Winding Down

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Mike, one of the “techs” here has been at the hatchery for 20 years and grew up in the area. A great guy that we enjoyed getting to know. Loves to fish. Missed the chance to go out on his $150k boat, but dropped by the waterfront in Llwaco, Wa to see what it looked like. Pretty nice fishing boat!

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We also enjoyed the Saturday market along the waterfront docks while in Llwaco, stopping by Jessie’s for some fresh tuna. They didn’t have any!! However, got some great halibut. The other fish markets didn’t have tuna either. Lots of tuna fishing boats, but weather has been holding them back.

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Across Young’s Bay from Astoria is Warrenton where we shop at Fred Meyer’s (King Soopers affiliate for our Colorado friends). A very nice store. We must travel 40 miles to Longview, WA to find a Walmart. We stopped to check fishing boats for tuna in Warrenton. No luck there either.

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We love having blackberries everywhere. Connie picks a few from directly behind our trailer.

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Julian and Julia, along with Henry (not pictured) and Isabel, live right across our grassy area. What delightful neighbors. Welcomed us right away, and even let us bootleg from their Wifi. We’ve enjoyed all the kids in the neighborhood of 6 tech houses.

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Connie stays busy on her Bernina. A real blessing when wanting a little something to give back for all the generosity shown to us from the techs and their families. Check Connie’s Stuff to see her other quilts and notes.

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The bucket of rocks awning anchor worked out so well, we got a couple Camco anchor sets. They have worked out great. Haven’t had to roll in the awnings because of wind since using awning anchors. We changed our menu on the main blog page a bit, adding Mod/Repairs to track some of the little modifications we’re doing, along with some repair issues.

We’re on our last week here at Big Creek. Sister Cheri will be here to spend it with us. We’ll drop her off at the Portland Airport as we say goodbye here and head toward Gillette, Wyoming to spend a few days with daughter Kari and other family there.

Big Creek has been a marvelous summer for us!

Fantastic Oregon Summer

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We continue to work around the hatchery. We try to get all the mowing…and there’s a lot…done on Thursday and Friday, but keep busy at other times too. Here Ed is using a hammer drill to insert concrete anchor bolts into the steps to secure a handrail.

Connie-Mulching

We’re trying to use all the mulch dumped for us earlier. Connie flexes her muscles loading and unloading the Gator. She has made a huge difference in all the landscaping around here.

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Connie hates weeds and sometimes finds them in hard to reach places.

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Just below the area where Connie is pulling weeds, and just below the weir, is this pool of Spring Chinook (King Salmon), 10-15 pound range. These salmon are “lost.” Believed to have taken a wrong turn (probably following a Garmin eh Cliff?) or mistakenly came up Big Creek to spawn. So they just wander in this pool, can’t go up any farther upstream and not in their nature to go back.

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We see anglers up and down the creek and not many catching fish, or only one or two. The “lost” salmon are just beyond this closed sign. Go figure.

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There are six homes on our neighborhood street, the hatchery road. Hatchery techs and the manager live here, and most have children; ranging from toddler to 12 years old. Having the kids around playing in the street (rarely has traffic) give us joy and we’re getting to know them. Our next door neighbor, Julian and Julia have two children that we see most often. Here is Henry and is little sister Isabel. Grandpa just got them this contraption from an antique store.

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We don’t get a lot of wind here, but an occasional gust causes concern with the awnings flapping around. If the wind catches them just right, we’d have more damage to contend with. Ed hung a couple buckets of rocks using bungee cords to the awning arms which seems to help.

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Hard to believe that the nearest Walmart is 40 miles away in Longview, Washington. We do need our Walmart fix now and then and the drive is actually quite nice. Highway 30 takes us through Clatskanie, Oregon. We made the Walmart trip Saturday July 23 and stopped at the Clatskanie Farmers Market on the way back. A fun day.

