Adventure Lurks in Every Nook and Cranny

This morning, as I was enjoying a quiet moment helping Émilie with her writing assignment, we were rudely interrupted with a desperate cry for help from the next room.

“Mama! There’s something in Boaz’ Mater truck!”

Now, Boaz likes to hide things under the seat of said truck, and the child declaring the emergency is well-known for being a little bit over-dramatic. Imagining a moldy peanut butter sandwich, I asked, “What is it?”

With a bit of trembling in her voice, “I don’t know.”

“Is it alive?”

“I think so!”

At this point, I determined that the situation might just need my attention, so I went to confront whatever-it-may-be. The worrisome child explained that she heard something moving under Mater’s seat. A gentle nudge followed by a flutter assured me that there was, indeed, something moving about in there. What could it be? Critters are only a little terrifying when I can see them and know what they’re doing. When they’re hiding under a lid with a hole in it, terror reaches new levels.

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We had options to consider. It could be that a mouse climbed in through that hole. The Mater truck spends a fair amount of time being ridden outside, and sometimes doesn’t come in for the night. Could a wild beast be in there? A chipmunk? Or a SNAKE? None of the possibilities seemed to warrant opening the thing inside my house. Whatever-it-may-be might escape, causing me to have to sell the house and all it’s contents. No. The thing to do was to get it outside. But how to accomplish that? I thought about tying a rope around the handle and dragging it out. The potential for aggravated escape seemed too great. Instead, I thought it wise to throw a sheet over it and gently carry it out.

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This worked pretty well, though I must admit that I did drop it once in a bit of a fright. I deposited it on the porch , whisked away the sheet, and, with a swift kick, sent it sailing through the air.

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We held our breaths, anticipating the revelation of the mysterious inhabitant of Mater’s inner cavity. Imagine our surprise when we discovered not one, but two wiggly little…

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Bathtub toys!

Oh, that all our enemies could be so easily vanquished!

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Lots of Grapes

When I was a little girl hearing the stories of the spies checking out the promised land, I envisioned them carrying clusters with grapes the size of basketballs. Could you imagine trying to take a bite?
The grapes in the Napa Valley were not enormous, but certainly plentiful.

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Pictures couldn’t capture it, but we drove through thirty-six miles of vineyard after vineyard.

At Jeriko Estate, we learned that the vintner was a Fetzer. His mother, Kathleen, bore eleven children. How fitting that we should find an olive tree with lots of little shoots in the courtyard.

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Blockin’ out the Scenery

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The Well-Traveled Snuggie

My brother , Dustin, and his wife, Traci, gifted us with the ever-popular, as seen on TV Snuggies for Christmas. The box indicates that it is the perfect garment for nearly any environment. We put it to the test.

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Columbia River Gorge

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Snowball throwing at Crater Lake

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Lounging by a river

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Hiking in the redwoods

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Watching the sunset at the ocean

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Enjoying a book in the ocean breeze

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Preparing dinner

Thank you, Dustin and Traci for this very versatile gift!

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sEWER Here

We find that wherever we go, there we are. Several years ago the Family started chronicling their travels with a unique postcard image. Not every family name lends itself to such meaningful representation.

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Crater Lake

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Brookings

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Redwood Forest

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Napa Valley

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San Francisco

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The Synchrotron at Berkeley

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Not India

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Fortuna

I had this great idea that it would be good to stay two nights somewhere and take a day off the road. I thought we could enjoy some local restaurants and attractions.

Now, imagine someone is traveling through the great state of Indiana. They look at the map and see a town called Bedford and think, “That looks like a nice place to relax for a day.”

That’s pretty much what I did. Except that Bedford has more to offer than Fortuna. At least the company has been good!

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If you’re going to visit Fortuna be sure to visit this brewery, though. Their fajitas are pretty tasty.

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Snow in June!

I hadn’t expected Crater Lake to be so impressive. The snow really served to accentuate the crystal blue of the water.

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We watched a great video about snow removal and were thoroughly impressed with the amount of work that is involved in making the rim road passable. Even now, it’s only about 10% cleared.

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