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Monday, May 30, 2011

…And the Skies are Partly Cloudy All Day….

Seems the weatherperson is a day off!.  Saturday was supposed to have many showers, and it didn't – it was just cloudy.  Sunday was supposed to be just cloudy and instead it was rainy.  Today was supposed to be showery and it is partly cloudy.  Go figure!

We didn’t do too much yesterday.  Eventually, we went to Albany to try to find a park that we rode our bikes in several years ago.  Drove all over Albany and I think we came close to the park, but never did find it. 

We did locate a neighborhood park called Grand Prairie Park.  This looked just like a small park but not far from it was a long canal about 8-10 feet wide that ran for about 1.5 miles.  Better for us, there was a concrete bike path all the way along it.  So we rode down it and back up.

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Nesting ducklings waiting for mommy!

While on the path, there were many ducks wading and just laying around.  Several times we would see a mother duck and her ducklings.  In one case, there was a mother and 10 ducklings.  Now that is a large family!  And daddy was nowhere to be seen.  (Probably watching the NHL game on duck vision – After all we are in Oregon).

After following the path, we rode around the neighborhoods near the park.  We didn’t want to get too far from the car as the clouds were building.  Soon I could see a shower coming so we headed back  to the car and got the bikes and all loaded just before the first drops fell.  We got in 5.5 miles which is OK, but I like to think of 6 miles as the minimum for a real ride.

For dinner, we drove to the A&W/KFC in Lebanon.  We normally don’t eat KFC because it is fairly costly.  But for some reason, this store has an all you can eat buffet ($7.99, $6.99 seniors) and it includes salads, chicken of their various types, all the sides, and drinks.  A really good deal.  So when we come to Mallard Creek, we make a visit to this store.  Please, if you know of others with the buffet, don’t tell us!

Today (Monday) we left Mallard Creek about 11 and headed to Champoeg State Park, just south of Wilsonville, OR.  It only took a little more than 1 hour to get here.  The sun came out and has been out most of the day except when ducking behind clouds.

If you saw Carol’s blog recently, you know we have been having a couple of problems.  First the washing machine has been giving us a real hassle where the timer goes crazy and the knob just starts advancing through the various cycles.  Carol has to go through a process to get it to let her open the door so she can rebalance the load.  She thought that she had discovered a setting that was causing this, but today it is doing it even more.  So when we get home, we will replace that unit with the newer one with more capacity which will be a real improvement.

Also, we had a small leak from the toilet.  I was figuring that I would need to unfasten the bowl and then reseat it.  But on a whim, I tried tightening a screw that holds a pressure band.  I was able to turn it about two turns, which isn’t really much.  But Carol reports that so far, no more leaks.  I’m surprised that it was that easy….time will really tell.

We also have a problem with a day-night shade, but that will wait until we are at home.

After lunch (and a few more rounds with the washer for Carol), we went on a 9 mile bike ride through the park.  Our hilltoppers really got a workout early in the ride as the first part to the east on the trail has some very steep climbs.  Then we rode the other direction and ended up with a total of 9 miles – more of a real ride!

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The park is so nice and green now

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Here is a good view of the sky which is typical for today

Tomorrow’s forecast is for….oh, who cares?  They haven’t been right lately, what makes me think they will be now.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Maybe this explains it…..

After my “great” golf score yesterday, maybe this sheds some light on it….


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Great Friends, Lousy Golf

Well, this is another version of the “I’ve got good news and bad news…..”

First the bad then…..I played a real lousy round of golf today.  I couldn’t hit an iron at all and wasted many shots.  Only lost 2 golf balls, but it felt like 20.  To make matters worse, I took the maximum score (double whatever par is) on three holes.  It was so bad, I didn’t even bother totaling it up.  My score sheet didn’t go for 4 digits.  I had 3 rather short putts for birdie and didn’t even make one of them.  Yuk.

Now the good…..How many ways can you say “great friends!?”  While we were all challenged on the course (let’s agree none of us set any records – Phil and Tiger have no threat from us), it was really great having John and Rick drive down for the day.  It didn’t rain on us until midway through the last hole and we really got under cover before it amounted to much.  Even though we were all challenged and frustrated at one point or another, we had a great outing and really enjoyed each other’s company.  From my perspective, having two classy friends to golf with really made my day!

It now looks like it could really pour any minute now.  It was supposed to be between 60 and 80% chance of rain, but we were lucky today.

Of course, we three are all ready to go play again.  Anytime, Anywhere.  I think that is the definition of a golf nut for sure!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Showers and Par for the Course…..

Today I played 18 holes at Mallard Creek Golf Course, adjacent to the RV park by the same name.  This is a championship level course and can be quite difficult at times.

The front nine holes are challenging enough, though fairly flat compared to the back nine which is very hilly.  Many holes have narrow fairways and water comes into play on many of them.

Given all the rain we have had, I was surprised that the course was in such great condition.  Carts are allowed on the course using the 90 degree rule and there were few boggy areas – far fewer than at other courses in our area these days.  And the greens were all in super shape – well drained and firm.

