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Diamond Lake from the resort
Tuesday, April 20, 2021: This is Diamond Lake at 5,000 feet in the Cascades. It is just north of Crater Lake and about a 2 hour drive from Sutherlin. It seems strange that it would still be frozen this late in the year but the staff at the lodge say it is early for the ice to be melting. That may change since we have a forecast of cold weather this weekend. Click the photo for a panorama view of the lake and lodge. The mountain in the background is Mt. Bailey.

Rio enjoyed the rideVisiting the Boneyard Pub in Bend

Monday, April 19, 2021: While Glen and I visited Bend, Oregon we found a nice place to have lunch at the Boneyard Pub.

I had Nachos while Glen had chicken sandwich with fries. All was very good. Glen shared some of his beer tasting but I didn't find anything I liked better than the Two Shy brewery in Roseburg. Click the logo to see our meals.

We ate on the patio where most brought their dogs. Rio was traveling with us. Rio met Griffey at the next table. Click the photo to see Griffey. He is seven months old and very calm compared to Abby. Griffey is half Golden Retriever and half Labrador Retriever. Everyone who walked by Griffey wanted to say hello!

Cleared the deck for pressure washing
Thursday, April 15, 2021: I pressure washed our patio and deck today. I then got our patio table and chairs from storage and set them under the gazebo (click the photo for that view). The weather forecast for the next three days is in the 80s. This should be a comfortable, cool place to relax during our first hot spring days.

Pumpkin Alfredo Casserole

Sunday, April 11, 2021: Sunday is my day to cook. I decided to do some real work and found a recipe in Forks Over Knives, a vegan place to find recipes. This recipe was for a Pumpkin Alfredo Casserole. I worked about two hours assembling all the ingredients. I knew it was going to be a large dish but I'm figuring on leftovers. It turned out pretty bland and Gwen calls it. Salt helped and Gwen suggested other spices which might help.

I may try making dinner from scratch some other time but not soon. I think I will depend upon Costco to make the dinner when it's my turn. I'm not giving up on myself but believe I will try something a little easier next time.

Installing a refrigerator for Paige

 

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021: Remember the fifth wheel I cleaned up for Paige? Paige is the daughter of my friend Glen. Glen and I worked today at installing a new refrigerator. The new refrigerator is a residential model, not an RV model. This one will be much better than an RV model, more reliable and larger capacity. It fit perfectly where the old refrigerator was installed. This refrigerator would not fit through the door but it did fit through the emergency exit window in the living area.

While Glen worked at preparing the space for the new refrigerator, I used my air compressor to blow out the hot water heater and furnace. The pilot light can be undependable if it is not blown out occasionally.

Once the refrigerator was installed, Glen took me to one of his favorite restaurants, Two Shy Brewery in Roseburg. We enjoyed some great sandwiches. Click the photo for our time in the restaurant.

Our favorite restaurant in Bandon, Oregon
Friday, April 9, 2021: This is a travel day from Brookings back to Sutherlin, Oregon. This time we arrived in Bandon at a good time to visit our favorite fish and chowder house. It didn't let us down, very good lunch. Since it was Friday, we also were able to visit the indoor Farmer's Market. Click the photo to see the indoor vendors. I purchased some cranberry jam and cranberry relish. Gwen purchased bread, Ling Cod, and Garlic spread.
Our last day in Brookings
Thursday, April 8, 2021: This is our last day in Brookings. We are here for the ocean and to visit Dave and Brook. Dave is Gwen's son. For our last night together we played a card game called Five Crowns. Gwen won, I was last!
View from David's deck
Wednesday, April 7, 2021: We spent the day with David, Gwen's son. The above view is from the deck of his home in Brookings. Dave drove us to Gold Beach, the county seat of Curry County, 25 miles north. Gold Beach is a smaller town than Brookings but since it is the county seat, Dave needed to visit due to the county business he attended to. Our plan was to have lunch at a small cafe in Gold Beach however the cafe was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Dave drove back to Brookings where we had a bowl of clam chowder at his favorite cafe. We were able to visit with Dave's partner, Brook, after she got home from work. We all figured out how to set "Emergency Contacts" in our phones so first responders would have access without knowing the password to the phone.
Finding the Oregon RedwoodsTuesday, April 6, 2021: Our hike today was in search of the Oregon Redwood trees. Northern California is famous for the Redwoods but few people know of the Oregon Redwoods. We found the trail on the north side of the Chetco River about 9 miles east of highway 101. It is only 1.1 miles long but very steep in places. It is a small forest of Redwoods. How they avoided the Oregon timber companies is a miracle. Click the photos for more views. One of many Oregon Redwood trees Finally, a descent

Hiking to Chetco Point25 mile ride completed

 

Monday, April 5, 2021: A wonderful weather day so I rode 25 miles before meeting Gwen and Abby for a hike to Chetco Point Park.

This park is on the ocean side of downtown Brookings. It is a peninsula surrounded by volcanic rock and the Pacific Ocean.

There is a dog park leading into Chetco Point Park. We took Abby to the gate but she did not want to go in even though the other dogs were smaller. Just too many dogs in the dog park.

It was very windy on the point, we were lucky to not lose a hat.

Click the photos for more scenic views.

Gwen and daughter, Lesa Hiking the coast trail We reached the beach
Looking for a short cut Walking the beach Abby had the most fun
Sunday, April 4, 2021: We hike the Oregon Coast Trail to a secluded beach with Gwen's daughter, Lesa, her partner, Jeff, daughter-in-law, Brook, Brook's dog, Bell and Dave's dog, Maizy. The Oregon Coast Trail reaches from California border to the Washington border. We hiked about 2 miles of the trail then much of the secluded beach we found. The dogs loved the hike, sand and salt water. The portion of the trail we hiked was a dense rain forest which could be pretty gloomy if the weather was bad. Some of us collected rocks for others to carry back to the car. Click the photos for more views.

Walking the Brookings - Harbor Marina

Saturday, April 3, 2021: Gwen, Abby and I walked the Brookings - Harbor Marina and shops. Gwen found some items to purchase. We also found a memorial site for the Chit-Xu Village. This was a native American village here in the middle 1800's. It was the typical European American story where the white settlers wanted to operate the ferry owned an operated by the Chit-Xu village. The Chit-Xu wouldn't sell so the white settlers set up around the village, started a fire in the village and shot the Chit-Xu dead as they tried to escape the fire. Click the photo for a view of the walk along the marina.
 
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