Southern Oregon Bound

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It is with great excitement and also some sadness that we write this post. We've known for a while that we probably wouldn't be staying permanently in the Willamette Valley. We feel that God is moving us to Medford as part of the next phase of our life. We will complete our move in late July.

Caitlynn is taking a job with Oregon Department of Justice in Medford. This is her very first job as attorney after she graduated law school and passed the Oregon State Bar. I will continue to run Knopp & Company from our wonderful (in photographs anyway) new townhouse in West Medford.

If you're ever in the area, please let us know. We look forwarding to discovering new things and share about our adventures in Southern Oregon.

Disneyland and so much more!

We're back! Cait has started a new job, we're both working on starting our business, and school is back in session (Cait is taking just a few more classes than I am).

Earlier this month we went to what has been called the happiest place on earth! Disneyland in Anaheim, California. As you can see from this handy dandy map, it's a number of miles away from here. The drive is approximately 14 hrs and is exactly 944 miles (which means we put at least 1888 miles on our car).

 

Day 1

The first day was spent primarily in the car. We drove. We drove some more. And then we drove even more. Then we stopped. We ate Quiznos (which beats Subway by 944 miles) and then we got back on the road. We didn't want to drive all night so we decided to stop in Redding, California. Here's another map because maps are super cool.

 

We also made a stop at one of the two great restaurants that we don't have in our area: In-and-Out Burger. It's the best burger joint this side of the universe. It was fantastic. The menu is simple and your choices are clear. Do you want a really yummy burger. Order the burger. Do you want a really yummy cheese burger? Order the cheeseburger. Also fries and a drink are sold there. Those are pretty good too.

Day 2

We got up early to beat traffic and stopped for a bit in Sacramento, California. We got to see the capitol building of California. They had a cool display for each county in the state. Even though we love Oregon, we thought it was pretty cool. Unfortunately we couldn't stay so we didn't get to see any committees or sessions. Some day we may make our way back there to see committee, session, and find the portrait of Ronald Reagan somewhere in the building.

After our stop we headed to Anaheim, California. I already showed you a map for that right?

Cait reminded me went to Downtown Disney that evening. It's a section of the park between Disneyland and California Adventure that you don't need a ticket to get to. It has regular shops but also a massive (emphasis on the mass) Disney store called World of Disney. It has a Disney-everything basically.

Day 3

So the rain was pouring, old men were snoring (probably), and we were gonna get soaked if we set foot in the House of Mouse. Instead we decided to make the trek to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. I bet you'd like to see a map for that.

 

We saw all kinds of pictures, displays, videos, and paintings. It's a tribute to one of the greatest presidents in modern history, and one of the world's greatest leaders. The section about his passing was one of the saddest things we'd seen in a museum. He was a great man.

We also had a tour of his really cool airplane aka Air Force One (where we took our presidential pictures), saw a replica of the Oval Offie in 1988, and got a quick glimpse of a piece of the Berlin wall the President helped bring down. It was a fantastic experience.

Steps walked: 12,711
Miles walked: 5.5

Day 4

There were still threats of rain, but we couldn't contain our excitement any longer. We had to get to Disneyland. It was a little damp early the first day so we had to do a few indoor rides first. Pirates of the Caribbean was the first ride we went on. It was a swashbuckling good time. Then we rode lots of other rides including Thunder Mountain Railroad (which would be insanely unsafe if it were an actual railroad instead of a Disneyland ride). We rode the Indiana Jones ride. We also got to see the Aladdin Broadway Musical in California Adventure during it's final week of being produced. We enjoyed it very much and will miss it the next time we're there.

Steps walked: 29,284
Miles walked: 12.7

Day 5

This was the day that tricked everyone but us into staying away from Disneyland. The weather said rain was coming but hardly ever did. This wonderful surprise helped us enjoy the park free of lines. One of the things I forgot to mention was that the park was still decked out for Christmas while we were there. We got to go on It's a small world Christmas, see Christmas lights everywhere, and enjoy some Disney Christmas cheer.

We also went on the new Space Mountain which is now called Hyperspace Mountain. It's a Star Wars themed ride and it's quite fantastic (and would be very unsafe it were an actual spaceship instead of a ride at Disneyland). We hung out in Paradise Pier a lot that day. We went on the Ferris Wheel, and the Symphony Swings (which was as musical as it sounds), but spent the most time on the rollercoaster, California Screamin'. It's the only ride in Disneyland that goes upside down and therefore meets Cait's requirement to be an actual ride. Apparently Disneyland is famous for its corndogs. We had one and discovered that they are indeed excellent. Would eat again.

That evening in Paradise Pier we attended the music, water, and light show dubbed World of Color. It was quite enjoyable, and very epic. It highlighted the legacy of Walt Disney, and all the famous movies his company made (or bought like Star Wars). There was even fire πŸ”₯. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that the video was projected on water coming out of fountains! Epic indeed.

Steps walked: 30,956
Miles walked: 14.7

Day 6

The final morning we basically owned Cars Land. We rode the Cars ride repeatedly until the line was too long and then we hung out in Radiator Springs with Mater and Lighting McQueen. Next, we went to Bugs Land and to the very scary 4D show about how it's tough to be a bug. Those guys have it rough, and unfortunately they are going to continue to have it rough at our apartment (sorry bugs).

We finished checking rides off our list to make sure we did as many as possible. Overall Cait seemed to enjoy her first Disneyland adventure and I enjoyed giving her a tour and taking her from ride to ride. We can't wait to go back.

