Thursday, May 24, 2007

Jack & Jenny Visit

Karen's parents, Jack and Jenny, visited or a few days last week, over the weekend, and for a couple of days this week. We had a good time, I played golf with him one day at Eagle Ridge and we did the tourist thing the rest of the time. One of the big events of the year, the Pole, Pedal, Paddle also occurred last weekend.

The PPP is a multi-sport race where people run up a downhill ski run, ski back down, Nordic ski, ride a road bike down the mountain to Bend, go on a run, paddle a course on the river, and then sprint to the finish. The people who win the race on their own are ex-Olympic or current national caliber skate skiers, so it is extremely competitive. More casual athletes participate as well. Karen was on a team of women over 40 called the "Slowly Buy Surely Divas". She did the Nordic part of the race. This is her later in the day with only part of the costume still on.

The weather was great the whole time Jack & Jenny were here except for one day when it was very cold and rainy / snowy. We went exploring that day at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Here's a photo of Karen and her folk's in front of Paulina Falls. All in all, a fun visit.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Fishing Last Week

I've been fishing a lot lately but have forgotten my camera, or have not been able to get a good shot, or some other mishap (like dead batteries), so no recent posts. Last Tuesday things finally came together. Fellow COF member Ed and I floated an 8.5 mile section of the lower Deschutes and caught some nice fish. This one was the winner, a very nice native Redband trout. Ed landed it after a heck of a battle on very light tippet material. That's his new drift boat in the background. Ed even BBQ'd some elk burgers for lunch. A very fun day.