Merry Christmas from our family to you and yours!
This morning, Gilligan and I hiked the Wildwood Trail with Rich and Bowie. We started at the Vietnam Memorial and hiked to the Barbara Walker Crossing over W. Burnside Road, where we took a few pictures. Then we turned around and headed back.
Since we’ve been home, Gilligan has been very relaxed. It’s a good day!
Both Hazel and Gilligan look perturbed that the other is in “their” spot.
The sheltering-at-home routine has become, well, routine. Instead of starting my day at Starbucks, I have video conferences with my coffee buddies. On weekdays, I start my day by teleconferencing with another Brent. On weekends, I teleconference with a couple other buddies. Hot drinks in hand, we spend more time talking than we used to on the Starbucks couch. This morning, the others each had a daughter join as we were ending. One dad had done a nice job of cutting and shaving his daughter’s hair–brave man! The girls got to meet and the dads got to be proud. Nice!
Today was supposed to be my high-school reunion, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus. Last night on Facebook, a classmate posted a picture from our reunion ten years ago and said we’ll see each other in another ten. Others lamented not having a reunion, saying they had planned on attending. I offered to set up a teleconference and did, but no one joined. Today, a few more comments, but again no one responded to offers of a meeting. Facebook, thanks for making me feel like I’m back in high school.
In the afternoon, I played on my blog. I added a facemask to my favicon and went back to using the WordPress Twenty Sixteen theme to which I’ve added the Nanum Pen Script font. I’d recently changed to the Twenty Twenty theme but it doesn’t feel “right” to me. This does. :-)
Gilligan continues to improve after her surgery, enjoying her water therapy. What a lucky doggie — I’m not sure there’s much she likes more than water. She has a daily routine, too, with three short walks, multiple trips outside on the leash, naps on the couch, and tons of love.
Wherever you are, I hope you’re feeling the love, too. How has your routine changed or become routine?
Today, Suzi, Heather, Melissa, Jamison, Gilligan, and I visited Cannon Beach. Gilligan played fetch and swam the creek.1She’s so tired now that she almost needs help getting up on the couch. Poor puppy! Jamison flew his drone.2Maybe, pictures and/or videos to follow. We all walked to Haystack Rock and the Needles. And I took pictures.
At the Rock, I talked to a gentleman who claimed to have walked through the cave on the side of the rock many years ago. The tide was low enough today to make a quick exploration almost tempting. I also took my picture using the KGW8 live webcam. I’m the person on the far left.
Another great day on the Oregon coast!
- 1She’s so tired now that she almost needs help getting up on the couch. Poor puppy!
- 2Maybe, pictures and/or videos to follow.
Today’s a work from home day. I expect to have lots of help from my associate, Gilligan.
Sitting on the couch, updating my blog to a new theme, I heard Ashley preparing to leave. And Suzi and Heather preparing to leave … for the beach!
With two hours to go until sunset, it was the perfect time to head west.
Another great day at the Oregon coast!
“Mom’s going to be home from work soon. Wanna go to the beach?”
Oh, that ranks right up there on my list of favorite questions. :-)
Doing the math, an hour fifteen there, we would have about 15 minutes at the beach before sunset, stay at the beach a while longer, then an hour fifteen back.
“Yes, that sounds like fun! I’m in!!”
Suzi got home, we packed up the dogs, and headed to Cannon Beach.
As we got there, the sun was low on the horizon. Ecola Creek headed South quite a ways before joining the Pacific. So we joined the dogs in wading across the creek and out to the ocean. The dogs played in the water, we took pictures and enjoyed the beautiful weather and gorgeous sights.
Yet another fantastic time at the beach! :-)
Five bikes on the car and we’re ready for fun. We have arrived at Sunriver for our summer family vacation of 2019.
Warning: This is a long post with lots of pictures.1Credits: Although I took most of these pictures, some of the best I borrowed with permission. Thanks to Ashley for the pictures of the doggies swimming in Sparks Lakes on the first Saturday and to Heather for the picture of Gilligan rolling in the meadow by Todd Lake on Tuesday. Major Kudos to Jamison for finding a bunch of typoes and bringing them to my attention. Enjoy! ;-)
Unlike some of our earlier visits to Sunriver, we have no biking mileage goals. Our goals are relaxation, fun, and family time. Ashley and Kevin will be here only for the weekends and Jamison only for the final weekend. We’re saving our kayaking until then.
We rent the same place as last year.2It would appear that I posted no pictures from last year. As I have some, I’ll need to fix this. Done! It’s on the north side of the community. That means it’s farther from the village and main pool.3Which we end up not even visiting. For that matter, we don’t go to the north pool either, but we biked by it daily. Although it’s a bikeable distance to the village, I doubt we’ll bike there for a bag of coffee or some chapstick. For that, we’ll likely go to the north store. It’s also quieter here and our neighbors are largely owners. This means I’ll be able to watch people aerate, thatch, rake, and mow their lawns on my vacation. Sweet!
In the morning after breakfast, we drive to the village with the pups, get some drinks,4Yeah, that’s a daily thing. Probably the last time I mention it. and walk to the lodge. We’ll discover this trip that we walk a lot more instead of biking as we don’t have any way to transport the dogs while biking.5I try to convince Heather to get a bike trailer for dogs and practice with Gilligan. I’m not sure I succeed. And we don’t want to leave the dogs cooped up all day. Even so, we’ll do a fair amount of biking. Today, we bike to Lava Lands, a place I’ve biked to before. Why I remember this as a level ride, I don’t know. Lava Lands is a cinder cone in the midst of a shield volcano. It makes sense that the ground rises as we get closer. The rise isn’t steep, just persistent. Next time, we’ll reserve this ride until later in the week.