DewberryCrisp

Remember the dewberries we posted that we picked in our last post? Connie made a delicious dewberry crisp. We don’t eat desserts much, but had to indulge in this tasty treat. Locals like the dewberries better than the blackberries. Dewberries are like blackberries, but a lot smaller, ripen a month or so earlier, and are much harder to locate and pick. We are surrounded by blackberries. They are everywhere. Connie’s next project is Blackberry Jam. Yeah!

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Living in Oregon calls out to visit a local brewery whenever you get the chance. We love Astoria’s Fort George Brewery. Stopped in for a Vortex IPA and a pulled pork sandwich(?) after one of our adventures to town. We ordered the pulled pork on chips instead of a bun. Quite interesting.

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The hatchery asks us to work 20 hours a week each in exchange for living in this beautiful park like setting with full hooks-ups for our trailer. They even provide us with a cute little shed with a washer and dryer. Everyone is super and seem to love having us here. Our normal schedule of working around the hatchery is 7:30am to 11:30am. We often go over that a little, but it leaves us with ample time to explore Oregon. Especially when it doesn’t get dark until 9pm or so.

So Thursday July 21 we traveled about 45 minutes down highway 101 to Cannon Beach. What a delightful little town, albeit a tourist draw. They are well known for “Haystack Rock” (picture above). Can you guess why?

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Enjoyed walking on the beach. Even got a little sand between our toes.

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Other than exploring this quaint little seaside town, we had two primary goals. Those that know us can imagine what they were. One was to find the quilt store. Connie loved the Center Diamond Quilt Store and…of course, bought another “Row by Row” for her ongoing collection.

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And we both loved the Pelican Brewery. Shown in the forefront of the street picture above. Several taps available. We tuned in to their Umbrella IPA (the green label on the left tap).

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July 28 – Drove in to Astoria again for Astoria’s downtown Farmers Market setup on Thursdays. Click here for our earlier posting about the market. It was also time to visit Zac at the Astoria Brewery again. Zac is fantastic and hugs, sounds, and resembles our nephew Marshall. Connie tried a 10oz glass of their stout and liked it, and Ed stuck with the Ichiban IPA.

We always pass the Bow Picker Fish and Chips boat as we travel to/from Astoria. There is always a long line. Except this Thursday, so we had to try in out. A little pricey, $9 for 3 pieces of fish and some fries, but…the fish is tuna and absolutely great. Worth the $9. And they are very friendly.

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So friendly even the sea gull says hello as we enjoy our fish and chips. Probably waiting for someone to leave a morsel for him?

Big Creek Grounds Keeping and Trailer Maintenance

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Because the hatchery is in more of a maintenance mode during the summer months, they like us to keep the grounds looking nice for visitors and anglers. Lots and lots of mowing. It seems it takes a full week to get it all done, then its ready to start over. No one likes the little Cadet Zero-turn, including Ed, but no grass clippings to dump

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Connie loves the John Deere mower and takes very good care of it, but Ed notes that she makes a quite a mess when she cleans it by blowing grass off with an air hose. He complains about having to strap on the big blower to clean up her mess. We enjoy teasing each other about that.

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We do have several other grounds keeping chores to do other than mowing. For example, Ed spent a some time spraying weeds. Connie has spread several loads of mulch (a load it just the bed of a John Deere Gator utility vehicle).

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Saturday July 17 we tackled washing our trailer. As usual, it was a rather cool day in the mid 60s. But we started around 12:30pm and it turned out to be a great afternoon for getting the job done. Our site worked well as a wash bay. Connie got under the slides and tackled the windows.

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We didn’t think we would have the energy for the waxing job, but after an hour break, and a little refreshment, we started the project. Connie waxed the bottom, and Ed waxed all above where she couldn’t reach. We finished around 6:30pm and were very pooped. Can you see it shine?

