Monthly Archives: July 2018

summer

It was 100F degrees (36.6C) yesterday and as I am very prone to heat exhaustion, by the end of the day I was shorting out a little. It was 80F in our downstairs (no central air) when we went to bed.

Today is only supposed to be 95F, but the smoke from the wildfires near Shasta has rolled in, making for an eerie light but also making it harder to breathe. Not as bad as when the Gorge was burning last year, but between the heat and the smoke, I’m ready for things to change!

Random Portland things

A random tree on my morning walk in my neighborhood. Its width is easily three of me.

This is my 801st post!

Loud ‘n’ Lit riders

Laurie, Cindy, Brian, and I were having a cook-out followed by a late night firepit in the backyard when we heard both hooting and hollerin’. It seemed to go on for quite a while, so Cindy went out front to check it out, then grabbed us. The Loud ‘n’ Lit bike ride was going past our house at around midnight, having started at Ecliptic Brewing on Mississippi. We watched them go by for at least fifteen minutes, very cool. Tons of good music – Prince, Madonna, Metallica, it had to be a great bike ride.

Finally –

Restroom at Box Social

To the mountain


Escaped the noise and upset animals over the 4th of July and went to the Timberline. I love Mt Hood, as I’ve mentioned a few times on here.

Brian reading at the Timberline – this is the back of the lodge


We swam, hung out in the hottub, played shuffleboard, ate great pizza at Blue Ox (the little hidden restaurant at the Timberline), and read nearly all day long.

I hiked up the Pacific Crest Trail for a bit.


I never got a great picture of it, but the monarch butterfly migration was in full force – thousands and thousands of them fluttering past me as I read on the patio. So many on the drive down the mountain! One of the servers exclaimed “Oh! Butterflies!” each time she came outside, she was as delighted as we were.

Shuffleboard table where Brian and I tied. Great game!

Linoleum art and old speaker at one end of the shuffleboard.

I had this folder in various colors as a kid and had no idea that the drawing of the woman on the chairlift was from the Timberline!

Mt Jefferson from our room.

Hood River


On the way home, we stopped in Hood River to eat dinner at Pfriem brewing. We took a short walk along the Columbia River after that and sat in the shade to watch the kite surfers and paddle boarders.

Relaxed and happy start to July.