Monday, March 26, 2007
Well, March has been a busy month. We're still working on the pool conversion. Roger has help now (thank you Kirt) so it's progressing a bit faster. I'm not sure it will be done before I start teaching in April so I may need to postpone classes until May.
Kirt is also our gardener. He is a lot of help to us (me especially). He has hauled a lot more bark than I have and has done it more efficiently too. I also don't think we would be as far on the pool room construction without his assistance.
They just had to pose for this photo...
So I caught them when they weren't looking.
We participated in the Moscow Home and Garden show at the Kibbie Dome on March 16th and 17th. I was trolling for students and Roger is working on building his mail box business. I think it's a great idea and I hope it happens for him. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how that works out.
I did paint a couple of paintings while at the show. I didn't complete anything to a point that I would have considered finished though.
As you can see, these are small paintings; about 5" x 5".
We left home on March 24th to attend Addi's baby shower in Seattle. It was a great trip and we had a lot of fun visiting with family and friends. We just returned home this afternoon. I'll post photos when I get them...possibly tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I did fail to mention that we are renovating one of the rooms in our home. You might remember the pool room as it appeared when you last saw it. Roger and I rarely use the pool (the Jacuzzi is more our style).
I think the decision to convert the pool room became 'etched in stone' when the trusses and the rim joists arrived.
BTW: My lease is up on March 31st and we need to move all the furniture in the studio to the new office/exercise room/studio before then. I think we have our work cut out for us.
Friday, March 02, 2007
The GPS indicated we had arrived long before we reached the park. All we could see was salt water marshes and steep banks on either side of the narrow road. It definitely was not a place to spend the night.
About 6:30 PM we finally stopped at a park where the ranger was just closing the gates. The ranger told us that this was the place we were looking for. Evidently the name of the RV Park had been changed to Cape Disappointment and was no longer referred to by the original name listed in the RV Guide. Our confusion was not unique. Without the help of the ranger we may have wound up in San Diego.
We found a spot in the park and settled in for the evening. It was raining so Roger did a quick hook up to the utilities and left the truck attached to the trailer.
It stopped raining… the next morning it was clear, cold and very windy. Roger unhooked the trailer and we took a walk on the beach.
These steps are adjacent to the grounds around the fort. What purpose do you suppose these serve? We just had to find out. It is a pretty view from the top.
It's not real comforting to know that our trailer was parked on one of these ‘land fills’ and that the RV Park was nearly wiped out last year when large storms hit the coast.
On our way down the hill from Fort Canby we saw these little ones grazing by the side of the road. They didn’t seem bothered by our presence but then these photos were shot through the open window of the truck.
That afternoon we drove into the town of Long Beach so we could get Internet Service. We’ve spent most of this trip out of touch with the world, no phones, no Internet, a little television but only the local channels. Gosh, it was so nice… No telemarketers trying to sell us insurance for our credit card debt, better cell phone service, or cable television.
While in Long Beach Roger found a new boat.
We drove right to the RV Park in Portland. We weren’t so lucky in finding the Patio and Garden Show. Finding parking was even harder. We were both wide awake Sunday morning before daylight. I think we were anxious to be on our way home. It is great to travel but, it’s also nice to come home again. We can hardly wait for our next adventure.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
We were told to look out for herds of elk along the way and we did see some grazing on the side of a hill in the rain. Of course the camera was in the back; so much for planning.
We arrived at Kalaloch about 5:30 that evening. It was still raining. We set up the trailer in the best space we could find available and spent our first night there. It would have been necessary to stand out in the rain to get a good view of the ocean from our spot. The next morning one of the better spots had been vacated so we moved the trailer so we could see the ocean without getting wet… it was still raining. Only half the park was open but there was still plenty of room.
The first spot.
We made a hike down to Ruby Beach during a lull in the storm and then stopped to see the ‘Big Cedar Tree’. On the way back it started raining again.
Big Cedar Tree
I think we just wanted to document our visit in these photos... or we were being silly. I'm not sure.
We sat at the lodge one morning sipping coffee while watching the tide come in. It was amazing to watch these 100 – 200 foot logs being tossed about like they were toothpicks. No wonder they have posted this sign.
Also interesting are what I call sand paintings. These were shapes left in the sand from running water when the tide receded.
I think I like Kalaloch in the winter; even if it did rain every day.