There were three rain showers while I played, none lasting more that 15 minutes.  I was able to stay in the cart and dry while waiting them out so they were not a real problem.  You are allowed to take your golf cart back to the RV park and just leave it in your site.  They come in the evening and pick them up.  If you call the night before, they will even deliver a cart to your rig in the morning – a very nice and RV friendly service.

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The green at #14 just after a rain shower went by.

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Looking down #15 with #1 in the far distance

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My ball sitting on #15 green – only about a foot from the hole!

Overall, I had a good round with 6 pars.  Given the weather conditions, this is really good and I shot an 89.  Anytime I break 90 on this course, which isn’t often, I’ve played well.

Tomorrow, two fellow football officials who are friends of mine (John & Rick) are coming down from Vancouver to play a round here with me.  It is about 105 miles from my house, so it is quite a trek for them.  Hopefully, we will have decent weather!

On another front, I located that switch I need for the RV slide system at DeMartini RV down in Grass Valley, CA where we bought the rig.  Nobody locally here has it and I thought they would have to order it from Fleetwood.  But they have it in stock and it is on the way already!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I want you to build an Ark

OK, so maybe it hasn’t rained that much, but if it keeps up, we may want to get pontoons for our motorhome.

Today we left home just after 10am and headed to Mallard Creek Golf Course and RV resort.  We’ve stayed here many times before and I love the course here.  It is hard but a fair challenge and for some reason I usually score either really well or really poor.  No middle of the road.

The drive was 105 miles and was pretty uneventful.  When we arrived, the RV park was pretty empty.  There are maybe 6-7 rigs here total out of about 45 spots or so.

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A picture from our rig showing the empty sites

The weather here has been showery all day.  Not heavy, just sporadic and enough to keep the ground wet.

We do have a small problem with our slide out.  The switch to put it out is sticky and hard to activate.  It works if I really mash it, but sooner or later it will die.  Fortunately, I know how to work around to get it to work if it should fail.

The part needed probably only costs $5 or so, but nobody stocks it here.  I’m hoping to order it from Fleetwood.  It will only take minutes to install it, but finding it is a real bear.

Also, to catch you up on some activities we did while at home, last Sunday we went to a street fair in NW Portland.  Our son, Tim is in a musical group and his group was playing during the event.  His wife, Kiersten, brought granddaughter Sophie to the event too.

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Grandma Carol with Sophie

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                    Cody Weathers & the Men Your Mama Warned You About.                   Tim is on the left, Cody in the middle, and Steve on the right.

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Looking NW from the event site at the street fair

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Looking SW from the event site at the street fair

Well, the rain has stopped for awhile.  If I could see some breaks in the sky, I would try to get 9 holes in before dark.  But it looks like more rain is headed our way, so I guess golf will have to wait at least until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I have to go look at Genesis and get the plans for that ark.  Anyone know what a cubit is?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Last Day on the Trip

Today is the last day of our trip.  Tomorrow we leave for home bright and early.  But to bring you up to date from Sunday……

Sunday was the day we came back to the state park from Cashmere.  Got a great site in #15, even better than #13 which we had last week.  I brought the RV over while Carol went and checked out a Pioneer museum.

We did notice on Saturday that our kitchen rug was wet and we were thinking that there was a leak under the sink.  So after I got everything setup, I pulled off a grate and checked it out.  Nope, no water there at all.  Guess we must have spilled something or other and didn’t notice it.

Wrong….turns out when Carol came back, she put in a load of laundry and almost immediately, we had water coming out from the front of the unit.  So now we know the source of the problem.  Repairing it will have to wait until we are home though.

Sunday night we got the great news about bin Laden being killed by an American special operation.  Was glad that he was finally run down.

It was described as a “surgical operation” by some of the networks.  Yup, surgical all right….a terrorist version of Obamacare for sure.  He was also described as a “holy man” in some Arab broadcasts.  Holy???, well I guess you could say he is holy now… hole in the chest and the other in the head compliments of Seal Team 6.

Wonder if he got that sinking feeling after being tossed off the ship…..

Yesterday (Monday) the weather was showery and we pretty much stayed glued to the TV news to keep up on the story.  Unfortunately, the news on Sunday evening pre-empted our favorite show Amazing Race.

Today we went for a 9 mile bike ride in a fairly stiff wind.   It is sunny and warm and the outbound part of the ride was easy, but coming back against the stiff breeze was a challenge.  But it is good exercise so I shouldn’t complain.

Here at the park we do not have Wi-Fi  Instead we use tethering on our phone which is not as fast as Wi-Fi, but works OK as we have decent cell coverage here.  In fact, we hooked my computer to the TV and used HULU.COM to view the shows we missed on Sunday.  Worked pretty well too which surprised me.

Because of the washer problem, we will head home tomorrow.  Then I can hopefully begin to work on it.  Since Splendide, the company that makes it, is HQ’d in Clackamas, the parts and all should be fairly local.  Once we get that fixed, we can start to plan our next trip.