May 23 – The Herd

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at 8:27 PM

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 at 8:20 PM

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 at 7:56 PM

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 at 7:32 PM

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 at 7:19 PM

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 at 7:08 PM

A neighborhood party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

A beautiful day for a party!

A beautiful day for a party!

April 27 – Home Sweet Home

Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 1:58 PM

We got back to Bend April 25 and discovered some winter damage. The water line to the trailer must have frozen because when Robert turned the water on, it started bubbling up through the ground, and it wasn’t “bubblin’ crude, oil that is, black gold, Texas tea”. Robert spent a few days replacing the line and putting it deeper while I put up the canopy and curtains on the deck.

Ditch digging.

Ditch digging.

April 23 – Go West

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Heading home to Bend. We stopped along the Platte river at Louisville State Recreation Area in Louisville, Nebraska.

Sunset on the Platte.

Sunset on the Platte.

April 20 – Cowboy Cookin’

Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 1:50 PM

A one day stop in Chicago turned out to be the best day of Spring so far! We were treated to Cowboy Cookin’ in the backyard.

Steaks on the grill! Better than Fire Walking!

Steaks on the grill! Better than Fire Walking!

 

April 16 – Lake Cora

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 1:34 PM

We headed to the great white north, as in still white with snow, to Aunt Tootie’s in Michigan.

The trees are still bereft of leaves or even buds!

The trees are still bereft of leaves or even buds!

There was no snow on the ground, but we drove through a snow and sleet storm in Indiana on the way up!