A few days after we returned from Camp Tadmor, we headed out on the road again to the YoungLife camp, Washington Family Ranch, out in the middle of no-where in Antelope, Ore. Heard of this place before? It’s the old “Rancho Rajneesh” where the Rajneeshee community built and lived. (Utterly fascinating!) I’d heard some of the history before and been out to the camp once before for a short weekend for a leadership training with Skyler, just a couple months after we started dating. After spending a week out there this time and really exploring, I had to really dive in and research it when I got home. SO interesting… and weird.
Ok, back to the point! Skyler came out to be a part of the Medical Team at camp and the boys and I were lucky enough to just tag along again. While we enjoyed our time at Camp Tadmor, WFR felt like a true family vacation at a resort!
This was the old Ranch House that the Medical Team stays in:
What gorgeous views:
Funny side story about this hill:
When we went to WFR the first time, newly dating, we had agreed to meet outside the dorm buildings at a brisk 5 am to climb up the hill together and watch the sunrise. I was so excited for our morning date. I set my alarm, jumped out of bed, put on my cutest pair of running shorts and sweatshirt and eagerly ran to the meeting spot. … And there I waited. It was quite cold out at that dark hour, so I decided to run a few laps on their paved paths as I waited. I still waited. After nearly 45 minutes of waiting, I decided me beloved must not have woken up to his alarm, and I set out to climb that hill by myself. It’s quite the trek, but also quite the view! And that moment should have made it known to me just how precious sleep is for my main man. :) I still give him a hard time about standing me up.
I opted NOT to wake up that early and do that climb this visit, being pregnant and nauseous and all. I don’t regret that decision.
The boys spent a LOT of time in this handy sucker – WFR is very spread out!
One day, we took a little family walk around the camp and took some photos of the camp and view.
This is the back side of the huge cafeteria and the pool and the giant swing:
The obstacle course and a couple buildings left over from the Rajneeshee’s that are now part of the obstacle course:
We also noticed these houses nestled up on the hill. The property is like 60 some acres, if I remember correctly, and about 12 miles from the main road back to the tiny tiny town of Antelope. I heard about some people living at the camp that kind of keep to themselves and don’t venture down to camp much. Guessing these might be their quarters??
The ropes course:
A couple pretty sightings.
We spent a LOT of time in the pool! My goal was to have Zeek comfortable swimming in his life jacket alone by the time we left camp. He only needed till the second day to lose the fear.
We also were able to take 2 afternoons to spend at the next door camp, WildLyfe (middle school camp), which was a fairly new addition and had a killer water park! The boys loved it!
They went down the water slides like champs (on mom and dad’s laps of course)!
We were also able to spend an afternoon on the main camp’s go-carts, which was so fun! New experience for the boys.
I LOVE Asher’s face!! Zeek chose wisely by driving with the safe mom. Asher (aka Kamikaze), was even unsure about driving with dad, haha!
One night, they had a carnival, which was super fun to take the boys too – despite being a super late night for them.
The next night? Western night, complete with a hoe-down!
Love these boys!
P.S. Skyler asked me “jeans tucked into boots or no?” I quickly answered (thinking of how I would dress), “tucked in, duh”. He has too much faith in me. Now looking at these photos, I can’t help but think Napoleon and just laugh and laugh. Sorry for steering you wrong, honey! HAH!
After a super hot week, we spend the last full day with cooler weather, some rain, and the most incredible thunderstorms I’ve ever seen.
We had a FAB time! Until next year, WFR. Until next year.