Some folks think are trailer is small to live in full time, but it actually has a lot of space: Full kitchen, breakfast nook, sewing suite, spare bedroom, dining room, theater, laundry room , full bath, master bedroom, and a study. They can’t all be used a the same time, however ūüôā

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Back to work the week of July 18. Our hatchery work hours are generally 7:30am till 11:30am so we have time to explore in the afternoon. Tuesday afternoon we ventured a couple miles up a logging road behind the hatchery to find some dewberries to pick, and to catch the view one of the Techs told us about. Spectacular view of the Columbia River valley, and if looking hard enough, we could see where it runs into the Pacific. By the way, we did pick enough of the delicious dewberries for Connie to make a crisp and provide a special treat for Ed’s morning cereal.

Seeing the fireweed in the area brings back fond memories of our time in Alaska last summer.

Exploring Astoria Area

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Sunday, July 3rd РTook Faith to the Lewis & Clark Historic National Park where she toured Fort Clatsop. Along the trip she completed a Junior Ranger questionnaire and was sworn in as an official Junior Ranger. Her certificate is invalid, however, she gave her name as Melina  Meade. First and last names of two celebrates she likes.

We all found the history of Lewis and Clark’s journey fascinating; learning that Fort Clatsop is where they spent the winter of 1805/1806. It rained nearly everyday.

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 July 4th РWaiting by Columbia River docks in Astoria for the fireworks.

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Still waiting…reminded that you don’t have to go to the mountains to escape the heat! A cool night on the river.

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Finally! Enjoyed a wonderful display to celebrate our Independence. We got home late and have an early day tomorrow. But a great time to spend with our grand daughter.

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July 5th – Coming back late from fireworks, then having to be on the road again by 6am didn’t set well with Faith, but she was able to sleep on the way to see the tide pools near Seaside, Oregon. The goal was to be at Ecola State park by 6:45am, an hour before low tide. Otherwise the tidepool critters¬† would be covered with sea water. Here, Faith and Grandpa observe one of the many starfish clinging to the rocks.

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¬†We saw many anemones. They close up when not in water, but blossom when in a pool. The first picture is a sand crab (I think) trying to hide, and the bottom picture is a Dungeness crab that must be lost. Connie picked up a discarded shell in the sand…she thought it was discarded, but it was a live crab! Faith said she enjoyed the trip very much and it was really worth getting up early. But Ed and Connie had to put in a few hours at the hatchery when we got back. Realizing our age more now days.

Wednesday July 7th – We made another round trip to the Portland Airport to get Faith headed back to Colorado. She enjoyed her stay, but we’re sure she’s be happy to be back home.

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Thursday July 8th – Made another 17 mile trip in to Astoria. This time to check out the Thursday afternoon Farmer’s Market. Another cool day (we’ve been in the mid 60’s) and somewhat small, but Connie purchased a beautiful head of cabbage, and got a recipe for fried cabbage that we both like. In addition, we stopped at Homespun Quilt, the Bernina Store, for another “Row by Row”,¬† and met Zac at the Astoria Brewery. Zac poured our beer and told us about his paintings. He reminds us so much of nephew Marshall. Another bearded bear.

Later, we enjoyed another beer with our dinner at the Buoy Brewery and restaurant. We found that we could google the name on a ship anchored in the bay and learn about their cargo, home country, and much more.

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Sunday July 10th – Back to Astoria. This time to check out the Astoria Sunday Market. Wow! About three blocks worth of all sorts of stuff. Mostly crafty and innovative, but there were a few stands with produce and fruit. We, of course, had to visit Zac again. He filled our 64oz growler with their Ichiban IPA for $10. Very good.

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Meanwhile, back at Big Creek Hatchery. Ed and Connie continue with their chores. Mostly mowing and landscaping. But this semi trailer came in over the weekend, so we’re learning about how the small hatchery fish have a fin clipped to identify it as a hatchery fish when it grows to be 20 plus pounds.

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Inside the clipping trailer is quite impressive with all the fish clipping automated machinery and computers.

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The fish start their journey by being hand dipped out of hatchery ponds just outside the trailer. They are poured into a large basin, a little smaller than a bathtub, the sucked through this blue hose (see the fish in the hose?), which begins the process. The fish are distributed to the clipping step through the white tubes (see the previous) picture and on to the clipping machines.

