Saturday, September 05, 2015

Photos From the Road

I'm back from a week and a half traveling to Oregon and back, though my absence might not have been especially apparent thanks to the combination of prescheduled posts with posts written on my iPad during our travels!

The impetus for our trip was our youngest daughter's wedding in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, which was just as special an experience as one could have hoped.

Our new son-in-law is a 2015 University of Oregon grad who has a side business as a rafting instructor and guide. After the morning wedding rehearsal everyone in the wedding party went on a rafting trip down the McKenzie River.

Our son-in-law's grandparents have a beautiful place on the river, and I think this idyllic photo from their back deck of the kids rafting by might have been my favorite of the entire trip!

The wedding took place right on the Willamette River; this is another favorite shot:

One of my favorite wedding stories: The Best Man was unable to get leave from his service with the Marines, but he "attended" in uniform from North Carolina via Skype, watching the entire ceremony thanks to one of the groomsmen holding a phone. After the wedding the Best Man's toast was also given via Skype and broadcast so everyone at the reception could hear it. It was a neat use of modern technology to help overcome something which had been a big disappointment.

The day's special touches also included a unique wedding cake design inspired by Disney's TANGLED (2010), one of our daughter's favorite movies.

After the wedding we drove home via the Sierras so we could spend some time in our favorite town, Bridgeport, which I last wrote about in July 2014. Here are a few shots taken around town; incidentally, there's a great map for walking historic Bridgeport available online!

The most striking sight in town, the 1880 Mono County Courthouse:

The bakery, a favorite stop in town since 1952, continues to be going strong after reopening in 2012!

The Community Church on Emigrant Street:

A favorite family photo spot in front of Ken's Sporting Goods:

On the road to Twin Lakes:

Although we've been to Bridgeport's 4th of July celebration a number of times, we've never been to the Founder's Day celebration, held over Labor Day Weekend. A future goal!

Happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone!


Blogger KC said...

Sounds like it was a beautiful wedding and a wonderful trip. I love the story about the best man!

10:15 AM  
Blogger mel said...

Heartiest congratulations to all!

The photos are unbelievably beautiful - thank you for sharing, Laura.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Good to have you back, Laura, although, as you said, it does sort of feel as if you were never away! LOL
The photos are terrific and I am so glad the family occasion was as wonderful as hoped.
Many congratulations.
Best wishes,

11:44 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Thanks for sharing all these great pics and stories, congrats to everyone :)

5:14 AM  
Blogger DKoren said...

Congrats to your daughter (and you guys for gaining a son-in-law!)! That looks so beautiful, and the story about the best man is absolutely wonderful. Always good to see photos of Bridgeport as well!

7:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks to you all for your kind words and good wishes!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos. :) :) TTYS!

Best wishes,

11:28 AM  
Blogger Raquel Stecher said...

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

10:27 AM  

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