On it rolls. We're taking a rest from our vacation today!
We bought one of those window air conditioners with an exhaust hose, for the condo. It was getting too hot in here with our picture windows spilling light and heat into this small space. The new construction has just about done for our view. I'm wondering what will happen to the parking lot across the street. I guess a big building will be going in there eventually. Filling in urban areas is a good idea, but it's a trade off. I'm happy for my daughters and family living in Seattle that they have houses with yards and trees and room for the children to play.
The dog thing is beginning to annoy me. I was a fool for a dog for many years and as bad as anyone, but she was small, not one of those big slobbery jobs. At a backyard party in Bend two big dogs were running around, barking and humping and knocking things over, and from my standpoint, ruining the ambience on what would otherwise have been a lovely evening. The hosts had gone to a lot of trouble with the food and table setting, and there were attempts at pleasant conversation, but the dogs essentially took over. The hostess was too polite to complain about the guests' dog, a shaggy shambolic monster that weighed at least 80 pounds, who had riled up her otherwise well behaved standard poodle. The guests did nothing to restrain their cherished pet. Imagine if they had brought children with them as poorly behaved as this mutt.
Bend is full of "crunchy conservatives" and rich environmentalists, who will all vote for Hillary. Terry says Bend is like Boulder on steroids. We did not talk politics very much, being mostly in agreement that the important thing is to defeat Trump.
Ah, as I look out the window I see Terry coming with coffee and croissants from Starbucks.
I got so many pictures! I'll post a few at a time. I continue to be pleased at how satisfactory my I-phone is as a camera. The light was tricky here, but these are OK.
Terry and Toby. Toby is a super athlete: runner and bicyclist. But she indulged our slower pace and we all enjoyed a seven mile hike along River West in Bend before it started getting really hot.
Swans. Not natives, but well thought of and adding to the charm of the place. I would have appreciated a better telephoto here.
Paint brush, a Western favorite.
Mt. Jefferson, rising over the landscape in its perfection.
Mt. Washington, which looks like a WW I German army helmet.
We are going to Long Beach tomorrow, avoiding I-5 as much as possible.
Have a good weekend!