Thursday, February 26, 2015

While the cat's away...........

.......the mice will play.  And this mouse has been playing!

Juanita is enjoying day three of her quilters retreat in Gold Beach while I keep the home fires burning.  I decided that staying out of the public eye was not for me and have avoided becoming an old recluse in my little box at the RV park.

So, with cameras in one hand and two dog leashes in another, I have become a rather common sight around Port Orford.  And, until today, the weather has cooperated quite nicely with warm sunny days and very little wind.

After about six hours of work on the computer, I documented one of my local journeys on You Tube. The effort wasn't problem free, however, with one Beagle going left behind me and another going to the right in front of me and, in the process, wrapping my legs with two leashes while I tried to record the hike.

Port Orford Heads State Park is located on the headlands just west of downtown.  The small park has several miles of well maintained trails with a good number of spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum and Interpretive Center is also located on the property.  It is closed in winter but opens again in April.

I enjoyed the quiet walk in the park yesterday and especially appreciated the fact that I wasn't on public display when my two loyal hounds took me to the ground when I wasn't paying attention to their twisting and turning.

Juanita will be ready for pick up in Gold Beach late this afternoon and we will celebrate her return to the pack with a dinner at Sunset Family Pizza before returning to Port Orford.  She has a just completed a quilt to show of in a future blog entry....................

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Already making plans for next winter

We have had another fantastic week on the Oregon coast.  Skiers and east state farmers are not at all happy with the continuation of the dry weather, but I'm sure more moisture will soak the area before the rainy season ends.

Because we snoozed and missed out on making late spring and early summer reservations for a park (or two) in Idaho, we decided to get our act together and make early plans for next winter's destination in Arizona.  It's good that we planned ahead.   The park we chose in Tucson fills most spaces with returning visitors and has very few large lots available for first timers.

After a lot of research, we decided to spend the four month period from December 1 to April 1 at Desert Trails RV Park just west of Tucson.  The park has a very unique layout that twists around the landscape of an old defunct water park.  Most open sites were either too small for our equipment or difficult to access.  The space we selected is marked on the Google Earth snapshot below.

We have previously visited eight different locations in Arizona but have never stayed in the Tucson area.  Lots of special and interesting places are located nearby and we are looking forward to seeing new sights during our three month stay.

I wasn't able to take my aerial photo platform to new locations this week and failed to make videos or photos that I would be proud of showing off on the blog.  Sorry about that!

Juanita has been the more productive person in our little family unit this week.  She has nearly completed a quilt for one of the park residents and will begin a new project when she goes on a three day quilting retreat in Gold Beach this week.  Too many people will be keeping an eye on me and I might not be able to get in any trouble.  Oh well.

I'll see what I can do to get past the park spies and report on any nefarious activities next week...maybe.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spring has sprung?

I realize that our good friends and family in the upper Midwest and Northeast part of the country won't appreciate my brag much, but it appears that spring has sprung on the south Oregon coast.  There is a little rain in the distant forecast but, for now at least, we can see only sunny mild days ahead.

Juanita treated me to a fine Valentine's Day breakfast this morning...or maybe it was the other way around and I treated her.  Regardless, she paid for an excellent meal at Port Orford's Tasty Kate's.  The chicken fried steak was tasty for sure and, considering the fact that I am on a diet, will be the last meal of the day.

We took our furry friends to Bullard's Beach State Park near Bandon a couple of days ago and documented our beach walk with a short video.  I am still experimenting with the Gopro Hero 4 camera, but 31 minutes of video had enough decent content to construct a 3 minute plus addition to my YouTube channel.

While I have gone on a major league reading binge on my Kindle, Juanita has continued a heavy duty schedule of quilting.  She is near completion of one project and has several more on the books for future efforts.  She has also signed up for a three day quilting retreat in Gold Beach, Oregon for the middle of next week.  She is a brave woman and can't imagine the destruction that the two Beagles and I can cause during her three day absence.

I have already completed one of two self assigned duties today...the holding tanks are clean and ready for another week of waste gathering.  After repairing the seal on the dining room window,  I will be allowed to enjoy the balance of the day.  Photo opportunities are calling out my name.......................

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Life under a waterfall

Not that we're complaining, mind you, but it seems like we have been living under a waterfall this week.  A seemingly endless series of fairly warm Pacific storms has dumped nearly 8" of rain on Port Orford with another inch or two on the way through tomorrow.

Because our two hounds require a good amount of outdoor time each day, my trusty Carhartt rain jacket has gotten quite a have my boots and soggy body.  My dear wife drys the beagles with old towels, leaving me to wetly rot away on my own.  Oh, the life of a geezer is tough!

Late yesterday afternoon a brief break in the storms provided a good opportunity for a dry dog walk around the RV park.  I took the Gopro Hero 4 camera along for the brief excursion and put together a short video to document the event afterwards.

We have been making plans for spring travel and have finally settled on Long Beach, Washington as our destination from May to mid July.  Our attempts at getting reservations at a couple of Idaho locations were thwarted by hoards of campers that made plans on January 2.  I guess that makes us a day late and a dollar short.

Regardless, we are looking forward to spending a couple of months with the beach about 50 yards from our front door and Juanita can't wait to drop some cash at Boardwalk Quilts in town.  Hopefully, a few low wind velocity days will allow some aerial video opportunities at the many scenic locations in the Long Beach area.  If not, I guess I can always go out and fly a kite.

Juanita and I have both been trying to shed a few pounds since late December with some success.  I don't want to bore you with specific accomplishments in this regard, but I can say that I have lost the equivalence of a bowling ball at this point with, hopefully, a lot more to come.  Juanita is also doing well but not stressing over the process.

Since my bride will soon celebrate (or not) reaching the golden age of 65 years, she has begun the frustrating process of setting up supplemental medical insurance and Part D Medicare coverage.  I already went through this process several years ago, giving Juanita the benefit of my extensive research on the subject.  That didn't prevent her from spending several frustrating and confusing hours on the phone with insurance agents however.  Such is life!

It looks like the river of atmospheric water will shut down tomorrow and allow us to dry out and enjoy some time outdoors.  I have all my cameras and flying machines ready to go......................