Experiences

Pauls’ funeral

My uncle Paul died on March 9th, so I headed down to California for the services. This is Paul and Debbie at Cari’s wedding in Utah in October.

Paul was buried at the Oakmont Cemetery. It was a warm sunny day.

We think this was the first time the 24 cousins have been together. We think Jacob wasn’t born the last time we were together.

Jacob and I are the bookend cousins. This was at the family lunch after the memorial service on Saturday.

Shalene and I drove down together from Oregon to California. We had a great time. This is at Russ and Sue’s house after the burial on Friday night.

We found a little time to hang out and be Smith boys.

We spent some time at the rope swing in Pleasant Hill being awesome. It was a sad occasion, but it was a great opportunity to see family.

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Beach day

Mason went to Eugene for a birthday party and the rest of us went to Bandon. This is the covered bridge on Highway 42.  There was a 50% chance of rain, but we lucked out.img_2461

We saw eight seals. They followed us as we walked along the beach. And they ducked underwater when I tried to take their picture.  That’s fraudulent.
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It felt weird to only have four of us today. Six if we count the dogs.
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There was a seal right over Sidnee’s left shoulder.  After this we headed to the blue shack for popcorn shrimp, calamari and clams.  It was fantastic.  It’s nice to live so close to the coast.
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Hammocks at Susan Creek Falls

Harbor Freight just opened in Roseburg, so Mason, Jaxon and I got some glow-in-the-dark rope for our hammocks. We continued our quest to explore new waterfalls, hiking just under a mile to Susan Creek Falls. This is just passed Tioga bridge, which is one of our favorite spots. We set up our hammocks close to the waterfall. We wished he had a fire and some hot dogs, but it was fun to relax and listen to the water. Hammocks were our Christmas experience, and everyone seemed to like it. We will be adding more pictures and the year progresses and we explore other areas.img_2345

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2016

It is almost 2017, and customary to reflect on the end of the current year. “Change” would be our theme, and we were able to do some great things.

-Snowboard with Mason at Sundance
-Raven’s St. George softball tournament
-Riding JEM and Bearclaw Poppy with Mason and Jaxon
-Provo City Center Temple open house
-Riding at Trailside in Park City with Mason and Jaxon
-Anniversary Inn in SLC
-Raven graduated high school
-Cascade Springs and Squaw Peak
-Roseburg, Oregon trip to visit the Clark’s
-Cavitt Creek swim hole
-Heceta lighthouse in Florence, Oregon
-Moving to Roseburg, Oregon
-Tioga bridge
-Colliding Rivers
-Mountain biking and hiking the North Umpqua Trail
-Seeing Megan Asregadoo before she finished her mission
-Bandon Beach with the Hull’s
-Fathers and sons outing at Steamboat
-Sidnee’s 16th birthday
-Going back to Utah for Cari’s wedding
-Adventure day with Jeff K
-Seeing the elk herd near Singleton Road
-Feeding Nash’s animals
-Having Raven come home for Christmas
-Fish tacos at Bandon Beach
-Swimming in the ocean with Raven at Bandon Beach

It was stressful at times, especially moving to a new area, but it has been a year full of growth and new experiences.

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Beach day

Raven wanted to take Max and Bay to the ocean since they have never been there. Bay loves to stick her head out the window.img_2061

Sidnee bought me a fish taco and Fish & Chips Chowder Shack. It was really good.img_2069

This is a bench on the pier. Max is our black male and Bay is the chocolate female.img_2077

Raven and I are brave.  It was 42 F outside.img_2143

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Christmas 2016

Raven and Sidnee got me crazy socks.  I only wanted two things this year- to have Raven come home and crazy socks.  I got both.  It was nice to go to Church and spend the rest of the day playing games and visiting.  This was a great Christmas.

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Christmas Adam

Raven flew in on Thursday, and Shalene and Danny came down to hang out yesterday. This is the combined Smith clan on Tioga bridge.
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We took them to Colliding Rivers. You can see the mud coming in from the left on Little River.

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We were hoping to find something to replace the lights on Temple Square, so we went to Festival of Lights in Roseburg. They use 500,000 lights.img_1929

This is the world’s largest Nutcracker.  He looked kind of creepy.img_1930

The best one ever.  Penguins rule.img_1952

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Adventure day with Jeff K

Jeff K and I went on a manly adventure on Tuesday. It’s Saturday, but I’ve been a little preoccupied this week. We took the logging road above Cavitt Creek. We found ice on the rocks before we hit the snowline.img_1757

This is the lake with no name.img_1764

This is the frozen lake near Red Top before we dropped down to Myrtle Creek. It was a manly day filled with chainsaw action, grouse and broken snow chains.img_1768

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Throwing rocks in the river

I took the dogs to Colliding Rivers again this morning to throw rocks in the river. I used to love doing that as a kid. I remember doing that on the Truckee, American and Russian Rivers.  I remember one time, but not the location, when we were with Rod and Janine and we tried to hit a small hole in a big rock across a river.  I like to skip rocks and just throw them in the river.  I like hearing the sound of the rushing water, seeing the white water and just relaxing.  It’s a good thing I moved so close to a cool river.
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Fathers and sons outing at Steamboat

We had our fathers and sons outing at Steamboat last night. We went with Shawn, Seth and Sam. It was fun to have boy time.img_1369

This is our camping area.
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This is the North Umpqua River.
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