Sunday, June 27, 2010

Oregon

I can fully appreciate the fact that I've been living in a desert (southern California) when I come to a place like this. My first impression of Oregon is that it's so WET. There's lots and lots of green everywhere. Lots of trees and grasses and rivers, streams and lakes. It's like a jungle!

I went for a drive east of Eugene today and took a little hike to see some waterfalls. The air was misty and smelled so fresh and green.



After driving a while, I found a neat place to stop for lunch. I was surprised that there weren't more people here. Beautiful place, huh?


There are so many things to see and do around here that I'm not sure where to go these next couple weekends.

Stay tuned...


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Napa

Since I was driving north, I asked Debbie to join me for part of the trip - now that she's 21 and can fully appreciate the Napa Valley. We visited several of the 400 or so wineries there, but we'll have to go back to check out the rest at a later date. When Debbie got home she told me that it'll probably be a while before she drinks any wine again. We really did have a good time.


Orange County, CA - home

You know, Orange County, California is a beautiful place. I was glad to be there for a while, enjoying the perfect weather and visiting with family and friends. Brion lets me park in his driveway while I'm there and use his washer and dryer. I do laundry while on the road, of course, but what's special about doing laundry here is hanging stuff out on the line. There's nothing better than the smell of sunshine on your clothes and linens!


To the right of the clothesline is the avocado tree. We've eaten tons of avocados off this tree. I think I like picking them as much as I like eating them. There's something special about the home grown stuff, you know?


There's a white peach tree in the back as well. I didn't get a picture of it. I thought that the tree had died a few years ago, but it grew back and now has lots of fruit growing on it. The thing about peaches is that you need to pick them when they're ripe RIGHT NOW or you miss out. I think the pickin' time is less than a week between the time that they're ripe and the time that they're rotten. (We pick avocados for a few months).
There's also a fig tree out front that's got fruit growing on it and I took a picture of some figs here. I'm not a big fan of dried figs, but they're pretty good when they're fresh off the tree.


Now, here's a new experience for me while I was there. Some friends took me to a "high end" roach coach at around midnight one night. Only in California, folks! Seriously, it was after midnight on a Thursday night and this place had a line! I'm told the line was short compared to other times my friends had been there. The tofu tacos were excellent, by the way.










Sunday, June 13, 2010

Grand Canyon, Day 2

I'm way behind in posting to this blog. I did spend a 2nd day at the Grand Canyon and hiked down the Bright Angel trail a little way. Boy, am I out of shape!


I was stopped and enjoying the view and taking some pictures when a man asked if I'd like him to take a picture of me. I figured it was about time I posted a picture of myself on the blog and what better background than this one.



After my hike, I drove out the east entrance. I stopped to check out a scenic view and got a kick out of some of the signs posted there.





It was indeed a sheer cliff and interesting views.

I've since left Arizona and am now back in California where I started from.
More adventures to come, so stay tuned.