Along the way we stopped to see the Columbia River. Often times we drive along this river or cross it on our way to somewhere else, but rarely if ever get to stop and enjoy it. The kids had a good time throwing rocks into the water and wading a bit. The photo below is taken at the boat launch near the Vangate Bridge. Keeli was have a non-photogenic moment.Finally, by late afternnon we made it over the mountains to Lacey to visit Auntie Paulette. She had a barbecue dinner nearly ready and waiting for us. Rick drove down and enjoyed some family time away from the science teacher networking center.
After sitting in the car half the day the kids were ready to play. Luckily, there is a huge park with a view of Mt. Rainier across the street from Auntie Paulette's house. The kids rolled down the hillsides, slid down slides and used all the swings available.
I tried to get a photo of them with Mt. Rainier in the background, however Keeli had an acute case of camera phobia.