Summer ’17, part 3

VIDEOS, etc…

So, if you’ve checked out Summer ’17 parts 1 & 2 (and I’m sure you an exclusive bunch), here are some videos that shoulda/coulda/will be included here.

This first one is Zanibar at the La Honda Fair, featuring one of my favorite people, Alan Burr, on trombone (and everyone else is pretty awesome too, especially the lil’ kids with the funky curls). Next is me riding on Wilder Ranch, a barn dance at Pie Ranch, and the three-legged race at the LH 4th of July picnic…

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Prince’s “The Revolution” at the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon which we went to with Bruno & Kelly. Also, a ride along the Lake of the Woods, a waterfall structure in Portland, and a clip around Powell’s books in Portland…

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, a couple clips of rides along the Astoria River Walk (that turns into a river bike ride), Then, Charlie at the Astoria Museum and a ship heading down the Columbia…

 

 

 

 

 

Two clips of driving through covered bridges along the Row River near Schwarz Park, then two more clips biking along the bike path (formerly a train track) along the north shore of Lake Dorena…

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, those super-cute Crockett kids, Sophie & Isaac; and Mary Lynn snoozing in the tent…

Summer ’17, part 2

OREGON ROAD TRIP!  Get ready Рmore than 100 pix in this post Рtake your time.

On July 16th (right after Mom’s 88th birthday), we started a 12-day road trip to Oregon. We arrived that late afternoon in Ashland, at our friends Bruno & Kelly’s new house there (after retiring from careers & Los Angeles). During our three nights there we saw “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (Oregon Shakespeare FestivalElizabethan Theater), the late, great Prince’s back-up band “The Revolution” (Britt Festival – Jacksonville outdoor theater), frolicked at the “Lake of the Woods” (bikes & ‘yaks), enjoyed Bruno’s marinara pasta, and gorged gorgeous breakfasts at the “Morning Glory.” The following pix depict some of all that…

On July 19th, we motored up to Oregon City (near Portland) for three nights with our friends the Crocketts: Josh & Adrienne (our former LHPUSD colleagues), their 3-year old Sophie, and 3-month old Isaac. In addition to enjoying their new house, we explored Portland (walking the Tilikum Crossing, sampling the famous food trucks, kayaking at the confluence of the Willamette & Clackamas Rivers, visiting Powell’s Books & Voodoo Donuts, and having a lovely BBQ with former Pescadero colleague John Dugan, wife Katie, new baby Roxanne, and traveling friends from Australia – Fiona & Sean). Here’s the family home fun…

…and here are some pix out & about in Portland (including views from Tilikum Crossing, the Kennedy School, OMSI, Josh’s bro’s house, etc.)…

On July 22nd, we popped up to Astoria to see Carol (grammy’s lifelong friend, wife of the late, great Charlie Ray – father of our friend Allison in Kent) for just two nights. Her condo is out on the Columbia River with an amazing view of the bridge that crosses to Washington. Carol still volunteers at the Maritime Museum and treated us to a visit and a 3-D presentation about Hurricanes. We did the river walk several times to some nice restaurants, and I did it much further in both directions on my bike. Included here are pix of Carol & Charlie’s old house up on the hill, the Flavel Houses (famous & infamous), a house we once considered buying, an old passenger train car, the Maritime Museum, and some logs…

On July 24th, we left Carol’s and took a different route back to the 5 and down to a lil’ camp site south of Eugene – Schwarz Park Campground. Great spot right next to the Row River (below the dam of Dorena Lake). We enjoyed the floating trampoline and play structure at the Baker Bay Resort, we toured four of the area’s famous covered bridges, and while the rest of the family frolicked, I kayaked the lake and road part of the 36-mile bike trail that ran along the north shore. After two night camping, we drove down to Arcata for one night at the Hotel Arcata and dinner at Tomo’s Japanese restaurant.

After 11 nights of vacation, the horses were headed back to the barn in La Honda. Beautiful drives, and we probably listened to the Hamilton soundtrack at least four times. It was great to visit some good friends, but it’s also good to be home!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer ’17, part 1

After a school year away, it was nice to go back to teaching. After a school year of teaching, it was nice to go back to vacation. ¬†Here’s a lil’ slideshow video that includes mountain bike rides in Pacifica (including the Devil’s Slide trail, San Pedro Valley Park, McNee Ranch State Park, etc.), a mt. bike ride up Purisima Creek Open Space, mt. bike ride on Wilder Ranch, a bike ride around Santa Cruz with ol’ pal Benjamin Ketcham, and hike/bike trips in La Honda & Pescadero Creek County Park. In addition to all those rides, there are tid-bits from the La Honda Fair & the 4th of July Picnic included. Enjoy…