Archive for May, 2014

May 30 – Beerlesque

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

We joined in the fun with other Central Oregonians and visitors for Central Oregon Beer Week! Nine days of beer tastings, music, more beer tastings and dance! The culmination of all that fun and beer was the Deschutes Brewery Beerlesque show!

Yes, that's a pint of Black Butte Poter on the end of that bowling pin balanced on his chin!

Yes, that’s a pint of Black Butte Porter on the end of that bowling pin balanced on his chin!

One of the talented dancers.

One of the talented dancers.

 

May 23 – The Herd

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

We have a herd of about 10 deer that meander through the property every few days. They have eaten almost all the bitterbrush and sticky leaf ceanothus bushes, and most of the manzanita leaves over the years,  but seem to leave the squaw currant alone.

The matriarch doe chewing her cud.

The matriarch doe chewing her cud. Her winter coat is being shed.

A pair of sibling yearlings, one has the velvet covered antlers of a buck.

A pair of sibling yearlings, one has the velvet covered antlers of a buck.

May 20 – The Road Opens

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Century Drive opened today, a little earlier than the usual Memorial Day opening, but there’s still plenty of snow!

We couldn't let Mavrik run in the snow, it's actually Sparks Lake between Robert and Mt. Bachelor!

We couldn’t let Mavrik run in the snow, it’s actually Sparks Lake between Robert and Mt. Bachelor!

The road is still framed with snow banks!

The road is still framed with snow banks!

May 19 – Spring Sprung

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

We haven’t been in Central Oregon for the Spring blossoms in several years, so it is with great pleasure I post these pictures of the flowers abounding here. If only the scents could be included!

 

The squaw currant blossoms are already fading. The bright red berries can be harvested in fall for a tart jelly.

The squaw currant blossoms are already fading. The bright red berries can be harvested in fall for a tart jelly.

The Oregon grape blossoms are sweet smelling.

The Oregon grape blossoms are sweet smelling.

Bitterbrush blooms are spicy smelling and give a distinct Central Oregon ambiance!

Bitterbrush blooms are spicy smelling and give a distinct Central Oregon ambiance!

The lone apple tree is covered with blossoms, maybe a good apple harvest for the deer!

The lone apple tree is covered with blossoms, maybe a good apple harvest for the deer!

We found that we have a lilac bush, it's hiding behind the wood shed!

We found that we have a lilac bush, it’s hiding behind the wood shed!

The maple leaves are getting bigger everyday!

The maple leaves are getting bigger everyday!

May 17 – Pole, Pedal, Paddle

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

We ventured into town to view some of the annual PPP (Pole, Pedal,Paddle). It’s a relay race, with six legs that include alpine skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biking, running, canoe/kayaking and sprinting to the finish! The participants, individuals or teams, are competitive, but certainly seem to be having a great time!

The colorful vessels are arranged next to the river for the participants to grab & go!

The colorful vessels are arranged next to the river for the participants to grab & go!

We joined the spectators on the bridge to watch the first of the kayakers paddle downstream.

We joined the spectators on the bridge to watch the first of the kayakers paddle downstream.

May 12- A Temporary Fostering

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

During our Spring cleanup while we were raking the accumulation of pine needles and thinning the dead brush, we “rescued” a baby bird. We fostered it for 4 days until it was flying around the trailer, then released it.

It was a cutie in the little bowl nest, but a very hungry mouth to feed!

It was a cutie in the little bowl nest, but a very hungry mouth to feed!

May 3 – Tres de Mayo

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A neighborhood party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

A beautiful day for a party!

A beautiful day for a party!