The Smog…

Latest report says that we won’t see any improvement in the air quality until Thursday. Man, that’s depressing!

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Sunday work..

Had to drive in this morning to help fix a server problem at work. Could maybe see three blocks in the smog….

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Sunday Morning

The view from our driveway. Not sure if this is more fog or smoke. Whatever it is, it’s twice as sense as yesterday. Can’t see more than 3 houses away.

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Where there’s smoke

It’s bad here. AQI is 310 making us the worst air quality in the world. Literally.

Here is what our neighborhood looked like at about 6am this morning. It’s like standing over the smoke from a campfire out there.

From the front door.
From the back yard looking towards Johnson Creek

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Thought for the day

2020 is really not our year… Bleh!

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Welcome!

I’ve been away from this space for quite a while now and have decided to move off Facebook until after the election and focus my energy positively in this space.    UPDATE – Have decided to just stay away from Facebook for all the foreseeable future. It’s just not worth the headache and anxiety it causes. ~Pat

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A long trip: The Dog Blog

Today was a beautiful one, book-ended by a golden dawn over the Umatilla Valley and a sunset which made the Columbia into a ribbon of beaten bronze.

If you have been following my posts over the last week, you are probably asking, “Hey, shouldn’t you be backpacking to an alpine lake in the John Day wilderness today?”

And the answer to that question is yes. Yes I should be.

Children, let me tell you a story of high adventure… Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryus, there was an age undreamed-of. And unto this came Conan, destined to bear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a ….

Oops, sorry that’s the opening to “Conan the Barbarian” (1982)

So, ahem… let’s try that again. We (Dog and I) left at about 5:30am and drove for about 6 hours to reach our destination, the “Baldy Creek” trail-head in the Wallowa Mountains. We rucked up at about noon and headed up trail first crossing the north fork of the John Day River via a wooden footbridge. We went about a mile and a half before coming to the crossing for Baldy Creek. It is at this point that things got exciting! Read more »

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My thought for the week…

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion;respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

~Chief Tecumseh

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An unexpected find…

Being a big guy, (6’7″ & 280) who was interested in upgrading from his Farmer John and paddle jacket to a drysuit, it was looking like I was going to have to have some custom work done so it would fit. I had a couple quotes done for a Kokatat in Gortex and there was just no way I could make it happen. ( A fellas got to buy groceries after all…) Read more »

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Spring…

Sitting in my home office watching the rain and wind buffet the house. I am thinking about how much I want to be out and about in the woods or on the water. I really can’t wait until the weather settles down a bit so I can pick up hiking again.

In the mean time I have been spending a lot of time in the kayak teaching myself new strokes and braces as well as going out on long and short paddles.

Last month I even took the boat to Pacific City and tried some surf entries, with no real luck, but I did have a blast!

So, lets hope the weather lets up here soon. Am looking forward to getting out of the house more.

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