We have been gone for four days now and I am finally getting around to starting in on my travel blog. Guess I wore myself out over the past few months and I was enjoying the reprieve!
We left Baker City on Monday morning, the 12th, around 10:30, hoping to have time for a leisurely drive over the mountains and into West Linn (Portland area) well before rush hour hit the 205 interstate. However, it was already lightly snowing in Baker as we left, which should have been an omen! The roads north of town was icy, we passed an accident at the rest area 8 miles north of town. Slowly made our way over Ladd, to find signs at the Flying J interchange south of La Grande announcing that the interstate was closed for the next 20 miles. I quickly pulled out my cell phone and dialed the road conditions number - accident on the freeway. No word about how long! So....we continued on to travel over Tollgate Summit. Only I couldn't check it with road conditions because we can't find a map in the car for the state of Oregon! I don't know the number of the road! Call Cherrie and she and Shannon bail us out. Hwy 204! Conditions are packed snow, so we continue. We have the studs on the car!
|Tucker and his Grandpa Dave|
We stop in Pendleton to make an exchange at Wal-Mart and switch drivers. I drive to the Memaloose Rest Area near Hood River. We are amazed at the green grass growing along the freeway, especially as we enter the gorge area. There has been so much rain, but mild temperatures, so everything is lush. Some trees are still in the gorgeous color stages. We commented that we have been able to drag fall colors out for nearly three months, starting in early September in Pagosa Springs, CO!
Arrive at Liz's shortly after 5pm (205 was a mess!) and out to dinner at the local pub where Liz and Dave are regulars twice a week! Then over to Gretchen and Shawn's house for a little niece family time with Tucker, etc.
Yesterday Rick called Luke while we were driving and Luke indicated he had time and desire for us to stop in Newport enroute down to Bandon. So we are up and on our way shortly after 8am, bound for the coast! We took the freeway route - down to Corvallis on I-5 and then over to Newport. Took us about 2 1/2 hours. Thick fog in a few places, but it was nice on the coast (and just got nicer the further south we drove!) Good chance to catch up with Luke, see pictures of his seminary visit, and then enjoy lunch with both Luke and Kady at a little Mom-Pop place right behind their house. Kady had meetings in Newport for the morning, so she wasn't out in Toledo as we thought! Glad she could join us because I was afraid we wouldn't see her at all.
Pretty afternoon driving down the coast. Sun dancing in the clouds, lots of color, especially shades of green! We arrived at Mom's around 5pm. Rick stopped down in Old Town, got out of the car, and said, "I'm walking the rest of the way!" He needed to stretch the kinks out! So I drove the last couple miles down to Beach Loop Drive, and Rick showed up about 45 minutes later!
|Setting sun behind the |
Today was a pretty lazy day! Catch up time, plan out what Mom needs done, church errands. Rick worked on straightening out the drainage of the gutters over the front porch. Stir fry for dinner (trying to use up some of the wealth of vegetables we brought over!) and then Mom and I went in for the tone chime choir practice. I ended up getting to play some bells because people were absent. That was fun. I worked on some Christmas invitations for Mom on the computer today and we printed them off tonight and will get them all colored in by Sunday. We did have a gorgeous sunset!
THURSDAY: BLACKLOCK POINT HIKE! (Pictures!)
|One of our mushroom finds...|
|Out on Blacklock Point (view north)|
|This was one of Rick's mushroom|
discoveries! Lemon yellow beauty!
|Arch or Tunnel Rock down|
on the beach
Back to the house around 4:30 to cook up our corn on the cob, chicken, and make a huge tossed salad. Good dinner! Now to finish downloading the pictures!
FRIDAY THE 16TH:
Today we have planned an outing to the big city - Coos Bay and North Bend! Errands to run! But we have to wait for the housecleaner to come (Susie comes once a month to help Mom with the big cleaning projects), so it is nearly 10:45 before we leave Bandon. The day has turned out better than forecast - sunshine in the morning. We don't get rain until the trip home!
Visits to Joann's Fabrics, Dollar Tree, BiMart, and Perry's with lunch at Sizzler sandwiched in the middle. Mom picked up supplies for the Advent craft, favors for the women's Christmas party, a new faucet for when the plumber comes on Monday. We bought paint for Rick to do the basement walls, including a first time painting of the concrete wall in the basement bedroom. It was NOT an inexpensive day for Mom! We drove home via Charleston, picking up about 7 pounds of fresh tuna off a boat basin seller. Stopped near Seven Devil's Road to scope out the property that Mac and Diane have purchased.
