On Friday we went to the Oregon Caves. Stuart seems to really love caves because he
talks about them often. My experience of caves with Stuart is not so much a fond memory but I was game for checking out said caves. They had a little orientation thing where we were told that there's 521-ish steep steps in the caves. Steps are my nemesis since the back attack but I still wanted to go. Then they said we'd be bending down to about 41 inches regularly.
Steps + bending = stupid-for-laura-and-potentially-dangerous.
I didn't go and was in quite the huff when Stuart, his sisters and his dad left for the adventure. It was also sweltering hot outside but in the caves it was around 40'f. I'd have liked to have been in the cool caves. Instead Stuart's gran and grandpa bought me lunch from a 1920's tea room and then I went on a hike with grandpa. Grandpa Jack is in his 70's and is fitter than anyone I know. It puts me to shame. He races the youth from church and beats them. So the hike was about 1.3 miles. We went down quite a lot and I knew I was going to have a really hard time. Hills are very discouraging for me. Down is fine but once you go down you have to go back up. The hike down was really nice, it took us down to a little river and there was a nice cool breeze coming off the water. The hike down was the .3 of the 1.3 miles. When we got down grandpa, who is well aware of how challenging hills are for me, asked if I wanted to go back up the .3 or if I wanted to keep going. I chose to keep going because walking is good for my back. Uuuuuh. I'm a dummy. We had no water and it was 100'f. The path up the hill was steep and narrow and I was having a case of the dizzies (Arrested Developement, anyone?) At one point going up the hill I stumbled and grandpa had to grab the back of my tshirt so I wouldn't plunge to my death. I was also wearing flip flops that kept slipping off when I was going up hill. I took 3 breaks in the space of 15 minutes. My feet were filthy by the end of the day.
We got back in time to get some water and then the cave tour came out.
Stuart and I got some of Stuart's favorite Oregon food (Abbey's Pizza and potatoes) for dinner whilst everyone else went to Abu's. We sat out on the patio and ate whilst watching an episode of The Pretender on lappy. Drive-in style.When we got our pizza it was this hot...
All in all it was a nice break. If we did nothing else this summer those few days in Oregon were enough.
Sara - come rob us when we're in Rexburg :-)