Sunday, September 20, 2015


Howdy everyone!  It has been a long time since my last post, but I have been holding up long enough to get clarity on our future plans.

In the meantime we have been very busy with all the usual activities.  Juanita has been quilting up a storm and I have started chasing down Chinook salmon on the nearby Coquille River.  I have also been busy with my trusty Nikon camera and put together another video with the Gopro Hero.

Dredging the port

We have had visits from more long time travel friends and a couple of our blog readers have dropped by or spent time with us in the RV park.  I expect several more friends will stop in on their way to winter locations.  Which brings me to another subject.......

We have made a change in plans to spend the winter in Tucson, AZ, and will instead stay in Port Orford for a second winter.  As many of you are already aware through Juanita's Facebook page, a recent CT scan indicated that my dear wife needs to begin a series of chemotherapy treatments to prevent an enlarged lymph node from possibly impairing liver function at some point in the future.

We have been aware for several years since Juanita was diagnosed with CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) that chemo would be needed to treat one or more issues at some time in the future.  Well, that time has come.  She feels just fine and is good spirits, but we both realize that we need to take preemptive action while she is otherwise healthy.

I can assure all of you that this is not a life threatening issue and that Juanita's prognosis is a good one for the long term.  She is eager to get this latest life adventure behind her and asks only for the good thoughts and prayers from her many friends.  I will be with her every step of the way.............

As mentioned earlier, the Chinook salmon season has begun on local rivers and I have already started chasing down the big fish.  I landed a 19# salmon on Friday, so you can easily imagine what was on the menu that evening.  Yummmmmmmmm!

I enjoy trolling along the Coquille River whether or not the salmon are biting and took the Nikon along to show you why.

During our day long boating trips, we often see Osprey, Eagles, sea lions, harbor seals and even the occasional deer along the shoreline.  Although not shown in the two photos, we are also accompanied by dozens of other fishermen and need to use extreme caution not to cause a disruption in the otherwise orderly fishing boat circulation.  Some old fishermen apparently think they own the river and are quite verbal if crossed.

At any rate, we are looking forward to another nice winter on the beautiful Oregon coast and hopeful that Juanita can spend her time between monthly treatments enjoying the good life.  Her message to friends has been, "don't worry about me....I am in good hands."

Yes, she is!