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Upside down hanging tomatoes – Summer 2008

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Bob and I have a gardening project underway.  We planted our tomato plants upside down in five-gallon buckets and hung them from the old barn.

This is what they looked like when we hung them in early June.

Now it is early July and they are looking very happy.

I set up a micro-sprinkler system so that all I have to do is turn on the faucet once a day for a little while.  That makes irrigating them easy.  We have tomatoes growing!

We’re growing cucumbers in a bucket too. 

It’s been an interesting project.  Hopefully we will be enjoying some nice, ripe tomatoes soon.

Jim and Toni Visit – May 27, 2008

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Toni and Jim flew up for a visit.  It was sure fun to have them.  We picked them up at the airport when they flew in.  K.C. was working, so Bob gave them a tour of the fish viewing room at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.  We enjoyed dinner at the historic Baldwin Saloon in the The Dalles, Oregon.  On K.C.’s weekend off, we took the waterfall tour on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The Historic Columbia River Highway was built back in 1913.  It winds along the bluffs and cliffs above the Columbia River passing many waterfalls.  After a stop in Troutdale to browse some craft booths and buy some fudge, we drove on to the first overlook.

Our next stop was at the Vista House where we all enjoyed the view, and Jim and Toni enjoyed a conversation with a man who owned a three-wheeled motorcycle.  Notice, the two wheels are in the front.


Bob and Toni in front of Vista House

Bob and Jim

There is a lot of barge traffic on the Columbia.

Shepperd’s Dell was one of the waterfalls along the highway.


Horsetail Falls is beautiful.

Multnomah Falls is the highlight of the highway tour.  We stopped here for lunch in the historic restaurant.  There’s a path up to the bridge.  If you’re really energetic, you can climb clear to the top of the Falls. 

Jim and Toni

Toni and Jim hiked as far as the bridge.

Coming back down the trail…

The next day, we drove up to Mt. Hood and toured the historic Timberline Lodge which was built by the WPA in 1936 during the Great Depression.  Everything in the lodge was hand hewn.  It’s pretty amazing.  We didn’t get a lot of pictures.  We did get a pictures of the Blue Ox Bar…

We ate dinner and while we were eating, Mt. Hood peeked out from behind the clouds.  Timberline Lodge is located right at timberline on the slopes of the mountain.

See the ski lift going up the side of the mountain?  I learned to ski up there when I was in my 20’s. 

I also remember my family picnicking up here in the summers when I was young.  Mom stayed with my brother, my sister and me while Dad and my other two brothers climbed the mountain.  Those are fun memories.

We drove down off the mountain and stopped in Hood River, Oregon to watch the windsurfers.  The Columbia Gorge is known as the “Windsurfing Capital of the Mainland.”  There is lots of tourism here thanks to the winds through the gorge.

Notice that there are kite boarders out there too…

Toni and Jim took the pickup for a quick trip to Mt. St. Helens and the beach at the Pacific Ocean too.  I think they had a good time.  We really enjoyed their visit and are looking forward to our next guests.  When are you coming?