Ashley rented an e-bike for the weekend. Wow! It’s magical! As a plus, it looks like a regular bike. She has no problems with the incline. :-)
Heather’s friend Kristin is with us this first weekend. She asks whether we’ve been to Sparks Lake. Why, no, we haven’t. At her suggestion, we load the dogs into cars and head to the lake. Mousse and Gilligan have such a good time, they’re nearly frantic playing fetch and swimming in the water. As the sun nears the horizon, Kristin leads us on a walk to where we have a great view of South Sister and Broken Top on the far side of the lake. Beautiful!
The hot tub calls my name…
We walk the dogs then ride our bikes to the Lodge for brunch. Mmm…
Kevin and Ashley aren’t staying the whole time, reserving their vacation time for later. We say goodbye to them. Kristin leaves as well.
A nice quiet day. Isn’t that what vacations are for?
Sparks Lake was so much fun that Suzi, Heather, Melissa, and I decide to go back with Gilligan. On the way back, we stop at Todd Lake, too. Gilligan approves!
In the evening, I finish reading The Fifth Witness6The Fifth Witness is written by Michael Connelly, the same author of The Lincoln Lawyer that I read some years back. Although I enjoyed the book, I was disappointed spoiler alert that both books share a similar plot twist at their ends. I bought it in the village a couple of days prior. Or maybe it’s after midnight…
Today, we decide it’s a good day to bike. We bike to the lodge for brunch, then bike all the river loops. Suzi makes our reservations for kayaking. This is gonna be fun! We’re so looking forward to kayaking! Melissa gets a snowcone. I should’ve got one, too. I’ll remember that for next time.
In the evening, we take a quick bike ride to the footbridge to see the sunset. There are definite advantages to this place.
Yet another day at Sparks Lake! Mmm… This time, we meet Grandma Penny, a sweet old doggie whose owner is pretty nice, too. We relax and go to the Village Bar and Grill, watching the guy play keyboards and guitar and work to get audience participation. Getting four couples up for a twist dance contest is impressive.7I’d have to take up drinking to do that, and even then?
This is another good day to ride. We bike the east side to the village. It has more hills but we power through. Then through the south side and all the river loops. Essentially, we bike the perimeter.
In the evening, Suzi and I head to Bend for a little shopping and to pick Jamison up at the airport. Let’s see how much Sunriver we can get in during the short time he’s here.
Ashley and Kevin return, too. :-)
Everyone is here! Today is the day we have been waiting for. Today, we kayak.
The route we kayak is on the Deschutes River from LaPine State Park to S. Century Drive by Big River Campground. Allegedly, this can be done in about 2.5 hours. Being founding members of the dry-paddle drifting kayakers, we take nearly 4 hours.
In the evening, we bike to the footbridge at the end of the day and take family pictures. Ashley ignores the “No Jumping” sign to take a jump shot. ;-)
We finish the day with a trip to the Village for Goodies. It’s probably not a trip to Sunriver without ordering and waiting for a milkshake.
It’s our last day. We know we want to go for a bike ride today and yet we need to check out in the morning. Last night, we packed as much as we could to prepare.
We bike to the Nature Center. Sunriver’s new swan family is on the island when we arrive, then swim toward the eastern shore. Then we bike back and finish getting everything loaded back into our cars.
We drive to the village and have lunch at El Caporal. Gilligan had such a soulful face. She knows we’re packed to go and doesn’t want to. Can’t we just stay a little longer? :-(
Suzi finds a sweatshirt, Jamison finds some T-shirts, and I find a coffee mug.8If only I needed a coffee mug. Yet, it makes me happy. c[_] :-) One more smoothie and we’re on our way home.
- 1Credits: Although I took most of these pictures, some of the best I borrowed with permission. Thanks to Ashley for the pictures of the doggies swimming in Sparks Lakes on the first Saturday and to Heather for the picture of Gilligan rolling in the meadow by Todd Lake on Tuesday. Major Kudos to Jamison for finding a bunch of typoes and bringing them to my attention.
- 2It would appear that I posted no pictures from last year. As I have some, I’ll need to fix this. Done!
- 3Which we end up not even visiting. For that matter, we don’t go to the north pool either, but we biked by it daily.
- 4Yeah, that’s a daily thing. Probably the last time I mention it.
- 5I try to convince Heather to get a bike trailer for dogs and practice with Gilligan. I’m not sure I succeed.
- 6The Fifth Witness is written by Michael Connelly, the same author of The Lincoln Lawyer that I read some years back. Although I enjoyed the book, I was disappointed spoiler alert that both books share a similar plot twist at their ends.
- 7I’d have to take up drinking to do that, and even then?
- 8If only I needed a coffee mug. Yet, it makes me happy. c[_] :-)
My Friday started with dropping Suzi off at her work and hopping on MAX. After getting home, I sat down and Hazel and Gilligan immediately joined me.
In between, I spent my day in a large, complex spreadsheet and a nearly 5-mile 1:1.1Sorry, no pics from either. ;-)
All in all, not a bad day. :-)
- 1Sorry, no pics from either. ;-)