardson's Rock Ranch in Madras. It was so fun. The weather was perfect and the drive was pretty easy, although on the ranch a 4x4 would have been nice. We were fine, but if it had rained at all we would have gotten stuck. We dug for thunder eggs (they provided all the tools) and were able to get them cut open, which was thrilling. The girls got one cut each, the rest we brought home and will need to get cut here. We got about 20. I also bought some amazing rocks that they have imported from all around, not just from their ranch. It was so amazing to see all these beautiful rocks just piled up. I'm sure we will go rock hounding again soon. In the meantime, I need to get the family over to the Rice Museum of Rock and Minerals. I can't believe we haven't been there yet.
Unrelated but very important:
I just now discovered Zinio Library. Multnomah County Library has partnered with them which means, with my library card number, I can view and download magazines with no limit and no expiration. Like, a lot of magazines—current ones. Ones I look at only if I am on an airplane or at the beach. It's been so wonderful to read these on the sofa at home. I feel like I am on vacation all the time. Sort of. I do miss looking at paper, but still. It's pretty great. All the info about how to use it is here. Another super big shout out for how amazing our libraries are!