Friday, June 24, 2016

Hey, I Think I Will Make A Blog Entry

Realizing full well that most, if not all, of our readers have moved on to greener blog pastures, I will post a mega overdue entry anyway.  Our daily, weekly or even monthly activities offer little that would interest many of our friends, family or loyal readers, so I have entered the ultra stealth mode, only to make ourselves visible when there are enough developments to report.

This sunset at our current location in Winchester Bay, Oregon represents one of the notable developments.




One hundred and eighty degrees away from this spectacular scene, a full moonrise was also creating a stunning visual.




The Winchester Bay Marina RV Resort has been a favorite destination of ours for many years now....even before we began full time RV living over ten years ago.  We left Port Orford late last week for a two week "vacation" that includes visits with friends that we met here last year, fresh pies from Kitty's and the Sugar Shack, an afternoon at the annual Reedsport Chainsaw Carving Contest and other local activities and events.  I also brought along my new fat tire bicycle and take daily rides to work off all the pie.  I know, good luck with that!

To get a little "old" news out of the way, Juanita had her last chemotherapy session in early April and was happy with the very positive outcome of 100% remission at this point.  She will need bi-monthly non-chemo maintenance infusions for the next two years and found the first of these treatments completely side effect free. 

 I can't tell you how proud I am of the fortitude that wifey showed during the long six months of treatments.  She kept a positive outlook and big smile on her face despite the endless fatigue and other bothersome side effects.  She's a rock!!

With all of this behind her, Juanita has resumed work on a series of quilts, most of which are still works in progress.  She is looking forward to entering a couple of her quilts in the upcoming show for the 4th of July celebration in Port Orford.

I have continued my routine that I started in October of last year and still do most of the cooking, laundry and shopping.  I really enjoy baking with sourdough and usually make enough to share with friends around the RV park.  Other than that, I keep the cameras in action, both on the ground and in the air with my quadcopter.  Most of my recent aerial work has resulted in still photographs but I have plans for more videos in the near future.

Recent photos:


Cape Blanco State Park in fog


Bandon, Oregon offshore rocks


Port Orford from 400'


Another sunset in Winchester Bay


Offshore rocks south of Gold Beach


Abbey and Luna nose jamming in Port Orford


Garrison Lake in Port Orford


Using my Nikon D-7000, I also made a short video of some spring waterfalls along the Elk River near Port Orford.





After returning to Port Orford later this week, we plan to stay through the summer with a trip to Montana possible before fall sets in.  Since Juanita will have a regular schedule of medical treatments, we will spend another winter in Port Orford with short trips possible when we feel the need.  We don't have any plans to hang up our keys at this point and still have no problems hauling the rolling home here and there on a whim.

Because "grumblings" is part of my blog title, I will leave you with one.  It is a mystery to me how, from over 325 million residents in the US, we could have possibly ended up with two of the most despicable individuals that I could ever imagine as final candidates for President.  Maybe my geezer status is fogging my mind, but I just can't get my head around this.

So much for grumbling...all is well in the Pacific Northwest and I hope to get back to you again soon.  No promises!!

14 comments:

  1. Well, it's about time. But I understand; when we're not in a traveling mode, I just can't bring myself to post about the mundane things we do (or don't do)during the day. It seems unfair, however, that a super wordsmith and photographer such as yourself is in the wings rather than front and center. Always enjoyable, Gordon.

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    1. Wordsmith? My 12th grade creative writing instructor might take issue with that...Haha! I will, however, make every attempt to show some of my photos on the blog more often now that I have abandoned FaceBook for the duration of the election process.

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  2. Good to know you are doing well and continue to be an opinionated cuss.

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    1. Hey Bill, I'm nothing if not an old cuss...haha! Good to hear from you again. Hope your summer is going well.

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  3. Love to hear the good news about Juanita. I love your pictures - really wonderful. And I just want November to be get here. We're stuck with one or the other but I don't want to hear anymore about them.

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    1. Jim and Sandie...Now to November = retch! But, with the current view out our back window, who can complain. I am always lurking on your blog and pleased to hear about positive news on your end as well. Enjoy your summer!

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  4. Outstanding! Good to see you back. I can now seek your wisdom in my upcoming drone purchase. Oh, and we'll be back in Sunset Bay October and November after another stint at Flaming Gorge.

    Blade Chroma - what do you think?

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    1. Thanks for the note Dennis. Look forward to seeing you again in Oregon. Maybe we can arrange for something more than a solo drop in this time. LOL! Let me check out some quads in the $$$$ range of the Blade Chroma and we can discuss by email.

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  5. Good to hear Juanita is in remission! Nice photos. I've been trying the 360 spherical photography with my quad. On grumbling part, can't agree that Hillary is in the same class as Trump though. He's in a class of his own.

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    1. Hi Newt...good to hear from you again. I have been enjoying the photos you have posted as well...great shots with the Phantom! I have been taking mostly HDR shots with my quad for some time now and have stitched 40 photos for 270 degree panos a couple of times. I would still like to do more video but summer wind is an issue here on the coast. As far as my grumbling is concerned, once individuals reach a certain level of loathing in my opinion, I don't try to figure out which one is worthy of more loathing than the other. You can take some comfort in the knowledge that I won't be voting against one or the other I guess.

      Love the photos...keep them coming!

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  6. Beautiful photos and commentary, Gordon! Love you guys from So. Cal.

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    1. Thanks Bob! Good to hear from you......

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  7. Just catching up on your blogs, albeit somewhat seldom seen! Good to see you 2 are doing well. We're heading down to San Tan Valley in Nov. and will stay, off and on, through April. Take care and hope to see you guys in the future1

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    1. It's good to hear from you Mick. I really have to get my act together and write a few more posts but also need to up the activity level so I can make the entries at least a little interesting when written.

      I hope we can make at least a brief trip down to San Tan Valley and see you. It's been far too long between visits. Regardless, it's good to see that you are doing well and still taking a little time off in the sun and relative warmth in AZ.

      Please stay in touch....

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