Steps walked: 33,078
Miles walked: 15 miles

Day 7

We drove and drove more. We stopped at the first Dutch Bros we saw. Then we drove some more. Stopped at Chick-Fil-A (the second great restaurant we do not have near us). Then we drove a lot more. We did enough sitting to make up for three days spent walking and standing in Disneyland.

Steps walked: 1309
Miles walked: Basically none thankfully

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Well, 2015 is coming to a close. I can’t believe it. This year has been quite eventful, the blessings have been bountiful, and the love has been unconditional. I have grown and learned more than I thought I could in one year. The highlight of my year has definitely been learning how to be a wife to the most wonderful husband the Lord could have given me. I can’t wait for many years with my hubby. 

As many of you know, Reagan and I will be starting 2016 off right with a trip to Disneyland (our delayed honeymoon vacation). I am so excited for the adventure, but mostly to spend some time together before school starts back up as 2016 will be my last year of law school, it will be very busy. We will be sure to post about our trip when we get back. If you have any tips or suggestions on places we should stop on our drive there or back, let us know! 

Best wishes to your family from the Knopp family during this holiday season.. 

Wedding Photos

We finally got around to putting our wedding photos online. We just want to once again thank everyone who was a part of our special day, especially our amazing photographers, Brandy and Justin of McCloud Photography, for capturing our wedding day.

We hope you enjoy, but please don't remove any pictures from our site. If you would like to share pictures with others feel free to share this post.

Honeymoon Part 4

For the last weekend before Cait started classes again, we went to Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. We tent camped at Tilly Jane Campground and from there hiked up the Cooper Spur Trail to the base of Mount Hood. This was the closest either of us had ever been to Mount Hood and let me tell you it is b-e-a-utiful. Cait wasn't too excited about the 8 mile. rough, gravel road up a hill to the campground and she especially didn't like the fact that bees kept swarming us when we got out of the car, but she was a trooper. I guess it is good to face your fears every once in a while. 

After we set up camp, we started the hike up to Mount Hood. It was about 5 miles total, but worth every up-hill step. Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities. After the hike, we had a monopoly marathon on our iPad while eating junk food in our tent (pretty much sums up our life).  One thing we didn't plan for very well for was the cold... It was incredibly cold at night so I didn't get much sleep. Morning came early for us so we could head to the Gorge. The smoke from the fires rolled in overnight. 

Before our hike of Oneonta Gorge, we had one goal and only one goal - FIND COFFEE! We stopped in Hood River for coffee at Dog River Coffee Co. Excellent coffee if you are ever in that area. Once we got to our hiking stop, we started off excited to see some pretty falls. Soon we realized this hike was going to be a bit of a swim as well. Wading (almost chest deep for Cait) through snow melt was a bit cold. It was all worth it for us. 

Lots of people ask us what married life is like. Well, the best way I know how to sum it up in one word is adventurous. Reagan and I have overcome fears, concurred obstacles, and had tons of fun together. Having someone to experience life with and to grow together with is one of the most amazing things. I can't wait for many more life adventures together.

This is the last trip we will take for a while. Unfortunately, we didn't make it too all 7 locals we wanted to go to, but these trips have really helped us grow together. We know we have a long way to being one as God teaches us, but we feel we are on the right track. We are excited to continue to grow in the Lord and our love for each other.

~ Written together, with love, from Reagan & Caitlynn ~

Honeymoon Part 3

Smith Rock State Park

Last weekend we camped at Smith Rock State park. We spent part of Friday at the Deschutes County Fair. We won a couple of stuffed animals including a snake 🐍, banana's πŸŒ with sunglasses πŸ˜Ž, and a flying squirrel super hero. Friday night we camped ⛺️ at Smith Rock Campground. On Saturday we hiked nearly 4 miles over very rocky terrain. After that we stopped at Little Caesars to grab lunch on the drive back 🚘. Together we ate an entire pizza πŸ• (we were a little hungry after all the hiking). Overall we had a fantastic trip.

Dirty Dash Weekend!

Last weekend we ran a 5K obstacle course called Dirty Dash. It was so much fun, but definitely challenging. The best part about the race is that we got to do it with my sisters and their husbands. I love doing stuff with my sisters, but it is even more meaningful now that I'm married too. I've always looked up to them, but now I look up to them in a new way. They have been married 10 and 7 years. They have a grasp on what it means to be a good wife and mother. Although I am not a mother yet, I know I can learn a lot from them. Sometimes we fight a lot, but we love each other a lot too. Both of my sisters, along with my mother, are my living examples of what it means to be a Godly wife. Their examples added with what I read in my Bible and the other amazing women I have to look up to in God's New Testament Church will help me learn what it means to be a Godly wife to Reagan. We have a lot of fun and challenging days ahead of us just like last Saturday's race. We will have to work together to make it through the mud, water, and other obstacles in our life. We will have to push each other and support each other. But most importantly, we will have to rely on God. 

This weekend, we will be spending time in Central Oregon at the Deschutes County Fair and hiking Smith Rock

Honeymoon Part 2

For the second installment of our honeymoon weekends, Reagan and I went to a few days of church camp at Union Rogue Baptist Camp and stopped at Crater Lake on our way home. We enjoyed hearing God's Word and fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are planning to go for the entire week next year! I'm excited! My mom says I've been to Crater Lake before, but I really don't remember. Reagan went a few years ago. It is such a beautiful place! We are already planning our next trip there. 

Next stop: Smith Rock