Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Can't Believe It

I'm having trouble accepting the fact that it's September already....didn't we just celebrate Christmas?  No really I realize that for most of us summer has come and gone.  Although here in the Pacific Northwest, we are still having 75 degree plus days, however the nights absolutely feel like the start of fall.   My garden did pretty good this year and there's still many tomatoes out there that are in various stages of ripening.  I planted Sweet Peas last February and have enjoyed a bouquet on the kitchen window sill all summer. 
The rhododendrons in my side and front yard were amazing again this year.  I love them but they do make a mess after they're finished blooming. 

 I discovered last year that about the end of June both Lowe's and Home Depot have these racks of nearly dead plants at greatly reduced prices.  I've never spent more than $3 for a half dead perennial in a gallon size container.  I bring them home, cut off the dead part, water them, talk to them and I end up with a nice plant for very little money. I'm slowly switching over to perennials because they will come back year after year. Meanwhile, I've been filling in the nooks and crannies in my flower beds.   


 The week of June 25th, we packed up the truck and camper and headed south on I-5.  We went as far as Grants Pass, Oregon and then stopped in Winston at the Wildlife Animal Safari. It was an amazing, slow ride thru over 600 acres of exotic animals....many roaming free and some were not. 


Our ultimate goal on this road trip was to meet up with Pat Manning and her family.  They were visiting from England and were going to be in Smith River, California the end of June.  We left Winston and traveled west on Highway 199 ending up in Crescent City, California which is a little south of Smith River. This was new territory for us and we loved all of the beautiful scenery we traveled thru.  We found some new campgrounds and some new fun places to stop for a break. We found this beauty in Gasquet, CA....
Finally we arrived in Smith River and found a great campground right at sea level.   There was a small bay right in front of us and just past the sand spit that bordered the bay was the Pacific ocean. 
 It was a beautiful spot to camp and we loved every minute of our time there.   Saturday June 30th we meet Pat and her husband Peter.  We visited for a couple hours and made plans to meet up the next morning for the drive north to Gold Beach, Oregon.  We had booked a jet boat trip up the Rogue River.  This was my 3rd trip up the river, Bob's 2nd trip and their 1st.  We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny and warm morning as we boarded the boat and headed up the river.  



This last picture was our stop for dinner at Lucas Lodge along the river.  Served family style they had big platters of fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, home made rolls & jam and ice cream with Oregon blackberry sauce for dessert.   We got back into Gold Beach about 8pm and reluctantly said good bye to Pat and Peter.     The next day Bob and I began our journey home up Highway 101 along the coast.  No matter how often we take that route we are always blown away by the beautiful sights along the highway.    

 One of Oregon's many unique bridges.

We watched the 4th of July fireworks on the shore of Lincoln City, Oregon
 A stop at the Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream Factory is a must. 

The bridge in the bottom picture crosses the Columbia River, at this location connecting Rainier, Oregon and Longview, Washington.  We camped here (on the Oregon side) our last night on the road. 

The rest of the summer has been pretty mundane....weeding, watering, harvesting and just enjoying being home.  Although Labor Day weekend we did go out to the coast to Westport, Washington to visit friends.   And I've picked enough blackberries at my brother and sister in law's woodsy place for many pies this winter.   I've re-stained my small wood deck so it's ready for another winter, the gutters are cleaned (a leaf blower works great for this task)....I am ready for whatever Mother Nature hands down in the next few months.    

          
    

9 comments:

Marie said...

Looks like you had a pretty nice summer Linda, filled with lots of colour and some beautiful experiences. Lovely flowers and so nice that you got to meet Pat and Peter. They are two of my favourite people and Todd and I have been blessed with their company several times. They "IS GOOD PEOPLE" as the saying goes. WE love them! WE had a really crummy summer here weatherwise, with lots of rain and it's not been all that warm. Here's hoping we have a lovely Indian Summer! xxoo

Sybil said...

What a wonderful sounding summer you have had Lovely photo's of your trip...I exect you ar elooking forward to your fall,,,we should be as well but we are still waiting for summer LOL think it has passed us this year...we have just had odd days maybe a a couple periods of a week !!! I keep saying we will have an Indian summer.
I will be in US in hree weeks time so might get the last of your summer then !!!

ADB said...

Looks like you had a great summer, Linda, something I already gleaned from your FB postings. Thank you for sharing your pics, you do get to see some great places.

Guido

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a nice recap of your year so far. It does look like you had a wonderful time of it. It is amazing how fast the time went for me too. Hope what ever comes your way there will be many good times ahead.

Barb said...

Youo have had a busy and fulfilling summer. Love your photos. I wish I could get half dead plants to grow. Even live ones! LOL Fall will soon be upon us here hopefully. Have a good one. It WILL be Christmas before we know it.

Shondra from Dwellable said...

What a fun and busy summer for you!

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salemslot9 said...

is that a
kitty next to
the sweet peas?

Linda's World said...

Yes, that is a little Delft kitty that I bought in Solvang, California one time.

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