I have always thought of myself as a bit of a rough and tumble girl.
I grew-up playing competitive sports. One of my favorite memories from my youth is playing football with my dad hundreds of times. I climbed every tree I could. I did and still do love white water rafting, getting my hands dirty and returning from a rainy run covered in mud (when I am in a good running season, that is #notreallyrightnow). Yes, I'm just such a rough and tumble girl.
And then... I met Jay's family and had to ell oh freaking ell just a little bit about how outdoorsy and tough I thought I was. You see, THIS F*** Jerry post pretty much sums it up (and made me laugh a lot). While I am "competitive" and "sporty" and "rough" ... I sure ain't getting up at 5 am to run 12 miles on vacation. But his awesome fambam is. And next to rich, full-bodied red wine and chatting on the porch with everyone - a high level of activity seems to be what they love best. So when they set-up a summer vacation, it follows suit with that mentality - much to my benefit.
With regard to that, the family vacation in August (lots of posts I've been meaning to write if you're wondering why this seems out of left field) was at a lake where there was jet skiing, swimming, canoeing and paddle boarding a'plenty.
^The brothers jet skiing and feeling on top of the world
^Jay and Chandler chilling at the vacation resort at Crescent Lake in Central Oregon
^Four of the five siblings from this side of the family
^Just a girl and her dog. Had so much fun being out there with my little dude.
^Chandler's Labrador lineage shows in his strong swimming
^Just 4 guys, catching some waves - Logan, Kevin, Chandler & Jay
^We soaked-in bountiful sunsets.
^Jay took this of Chandler and me as we made our way to shore. Ten minutes prior to this capture, I had misread his whining out on the paddleboard in the middle of the lake as a sign that he was nervous. He jumped in and out and in and out of the water much to my frustration (sidenote: handles on dog life jackets are super helpful!). After my 5th time reassuring him he's okay, he started going #2 ... on the paddleboard. I realized just then that he was not nervous out there - he was trying to tell me that he had to go!! So that was a fun little adventure...
^Logan and Jay
^I love, love, love, love, love my dog - bless my lucky stars to have this little rescue
^Happy hour on the patio: Jay, his Dad and his bro
^Jay's dad's family has been going here for generations. I was amused to find photos of them from years ago that happened to be taken in the exact cabin we were staying in. Had to recreate it!
^Central Oregon is a popular vacation destination (about 3 hours outside of Portland). My Dad and Stepmom were coming home from a vacation of their own and decided to swing by and say hello.
^Happy hour fare
^Our dads laughing it up
^Chandler getting some time with his Grandpa
^All of the kids from his Dad's side - his brother on the left, beloved stepsibings in the middle and Jay on the right.
And while I still have no plans to run 40 miles in the middle of the desert heat, I'm quite lucky to have this whole awesome family to cling to to reap the benefits of an active vacation. Especially one where falling in the lake is considered a valid shower - cause there was a lot of that going on for five days.