Mary S Young State Park

This is part of our Oregon State Park challenge! Check out our progress here.

Last weekend we drove the 20 grueling minutes to West Linn, where a beautiful little park is located. We resolved to hike all of the trails in the park, for a total of about 3 miles of hiking. We’ve been teaching Will and Lucy how to use maps, so they were in charge of navigation.


We hiked around the whole park, while Will and Lucy traded the camera back and forth. They’re enjoying the challenge of photography, and like getting tips on how to do it better.


This one is from Will:


Lucy discovered (all on her own) how to take a photo of herself.


Unfortunately, our camera-trading scheme this time means we can’t really tell which kid took which photo. We’ll do better in the future. In the meantime, here are some more shots from one or the other of the budding young artists:


Kids find joy in the simplest things.


A little later on, were joined by Liz, Jeff, and little Ty for a short hike down to the riverfront.


That last shot is so good. It’s really evocative of each kid’s personality (and their parents’ too; notice Ty flashing the “O”).

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