Monthly Archives: October 2009

New Computer after the Crash

Howdee all,

Finally went to Best Buy to buy a new computer..

The Geek Squad took a look at my old computer…and said the Hard Drive was gone…must have been that clicking sound that gave it away……they said they could run a utility to see if they could recover any documents…I decided to wait on that. Maybe brother can help me with that at a later date.


I wanted the Dell with a 17 inch screen..but once in Best Buy…I was convinced I should buy an HP computer that had a few faster components.

So I they were registering the Antivirus software Windows froze.

So they gave me a new HP computer, which I took outside and started to play with it.

  Windows froze on me as well.

Brought the computer back and opted for the Dell computer with the 17 inch laptop

So far a few minor glitches ..everything seems to be working fine.

If not..this one goes back too!

Wish me luck…..I will spend the next few days transferring documents etc from my hard drive. Setting up programs, downloading software etc etc..

Hope to be up and running at full capacity by next week..

After still is


and I might just have to pick a few…


Computer Crashed

Howdee all,

I am typing this via Jeffs computer, my computer crashed…looks like the hard drive is a goner.
So I hope to get a new computer very hopefully..
Best Buy has a Dell computer on sale this week that looks pretty good.

So I did loose a few photos that I wanted…the before photos of the coach being worked on…otherwise my latest back up was a month ago..and most of my photos that were lost were on my Blog, thank goodness.

It will take a while to get the new computer set up …
Hope to be back and running by the end of the week.

Oh well…
See You all then!

Yachats Mushroom Festival..The dinner

Howdee all,

Last weekend Jeff and I attended the 10th annual Yachats Mushroom Fest

We started going to this event about 9 years ago when we first learned about mushroom picking in Oregon. We love this event and go whenever we are in the area.

mushroom festival_20091016_012The

kickoff of the weekend of walks, displays, sales and lectures is

The Friday night mushroom dinner. Thirty dollars a head.

This year all the proceeds went to benefit the public trails at the Gerdemann Botanical Preserve..

The cakes and deserts below are auctioned off at the end of the dinner..

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Young woodland fairies helped serve the meal.  mushroom festival_20091016_004

The menu

Menu Items donated by local restaurants.mushroom festival_20091020_064

Mushroom almond Pate in Puff pastrymushroom festival_20091016_019Wild mushroom tapenade toastsmushroom festival_20091016_020Our hostess decked out as a Cauliflower mushroom fairy.mushroom festival_20091016_022Entertainment by the Woodlands Triomushroom festival_20091016_023French Onion and Morel Soup

mushroom festival_20091016_027Puff pastry Salmon with Chanterelle Creammushroom festival_20091016_028Mushroom salad with Parma Ham and Chicken of the Woods Polenta with Cauliflower Fungus Cream.mushroom festival_20091016_029Stuffed shells with Wild Oregon Mushrooms and Heirloom Tomato Sauce mushroom festival_20091016_030Candy Cap Mushroom Cakemushroom festival_20091016_024The Auction went well with many cakes going from 50 to 100 dollars..

This particular cake went for 300 dollars..and the woman who donated sat at our table ..we all enjoyed this wonderful mousse cake! mushroom festival_20091016_033 If you are ever at the Oregon Coast in October, and you love mushrooms, I highly recommend this event.

My Utube Video from 2006 Mushroom festival


We are finally at the coast, parked in our friends Driveway, where we will stay for a few weeks…picking mushrooms and visiting.

Sorry Muther and Sickstas for not getting the renovation photos up yet…

Jeff took a few..but i really want to take my own..and ..well…I have been too busy picking mushrooms …all day…….cleaning mushrooms ..spending time with friends in the evening………and then crashing..…….so no time…

I am writing this post at 6 in the morning.

We have friends coming from Eugene to the coast today to pick mushrooms with us..

Tonight dinner with Jim and some of his friends and family…

Fun…busy…miss U all online…

Hope to catch up soon!


Skywatch Friday…Yellowstone sky

Howdee all,

It has been over an month since we have been to Yellowstone..

Yellowstone dawns_20090906_072I thought I would share a few more photos

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of the amazing skies we saw Yellowstone dawns_20090906_088Yellowstone skies….Yellowstone dawns_20090906_083I also want to mention…that it took the foresight Yellowstone dawns_20090906_084 Of different save places like Yellowstone from destruction.

