Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge

It’s been many years since Trisha and I first visited Mt. Hood so we decided to make it part of our itinerary on our return from Crater Lake and Ashland.  We were gifted another spectacular day and enjoyed the fabulous vistas and a yummy lunch at Timberline Lodge. I’m so impressed by the craftsmanship in these monumental WPA projects.  It’s inspiring to see what people can accomplish with the right motivation and leadership. Thank you FDR.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival – “The Tempest”

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I thought we had to see at least one play at the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.  We saw “The Tempest” and it was absolutely superb. The acting and the staging were just wonderful.  We are already talking about going back for several days next year.

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Day at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake, Wizard Island from West Rim

Crater Lake, Wizard Island from West Rim

Trisha’s sister, Lisa, accompanied us on our trek to southern Oregon where we visited Crater Lake, making number 24 of 60 on our list of National Parks we hope to visit. It was a perfect day with temperature around 80 degrees, a slight breeze and beautiful blue skies.

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Golf Handicap Down to 11.6

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Just a little above my all-time best of 10.7 at the end of August 2012.

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Under 80 Again

These good rounds always seem to sneak up on me.  I was just hoping to have a reasonable round with not too many poor shots.  Started by missing a 4 foot putt on the first hole for a bogey, followed by bogeys on holes 2,4 and 6 plus a double on number 5.  Not exactly an encouraging start.  But three birdies yielded an even par 36 on the back nine for a final score of 79 even with three missed putts inside five feet.

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Seahawks’ Opener

Yeah!  NFL is finally here again. The Seahawks should be a really fun team to watch this season, no matter the win-loss record.

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Gamble Sands, Day 2

What a scrumptious morning.  Cool and sunny with just a bit of breeze.  After a great warm-up I set out for my second round at this spectacular course.  Once again, I had the course to myself.  I didn’t have the same shot quality as yesterday and the combination of the wind and back tees added to the challenge. Still, I pared holes 16 and 18 to shoot 89, a very satisfying result.

The 14th hole is another example of the many choices the golfer faces on every tee box.  Here you can take an aggressive short route between bunkers on the left or bail out to the huge landing are to the right where you still have a long iron to the green. 

14th hole, par 4, 408 from the back tees.

14th hole, par 4, 408 from the back tees. The green is at the very top left, behind that little strip of sand.

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