Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy days are here again!

As you can assume by the title, my dear wife has retrieved her sewing machine from the electric hospital and all is well again.  The tensioner...whatever that is...had to be replaced.  Juanita was also happy to find that her machine was still on warranty.  The repair cost nothing except mental anguish.

A series of small to moderate fall storms have arrived on the southwest coast of Oregon giving us much needed rain and completely breaking the fire season.  Rivers and creeks have yet to flow at any appreciable rate but might start after the week ahead.  A small storm is forecast for tonight and tomorrow with a much larger event due on Wednesday.

The camera stabilizing device for my quadcopter arrived several days ago.  I was able to install and make a brief test flight but nearly constant wind has kept me grounded since.  I hope to make and post  some interesting videos from my flying camera platform soon.

The Rotorpixel gimbal from Canada was easy to install and will add some stability to the Phantom's camera.

I used a new ground based video camera to make a short clip this week.  The GoPro Hero 4 camera is protected from weather and I plan to use it during winter storms when I can't use the quadcopter camera.

I have been on several fishing expeditions since writing the last blog.  I managed to catch a decent sized Coho Salmon from the Coquille River and landed two limits of large rainbow trout from nearby Bradley Lake.  I smoked all of the salmon and froze the trout for later baking or smoking as weather conditions allow.

 Another salmon from the Coquille.

 Bradley Lake is small but filled with trout.

                                                                We can't get enough smoked salmon!

It feels somewhat strange staying in Port Orford while all of our summer neighbors head out to various locations in warmer and dryer places.  The center section of the park was full just days ago but has only five rigs remaining as of this afternoon.

Obviously we have mixed feelings about staying here for the winter.  We will miss all of our winter friends in Arizona but look forward to remaining with all of our Port Orford buddies.  Juanita is always happy to be near a great quilt shop and I am looking forward to more fishing and winter storm photo opportunities.

Also, I have to say that, with all the craziness going on around the country, we are just as happy to stay in our small and somewhat remote coastal town.  I doubt that an ISIS terrorist would be able to find the place.  I would imagine that the risk of an ebola infection is minimal here as well.

We have a lot of indoor activities planned for the stormy week ahead and will get out for a little local travel as conditions allow.  We'll be back soon...................................


  1. Fellow RVers recently posted pix of storm damage in Port Orford. Sounds like you guys had 100 mph winds ??? Hoping you and Tim/Cindy are all ok. We are enjoying or complaining about the warmth here in TX (depending on whether you talk to me or John). Heading for the beach on Sat. Thinking about ya. Take care. Ann

    1. All is well here in park but heavy damage to dock and nearby Madrone 101 RV Park. High tide and 30' waves destroyed Hallmark fishery at end of dock and Griff's On the Dock restaurant was badly damaged and will have to be rebuilt. Over a dozen trees fell on rigs at Madrone and destroyed two. Nobody injured as far as I know. I recorded 76 MPH on hand meter downtown at peak of storm and 93 MPH was recorded at Cape Blanco. Hey, this is why we stayed!! :-)