We just returned from a week long vacation to Maine again! Love that state! This time we took the three younger kids and quickly learned that despite all the natural beauty surrounding them, their preference was for spending as much time at the various hotel swimming pools. We flew to Portland and spent additional time at Old Orchard Beach, Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park before heading to Bangor for our flight home. Every time we visit we can’t wait to return and are looking forward to our next adventure within the central part of the state next time. We foresee a high likelihood of someday spending much more time in coastal Maine and are starting to seriously plan for relocation there in about 8 more years. Fingers crossed everything goes as planned.
We made a decision, many months ago, to brave the warmer weather and open waters with three children this year and it turned out to be a great time! We flew to Orlando on June 29th for the week long vaation and it was a complete surprise for the kids until the morning we boarded the ship on June 30th. Prior to the cruise we even had time to check out The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. We were able to to visit The Bahamas, St. Thomas USVI and Sint Maarten during the cruise and even had time to swim with some pigs on an island and go on a snorkeling cruise on a catamaran while visiting St. Thomas.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to find the time to write more with our continuing transition into Sheboygan and listing property for sale. Unfortunately, the maintenence of Steinthal still keeps me there on a fairly regular basis and I am still feeling the pressure of taking care of too many “things”. Luckily, I have been able to find some time to travel and relax and the latest destination was Seattle and then we ended up at Salish Lodge at Snoqualamie Falls. We left on June 13 and returned on June 19th.
Snoqualamie was absolutely stunning despite the rainy weather we had while there.
Snoqualmie Falls is a 268-foot (82 m) waterfall in the northwest United States, located east of Seattle on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City, Washington. It is one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, but is perhaps best known internationally for its appearance in the cult television series Twin Peaks. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year, where there is a two-acre (0.8 ha) park, an observation deck, and a gift shop.
Most of the river is diverted into the power plants, but at times the river is high enough to flow across the entire precipice, which creates an almost blinding spray. High water occurs following a period of heavy rains or snow followed by warm rainy weather. This can occur during the rainy season which lasts from November through March. During high water, the falls take on a curtain form.
For the Snoqualmie People, who have lived for centuries in the Snoqualmie Valley in western Washington, Snoqualmie Falls is central to their culture, beliefs, and spirituality. A traditional burial site, to the Snoqualmie, the falls are “the place where First Woman and First Man were created by Moon the Transformer” and “where prayers were carried up to the Creator by great mists that rise from the powerful flow.”The mists rising from the base of the waterfall are said to serve to connect Heaven and Earth.
The falls were first nominated for the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 as a Traditional Cultural Property for its association with the beliefs of the Snoqualmie people. However, the property owner, Puget Sound Energy, objected to the listing. The falls were subsequently determined eligible for listing in the National Register. The owners rescinded their objection and on September 2, 2009, the falls were formally listed in the National Register.
Zed and Willow are relaxing this afternoon after a day long inside play session. We are still with snow and waiting very patiently to get outside and have some fun!
In this episode we take our Squadfam on a trip to our country home in Steinthal, WI. where we prepare it for sale later this week.
We then finish the weekend at Buffalo Wildwings!
In this episode we decide on the name for our fan base, Lukas plays the piano and Alexa tells us a very bad joke.
In this episode of The Dan & Natalie VLOG, Brynn narrates the evenings events. To date, I must say this is the best one so far. She’s a natural VLOGGER!
In this episode of the Dan & Natalie VLOG we show you just how crazy we are. Kids everywhere and we need to add one more dog to the mix. Welcome Zed! More directed video of him will be coming shortly……
We welcome a new baby brother for Willow! She is thrilled and looking forward to a new companion and playmate. The kids were equally thrilled when they learned the news a few weeks ago as you can see. A special thanks to Boondocks Danes. Zed was born on January 2 and he is a very sweet guy. We picked him up on Saturday March 23, 2019 and we are certain he will fit in quite nicely.
In this episode we try to impress the locals with our ability to dress like we did during the cool 80s!
We were a huge success!
In this video, we head out to The Elks Lodge for an evening of bowling and fun with friends.