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A Little Fall Color

Spending some time in the Aspen trees

We love the Sierra’s, both the eastern side and the west side. We love all seasons but a favorite is fall, we love the fall colors. So when we planned our trip, we thought we’d come down the 395 and see about shooting some fall foliage.

We got a late start on Tues and after a stop at Schat’s we consulted with the Forest Service. We took their advice and started north.

We’ve never been to Convict Lake so made that our first stop. It was nice but there were no groves of Aspen trees to walk into. The trees were mostly lining the road with a drop-off. Next, we went to Rock Creek Canyon. After the lake, the Aspens had already peaked. At the lake, the Aspens were in color, but there were not so many.

We decided to go to North Lake, a place we have been before. I’d read that above 9,000’ the color has peaked already and this was largely the case. There were trees lining the road up to North Lake in full color, but groves were difficult to get to. At North Lake, some areas had color while many trees were bare. Meanwhile, the drive into the campground was stunning.
We did shoot some fun photos. We decided that it would be fun to take photos of us hugging each other within the grove. I got my running in using the camera timer.

This morning we went to South Lake, a place we have used as a launch for backpack trips. The drive was absolutely stunning. Trees in reds, yellows, and greens lined the road up. We did find an area to shoot what we are calling selfies, with my big camera. Lots of hug and kisses selfies. I had other ideas for photos but it was way too cold!
Now to go thru all of these photos, not to mention 100’s of others and see what to post on Flicker and maybe even for stock!
Of course, I got a call to see if we are ready to go to work the hurricane. Projects may have to wait for another few months while we are off making money.

So we are headed home. We want to have the house in order and an idea of what we need to pack up in order to leave, either to work or for moreplay.

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A Few Days In Fort Bidwell

Sheep shearing and a Pow wow

sunny 50 °F

We made it to Fort Bidwell in time for dinner, but it was dark out. We joined the kids in the “cabin” that Nate is building for the family. It is basically a large kitchen with a loft. The plan is to add a bedroom on the back side and have kids sleeping in the loft. Once he has the roof on and windows in, the room should be lots cozier for winter.

Friday was busy for all of us.

Nate and Bekki have 3 Icelandic sheep, unfortunately, with coats all matted up. Another friend has several sheep and she arranged for a sheep shearer to shear all of the coats.

The shearer, his wife and 4 kids came from Ukiah to do the shearing. I didn’t realize this, but shearing is the man’s profession. He shears for about 6 months of the year then has 6 months off. And of interest to me, the whole family is Gluten Free. So the sheep were sheared and then we all had a meal together.

On Saturday the local Northern Paiute tribe were celebrating Mount Bidwell Days. The tribe refers to the community as Mt. Bidwell, which is the Mountain behind Nate and Bekki’s land. This year’s celebration was to honor the “Survivors of the Indian School”.

Like many areas in the U.S., the Native American children were removed from their families and put into schools, in order to make them more like the western person. This is, however, a subject that is not for this blog.
The celebration started with a parade. The parade included 4 vehicles, a truck with an elder, a car protesting the North Dakota pipeline, a flatbed truck with drummers and singers and a car with a Native American movie star. There was a small group of dancers both adult and a young girl and 3 children followed the truck with the drummers. The parade wasn’t large and there were few people to watch, mostly Native American from the reservation.
The reservation has a community center, which held the POW WOW and festivities.

We went in the afternoon and watched some singing and dancing. Unfortunately, we missed the recognition of the Survivors. I would have love to have seen that.

A storm was coming in and it was freezing outside, it was time for us to clear out. Our RV tanks were full, water and batteries empty. Time to find a warm RV park with hookups.

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On to Crater Lake

A visit to Crater Lake was in order

semi-overcast 65 °F

Zoey spent the night with us and we both got up at dawn. I’d wanted to shoot photos. We went up to the top of the dunes where the sunlight was shining on the native grass. The morning dew on grass was glistening.
We all had to check out of the park but Dale and I were not inspired about where to head next. We needed to get to Fort Bidwell but wanted to make a fun stop along the way.

