Saturday, May 26, 2012

Magnus’s Professional Photo Debut

Here is a sample of our photo shoot. Isn’t Magnus cute?




Bridal Veil Falls

We recently took a nice little walk in the Gorge to Bridal Veil Falls. This is one we have not been to before and we thought it was pretty cool.


It is supposed to look like a brides veil, you be the judge.


Magnus hanging out on the viewing platform, and Ruth being tiny:


Pretty waterfall and green, green moss.


Magnus also thought playing in the rocks was good times.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hike to Triple Falls and a detour to Rock of Ages

We took another hike in search of waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. This was a bit longer than we have done in a while (about 5 miles). We wanted to go when the flowers were out, the trees green, and the moss flourishing. Our hike started on the historic highway at Horsetail Falls.


The trail climbs the cliffs quickly coming to some very nice views of the river below. Due to high spring waters, the river is a bit wider. Magnus did very well as he rode on my shoulders most of the way. He really likes that. Ruth would take him sometimes to give me a rest.   IMG_4684IMG_1301

We made it to the second waterfall: Ponytail Falls. This one is upstream of Horsetail. It was very pretty. It is also neat that the trail goes behind the falls.


It is here that I took a detour while Ruth watched Magnus. I scrabbled up an unmarked side trail for about 500 ft. to get to the top of a ridge. On top is the Rock of Ages arch. It sits on the edge of a cliff and looks very mystical, like an old ruin.

And the view from up there is awesome:


I hurry back down to the main trail and meet back up with Ruth and Magnus. Continuing on the trail we see many beautiful spots. Little streams and springs trickle down the rock faces covering them with mosses and lichens. And the flowers are blooming everywhere.


We made it to Oneonta Gorge where we have hiked before. This time we were above it and got to cross it on a bridge.


Here is Upper Oneonta Falls:


Another mile of hiking up some steep hills brought us to the main prize: Triple Falls. This amazing site is one of the more unique waterfalls around. It is also interesting because you look down on it. I went a little further up the trail to the bridge over the falls. You can just see me in the second photo (top right)


Getting ready to head back down we stop by this little waterfall on the trail to let Magnus play a bit. He liked picking up the rocks and putting them back down.


While heading back down, Magnus finally succumbed to the rigors of the hike by falling asleep on my shoulders:


It was a very nice day and we had a lot of fun, but we were glad to come back home and have a good night’s rest.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Mighty 1 year old: Magnus Thor



Magnus Thor, born May 3, 2011 at 10:07 am, and Magnus Thor on May 3, 2012 at 10:07 am. What a difference!


It has been a great year and we have had lots of fun with Magnus. We were thinking about what he has done and it comes to a lot. He has visited 7 states, he has been on a plane, a boat, a train and several long car rides. He has been over 11,000 ft. and at the beach. He met the Governor of Utah and Abraham Lincoln. It has been a busy year.

For his birthday, we invited over my family and had some good dinner, cake and presents. Magnus really like the presents part. He unwrapped all his presents, only needing a little help. He really liked the Alphabet Dinosaur from the Guptills. Thank you, everyone, for your gifts!


He made out pretty well:


Some guests of the birthday boy: IMG_4633DSC_3118


Ruth made the cake. It was in the shape of Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. It turned out pretty cool.


The party was lots of fun. For the after-party, several of us went to see The Avengers at midnight (which was very awesome). Thanks go to Else for watching Magnus while we were gone. When we got home, Else was holding Magnus while he pressed the button on the Alphabet Dinosaur to play the alphabet song over and over again. So, he was having a good time.