Last Monday, the kids and I left our home and headed East to Lake Chelan. My parents were already there and my sister's were going to join us later in the week. We are so blessed to have friends (the Ireland's) who live over there and while they're on vacation, we go and stay at their house and take care of the farm. They have horses, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, dogs, cats, pigeons and pigs.
|The view from the front porch.|
Day 1 - Monday: We arrived in the afternoon and had to get ready because we were having an "impromptu" dinner with the family. When I say family, I mean, my family plus the Libbey/Thompson/Barnes group. These are the family/friends of the Ireland's who welcome us with open arms every time we come for a visit. While taking a break from getting ready for dinner, we were sitting on the front porch. This front porch is amazing. You can see it in the first picture. My dad and Warren built it a couple years back and it's the perfect place for sitting outside. We had one of the kittens with us and the dogs (there were 8) started to swarm us because they wanted to play with the cat. Ross was just about to get knocked off the porch when one of the pups fell off instead. We hear the pup screaming! It's a pretty good drop to the ground. My dad jumps down there and the puppy is just screaming and tries to run away but it can't. The poor thing broke it's front "ankle" It immediately swelled up and the pup could not bear any weight on it. GREAT! What a fantastic way to start our vacation. Once we have her settled in the kennel, it's time to eat.
Day 2- Tuesday: Tuesday, it's raining. Seriously? It's summer people! Summer in Eastern Washington is supposed to be hot and dry. We had thought about going to Leavenworth for the day, but changed our minds as the rain was coming down in sheets. We stayed home and relaxed and had a quiet day. I LOVE to read. I always have. I brought a couple of books with me but nothing was really keeping my interest. I know Heather likes to read too, so I started scanning her library. I stumbled up on the book, "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins and thank goodness I did! I read the first chapter and was hooked. It is the first in a trilogy, but I noticed the other books were not at the house. I hopped in my car, drove down to the bookstore and bought the whole set! Then I read....and read....and read! I couldn't get enough. Matter of fact, as I sit here typing, I want to hurry up and finish so I can go out and read some more of the 3rd and final book! :-) My dad and I decided to go for a hike up through the orchards. We had a few of the dogs following us but by the end of the walk, only Whidbey, the ball crazed Chocolate Lab remained. All the others took off for home on some shortcut. When we got back to the house, all the dogs were waiting for us on the deck. And that's when we saw it: the blond pup....seen here:
Day 3 - Wednesday: The weather is nice again! Yay! We decide to make the drive up to Winthrop.
Winthrop is an old mining town about an hour and half North of Chelan. It's such a cool place to visit, but I think my favorite thing about it is: Addy calls it "Win-throw-up!" So funny! We have a nice time there walking around, shopping, and having lunch. When we get back to Chelan we head to the lake. We weren't able to stay long because it was almost dinner time, but we were there long enough to have Addy jump in. She wasn't thrilled:
Day 4 - Thursday: My sister's are coming! And it's the day of the "scheduled" feast of BBQ'd oysters at the Libbey house! Yayyyyy!!!! Oh and guess what? Day 4 means...if we're going at the same rate we've been going...another animal is about to get hurt. Is this totally morbid thinking? You're damn skippy it is. But hey, you can't make this stuff up! My dad went out to do something and noticed (hold your breath) a carcass in the field. What kind of carcass you ask? The damn, freakin' stupid TURKEY!!! AHHHH!!! For whatever reason, she thought, "Ok, since the dog let me go last time, maybe I'll go out of the coop again and everything will be just fine!" Right! So, the dog tore her to shreds. Well, no more "minus 1 wing" Thanksgiving turkey this year! That night, we feast on oysters again. Only this time, their barbecued. If you've never head BBQ'd oysters...you have GOT to try them. They are they only way I'll eat them!
Day 5 - Friday: Slide Waters here we come! Chelan's one and only water slide park. What a blast we have there! The Downhill Racer is one of my faves. On my 2nd trip, the upper lifeguard was telling us how you can splash the lower lifeguard on your way down (this is a giant slide like the one they have at the fair where you slide down on gunny sacks? Only this on is with water and a floppy boogie board). I told my sister I was going to try and soak the lifeguard. So we're speeding down the slide and I go in for the tilt, but as I'm concentrating on remembering what the upper lifeguard told me, I forget to drag my feet to slow myself down. Before I know it, SMASH! CRACK! BOOM! I'm up and over the ledge and onto the deck. Ok, go ahead and laugh. I was laughing, but not because it felt good to do this. No. I was laughing at the fact that I totally could imagine what other people saw! OMG! Thank GOD this did not get captured on video! My body is still sore from that tumble but it is pretty funny to think about. After we got back, I was sitting in the yard, catching some rays when the turkey killer decides to change her M.O. and go after a duck. I run, barefoot, through the grass and manage to pry the duck from the dog. Once again, the duck has a broken wing. Are you FREAKIN' kidding me!? When will this end? Are we being punished for something??? After dinner, the turkey killer/duck wing breaker is now back to being a killer! Of CHICKENS!!!! This cannot be happening! The poor little brown clucker, who was just minding her own business, pecking at some worms, gets demolished by the dog. Needless to say, we've had enough and she gets put in the kennel.
Day 6 - Saturday: It's hot! FINALLY!!! Time to leave...and go to the lake. We went to Manson Bay Park. What a perfect place to swim!
After experiencing all these issues, I now have the concrete knowledge of one thing: I will NEVER live on a farm full time! :-) I've always thought this...but now I KNOW this!
All in all, we had a great time on our vacation in Chelan. We can't wait to go back and spend time with the Ireland's soon, while the weather is still warm and the lake is still "warm" enough to swim in.