Monday, July 22, 2013

Spokane Traditions -Dishman Hills

 

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My father-in-law Bill is a little bit of a rebel.  A rebel for the sake of his doggy sons, Harley and Max.  He likes to wake up extra early in the morning so that he can get to his favorite hiking trails in Dishman Hills and let his dogs roam off- lease, before all the other dogs are there to distract the “boys”, and before all the other doggy parents are there to catch him. This particular morning, we got a bit of a late start, so to still circumvent the crowds we hiked up the steep back end of the trail.  The kids (and I) all loved the grand adventure.  Chad wore flip flops.  I wore Carina in the sling (that is my view of her down below, showing off a flower that Grandma picked for her).  I loved getting my heart pumping early in the morning.  Hiking in the west is the hiking I grew up – lots of uphill, blue skies, dry air, beautiful vistas.  AHHHHHHHH.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spokane Traditions -Strawberry Picking

We tried a new U-Pick farm this year – Siemer’s Farm.  They had a nice little tractor ride over to the field. 

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Chad’s brother Mike and his wife Lesli were in town with their cuties Ethan and Emi.  I was so happy we got to spend some time with them – they are always up for fun and so good at keeping all the kids entertained. 

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Ollie was a real sweetie and good at picking.

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At one point Carina wondered off and we kinda forgot to keep track of her until we all looked up and saw her a good 100 feet away and bounding back to us with a big smile on her face.  As soon as we noticed her she turned around and headed away again.  She was a happy happy girl there, but not too respectful of the neat rows.

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Our niece Hailey helped take care of her after that.  I think Hailey might not trust our parenting skills (justified?)  I love 12 year old nieces, I am telling you.

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Gabe was our serious serious picker.  He couldn’t stop.  I know just how he feels.  As we were leaving the field we both kept stopping to pick one last perfect strawberry.

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Did I mention it was in the high 70’s and just perfect?

We didn’t make our traditional pies this year, because we were still adhering to our dietary ideals at this point (it was only our first full day there), but we did chow down on the fresh strawberries and I made a delicious strawberry and avocado salad with poppyseed dressing.