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There are still many areas of Natural beauty …worth savingYellowstone dawns_20090906_090

Here’s hoping that more Natural areas are saved….

You can help…you can be that person to help save our natural spaces..

Please read this information below and take action.

Did you know they are removing the tops of mountains in Appalachia?

Mountains decapitated. Forest obliterated. Water Polluted
Take action now to stop Mountain top clicking on this and signing the petition

if you haven’t read this article below….You Must Read it…

Tear That Mountain Down By Julie Zickefoose

Please Take Action…

Now for more wonderful skies….click on the photo below!


Two Ocean Lake, Tetons pt 2

Howdee all,

This is the second part of our hike around Two Ocean Lake…

We started the hike on the north side of the lake…

and took the side trail to the Grand View Point..a  1.2 mile detour..two ocean lake hike_20090914_079

up a few switch backs…offering views of two Ocean lake on the lefttwo ocean lake hike_20090914_076A Distant Fire…two ocean lake hike_20090914_075more views of Two Ocean Lake as we hike higher…

On the way up we heard some very strange animal calls..I thought maybe marmots..

but we couldn’t find where the sound was coming from..

two ocean lake hike_20090914_074We continue to hike to the top…two ocean lake hike_20090914_072And finally we arrive at the top..

Grand View Vista

two ocean lake hike_20090914_073The Tetons ….always dramatictwo ocean lake hike_20090914_070I zoom in for a closer look..the view to the west…two ocean lake hike_20090914_068Charlene and Tom in the clouds…..two ocean lake hike_20090914_048  The View to the east and  Two Ocean lake on the left..two ocean lake hike_20090914_041          We stop to take in the scene and have lunch..

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on the way down…We hear the same animal sound..

and we discover what it is…

two ocean lake hike_20090914_039 At least three Great Gray Owls…

We assume young and adults ..

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We hung out with the owls for over a half hour..

In the video below..Tom talks to the owl…and I am a bit concerned that the owl might come toward us…as it seems so comfortable and unafraid…

Tom and Jeff head down the hill before Charlene and I. 

We pick Chanterelle mushrooms on the way down…

to the south side of the lake….

jeffs pics two ocean_20090914_053 Its early evening… two ocean lake hike_20090914_026  the sun is starting to set…jeffs pics two ocean_20090914_056Tom, takes photos…two ocean lake hike_20090914_023 I take a few photos…two ocean lake hike_20090914_022before we start to speed up our pace..

A storm is brewing…and its getting darktwo ocean lake hike_20090914_020  I find a very cool looking copper colored cricket?

two ocean lake hike_20090914_015And some remains of what I think is Bear Poop….

Any scat professionals out there?

two ocean lake hike_20090914_007  We made it to the car just as it started to rain..

Another awesome day in the Tetons..

Two Ocean Lake Trail, Grand Tetons, Part 1

Howdee all.,

Sept 14th Jeff, sicksta Charlene her husband Tom and I took a very nice hike around Two Ocean Lake. area of the Tetons that doesn’t get as much hiking traffic.

But before we get to the trail…we stop for…

photos..of the Tetons two ocean lake hike_20090914_164 Thistle heads…and the Tetons….

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clouds..and the Tetonsjeffs pics two ocean_20090914_023 What’s this? Fall color?

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Awesome Orange trees in the distancetwo ocean lake hike_20090914_159

I don’t know what they are….but they make a nice backdrop to the thistle…two ocean lake hike_20090914_158

and lookie here…I get lucky

two ocean lake hike_20090914_151  And  Capture a bug in flight…two ocean lake hike_20090914_151 We arrive at the Trail head for…Two Ocean Lake

A beautiful easy hike

The natural lake is 2.4 miles A 6.4 mile trail circles the lake passing through groves of Aspen and conifers.
  The name Two Ocean also refers to nearby Two Ocean Pass which spans the Continental Divide and where a small stream splits into two distributaries named Pacific Creek and Atlantic Creek that flow toward different oceans. Two Ocean Lake is on the western side of the divide, and only drains into Pacific Creek, which flows to the nearby Snake River.

We hiked Grand View Point, which added about 2.5 miles

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The start of the hike…two ocean lake hike_20090914_146

Distant Teton views..two ocean lake hike_20090914_140Sicksta Charlene taking in the view…   two ocean lake hike_20090914_141a seed head…don’t know what kind  two ocean lake hike_20090914_138

And..more droplets..couldn’t help myself…two ocean lake hike_20090914_137

The path crosses a large field of grasses and wildflower seed headstwo ocean lake hike_20090914_136

   Views from the field….

