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Spring is Coming to Oregon

Spring is Coming to Tillamook at least some days it seems so.  Mauricio and I made a drive up the river to visit friends and family in The Dalles and spring was just arriving there.

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We discovered that the Cherry Blossoms were just coming into Bloom near The Dalles.  We also took a walk on the Riverfront Trail along the river, (The children rode bicycles and the adults walked.)   Spring was just getting started here as the buds were about ready to spring into life on the branches of the trees along the waters edge.

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After the ride the three children enjoyed a frolic in the park where we had parked the car.  

Three Capes Race

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Gretchen and some of her coworkers ran the Three Capes Relay Marathon yesterday.  It was a beautiful day and the course ran thru many parks along the coast.  I was invited to ride in the car and take photos.  

 

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Off and running.

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There were several steep hills on this course.

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Gretchen ran the last leg and crossed the finish line.

February in Tillamook

Tillamook has had mostly beautiful weather this month, with a few rainy days, while the east coast is freezing and covered in a thick layer of snow.  Toward the end of the month the spring bulbs are not only coming up but many are already in bloom.  The High School here had their 10 day fundraiser activities during the middle of the month and we attended almost all the dinners put on by the 4 classes, many just required us to walk across the street to the great facility at the Nazarene Church. 

I have already started mowing the lawn which is not yet growing fast enough to require a weekly mowing but getting close.  The trees are budding out but too early and a late frost may be really bad now.  Also no bees yet to do the pollination work so I expect that the fruit trees will be happy and empty of produce this year.  With the two days of rain that are currently falling I have transplanted lots of ground cover to a hillside at Gretchen’s house and she has sprinkled wild flower seeds.  We are hoping for a dumpy hillside to turn to a pretty one this spring.

Pancake supper at church a week ago was a super success.  I washed lots of dishes with much help including both Ginger and Bill.  The homemade applesauce that was served with it was a real treat.  Two members of the church pealed all the apples and made it last fall just for this  event.

Now in Lake Forest, California

Yesterday we drove north from San Diego to Lake Forest and checked into a hotel for the week so that Bill can spend a week actually at work.  We drove along the coast driving thru many of our childhood haunts and noting the growth that has taken place in the many intervening years.

Today we drove north on the coast from here to Huntington Beach before heading east to the freeway and back south to the hotel.   Tomorrow is the College football playoff game and since the University of Oregon is one of the contestants we spent some time driving around this local area looking for a sport bar where we can watch the game. GO DUCKS!

ESPN will have the game on and since we get that channel in our hotel room we may end up just enjoying the game from the comfort of our current hidey hole.

Back in The Untied States

We flew into San Diego airport late last night and rented a car to drive over and spend a few days with Bill’s brother Rick.  Bill had a tooth go bad the evening before we left La Cruz and Rick did a super job of finding Bill a dentist for today.  Of course that ate up much of our Friday visit time.  We did meet Rick for a late lunch at his favorite regular eatery near has his home and returned to his place where he and Bill had a nice visit.  We returned to the same restaurant for a leisurely long dinner.

Before leaving the boat, and in spite of Bill’s hurtful tooth, we got the boat all set up to be left for a few months.  We will have to return before hurricane season to tie things down better on her.  For now we left her in a more operational state in case we find someone who is interested in becoming her new owner.  We arrived at the airport several hours early as we were unsure of the traffic.  It turned out to be light but we had heard that several days earlier the trip to the airport took several hours and not the more usual 30 minutes.