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Any overflow, or fish missing the machine clippers, wind up being hand processed by the two employees at the rear of the trailer. What a tedious task. This trailer will count and clip all the Steelhead at the hatchery. Over 100,000! After their ordeal, they are discharged though the large blue hose at the back of the trailer (5 pictures earlier).

 

 

Work and Play

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The summer months is maintenance time here at Big Creek Hatchery. Only 9 of the 30 ponds are being used. Five ponds hold fingerling Spring Chinook salmon, also called King salmon.  They will be released in November. Three ponds of Coho (Silver) salmon fingerlings, and one pond with fingerling Steelhead. Over a million fish total. They produce a lot of poop, so Ross and Mike are sweeping it out.

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We have our share of maintenance too. Couldn’t decide which picture to post of Connie on the John Deere so here are all three. She loves mowing…except emptying the grass catcher! Ed used the Cadet Zero Turn and did his share of mowing. We’re asked to put in 20 hours each in exchange for living in this beautiful place with full hookups. Everyone is very friendly and we enjoy the work.

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Grand daughter Faith is visiting the week of June 29 through July 6. She loves it here and enjoys exploring the area. Only fell in the creek behind our house once and couldn’t wait to show us where. Grandma loves having her around. Grandpa too of course.

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The 17 mile trip in to Astoria seems to get shorter as we run in often. We love Fort George Brewery and the Wet Dog Cafe and Brewery. Nice view of the Columbia river from the Wet Dog table.

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Faith and Connie found the High Life Adventures Zip Line a fantastic way to spend 3 hours on Friday afternoon (July 1). The zip line, Fred Meyer (alias King Soopers, Smiths, Frys, City Market, etc), Home Depot, and a variety of other well known stores are located in Warrenton, just across Youngs Bay from Astoria. Astoria is great, but more tourist centered. Ed passed on the zip line and visited the Fort George for a Vortex IPA instead. Saved $ to boot.

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Saturday (July 2) was a great laid back day, but we did venture up Big Creek to seek out what berries we could find. We are surrounded by the native blackberries, but they need to be on the bush a little longer, so looking for some that might be ready now. We found some wild raspberries and native blackberries (dewberries) to pick. Delicious. A fun outing, but Faith didn’t care much for the spiders, so her picking was limited.

 

Finally! Back in our Home

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Yes, we now have both our truck and trailer back! We did enjoy our extended time hanging around Colorado waiting for repairs. We met some family at Waffle Brothers restaurant in Denver for Fathers Day combined with celebrating Faith’s 14th birthday. Left to right is Faith (taking the selfie), Faith’s grandfather Jon, son-in-law Tim, daughter Shannon, Ed, and Connie.

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Picked up our trailer from Lazy Days RV in Johnstown Tuesday (June 21, 2016); stopped by Cheri’s to load our stuff. Got on the road to Oregon at 6pm, making it to the Rock Springs Walmart about 11pm (it was a little cooler by then). Good start Wednesday morning (took this picture) to continue our journey.

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Our friends, Cliff and Cyndy, advised that a stop at the Browning Arms outlet in Morgan, Utah was a must. It is just off the I84 in route to Layton. Some pretty good prices, but only bought a ball hat for $5.99.

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Pulled in to Layton around 10:30am where we had a great place to park in front of Tom & Dava Mustian’s home. They were gracious enough to allow us to steal a little power so we could charge our trailer batteries. Had a great visit with them and went out to eat at Cafe Sabor (Mexican) by the Layton Train Station. Very good.

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After a restful night (quite hot) we got back on the road about 9:30am Thursday, stopping overnight at another Walmart in La Grande, Oregon. Friday was our final leg to Big Creek. We enjoyed the scenery along I84, traveling alongside the Columbia River.

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Finally arrived and got set up at the hatchery. Greeted by Dustin, Mike and Travis who made us feel very welcome at our new summer spot. The little green shed is ours to use. It’s equipped with a washer, dryer, and deep sink. Nice to have the extra out-of-the-weather storage too.

