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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Another Day and back to normal……

Yesterday I wrote about the great round of golf I shot and I wish I could write about today’s great round too.  Unfortunately, it was not as great.  It was a 90, only 5 strokes worse and that is still better than what I usually do here.  Normally I will have a good round (87-89) followed by a horrible one (97-105) so this was outside of that pattern for sure.  But after yesterday, I kept hoping for better.

The culprit really was two things.  I left about 6 putts less than a foot from the hole.  Just couldn’t give them enough push to get them there.  Also, I could not chip today.  Could not get the chips up in the air (OK, here goes, can’t resist….can’t get the chips up in the air so that they can fall where they may….).

Those two things really held me back plus the 2 lost golf balls and accompanying penalty strokes.  That was all it took.  But there are always more days to golf.

After getting back from golf and relaxing for a bit and catching up with Carol on her day, we went up to the clubhouse for dinner.  We try to do that once per visit so that we can take in the great view overlooking the 9th & 18th greens.

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Looking out the window as the shadows start getting longer really gives a great view.

Tomorrow we are planning to go to Sisters and to the Wizard Falls fish hatchery.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Fore!!!!

First to catch you up on our events related to our motor home.  10 days ago we took a quick trip to Cape Disappointment to try out a new cell phone signal booster.  I have been working with a store to find one that will work at this campground and so we made the trip down to test it out.

Well, it didn’t work for us at all.  I was able to get 3-4 bars of signal but I could do nothing with it.  No calls, no data, no nothing.  So the trip was a waste in that regard.  Took the unit back for a full refund.  But we did have great weather for the time we were there (2 nights), so that was a real plus.

Yesterday, we came down to Mallard Creek RV Resort and golf course just east of Lebanon, OR.  We usually come here once a year so that I can play the championship course.  Usually some friends come down and we have a great time.

Well today Phil and Eric, both excellent golfers joined me for a round.  They are a team playing in many tournaments earning points and awards towards prizes. Tomorrow they are in a major tournament and wanted to get in a practice round.  Eric shot a 72 and Phil a 74 – that’s how good they are.

Meanwhile I usually shoot somewhere in the 90s, but today  I was really smoking out there.  7 pars and 2 birdies with a 40 on the front 9!  I ended up with an 85, a really great score for me.  Usually when I am here though, my rounds oscillate back and forth from good to bad and bad to good.

Tomorrow my friend Doug and a friend of his are coming down to play – we will see if I can continue the great play!

Last night we ate at the KFC in Lebanon.  This is a regular stop for us each year as they have a buffet that is all you can eat plus drink for $6.99 for seniors.  We rarely eat KFC except for here, so it was a nice treat.

Yesterday we had on and off showers all day.  Today it was cloudy in the morning and then partly sunny this afternoon.  Now that the sun has set, the clouds have returned with thunderstorms and there are periods of heavy rain, lightening, and thunder.  Hopefully all will be dry tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Nice Walk on the Beach

We have had some very rainy weather the last few days of our trip so any plans for outside exercise didn’t happen.  On Sunday, there was a nice break late in the day so we went for a walk on the beach.  It was mid-tide so there was plenty of room to walk.  We walked towards the North Head lighthouse.

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North Head Lighthouse

All along the beach there was tons of driftwood.  This has been accumulating over the years and it is really stacking up the entire length of the beach (About 1 mile or so).

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Driftwood on the beach

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More driftwood

As we walked along, we came across some really interesting items including this totally mangled boat below.  It looks like a small boat, perhaps from another ship.  There is not a lot of growth on it so no telling how long it was actually in the water.

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The Tsunami in Japan was 15 months ago and, according to local reports, items have started washing up on shore here in Washington and Oregon.  Strange things have been found and maybe this boat is one.

Somehow this tree trunk washed up on shore in a vertical position.  Not sure how that could have happened.  This gull has obviously made it his perch for now.  Maybe he’s playing Kink of the Trunk with the other gulls?

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I’m King of the Trunk!

As we approached the cliff by the lighthouse and interesting tree caught my eye.  The picture below is looking about 100 feet up the side of the cliff which is made of rock.  This tree, about 60-70 feet tall is growing out of the side of the cliff face and the roots are just going along the surface of the rock up the side of the cliff.  The tree is very precariously perched there and looks like if could fall any moment.

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Precarious Tree

As we turned around at the face of the cliff, two buoys washed up in the surf.  I used a stick to herd them out of the water and onto the beach.  These were made of metal and were fairly heavy and dirty with sea growth on them.  The one on the left looks like it broke away from something while the one on the right  may have just floated off.

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Look what washed up as we walked by!

At the same time we discovered these, someone else not too far away came across a Japanese hard hat that was floating in the surf.  You can see that the top of the hat spent most of the time in the water as there is all kinds of sea growth on it.  The inside of the hat was totally clean!  I suspect this came from the tsunami too.

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Now where did I leave my hat?

As we completed our walk on the beach, a  large car carrier was coming into the Columbia River.  The picture below is with a maximum zoom from my video camera.  We could not see it anywhere this clearly with the naked eye.

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Of course it started to rain just as we got back to the RV, so our timing was great.

Monday was Carol’s birthday so we spent some time checking out internet locations to get our updates.  There is a pizza vendor in the park that is currently open on weekends and had free wi-fi.  Fortunately, he leaves it turned on when he is closed so we drove up and used that signal.

Then we spent the day driving up to Raymond, WA, about 50 miles north of the park.  Not much really there, but we explored their small downtown and then had lunch at the “Corner CafĂ©: which served surprisingly good food.  They also have free wi-fi so we used our Nooks on that.

Then last night we went to the Lost Roo for dinner.  Yes, they have good food and free wi-fi too!  They seem a little out of place in Long Beach since they have an Australian theme.  But it is a good place for a nice dinner.

Today we got up and broke camp.  Fortunately we dodged the local showers and was able to stay dry.  We had rain showers all the way home and it stopped raining about 5 minutes after we arrived.