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If you missed the first half of this post, check out “Camping and More (Part 1).”


Happy Father’s Day! Todd’s first tent camping experience was a success! He slept longer than he normally does at home…

Asleep in the tent – June 17, 2018

Asleep in the tent – June 17, 2018

Emerging from the tent – June 17, 2018

In the morning, Todd visited the dogs in the neighboring camp and did some swinging in their rope swing. Next, we rode our scooters to the playground and the beach.

Todd at Lincoln Rock State Park – June 17, 2018

We bought some snacks and dinosaur toys at the little store just before Todd (appearing tired) said, “I’m just ready to go.” In the afternoon, my parents came over to our place to visit. After swimming in the pool, Todd’s favorite thing to do was play fight with Grandpa. Then, he promptly fell asleep (before he had a chance to eat any dinner), so we carried him straight to bed.

Play fighting with Grandpa – June 17, 2018


We went to Slidewaters (Chelan, WA) for the first time this summer. (This year we have season’s passes…yay!) Naturally, we were all excited.

Highlights were: Todd tried the #4 (“Whitewater) intermediate slide by himself for the first time. (He just has to be caught at the bottom.) He loves going on the first 2 intermediate slides completely by himself.

‘Our spot’ at Slidewaters – June 18, 2018

Todd sliding Bug-a-Boo – June 18, 2018

Grandpa & Grandma – June 18, 2018

Elisa at Slidewaters – June 18, 2018

Snacking on popcorn

After sliding, we stopped in Chelan for coffee and to do a ‘drive -through’ of the city campground my family used to stay at. Next, we took my parents to Tunnel Hill Winery. We found some rubber ducks by the waterfall to play with. Todd found sprinklers to run through on the way back to the car.

Grandpa & Grandma at Tunnel Hill Winery – June 18, 2018

Eric & Todd at Tunnel Hill Winery – June 18, 2018

Watching the ducks go over the wall

Running in sprinklers at Tunnel Hill Winery – June 18, 2018

Running in sprinklers at Tunnel Hill Winery – June 18, 2018

As if the day wasn’t busy enough, we returned to my parents’ camp site on the way home from the waterslides. We rode scooters to the playground and the beach. Todd stripped naked at water’s edge to play, while Grandma fixed dinner. While we ate, Todd faded fast! He said, “I’m getting tired.”

At the park at Lincoln Rock SP – June 18, 2018



This was the last full day that my parents were in town. They did their own thing in the morning, while Eric took Todd to the ‘new park’ (Eastmont). In the afternoon/evening, they came over for dinner. Todd had one last chance to fight with Grandpa for this visit…

The “New” park – June 19, 2018

Play fighting with Grandpa – June 19, 2018


Crescent Bar, WA

Crescent Bar, WA
June 2, 2018

On this day, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Crescent Bar, celebrating the completion of several recreational improvement projects. We heard about it from our local newspaper, and we expected more of a crowd than we found.

As a family, we were focused on the child-centered events, so we didn’t watch the actual ribbon-cutting. Eric did attend a short lecture by one of his favorite geologists, Nick Zentner. The area has a rich geological history. Check out the website: .

Meanwhile, Todd and I hung out at the beach. Todd enjoyed some wading and found another child willing to share his water shooter (i.e., squirt gun).

Todd wading at Crescent Bar

Next, we located the “Jolly Trolley,” which reminded us of the trolley in the show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The driver took us on a short loop. The ride was free on this day!

Todd & Elisa on scooters

Elisa & Todd on the trolley

The Crescent Bar Jolley Trolley – June 2, 2018

Looking out the window

Family picture – June 2, 2018

Finally, we headed for the pontoon boat. Todd tripped on the dock and bloodied his knee a little. Aboard the vessel, he wasn’t thrilled about having to wear a life jacket (hence, no smile in the first picture). Nonetheless, the (free) ride was a real treat!! The boat captain took us on a complete loop around Crescent Bar island.

Todd & Eric on the pontoon boat

Eric on the pontoon boat – June 2, 2018

Almost finished with the loop around Crescent Bar island

Others on the boat & views behind – June 2, 2018

The boat cruised right where we played last year with my sister and Todd’s cousins. See post, “Todd the Two Year Old (Month 11) (Part 1)” for the pictures from Crescent Bar in July 2017.

At about 3:30 p.m., we headed for home, but first made one more stop: Wine tasting at White Heron Cellars. We love this special place in the world! See post, “Evening at White Heron Cellars (Quincy, WA)” (from August 2017).

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