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The hatchery is just down the hill a short walk from us. Big Creek runs through the hatchery and down behind where we are parked. Nice hear the rippling water sound from our trailer.

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We met up with some friends in Astoria on Saturday. We met Bob and Ann Caraway while serving as volunteer hosts at Colorado Bend State Park in Bend, Texas. They were vacationing in the area. We all took a fun in-town trip on the Astoria Trolley along the water front, stopping at the Wet Dog cafe & brewery for a late Lunch. Gotta get some sun on those legs!

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Most everyone knows that Connie loves to quilt. She is now enjoying a new Row by Row challenge. Click HERE to go to Connie’s quilting page.

Summer Foiled!!

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After returning from Wyoming, we had a great month in Loveland and around Denver. Enjoyed being around so many breweries that entice a visit. Verboten (Forbidden in German) in downtown Loveland for one. Cheri and Ella (Cheri’s dog) even joined us for a quick one on their patio.

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We succumbed to the Aleworks, also in downtown Loveland, where Cheri joined us again. Not traditionally a beer drinker. Must like the company.

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Had to include a quick stop at the new Wibby Brewery while we were in Longmont. Wibby took advantage of a former Turkey Plant facility, which is directly across the street from the razed Turkey Plant. They specialize in Lagers, so had to try their IPL (India Pale Lager).

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Our time here was complete with watching our lovely Grand Daughter Faith graduate from the 8th grade. She now goes on to Lakewood High School on a new adventure.

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Left Loveland RV Resort (our home base since March 30) Friday May 27 to Snow Mountain Ranch near Granby. Stopped a moment to snap a picture on Berthoud Pass Summit, then on to Fraser. Spent Friday night in Brian and Angie’s driveway. We enjoyed seeing all that they had done to their home since the last time we visited. Great Hosts! Fed us Elk for dinner and a wonderful egg dish Saturday morning.

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Then on Saturday May 28 our SUMMER WAS FOILED! Arrived at Snow Mountain Ranch (YMCA) around 2:00pm. Our site reservation was site #29. Judging from the steep hill and having to swing out so wide to make the 90¬į turn into the site, we should have declined and asked for another site.

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As we were making the turn, the door side trailer wheels fell into a depression in the entrance and tilted the trailer just enough to pop the trailer king pink our of the hitch…and off it came!!

Thanks to our friend Cliff and his truck, we finally did get parked, but not without tragedy.

The hitch and kingpin look okay, so will try to pull it back to Loveland on Monday (Memorial Day), then get the insurance bids started.

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Why Snow Mountain? David, our family friend’s son¬† was getting married to Christine. They had a very nice wedding at Snow Mountain Ranch with a beautiful backdrop. The ceremony was Saturday but their friends are active people, so many came up for the weekend to spend time together with the Bride and Groom; joining together for meals and outdoor games. The weather, which can be moment-to-moment in the mountains, held out well.

Trip to Wyoming

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We left Loveland Thursday April 14 for our 5 hour trip to see family in Gillette, Wyoming. Crossing the state line on I25, just south of Cheyenne the Welcome to Wyoming sign greets visitors. Just a few miles past the sign is the new Curt Gowdy Visitor Center. Named after the famous sportsman from Wyoming. A worthwhile stop when traveling the route.

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We had a beautiful day to travel on Thursday and got settled in next to Kari (daughter) and Edward’s new home in Gillette. They made sure their new home had a spot for us to park, complete with a 50amp RV receptacle. By Friday, the weather started turning more winter than summer, getting down to freezing a couple times and spitting snow/rain mix most of the time here. It was supposed to be nice for our return trip Thursday, April 21.

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Edward takes A LOT of pride in their new 6+ car garage and keeps it pristine enough to host family gatherings. They hosted a family BBQ Saturday. The first picture is looking west toward the back of the deep 2-car section. The second picture is looking east. Note the TV on both walls. Surround sound speakers built in to the ceiling, and painted floor. The brown door is the entrance to a restroom. How convenient!

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Granddaughter Brittani & husband Garth with our 2-year-old great granddaughter Blakelee. Blakelee is a lot of fun and keeps everyone in a good mood. Most of the time.

