Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween decorations and caarved pumpkins with spiders and black cat.

Pumpkin Patch

We went to Tommy's Pumpkin patch to buy pumpkins to carve. Wandered around the patch and chose our pumpkins. Tommy gave us fresh strawberries with our purchase.

October beach

A warm sunny day at CA beach Oct. 27th. Pictures of me, niece and nephew, critter trail in the sand and a slump of tar that washed out of ground and onto beach. You can see where the tar has oozed over a fence that was stuck in the tar when it washed onto the beach.
Near Donner Lake and Donner Summit before the snow came. A few days later same vicinity on my drive over the pass from Reno to So. California. I had to wait 3 days to drive over the pass without using chains.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A dusting of snow here in Reno's NW hills. Elevation here about a mile high. Heavier snow in the Sierras and I need a clear window to drive from here over to California valleys. This storm should pass thru quickly. The highway department usually keeps I-80 West open and sometimes requires chains. I have chains and can use them..............just don't want to. The view from my breakfast table is beautiful with blue sky, clouds, a circle of hills/mtns, trees and a lot of different birds coming by. Off to town today to have lunch with a friend.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Donner Lake and Donner Pass today. There is a beautiful CA State Park at Donner Lake nestled among huge Ponderosa pines. Fall mostly yellow.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sidetrip to Crater Lake.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today we walked thru the lavalands at Lava Butte south of Bend and thru a butterfly exhibit at the High Desert Museum. In the picture showing me at lava land you can see several mountains in the distance. Mt. Batchelor can be seen in the distance at the corner of the sign. Yesterday, we were on the other side of that mountain at Sparks Lake. Seeing the butterflies was fun and having them land was special. Tomorrow I head toward Reno.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Walked Ray Atkeson trail at Sparks Lake near Bend, OR today. Forest, lava, canyons, birds, views: lake, Mt. Batchelor, Broken Top, S. Sister.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bought fresh green beans and head of Romanesque at Farmer's Market near Eugene.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Washington Park Glorious Color

Took a long walk thru Washington Park and the Rose Garden here in Portland. The roses were still in bloom and fragrant. The pink and yellow rose is named Double Delight. The red rose is Veteran's Honor. The fiery leaves are on a sumac.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Neahkahnie Treasure

A long ago memory nagged as I drove the Oregon Coast at Neahkahnie Mountain. The memory had me thinking of mystery and treasure. Was there really a story of buried treasure on Neahkahnie mountain or was it just a story from one of my Nancy Drew pre-teen mysteries? So, I asked around and "googled" and found this on Wikipedia: "A legend, dating back to the mid-1800s and the first Hudson's Bay Co. employees to arrive in the area, claim the mountain conceals a lost treasure, hidden by Spanish sailors in the late 16th century.[3] There are various versions of the legend, but the most common ones involve a group of sailors carrying a chest up the hillside, then digging a hole and lowering the treasure inside. As the story goes, one of the sailors then plunges his sword into one of the men with them, apparently an African slave, and his body was then thrown in on top of the treasure; the idea being, Native Americans would not disturb a man's grave, so keeping the treasure under a dead man would prevent the Native Americans—who, in most versions of the story were watching the activity closely from nearby—from digging it up."

Monday, October 8, 2012

Nehalem, Manzanita and Neahkahnie Mt.

The picture of me was taken on the road up on Neahkahnie Mt. As you can see I am at a turnout far above the beach. The beach and houses you see below are at Manzanita, OR. Off in the distance is what looks like a lake, but is Nehalem Bay. Unseasonably warm weather at the coast and little or no wind. Several surfers were in the water at Manzanita.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Nehalem today. Another sunny windless hot day at the Coast.
Drove over Deception Pass on way south from Bellingham. Impressive beautiful pass. Drove Whidbey Island and took ferry to Port Townsend.
Last night Cape Disappointment WA State Park. Walked beach. Tank top/shorts weather. Met 2 women who knew high school friend of mine.

Friday, October 5, 2012

To those who know of my quest to find "Happy Cows"...I found them! Not in CA, but WA grazing in green pasture near Egg and I Road.
A crossroad : road going right named "Going to Market Road". Left named "Best Road". Well. Maybe you had to be there. Made me smile and giggle.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Long stopover in Ketchican. No rain. Had a nice walk toward town. Took advantage of the time to stow stuff in RV and make bed. Ready to roll.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Termination dust. It's more than that. Oct. Began with fresh snow on Mt. Juneau, Douglas Island and up the valleys. Frost as I leave today.