We pulled out a map and sat down at the picnic table with some coffee. We like real maps for an overview, sometimes we see places that we’d miss on Google. Sure enough, we saw Crater Lake.

We haven’t been to Crater Lake since we took Dale’s parents, many years ago. We’d stopped there on our way home from a family reunion in Oregon. We’ve passed the turnoff many times between kids visits and this was a perfect opportunity.

We got to Crater Lake after 9pm. The road in from the north was actually a little scary, with drop-offs on both sides. There was lots of road work going on the 2 lane road and then other parts were not marked clearly. We had visions of falling off into the caldera.

There is a campground for RV’s inside the park, with nearly every site a pull thru. This made it easy for us in the completely dark park. There was no moon.

We decided to go to the Crater Lake Lodge for breakfast and then have a bit of a look around. The Lodge is from the early 1900’s and overlooks the crater. We reminded Christabel of Alaska and The Princess Lodge, 6 years ago, when we told her to act rich. She then IMG_20160929_130046798.jpgIMG_20160929_131645390.jpgscolded me for looking at the ceiling, I wasn’t acting rich! I think she looked around at this lodge but did act rich.

The Crater is so very beautiful. I was afraid that the light would not be good because it was late morning and there were clouds forming. But, the clouds only added to the beauty. Fortunately, I had my tripod as the winds were kicking up. The wind was blowing the lake water, making interesting patterns in the lake.

Now we want to go back and do some hikes. Maybe sooner than later.

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Birthdays and Camping

Pie for dinner

sunny 65 °F

Another day, another birthday. Clayton and Jen have birthdays one day apart, so today it was Clayton’s. It makes it easy to celebrate.

I thought back to the day he was born, he was so little, so sweet, such a head full of wild hair. I held him when he was first born but then he had some sort of problem and the staff would not let him out of the nursery for a couple of days. We got him home soon and now he is the tallest of all of us, still sweet but the hair is short.

We went to the beach in the morning, thinking that it wouldn’t be so windy. Well, it was just as windy as before.

Clayton brought a kite to fly. The kite was fine but the gusts were not steady and the kite would crash. Fortunately, the kite was made for kids so crashing wasn’t a problem. I had to laugh when Fynn, the youngest, would try to hang onto the tails as if he was trying to fly with the kite

From the beach, we went to Tillamook for birthday ice cream. Cheese sandwiches were good but really cheesy. The ice cream was divine.

Christabel was told about a pie contest to be held at UCLA this Sunday, so we bought apples and ingredients for 2 pies, 1 regular crust and 1 gluten free. I told her to set herself apart with an added ingredient, or just something a little different.

Christabel is amazing, she mixed the ingredients without a recipe. Using an empty champagne bottle for a rolling pin, she rolled out the crust. The crusts were crumbly, but baked, well, they were the best crusts I’ve had.
With apple pie and more champagne for dinner, we all added our comments on her pies.

On Sunday, “Break a Leg, Christabel”!

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A Day For the Beach

Beach play

sunny 65 °F

After a long afternoon and another day of driving, we made it to Cannon Beach RV Resort. Unfortunately, Jen and kids were asleep but Clayton came over for a glass of wine.

Our alarm, in the form of grandkids, came over, promptly at 7a.m. “Wake up, wake up” with lots of giggles and shrieks.

After a breakfast of baked goods, we walked to the beach. The weather was warm and the beach play was fun. We couldn’t stay long, as we had to check out and move on to the State Park just ½ hour away.
After settling into the Nehalem Bay State Park, http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=142 we walked over the dunes to the beach. Burr! Winds were howling and it was cold! The beach is beautiful but not to sit out and enjoy for long.
We decided it was time for a nice fire and champagne to celebrate Jen’s birthday. We traded the cold wind for a glass of cold champagne and got warm by the fire.

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