25 September, 2012

Independent thinking

We all like to feel that we are independent thinkers and as
we age that we are beyond the reach of peer pressure.

Well, today I have a tale of radio propaganda 
and how we succumbed.

 Last week's grocery shopping prompted a request for meatloaf.
Tim just laughed at me.
You see, last week we listened to Prairie Home Companion which 
featured a segment about

Guess what we're eating this week?

20 September, 2012

Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah Falls 

Yes, we went to the bridge and 

is that view.

Horsetail Falls:

You can walk along a path behind the falls.

This is Tim, Jacob and Charlie as they came out the other side.

18 September, 2012

Tuesday started with a trip to Ecola State Park - near Cannon Beach.
We climbed across a trail which cut through the traditional Northwest Pacific forest 
that I had been expecting  all of Oregon to look like.

At one point the trail moved to the front of the bluff and gave us
 this glimpse of the beaches ahead. 
Crescent Beach - which is below us and to the right 
is where we landed.
Cannon Beach is forward - you can see Haystack Rock toward the top of the picture.  
The tide surges between the rock in the center and the cliff face making it impossible
 to walk to Cannon Beach at certain times from this side.

We clamored around rocks in a fairly protected area -
There was a haze over the mountains in the distance adding to the beauty of the morning.
Along one rock face there was a tunnel allowing access to a section of beach that would otherwise be cut off by the tide.  We were there just as the tides were changing and with a bit of artful dodging we were able to make our way through the tunnel to another area.
These next two pictures were taken as I stood just inside the tunnel. 

The dogs - Charlie and Esteban -  had a lot of fun.  
We found sand dollars but very few rocks or shells apart from a few stray piles 
of oyster shells alongside several fire pits along the beach.

17 September, 2012

More to come...

Mt. St. Helens

We arrived home late - really late - Saturday night after a wonderful trip to the Pacific Northwest.

Yesterday was devoted to laundry, groceries, naps,
and a few other essentials.
Today I picked up the mail and I'm in the kitchen with bran muffins and what I hope turns out to be a creamy pesto sauce to rival the one I ate at the Crab Pot on Friday.
I'll let you know...

05 September, 2012

A post...

I'm loving all the fall looks - this one is from Pinterest -
and magazine covers are graced with comfort foods and
 fall cooking (you know what I mean)
but it was 100 degrees here yesterday!!

We leave Friday morning for Oregon.  There are piles everywhere
waiting to be consolidated into packable containers.
Two busy days left to pull it all together.
Can't wait!!