I started our last full day of vacation at 1:07am, when I was woken by a thunk, the sound of a door opening, and a cheerful voice saying as he ran down the hall, “I wannawannawanna!!”
I have no idea what he wanted so badly, but my tiny roommate had apparently climbed out of the Pack-n-Play he was sleeping in, opened the bedroom door, and run down the hall. Sigh…
He did go back to sleep…restlessly. And so I tossed and turned right along with him. Ah well…
We switched up our morning routine. Today we ALL biked to the coffeehouse. As usual, Theo struck up a conversation with random strangers. This time, it earned him a cuddle with a two-pound teacup chihuahua!
After coffee (cocoa for Theo and water for Sam), we all headed out for a bike ride. We did a six-mile loop around Sunriver. Part of it was along the tranquil part of the Deschutes River, which is just stunning! I wish I’d had my phone to take a couple of pictures, because it was gorgeous. We also biked past the tiny Sunriver airport, the stables, and several deer families standing calmly alongside the path–even fawns!
After our long ride, we drove back to the lava beds to do a short hike to Benham Falls. Only two of us got to actually DO the hike, though. Sam wants to be carried all the time lately, and he is too heavy for us to carry much now. So he and Chris sat out the short hike after a failed attempt, and Theo and I finished it.
Benham Falls is more rapids than falls, but it was still pretty to see!
Then we ate lunch, and Theo and I took off for one last bike ride while Chris and Sam relaxed at the house. I had forgotten how much I love bike riding! And Theo is rather obsessed. Sam too–all you have to do is ask him if he wants to go on a bike ride, and he drops whatever he’s doing and gleefully says “YASSSSS!”
Alas, I don’t know that it’s something we’ll keep up at home. Our town is very hilly and has quite a bit of traffic, so it’s not terrific for biking with young kids. And I don’t think I’m ambitious enough to buy a car rack to hold bikes and actually drive them somewhere to ride them, so….perhaps it’s a hobby we’ll mostly enjoy on vacation.
On our final ride, Theo and I found yet another park in Sunriver, and we stopped for a game of tether ball:
We dropped the bikes back off at the rental place, and Theo wanted to try this jumping thing we had seen. He managed a few flips!
And finally, we attempted to go to the SHARC for one last swim. Alas, the outdoor pools were closed for possible thunderstorms, but the indoor pools were open. I actually hate indoor pools–I hate the humidity inside the building, I hate the floors that never dry, and I hate the overpowering odor of chlorine. Give me an outdoor pool any day! But, in an effort to be Laid Back Mom, I set aside my feelings and agreed that we’d go in the indoor pool.
And do you know what happened? We were in there for about twenty minutes when they evacuated the pool BECAUSE SOMEONE SHIT IN IT!!!! Let me tell you, this did nothing to lessen my distaste for indoor public pools….
Anyway, another great vacation is winding down. I loved seeing my friends and family and had such a good time! For pure relaxing vacation, Sunriver was a huge hit. Theo LOVED it–we all did! And we’re all sad to leave tomorrow. I’m happy to see, though, that a resort-style vacation is a big hit with my boys, because next summer part of our Epic Road Trip is a stay at a resort in Virginia: Massanutten. It seems similar to what Sunriver is like in terms of accommodations and amenities, so I think it’ll be a big hit with all of us. A much-needed break after driving 3,000 miles!
Now to figure out a sleeping solution for Sam next year. I tried typing this blog after putting him to bed, and he cheerfully climbed out of the Pack-n-Play and ran out to the living room, where I was typing. Oh, Sam….