Monday, July 23, 2007

The bears...the bears!

So out of the last two weeks, I have worked a whopping 3 days! Now I am back at work and I don't get another non-holiday day off 'till Kim's wedding in January! (bummer). Bryan and I spent last week camping with his family at Lake Tahoe. It was great to just get away and get tan while everyone else back in Oregon got to experience the beauty of humid, cloudy days. On our week-long vacation, I got to visit the most photographed area in the world (Emerald Bay), I got to see ducks and geese on the beach, I got to see a movie about bears, and I also got to see a real mama bear and three cubs! While the mama stared us down from her sunning spot in the forrest, we heard her cubs playing in the trees nearby, so we snuck over to watch them, and to take pictures of them. Bryan was a little scared of the big bear, but she was far enough away. While we were stalking them, my flip flops were crunching so much on the ground, and I was afraid that the bear would hear me coming, so I took them off in the middle of the forrest, and kept creeping after the bears. This whole plan of being sneaky was a great idea until 30 minutes later when I couldn't remember where I left my shoes, and my feet started hurting once the adrenaline wore off. So now I am officially a bear hunter, if all the shooting is with my camera. Haha, just think....if I hadn't found my shoes, and if I hadn't gotten married, I would still be a bare (footed) Hunter!!!!!! Ok, that was a groaner, but when you see the opportunity.....
In between hikes around Emerald Bay and bear hunting, we visited Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Lake. There was a huge fire in Tahoe this summer around Angora Lake, and we got to drive through the burn, and it was truly amazing because part of the forest fire had swept through the neighborhoods, and we could just see the foundations of some houses, while others remained untouched from the flames. It was amazing to see the power of God in nature, even if that nature can be so destructive at times. Bryan's cousin-in-law, Cody, brought his dad's Seadoo for us to play around with on the lake, and that was fun, even though all I did was watch because I don't like water very much. We had a great time playing "funky chicken," frisbee golf, real golf, Yahtzee, remote possibilities, and catch phrase.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Camping Korean Style

So I took two days of vacation from work this week to go camping with our youth group this week in Florence. Although we froze our butts off for the majority of the time, those crazy Koreans, along with my also crazy (and very white) husband still enjoyed the "man run" into the lake, hard ground to sleep on, and plenty of sand in their teeth. Armed with plenty of ramen, marshmallows, and walkin' tacos, Bryan and I, along with 16 students (ranging from 12-19) set out to prove that we could make it for 3 days and 2 nights without parents. While we did hit up the 'rents for our vans, and some transportation, we ended up alive, and that was quite an accomplishment, considering the size of the dune cliffs some of the boys were jumping off of. We did escape some of the valley's "heat wave," but I think the highlight of the trip was the dead mouse found underneath the girls' tent. No one knows how it got there, but it is my theory that someone squished it in the middle of the night.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

St. Paul Rodeo 4th of July!

For the second year in a row, Bryan and I enjoyed the St. Paul Rodeo for the 4th of July. This year, we were accompanied by Ben and Alicia, Jason and Lauren, and Kyle and Kari. Bryan and I both bought stylin' cowboy hats (as you can see Bryan's in the picture), and we all enjoyed over priced carmel apples, hamburgers, jumbo corndogs, smoothies, snow cones and strawberry lemonade. The rodeo was great too, even though the people downing beers in front of us reeked! YeHaw for cowboys!

Monday, July 2, 2007

A California Wedding

These are pictures from my cousin Kristen's wedding last weekend in Freemont, CA. Bryan, my brother Steven and I took a road trip down there (and saw Kim on the way). All of the "Hunter" side was there and we had a great time at the wedding, and even stopped at Great America "on our way" home. The first picture is of my cousin Kristen and her soon-to-be-husband Justin.

The second picture is of my younger brother, Shane, flying through the air after Kristen's garder.

The third picture is of my cousins, Brittany, Lindsay, and Kelsey.

The fourth picture is of Kristen and one of her bridesmaids looking at the cake before the wedding,

and the fifth is of my brother Steven (the hairy one) and my cousin Blake (the bald one).