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Fields of Grasses…two ocean lake hike_20090914_130

The field had an interesting patch of green that mimicked  the rounded patch of shrubbery in the backtwo ocean lake hike_20090914_132

   Ahh…Teton Viewstwo ocean lake hike_20090914_128

Zoomed in View…two ocean lake hike_20090914_126

   We walk thru woods..two ocean lake hike_20090914_125

I notice a tree …differenttwo ocean lake hike_20090914_123

Bark off and resin showingtwo ocean lake hike_20090914_122 Dripping..two ocean lake hike_20090914_118 About halfway across one side of the lake

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Autumn shows its colors in the dried grasses and colorful foliagetwo ocean lake hike_20090914_113 A butterfly says hellotwo ocean lake hike_20090914_098Distant Teton views…two ocean lake hike_20090914_094Zoomed in…

two ocean lake hike_20090914_095 Bugs sharing a flower…gathering pollen

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We are almost across the northern half of the lake…two ocean lake hike_20090914_089 Alfred Hitchcock or Winston Churchill?two ocean lake hike_20090914_087

The northern half of the lake has the most scenic views of the Tetonsjeffs pics two ocean_20090914_012

But the southern portion of the hike also quite beautiful…

For more nature posts click on the photo below…..

nature-notes2 Stay tuned for Two Ocean Lake Hike Part 2

A day drive in the Tetons

Howdee all,

September 13th, Jeff, Sicksta Charlene, her husband Tom and I went for a drive in the Tetons.

First stop a small pond. Lots of swallows flying around the pond and stopping to rest on the log fence.

Drive in tetons_20090913_001 Grasses and ducks …behind the log fence..

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The day began clear with a thin blankets of clouds…

and patches of blue sky

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in this photo below you can see that the clouds are thicker above us.Drive in tetons_20090913_023  A common bird in the area.

MagpieDrive in tetons_20090913_025 As we drove the Tetons came into view

Drive in tetons_20090913_028so majestic..Drive in tetons_20090913_032Check out this interesting cloud layer..Does the Top of this Teton help make this cloud angle? …Drive in tetons_20090913_036

   We stopped at the new visitor centre..Very nice designDrive in tetons_20090913_078From inside ..large windows give you the large Teton viewsDrive in tetons_20090913_042 And a very nice interpretive center and gift shop inside

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From the outside of the visitor Center…i get carried awayDrive in tetons_20090913_058Again…

I seem to do that allot…too many photos..Drive in tetons_20090913_069I then change to wide angle shots

This one below I feature the sky

Drive in tetons_20090913_071And then closer wide angle shots..

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and closerDrive in tetons_20090913_065

I switch to 4.3 aspect Ratio…and zoom in..Drive in tetons_20090913_060 Back to the wide angle…another close up..Drive in tetons_20090913_062

  A different angle…trying to capture the light hitting the mountains…Drive in tetons_20090913_063And then I zoom in to try and capture the light shining on the snow …  Drive in tetons_20090913_061     As we leave….I take one last shot from the visitor center…with Trees in the foreground. Drive in tetons_20090913_074 We continue our drive…the cloud blanket becomes thicker…..

Drive in tetons_20090913_081The blanket of clouds thicken even more and starts to cover the remaining blue…..Drive in tetons_20090913_082 Leaving a think Blanket of white above the mountains…Drive in tetons_20090913_083 When I see this photo below..

i think it looks like a poster backdrop in front of the carsDrive in tetons_20090913_087 Views of the Tetons from Jenny LakeDrive in tetons_20090913_089 Ok…so which Teton photo Drive in tetons_20090913_090 Do you like?…

Some are so very similar…like these with more clouds (above) the other(below) with more trees..

I probably should have tried this particular shot in 4.3, just to see how it would like with allot more sky.Drive in tetons_20090913_091

Some of these photos are very similar…yet different..Do you like wide angle shots…or the 4.3 ratio? Do you like more sky or more foreground?

I tend to favor sky…..but still playing around with this new point and shoot…


I am at the coast in Florence, Oregon, taking care of a friends home. Jeff went back to Junction City where Homey is and will oversee the tile work.,,and other renovations.

I can wait to see the final product!

