This past weekend I joined my Dad and Step mom on a mini road-trip to Bend, Oregon where we had a family reunion with all my extended family. It has been years since we all got together and the weekend was packed with all sorts of fun. We bonded over barbecues, music, and mixed drinks, while filling our days with hiking, biking, and outdoor excursions. While I'll fill you in on all the details in the days to come, I thought I would jump ahead and first share photos from our Fourth of July fireworks display. No matter how large or small, indulging in a bit of pyrotechnic fun never ceases to impress me.
The setting: Pilot Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano in Bend, Oregon.
While waiting for the main event, children and adults gathered and provided a little pre-show entertainment.
Once night had settled in, the spectacular display of crackling fireworks began. By the end of the show, the Butte faithfully caught fire as it does every year.
Nothing says independence like explosives.
Happy 234th Birthday, America!