Even after a rare thunderstorm last night – complete with thunder, lightning, hail and pouring rain – it is much too quiet here this morning. After a wonderful visit together, it was time to drive Sharon (my niece who is two years younger than I) and Penny (my sister-in-law of 39 years) to the airport in Portland yesterday. Their flight is on the runway as I type and they are departing for Memphis. I miss them already…
They arrived on Tuesday, July 10th, in Eugene, Oregon. It had been Penny’s first time to fly. Thankfully, both flights were flawless and perfectly smooth the entire way…and she loved flying! They immediately fell in love with Oregon and the incredible beauty of the Pacific Northwest. They also couldn’t believe that it stayed “light” until practically past bedtime! As we drove the one and a half hours to the farm, we talked nonstop as they took in the scenery along the way. It was almost dark when we arrived home to the farm but they were excited to see everything.
When I awoke the next morning, I found them enjoying coffee and juice in the front porch rockers. The front porch would be the place to enjoy many times over the next week and a half. The sun was shining in an almost cloudless sky and the temperature was in the mid-sixties. They had left 100+ degrees in Memphis and they were thrilled.
Over the next ten days, we did everything! On Wednesday, a “rest” day for them, we toured our small town and I showed them everything here (that didn’t take too long). We went to a local nursery and enjoyed the beautiful flowers there. We stopped by Kruse Farms and picked up a freshly baked marionberry pie and vanilla ice cream. We hiked down to the canyon with the macho logger tree farmer. They enjoyed shooting the .22 with him at the shooting range. They loved the farm life here. Penny took over feeding the chickens and gathering the eggs. Sharon assumed the duty of feeding the goats. They loved it! We spent a lot of time on the front porch enjoying the rocking chairs and our spectacular view – which they loved.
On Thursday, we drove to Grant’s Pass, Oregon, where we took the Hellgate Jetboat excursion to the large log lodge upstream for a barbecue lunch. They loved jetboating…especially on the return trip when the captain hotdogged the boat and we got soaked! We saw elk on the nearby elk preserve…and just wished they were closer. Thankfully, we had a zoom lens for photos. Friday was another “rest” day with fun on the farm and the three of us in the kitchen. I could get spoiled to that!
On Saturday, we drove to Florence, Oregon, to see the Pacific Ocean. So different from the Atlantic and the Gulf Coast which they are used to seeing. We went down 600 feet into the incredible Sea Lions Cave. On Sunday, we headed up to 5700+ feet to see the amazing Crater Lake. We found a beautiful nearby waterfalls and took some memorable photos there.
On Monday, we headed back to the coast – this time to one of my favorite coastal towns: Bandon, Oregon. We also stopped by the elite Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, where Sharon’s husband wants to eventually play. We picked up some souveniers for him. We tasted practically all of the samples at the Cranberry Sweets store and they purchased some to take home.
On Tuesday, Penny and Sharon enjoyed playing horseshoes with Jim. We spent a lot of time relaxing on the front porch. Each evening, we enjoyed a movie after dinner. It was all about the fellowship and time together. They had fun playing cards on the front porch with the macho logger tree farmer. No doubt, laughter could be heard all the way down to the valley. They picked fresh veggies from the garden and we cooked a delicious dinner again.
Thursday came all too soon. We drove to Portland where their flight was supposed to leave this morning at 7:55 a.m. (Actually they are flying United so, of course, it is late!) We took them to Sweet Tomatoes for a soup and salad lunch which we all enjoyed…and then it was time to get them checked into their hotel.
Saying goodbye is never any fun, but it helps that we will be having Thanksgiving in the South this year and I will see them then. We miss you already, Sharon and Penny!