Jun 2013

Bite of Bend

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One of the many festivals and events going on in Bend this weekend was the Bite of Bend. I spent the weekend volunteering at the festival. I passed out samples of goat summer sausage and goat breakfast links. I learned quickly if you ask people if they would like to sample goat meat the response is an ugly face and either, “no thanks,” or, “not now.” Read More...

New Toys

Over the past two weeks Mary has brought a GPS for her bike and a second GPS for hiking. She says she got them to keep her from getting lost. First, I can’t believe that Mary would every admit that she might get lost. Mary professes that she never gets lost, just turned around a bit - I have a different opinion as does Search and Rescue in Idaho. Read More...

Mary Bites the Dust

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Much of the “dirt” in Central Oregon is actually volcanic dust. Mary got a taste of it when she was having too much fun on a bike trail aptly named “Whoops”. Mary called me from the trail, “I had a wreck.” Mary has had many bike wrecks and has never called to tell me about them, she just comes home battered up. I wondering why she is calling then she says, “I don’t think I can drive. Can you come get me?” She gave me directions to a dirt road that was near where she wrecked. There were people with her and they were going to try to get her to the road so I could pick her up. Read More...

Busy Week

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We are becoming Bendites. We are wearing shorts & tee shirts when the temperature is in the 50’s and the sun is shining. We are hiking, biking or both several days a week. We are attending events (there are more events in Bend than any two people can attend) and enjoying the summer weather (if you call lows in the upper 30’s and highs in the 60’s summer weather). Read More...

McKenzie River Day Three

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Woke up around 6:00 this morning. Sleeping by a river sure makes for a great night’s sleep. Moxie was slow getting up - she looked and moved like zombie dog - tired from two days of activity. It was cloudy and cold, so I got to work starting a fire. While working on the fire I felt rain. We head home today. I decided to start packing up what I could while Mary was still asleep in case the rain intensified. Read More...

McKenzie River Day Two

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I’m glad we brought our twenty-degree sleeping bags. I slept warm and cozy. Moxie and I got up and built a fire - it was cool and cloudy. Next on the agenda was hot water for chai and coffee. By the time I had a hot cup of chai and my iPad to read my book Mary stumbled out of the tent. Read More...

McKenzie River Day One

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Mary has a new position at REI. I’m not sure what the title is, but it has something to do with being a customer service specialist. The good news is that Mary is excited about it because it is a position with some extra responsibility & opportunities but is not designed to put the individual on a management track Read More...

Sparks Lake

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Our friends Cheryl & Patty invited us to join them kayaking Sparks Lake (one of the many alpine lakes in the Cascade Mountains). In general, high alpine lakes are beautiful. While Mary nor I particularly enjoy flat water paddling, I do enjoy seeing beautiful lakes.

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Back in the Saddle

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My day started in what is becoming my usual pattern… a hike with Moxie (about a mile and a half) followed by about an hour and a half or two hours of chores at the goat farm. The goat farm is really growing on me. I love the way it smells and the way all the animals are quite when chores have been finished (they are very loud before and while we are feeding them). Read More...

Keeping Busy

P5310004It has been a few days since I have updated the blog.
Spring is in full swing in Bend. Flowers and trees are blooming, it’s light by 5:00 AM, and the sun is warm even though the air temperatures are often cold (especially in the morning and evening). We have more pine pollen (the sticky yellow kind) than I have ever seen. I suppose that is what happens when you are surrounded by huge pine trees.
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