I now have internet after several days here on the coast with pretty much non existent internet..So see you soon on facebook and twitter!!!!!!

Phelps Lake, The Grand Tetons

Howdee all,

This day we drive to Phelps lake trailhead..

on the way passing Jenny Lake and views of the Tetonsjeffs pics two ocean_20090913_030

Stopping on the way to take photos jeffs pics two ocean_20090913_031

Of these beautiful rocky topped mountainsphelps lake_20090913_001 Beautiful views from just about every vantage point…phelps lake_20090913_003

We pass a few farms…on our way to the trailhead…what an awesome backdrop to any home or farm! phelps lake_20090913_006Phelps Lake trail

1.2-mile meander from the Death Canyon trailhead through dense pine and aspen forest leads to a ridgetop 700-feet above Phelps Lake. We continued down to the lake another half mile.

A round three and a half mile round trip, fairly easy hike.


We arrive at the trailhead and are are told there are moose ahead.

We spot a mom and her babe…hidden in the scrub..

phelps lake_20090913_017 The weather starts to change..becomes a bit darker…storm clouds head our way

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The view of the lake belowphelps lake_20090913_020  Hail starts to fall…

See the hail on the log?  We take cover and watch the hail storm.

I was so excited and jumped around and screeched like a little kid…my sicksta, husband, and brother in law will vouch for that…

What a a beautiful place with little white pellets making music on my rain gear and the ground..

Lovely…a grand time!

phelps lake_20090913_023We stop for another view Before heading down to the lake.phelps lake_20090913_026Phelps Lake phelps lake_20090913_073Mica coats the leaves under the water…making them look silver..phelps lake_20090913_072The hike back..i observe colors..phelps lake_20090913_082And flowers gone by….phelps lake_20090913_083Dried seed heads now….but just as beautifulphelps lake_20090913_086As the flowers were………phelps lake_20090913_087And the flowers that are still blooming…

Are full of activity…phelps lake_20090913_094 Bugs getting nectar..pollen..

phelps lake_20090913_097I wonder what these bees are collecting in this seed head.

Any Ideas?

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another nice hike in the Tetons…and the drive home was just as lovely….phelps lake_20090913_113 As the drive to the hike…

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Stay tuned for more…


Nature notes & Watery Wednesday…….. Water droplet study

Howdee all,

While in the Tetons….

I started using my macro feature on my tiny point and shoot Panasonic Lumix.

I had fun shooting water droplets.phelps lake_20090913_035

   Trying to capture..the color beneath the droplet as it magnifies the leaf.

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   Sometimes the droplets looked like crystals

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I looked for fat..round droplets

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    And took different angles

of these beautiful orbs..phelps lake_20090913_040

And close ups…

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i wondered if it was possible to capture a landscape in a droplet..

or maybe my own photo…but i wasn’t able to do it..

any ideas on how to do that?

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What fun..I had with Water droplets..


For others notes on nature…

visit …both of these sites..

I am trying to get traffic to both of them and show others  that may do one meme and not the other…that there is another great meme to take part in.

click on the photos below to take you to the other memes..

so with that said….

A wonderful meme with a nature theme…post what you observe in nature.


and a new meme for me…I thought this water droplet post would be appropriate.

Water water everywhere….WateryWed2c

I interrupt the Teton Series

Howdee all,

I interrupt the Teton series to bring you my Favorite Saturday market..

Eugene Saturday Market

Yesterday Jeff and I went to the Market…it has been three years.

I love this market.

There is an Entertainment stage…Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_009


Food booths…with Tofu…and other healthy treats Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_010

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They use stainless utensils at all the food plastic utensils here.

After you use the utensil you bring it to the bins…where they go back and are washed.

Recycling at the MarketEugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_012

The food is all amazing…Truly!Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_013

A view from the seating area toward the performance tent..Great entertainment!

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A photo taken of the artist vendors across the street…great stuff!Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_017

And my favorite Farmers marketEugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_018

This vendor Roasts peppers as you wait.Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_020

Organic Everywhere…below..some Chanterelle mushrooms for sale in the white bin.

I will be picking some today! Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_022

Lovely displays of produceEugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_024

I want to buy it all!Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_025

I do bring home some berriesEugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_029

Can you say Organic! Small farms..Eugene Skies and Sat market_20091003_030

And in a area across the street…

this wonderful drumming…and Did I say Hippies…well yep..

Eugene has a lost hippie colony….I love them….some sell their hippie wares…

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