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Son Shelby lives in Gillette too, pictured here with Kari and Edward. Notice the refrigerator, microwave and wine chiller in the background. Also the entrance to the restroom. And this is a “garage?”

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Grandson Hagen playing with Blakelee. Also a view of the south section of the garage. LOOK! There is really a car in the garage!

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Grandson Hagen with girlfriend Leanna, with Blakelee checking in out.

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Connie finished Lil’ Red and Mr. Big doll ensemble to give to Blakelee. Blakelee wasn’t all that interested at first, but was clinging to it the next day.

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Returned to our spot at Loveland RV Resort on Thursday April 21. We spend Sunday April 24…yes all day…at Norco in Windsor. Norco is volleyball central where many of the CSU (Colorado State University) players have their roots.¬† Granddaughter Faith participates in club volleyball (Sudden Impact). She is inherently smaller than the other players in her age group, which makes her a great candidate for the “Libero” slot (the one in the white jersey). She is very good! Other than a lot of down time, it was a lot of fun watching the games.

Laying back in Loveland, CO

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Just a short post here to update our status. We left Saint Vrain State Park Friday, March 25 and parked on the curb in front of Cheri’s in Loveland. Thankfully, the city didn’t come by and run us off, and the neighbors seemed quite understanding. Our plans were to head up to Gillette, Wyoming on Tuesday March 29 to visit family, but plans had to change: Stormy weather was a factor, and daughter Kari and husband Edward (Wales) came down from Gillette.

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Friday (April 1…but no April Fool here), we took Kari the quilt Connie made for her. She wasn’t able to see it because she couldn’t open her eyes as she’d get nauseous…and she was in a lot of pain. But Saturday morning she texted this picture, saying she loves her new quilt. Kari will stay at the CU Cancer Center hospital, with 1/2″ tubes attached to her lungs that will ensure full drainage. We’re praying that the procedure will be fully effective and they’ll be able to head back to their new Gillette home by Monday (April 4).

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Kari has been battling breast cancer for the past 12 years. For the past couple years she has had to have her lungs drained (thoracentesis), over 2 liters at times. A rather painful experience. This trip was necessary for her to visit with Doctor Virginia Borges, a cancer research doctor at the University of Colorado Cancer Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus.¬† Dr. Borges is putting her on another chemo drug to start in a couple weeks. At Dr Borges’ recommendation, she had a procedure (pleurodesis) to line her lungs that will, hopefully, allow drainage, and prevent a need for future thoracentesis drainings. The surgery was Friday morning and she was in a lot of pain later through the day, but got through the night and was well enough Saturday to give a smile. She is an awesome trooper in her battle.

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We had moved from the street to Loveland RV Resort near I25 in Loveland. Great site with Wifi and just a walk across the street to the Marketplace at Centerra Shopping Center. Wow! Starbucks, JoAnns Fabrics, Panera Bread, Sportsman’s Warehouse and many more.¬† We’ll stay here until we leave for Big Creek Fish Hatchery near Astoria, Oregon for June, July, and August.

Last Day at St Vrain State Park

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While the 5″ of snow that fell soon after we arrived at St. Vrain State Park melted rather quickly, and our heat tape on the water hose worked well, we are now survivors of the historic March 23, 2016 blizzard! It dumped another foot plus of snow, horizontally, as the penetrating winds howled. We felt blessed as we were able to comfortably hunker down and watch it all out the window.

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It warmed up into the 40’s Thursday, the day after the blizzard, which created some picturesque scenes for Connie to snap with her new camera. She took these from our parking spot. We saw many Blue Heron’s as well as these Pelicans.

Friday, March 25, 2016: So we leave St Vrain SP, dreading pulling the trailer through the mud and slush left from the blizzard, and head up I25 about 30 miles to Cheri’s (Connie’s sister) in Loveland. We’ll park in the street in front of her house, hoping that the city won’t notice the short 5 days we’ll be there before heading north to Gillette, WY.