Was a beautiful day for skating, though it was still very very cold out. These people didn’t seem to mind.
We spotted these guys hanging out and doing tricks down by the wharf. Talented group of kids.
Our friend’s name was on this wall. Took us a while to find it, but finally, there it was. Pretty cool.
One of the reasons we went to San Francisco, and what really started our trip planning process in the first place, was that one of our friends had been picked, by lottery, to walk in the Nike Women’s Marathon. 13 miles… impressive. We went to Union Square with her so she could pick up her race stuff. What a crazy scene that was. Tons of people wandering around, in lines, getting free samples of chocolate and some strangely cardboard like cereal. Quite the zoo-ish atmosphere.
Went golfing in prep for the upcoming annual tournament. We sucked. It was fun though. There’s always that.
Last week and then this last weekend has been filled with “stuff” for the addition. Shopping for the addition, painting and siding the addition (Thanks Kev, Mom and Don for the assist this last weekend. You guys rock as painters and siders!), more shopping for the addition, more siding, etc., etc., etc. I also snuck in a day of fishing with Stan, Stacia, and Connie. Nice to just get out on the river and hang. I caught nothing, but got to watch Connie and Stacia catch fish. It was worth it.
After the Burnside we crossed the Broadway Bridge. Really nice. So cool to be able to ride over it. In this photo are Kate and Kristen. Kate, we are still jealous of your bike shorts! Oh, and your gloves by the way.
Thanks, Bryan, for letting us bowl, eat, and drink for that cheap rate. It’s nice knowing a guy who can get us into the family bowling alley when we feel like slinging the big ball. You’re the man!
There were a few sets of rapids. Nothing too strenuous or scary. They were just enough for us to all yell WOO HOO as we went down.
There were 9 of us all together. Three in a raft, and the rest in tubes. Man… Ican’t say enough about this little adventure. So much fun!
Last Saturday we, and most of the same friends who attended the concert with us, with a couple of additions, went tubing down the Sandy River. Oxbow Park to Lewis and Clark. Five hours of fun, friendship, peace and quiet, and relaxation. Really awesome!
Once again we had a lovely time camping with the family at Davis Lake. You just can’t do any better than good people, nature, and quiet stillness.
Forgot to mention we went golfing on Wednesday after work, our first outing this year. We, neither of us, did that well. I haven’t even held a golf club since last September, and Karen hasn’t golfed, other than one round of 9 at a par 3 course a couple of years ago, for about 4 or 5 years. We had fun though. Thanks Stan and Stacia for waiting for us, and for being patient. It’s always a good time, even if our game wasn’t. And to Karen’s dad, once again, for giving me his clubs… I love them. I can’t say enough about them. Every time I use them I think of you Don. It was one of the sweetest gifts I’ve ever received. I love them and I love you.
To go back, rewind if you will, our lives the last week or so, I have to go back to last weekend. As in the 27th and 28th of June.
I already blogged about our fantastic bike ride downtown, complete with views of the bible and barq’s, on Friday night. Friday the 26th that is. However, I sort of left off there. Never getting into the basketball game we went to on Saturday. Hence, the photo here of the net, taken at the old high school in Oregon City. Yes Mary, we were haunting your old stomping ground. Your mom pointed out the pool you spent so much of your life in. It was cool to be there, to see where you went to school.
The funny thing was, Karen didn’t know there were other gyms in that building besides the big gym. So there we were, paying and standing by the doors in the big gym looking for my friend’s daughter, or Shawn, my friend. They are noticeable, and we didn’t notice them. We started wondering if we were even in the right building. I was texting her, she was looking for us, she said they were upstairs, we tried to go upstairs and the doors were locked. Finally, duh, we asked the woman at the ticket table. She said… no, they are in the OTHER gym. Other gym? What other gym? Needless to say we hot footed it over to the other side of the building, climbed the stairs to the second floor, and whalah! There was Shawn. The game hadn’t even started yet, which was a good thing.
Great game. It wasn’t even close really, as Shawn’s daughter’s team blew away the competition. We were like, before the game even started, thinking… it’s over. “Our” team was so much taller and bigger than theirs. They were quick, but they couldn’t make their shots, and “we” did. Fun to watch youngsters playing like that. Everyone out there for the love of the game. Really nice.
Oh, and Shawn… it was so great, as always, to see you. We should try getting together some time away from the court. If you were only going to Seaside this year instead of Orlando maybe that could happen, but I see how you are. Sure…. go somewhere totally more cool, and have a real vacation, instead of same old Seaside. Yeah… uh huh.
Taken July 3 while sitting at a restaurant on the Columbia River. Took this with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.