Work Day! Mom went to a baby shower and was gone about 5 hours! Rick and I did a few chores and I worked on my Santa project as well as finishing up Mom's birthday present (I had to get it sent in to Blurb while the coupon was still good!). The weather progressively went downhill as the day progressed, although there were moments of beauty scattered about.
SUNDAY, 18TH - MONDAY, 19TH:
|Rick puts primer on the main basement wall|
|Huge Bible we found in the bottom of the trunk|
TUESDAY, 20TH - WEDNESDAY, 21ST:
Can you tell that I have waited an entire week to catch up with my blog/journal?? Bad girl, Ginger! Hence the brief and somewhat dry and dull narrative.
By late Tuesday the storm had abated. The winds only howled for two days! We spent Tuesday working on projects and baking....rolls for Thursday and a pecan pie. The rest of the pies were baked on Wednesday, along with prep for soup for Wed dinner, planning out dishes, fixing decorations, etc. We also finished up Mom's Christmas cards!
|Shore birds in foam|
|Foam on the beach|
|Sunset Wednesday evening|
Other highlight of Wednesday? Luke arrived!!!! And in testing the roll recipe for Thursday, I misread the time to bake at 25 minutes instead of 15 minutes - our rolls were a little heavy on crust! Oh well - they were edible when dipped in the soup!
THANKSGIVING DAY, November 22:
|Luke and his Grandma Mac|
Rick left for about an hour around 12:30 to help with the community dinner and in particular to deliver a meal to one of the women in the church who fell and injured ribs.
|Rick, Bobbi, Jenna, and George|
Jenna had to leave by 3pm to go to work, but Bobbi and George stayed and played a round of dominoes. Then George went out to talk with Rick and watch football, while the rest of us played a round of Quiddler. Good game day for me personally, as I think I won both rounds! Later in the evening we also broke out Sequence!
Friday, November 23:
|Sunrise Friday morning!|
|Rick & Luke build a railing.|
|Mom tries it out!|
|Luke enjoys a moment on the beach.|
|Sea scape at the entrance|
|Cruising the lights|
|Reflections in the pond.|
Saturday, November 24:
Relaxing day with Luke - he and Rick watched alot of football including following the Baker Bulldog game on the computer! What a game that was...and the Bulldogs are again playing for the state championship next week!
|Back side of Grand Army of the Republic star.|
Sunday, November 25:
|Traditional Grandma Visit photo!|
|Reflections were awesome at low tide.|
Monday, November 26:
Baking day! The women's group has a bake sale tomorrow at Hennick's and Mom wants to take a couple of pies, in addition to nut bread. She is up early and busy in the kitchen! Nut bread done before we head into town to recycle cans and fix the bulletin boards at the church. Back after lunch to make two apple pies. Mom handles the crust while I peel and chop apples and fix the 'innards'!
Later afternoon Rick and I head over to Betty's house. She has asked for some help in putting up a wall hanging. It takes Rick about 5 minutes to finish, but we stay and visit a little. She is lonely!
|ANOTHER gorgeous sunset!|
Been cooking a roast in the crockpot all day. Mom had a hankering for a pot roast. I am a little disappointed - the meat got overcooked while the veggies were undone. I had to put them into the microwave!
A few games and then Mom goes to bed, while I head downstairs to finish up my projects in the basement! I can't do any more for lack of polyfiber stuffing! But I have accomplished alot! (One complete Santa, and partially completed Santa and two partial snowmen!)
Tuesday, November 27:
|Mom's Tree all pretty!|
|A couple of Jed ornaments!|
With a short break to deliver the nutbreads and pies to Hennicks and pick up a few items (including wheat bread to serve with tonight's dinner), we work until 3 to decorate the Christmas tree, hang all the banners, change greenery, and put up the lights outside (Rick did that part!). What would have been a tremendous job for Mom alone! All looks really good and festive!
|Sunset behind Face Rock (a little too north to see|
much of the Face!)
Games and apple pie in the evening, while I also try to get caught up on this blog!!