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Saturday, October 31, 2015


 Ok... bear with me here! Learning a new computer program, and Windows LiveWriter is not supported to prepare a blog update offline in advance, so here goes anyway.

Mid-October found us in Bend, Oregon where we met up with Nancy & Dave at the Elk's Lodge RV Park... they took us to a great neighborhood pub for an enjoyable evening of live music.

Then, it was time for Tom to have a bit of dental work, so Maggie helped soothe the pain for him :)

During his week of healing, we hung out with friends, Barb & Doug in Terrebonne... they so graciously made us welcome parked in their yard, showed us around the area and we had many good chats. Thanks, friends!

From the Bend area, we moved to Lebanon, Oregon for some time with my Aunt June, cousin Christine and her husband, Kevin. They treated us to "Taco Tuesday" at the local bowling alley and lunch at an Asian buffet the next day, plus delicious food in their homes and terrific visits! Thank you all for a truly lovely visit and special time to reconnect!

While in Lebanon, we took a drive north to a Portland suburb to visit the Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals... Tom's one real desire on this trip was to see the "Alma Rose," an incredible rhodocrosite specimen from the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado... he has two small specimens, actually, but this brought tears to his eyes! This and the other magnificent displays were well worth the trip!

Next we headed to the coast... a walk in an old-growth forest along the way was a must! 

We are now in Newport, Oregon... just in time for their first storm of the season! Has been fun to reconnect with classmate, Phoebe, from our high school days in Fallbrook, California. Phoebe gave us a great tour of Newport on our first afternoon here. We so enjoyed meeting her husband, Bob, and touring their lovely home! Will have dinner together tomorrow evening... thanks, Phoebe, for making us so very welcome in your hometown!
Today we walked around the shops and docks of the Bayfront Area. A little rain doesn't dampen our spirits! Tomorrow we will get out to the beach, rain or shine, and hunt for agates!

Happy Halloween to all!  Hard to believe we change our clocks and welcome November tomorrow!

Be well, everyone! Dianne & Tom

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photo-graphs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." -Ansel Adams

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Idaho, then to Central Oregon

Nancy & Dave arrived on our third day in Boise, Idaho, parking next to us in the rv park. They joined in the fun with us and Sherri & Ed as we went to the farmers market, out to dinner and listening to live music downtown, and wine tasting at several wineries one day, followed by dinner at Sherri & Ed’s. Nice for Nancy & Dave and Sherri & Ed to get to know each other! Sherri and I enjoyed time together, and we appreciated the hospitality and meals together with Sherri & Ed! We fit a lot into one week! Time with my sister is so special!
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Our journey west into Oregon took us to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We camped in some pretty spots, enjoyed quiet, peaceful times and exploring in the park.
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Tom enjoyed a few days of rockhounding in the Prineville, Oregon area, and we are now in Bend… crossing paths once again with Nancy & Dave, as we pulled in to the Bend Elk’s Lodge a few days after they arrived :)  We have enjoyed beautiful, sunny and warm fall weather. Tom has had fun digging in the dirt and bringing home more “interesting” rocks and petrified wood!  Then, moving on west later this month...
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Be well, everyone! Dianne & Tom

“You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day…
Unless you’re busy, then you should sit for an hour.”

- The Wild Network, based on an old Zen saying on meditation

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello from Boise, Idaho

It was bitter-sweet to say goodbye to Warren Bridge Campground and Wyoming after another good summer there, but it is also invigorating to be “on the road” again!  (Though, “our girls” will miss the campground and all their freedom and great walks.)

Amazing to think that it’s been three years since Tom’s retirement from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service! As we reflect on this milestone, thought it might be fun to post the following photos from his last day at Bitter Lake Refuge in Roswell, New Mexico, as he tossed his old lunch box in the dumpster… no regrets   :)
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A few adjustments, to be sure… saying goodbye to Roswell friends, of course, and to our beautiful home, gardens and shop!
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And next, moving from our trailer into a motorhome…  2012.10.21 Boondocking Ridgway #1   2013.07.28 Rio Grande Campground 001

We remain most  comfortable in our home on wheels, and enjoy our fulltime rv lifestyle! We miss some things, of course, but life is full of tradeoffs.  We are living simply, and enjoying great adventures and added friendships! We have been blessed!

So, now it's good to be in Boise. Time with my sister is always special, and we appreciate the hospitality she and my brother-in-law always extend us. We have a full week planned, and then on to Oregon.

Appreciating life… more tales of our trek to follow :)
Be well, everyone!  Dianne & Tom

“And somehow I’ve learned how to listen
for a sound like the sun going down.
In the magic the morning is bringing
there’s a song for the life I have found.
It keeps my feet on the ground.”
Lyric by Rodney Crowell, “Song For Life”