Day 1 -- Ty's Pool party and LaPine State Park
Our first day was mostly spontaneous. With all the boys in their matching orange "traveling clothes" (as I've come to call them), we ate breakfast out and then headed to the Juniper Swimming Pool (couldn't they name it something else?). Ty had been planning on going here for his birthday - which we had postponed until we were free to enjoy. It was WONDERFUL! What a great way to start out -- relaxing and enjoying the children playing. Wyatt and Vienna were sketchy at first, but became totally comfortable by the end. They absolutely loved going down the slide. The 5 others were rock solid and loved the warm 3' deep water. It's the closest thing to Hawaii we have 'round here. :-)
Next stop: Visiting our southern neighbor towns. We made a quick stop in Sun River for a possible bike ride, but decided to keep going to La Pine State Park to camp out and rest. We all (that is, Daddy, Mama, and the 3 littlest) needed a major nap after all our trip prep. Phew! There's no rest for the weary though. I tried to get Vienna, Wyatt and Quint to nap, while Dwight took the 4 oldest (who were not tired AT ALL!) down a trail that led right to the beautiful Deschutes River. They were all glad they went.