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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Maryhill Sate Park, WA



This week we are spending some time at Maryhill State Park, about 100 miles east of Vancouver up the Columbia River Gorge.  It is a nice setting though is usually quite crowded.  But this time of year it is pretty empty (as I write this, only 4 RVs in about 50+ sites) and of course, since we have the senior pass, only costs $6 per night with hookups.



We arrived here yesterday afternoon about 1pm or so.  It was cloudy and breezy.  Today we awoke to clear skies and decided to take a ride into Oregon on some of the “blue line” roads.  We traveled south on highway 97 through several small towns.


The first small town we explored was Wasco.  This was a quiet town, not much happening there.  On the main street, several shops were vacant so overall, it doesn’t look like the local economy is prospering.IMG_7231

Here is the old high school.  Looks like it was abandoned several years ago.  May be an administrative facility now, could not tell for sure.    IMG_7235When leaving the town to the west, we saw several of the mountains our area is famous for.  The above is Mt. Adams in WA.    IMG_7239

Ever feel like this windmill some days?  Rough day, kind of a bent spirit with your tail dragging?  This one has seen better days!


Above is a picture of Mt.Hood Oregon.IMG_7241

Grass Valley is the county seat for Sherman County.  Above is the county courthouse, built in 1899.

We drove all the way down to where highway 97 intersects with 197 and then turned north to Maupin, OR.             IMG_7255

The Deschutes river runs through Maupin and it is a common launch point for river rafters.  The current is pretty strong in the river which helps make it a popular rafting location. IMG_7257

Here is our campsite at Maryhill.  Tomorrow we may explore Goldendale as it is supposed to rain.  Then Friday I will probably leave Carol here in the RV and drive home for my Friday night varsity game and 2 Saturday CCYF playoff games.  After that, I will drive back out and we will most likely stay till Monday when I have another game that evening.   IMG_7260 Above is one of the trees in Maryhill park all decked out in its fall colors.  Not too many of the trees have turned here yet, but this one sure has.

We are thinking of making a trip to CA after Thanksgiving.  We need to visit the dealer in Grass Valley CA where we bought the rig.  We are still having problems with the bedroom slide.  While our warranty period is over, Fleetwood is willing to cover this since we had the problem during the warranty period.  (If you ever want to buy an RV, be sure to check out DiMartini RV in Grass Valley – they are top notch!).

We may also go to Las Vegas on that trip to meet our older son, Tim, and his wife Kiersten for a few days.  Many options for that trip to be decided upon.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Football Results

Now to bring you up to date on last weekend.  After hearing about Bruce and Margie’s fatal accident, I really wasn’t in the mood to blog about football or anything else.  But in reality, she was such an avid blogger, that I know she’d want us to continue, so here goes.

My varsity game was a 3A level game between two evenly matched opponents.  The game was very close and well played until the 3rd quarter.  With 2 minutes left in the period, we had a major brawl on the field.  We quickly got everything under control and had to eject 3 players for throwing punches, swinging helmets, etc.  First ejection I had in 7 years.

By rule a player involved in a fight is ejected and cannot finish the game nor play in the next one either.  So the penalty is fairly stiff.  Didn’t seem to deter these three though.  Coaches of course kept saying their player was hit first.  (So if all players were hit second, who hit them first??? – the officials???)

Had two youth league games the next morning.  Both uneventful, thankfully!  I enjoy working the the kids as much as the varsity because you can really help teach them how to play the game with the right spirit and attitude.

Two more weeks left in the regular season, then off into playoffs.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Football takes a back seat

I arrived back at the RV yesterday afternoon about 5pm and was planning on posting to this blog about my football games on Friday night and Saturday.

But when I came into the RV, my wife, Carol, was in tears with the bad news that our blogger friends Bruce and Margie were tragically killed by a car while out for their morning walk.  Apparently the driver came off the freeway at a speed of 100mph jumped a fence and hit Bruce and Margie as they were walking on the side street.

We had the opportunity to spend time with Bruce & Margie when we met them twice this year.  We found them to be genuine and just great company as well as committed Christians.  I don’t have the opportunity to read and comment on blogs as much as Carol does, but Margie was a constant commenter on my blog, always with a gracious thought even though I never commented on hers.

These two people had a large following online and really set the standard for blogs, comments, and online friendships.  Many people learned their blogging habits from Margie’s posts. 

Some might wonder just how much online friends can really mean.  After all, they are online.  But we didn’t think of them as online friends, rather as friends who were online.  They were a great couple, and we all have felt a tremendous loss.  Thankfully, we know they are in a much better place now.  Yet we still grieve with their family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Best Laid Plans…..

When I woke up this morning I was thinking about what we might do today here at the beach.  Given the great weather conditions, I was thinking a nice bike ride would be perfect.  Carol asked me what did I want to do and I suggested it and she agreed.

I got online and checked the weather forecast and it said possible rain showers later in the day, so that sounded like first thing in the morning would be the best time.

So we had breakfast and got ready inside to go riding.  But when we stepped out, it was misting fairly heavy.  The ground was already starting to collect moisture and we knew that our glasses would get wet and our clothes messy from the spray from the tires.  So there went that plan….

Instead we checked out a couple of venues for the concert series this weekend.  Also had lunch at one of our favorite spots up in Long Beach and then spent the afternoon relaxing in the RV.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading home to work my football games.  Hopefully, I should arrive back at the RV by 5:30 or 6pm Saturday evening as there is a 7:30 concert that night we have tickets to attend.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

At the Beach (yup, again!) and Lovin’ It

So, here we are at our favorite beach (Cape Disappointment, WA).  We arrived yesterday about 1:30 and got everything all setup.  We brought both of our cars as well as the RV on this trip.  I need to go back home Friday morning because I have a varsity football game Friday night to officiate.  I also have 2 youth league games on Saturday morning.

So Carol has one car here to do her exploring and I’ll take the other one back to Vancouver on Friday.  There is a series of music concerts here in Ilwaco this weekend and we have tickets to them.  Carol is attending all while I will go to the ones while I am here.

Today we drove up to Ocean City State Park.  We will be staying there in November with our friends Charlie (another football guy) and his wife Pam.  We wanted to check out the park for its condition and cell signal.

Speaking of cell signal….this park has none!  That's right, no bars of signal.  Yet I am connected using my cell phone to the internet and able to do just about everything.  How you ask?

I have a device called a cell signal booster (Made by SmoothTalker) and by putting the antenna up on the roof, we are getting 2 bars of signal.  It is enough for both Carol and I to access the net and make/receive phone calls.  I’ve been a customer for about 6 years now and love the device!