Semi Sabbatical – Month 3

Summer is finally here, yay!

Happy June! After a fun last two months in multiple states and countries, we finally made it up to the Pacific Northwest, where we’ll be for the months of June and July. It was quite a journey to get up here, and we have never driven this route so far inland. But our travels have been nothing short of adventurous, which is the whole reason why we’re doing it!

Reno, Nevada

We left Lake Tahoe at the beginning of the month, and headed to Reno, Nevada. My dad and his wife were visiting for the week, as my dad was playing in a senior softball tournament.

My dad’s still got it!

It was so fun being able to see him play again! And these old guys really know how to play. There were so many teams, and the level of competition was pretty high. Unfortunately, my dad’s team didn’t make it to the championship round. But that meant that we could spend more time with them in the city of Reno.

Deeks, the hubby, me, my dad, and his wife

Bend, Oregon

After Reno, we drove up to Bend, Oregon. Bend is a gorgeous town located in Central Oregon, surrounding the Deschutes River. With the river running right through Bend, the town has made sure that there are ample walking trails for everyone to enjoy the sights.

Just a typical morning walk in the Old Mill District… we can get used to this view!

This town is made for outdoor activities year-round! In the warm summer months, you can enjoy hiking, biking, and running all the various trails located in and around Bend. In the winter, Mt. Bachelor is less than a 30 min drive from Downtown Bend, where you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding, along with using those hiking trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. With highest average number of sunny days in the state1, who wouldn’t want to be outdoors year round?

Deeks loves the view of the Deschutes from his stroller

Fun fact – the last operating Blockbuster is here in Bend! According to the employee, there are still a ton of people who still have their laminated membership cards and rent movies on a regular basis. Talk about a throwback!

Walking through here made me feel like a kid again!

Tri-Cities, Washington

After Bend, we made it to my in-laws house in Tri-Cities, Washington. After all the traveling we’ve done the last two months, we’re looking forward to spending some time here and staying in one place. We see his parents at least once a year, but it has been almost 4 years since we had been back to the Tri-Cities.

Deeks soaking up the sun in the backyard

Tri-Cities is a cluster of three town – Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco – that surround the Columbia River in southeast Washington. Because it’s so far inland, the climate is the complete opposite of the coast. It boasts 300 days of sunshine every year!3 It is also considered the heart of Washington wine country with over 200 wineries within a 50 mile radius.

Hiking Badger Mountain in Richland, one of the three cities that form Tri-Cities

Walla Walla, Washington

We visited Walla Walla, a wine country town just under an hour from Tri-Cities. We visited a local lavendar farm, where we got to pick our own lavendar and frolic in the fields (haha).

Look how happy he looks in that lavender field!

We spent the day at Waterbrook Winery, where we enjoyed a tasting in the warm summer sun listening to the bullfrogs. We stopped for lunch at an Italian deli called Cugini Italian Import Foods, where they had the best eggplant and roasted pepper panini I’ve ever eaten in my life!

What a view for this delicious wine tasting. There were DOZENS of bullfrogs in this pond!

Spokane, Washington

We also visited Spokane, where my husband and his old high school buddies got together to play in Hoopfest! Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world.2 With around 3,800 teams participating this year, the streets were full of hoops and people of all ages enjoying the game of basketball.

Last time these guys played in Hoopfest was a decade ago! Wow…

Not only is Downtown Spokane along the Spokane River, but there are two waterfalls that flow right through! In the heart of the city, you can see a roaring waterfall and even take a gondola ride over the falls. And that waterfall was LOUD, you could hear it from the city even if you couldn’t see it!

Check out those raging falls!

Even though we’ll be spending the month of July primarily with family, we still have some fun weekend trips planned – stay tuned!

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