Beach Time

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We are at Harris Beach State Park where my son David has volunteered to work here.

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We arrived January 1, 2017. The trip from Sutherlin to the coast (101) was not troublesome, but roads with snow and ice were present. Nothing our Dolphin (Miss Dory) couldn’t handle. It took us about 3 hours which is good to know so we can come visit David and Brook before they head off to another park in California.

It was really good to see the ocean. We watched this storm as we traveled south.

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We came to the highest bridge in Oregon, the Thomas Creek Bridge, and they were working on it. One lane only.

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The Thomas Creek Bridge is 345 feet high and 956 end to end. It is located between Gold Beach and Brookings. My view as we wait for the light to turn green:

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So far it has hailed on us and rained buckets. So no beach walk yet. The sun comes out but disappears quickly. It’s lovely here though.

We are helping David get set up in his “host” space and he is organizing his trailer for living her for a few months. A new adventure in store for the kids and we are so glad to be retired and RVers to boot.

Life is good. God’s word tells us “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Ps. 90:12

In other words – Life is short – get wisdom and enjoy!

2017

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Remember when Y2K was a huge, big deal? Well, 17 years later we are still here and using our computers!

It is going to get busy at our house in the next few days. Both of my children will be here and we will be off to Brookings for a mini-vacation.

I wanted to say Happy New Year to family and friends.

I pray this new year will bring peace and joy to your lives. Good health and many wonderful memories. Remember, life is short so pursue your passion! happy-new-year-linux-fans-413000-2

Family

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October is the time for our annual trip to Reno to visit with the Prohaska family. We stay at the Gold Ranch RV park in Verdi. I’ve posted about our trips here before. You will see how the kids have grown!

This time we got a different space from our normal one. Way to the top of the park in space 31. We had an awesome view of the mountains out our front window. Especially, when the rain and wind storms hit. It even snowed. It rained so hard that water was coming in our bedroom slide. A rubber seal was not in the right spot.

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In the month we were here we did many things with the kids. They are really, really busy kids. Chloe is now 7 and Noah is 5. Lucy will be 3 in February. They are growing so fast.

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We had a really nice day and went bike riding on the trail that goes all the way to Verdi.

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Lucy has a bike that she can walk/ride. No pedals yet. She loves it and like to keep up with mom and dad.

One another nice day, Joe, Ben, Chloe, Noah, Dale and I went to what the kids call Crystal Mountain behind Verdi. The road goes back in the forest with many boondocking sites and campgrounds. The kids can take only one rock home as they come here often. They have quite a collection.

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I filled a 5 gallon bucket with small white rock for our lot in Sutherlin. It was very heavy and the guys carried it. I haven’t had a chance to spread it out front yet as it has been raining since we got back.

We always look forward to October and time with the grandchildren and the big kids!

We also take a couple of weeks in November to visit with Dale’s mom, Doris.

It was her 91st birthday at this visit and we had a party with friends.

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left: Robin, me, Dale, Doris at the head of the table. Right: Dorana, Eddie, Sandy.

Doris took us all to dinner one evening to Pietro’s. Pietros is an upscale Italian restaurant and the food is out of this world. We were not only celebrating her birthday but Eddies retirement.

We are home now. We didn’t head south in November. Decided to stick around the homestead and just enjoy life. Our winter has been very wet (5″ of rain in December and we aren’t done yet) and very cold. We are toasty warm in our Cameo!

Life is good. God keeps my spirits up with all this gloomy weather. His love is awesome.

Fall with Grandkids

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I don’t know what it is about leaves, but my grandkids had a great time “helping” rake leaves in the Wilcox backyard. They played for hours!

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Chloe and Lucy, cousins, have a great time outside in the sunshine. Lucy and her dad also had a great time and Lucy was buried in leaves – popping out like a jack-in-the-box. Giggling all the way!

Life is best when served with giggling grandkids.

Friends

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Back in the late nineties, Dale and Alice started working together in the same RCC building. I met Alice there and we instantly hit it off. Our love for Jesus was the heart binding of friendship.

Today, this Christmas Eve, Alice and Rich stopped for breakfast with us while on their way to Northern Oregon. We took them to White Horse Coffee and Tea where we get the best breakfast in Sutherlin.

Our time together was sweet with laughter and catching up with each other’s lives.

A great Christmas present! 2016allie

Merry Christmas

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A Merry Christmas to all of you and God’s blessings.

Our year has gone by so fast. Has yours? I remember the day we were so excited when hear we had the job of tailgunner for the trip to Alaska way back in spring time!

That trip was amazing! We had 17 rigs in all. Very wonderful people with no big problems!

Scenery was excellent and the weather wasn’t bad either. We lucked out and had 4 days of Mt. Denali. Amazing.

We have been home now since August with a trip to Reno in October to enjoy family and then home. Enjoying being “seated” for awhile.

Thanksgiving we were able to get a condo at Running Y Ranch and have the whole family with us. It was special and a great 5 days.

Dale is busy in his work shop and I am busy at the sewing machine.

Christmas will find us at Seven Feathers with the gang for a nice dinner. Otherwise, quiet and relaxing.

New Years will also be a special day with my son and daughter visiting. Then we are all off to Brookings and Dale and I will spend a few days there and then amble up the coast to home.

It has been a wet, wet winter here. Temps have been freezing cold. We have been able to see the sun a few days here and there.

Dale and I wish you a blessed Christmas and to remember why we set this day apart from others to remember our Lord Jesus’ birth. May He bless you richly.

On The Road Again – To Denali

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We got a late start today. One camper had trouble getting their camper on their truck and we can’t leave until EVERYONE leaves!

The drive to Denali National Park was an easy one today. Dale was tired after getting up and having coffee ready at 6 when everyone else slept in!

The views were gorgeous as only a wild land can be. Take a gander!

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The Native Veterans Bridge

 

 

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Mountains outside the shops in Denali.

 

 

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Tanana River

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Dale is off riding the bus into the park and I am sure he will haves lots of photo’s at www.rvecafe.com

I have a free day. There is about a block of little shops (if that many). Our RV park is right behind them. Between the mountains, river, road and shops, not much space to put a bunch of RV’s!

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The day we arrived here (yesterday) the planned event was at The Cabin. Homestyle dinner and a show. What fun we had. The waiters and waitresses were all in the show and they had things going on all through dinner.

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This is my table. In the next photo we show you how we let the waiter Charles know we need more food. Yep. Napkins in the air and swing those puppies around.

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Charles our waiter, is from Scottsdale, AZ. He comes up here to perform. He plays the piano, guitar and sings. Pretty funny guy too.

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Dinner was salmon, ribs, corn, mashed red potatoes, biscuits, salad and baked beans. ((drum roll please))

Dessert!

Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry Cobbler
Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry Cobbler. Topped off with whipped cream.

Our show cast:

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L-R: Charles, low voiced guy, Joe and Henry Fanny and Miss Amber in front.

It was a good day all around.

Life is gooooood! Really good. God has shown us so much of His creation this trip and it is all beautiful.