Our days are drawing to a close and it will be another year before we return. It has been a good visit with family and friends and time passed all too quickly. Have enjoyed the grandsons,Hope & Shawn, friends and the farm animals. Know the horses will miss their daily carrots and lettuce from the garden and Casey will miss her time in the motorhome. Have enjoyed Colt's football games. He is a good quarterback. Boys want to have dinner at "Baldy's Barbeque" before we leave, so will take them this weekend.
|Grazing Time for Katy & Rocky|
|This was Touchdown Pass From Colt|
|1st Day of 2014 School Year|
Last Sunday we drove over to Portland to visit our dear friends Ray,Deneen and Dakota. As always, the dinner was delicious and the company great..met some of their friends and got a grand tour of their home and animals. Last year when we were there, it was dark. They live up in the Wilsonville hills on 20 acres. Dakota is quite the horsewoman and has won many honors in competition.
They have several miniature horses and three pygmy goats. We always feel at home and enjoy our visits. Thank you dear friends.
|Ray,Dakota,Deneen & John|
|Friend and Dakota|
|John in conversation with Ray|
|Checking out the Miniature Horses|
|Petting the Pygmy|
|Cute Bunny in Yard|
|Another View of Home|
|Ray & Deneen's Home|
On Tuesday we had two couples for dinner we met while we were at NAS Whidbey Island last May. Ed and Karen who live in Dallas OR and Dale and Linda who live in Redmond. Both families are avid fishermen and women who shared their shrimp catch with us on several occasions. Anyway Ed and Dale are noted wooden carvers of fish and during our May visit asked if they would carve Colt and Cade each a fish. Well, we were quite surprised and the boys love their new treasure. They also brought us some salmon from their catch in the Columbia River. Shawn and Hope enjoyed visiting with them..Shawn shared fish stories. It was a great evening and look forward to another visit. Thank you for the carvings, salmon and wine. To learn more about the carvings, go to www.thenfcg.com
|Dale,Linda,Karen & Ed|
|Cade with His Carving|
|Colt's Carving (he didn't want to be in picture)|
Hope left this week for a conference in San Antonio and will be back on Sunday. We are keeping the grandsons as Shawn will be off in the woods bow hunting. So far is has gotten a deer and is hoping this weekend to get an elk.
Today we met friends, Ernie and Alinda for lunch in Terrebonne at "The Pump House". Had a nice visit and we might meet up on the road next year.
|Lunch at The Pump House with Alinda & Ernie|
We are also vacating our storage area as we have managed to get our possessions down to around 16 bins and boxes and will store at Hope's. When we return in September, will go through all the remaining bins and boxes and maybe reduce even more. Feels good not to have so much. We even travel light in the motorhome. Took 3 bags of clothes to "brightside thrift", the humane society store.
Tomorrow we take the car in for a/c compressor. Felt that since we would be traveling in AZ, NMex and Texas we would need A/C.
We leave Monday for Redding and then on to Travis AFB before heading to Southern California until January.
It is truly a nice convenience to be able to park in Hope and Shawn's driveway..water,electric and excellent Wi-Fi. Enjoy helping out with grandsons and chores. Also a beautiful view of Three Sisters MTNS. Thank you kids for a wonderful stay..see you next September...longest we have been away.
|Sunset Over Garden|
|Cat on a Hot Tin Roof|