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Lunar Eclipse tonight!

It was fun to watch the lunar eclipse tonight. I managed to put together a short video of the reappearnace of the moon. open the post to watch the video.

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My own Boatnical garden requires it’s own level of maintenance

The grass is still green for now. Those days are numbered with the rains fading off to nothing. The drip system I put in last year ensures the flowers will continue blooming and I have to say I feel blessed to have my own private botanical garden left for me by previous owners. A half acre of land is nothing to laugh at when it comes to weed control and foxtail abatement. The satisfaction of seeing the weeds cut back is a good sense of accomplishment. Tomorrow between other chores I need to rake up the dead stuff so any further moisture and sun can try and keep the real grass green for as long as possible. Last year I added four areas of fake grass. One larger flat area where the fogs like to hang out in the morning. An area of grass under the hammock and then under the picnic bench and lastly in front of the garden shed. These patches have wound up fitting in great and give the dogs a place to hang out in the differnt levels of sun of the day. The grass under the picnic bench was the only way I could keep the dogs from digging there!!

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Mendocino Botanical Gardens

I guess I am an adult now. I actually bought a membership to the Botanical gardens and enjoyed my day trip to visit today! I always considered Botanical gardens boring growing up and just not my thing. The gardens are about an hour and 20 minutes north of me and now that I have all these beautiful flowers and plants in my own yard I figure time to start doing better at appreciating both what I have as well as learn more about what’s out there. I spend a few hours there today and have to say it quite beautiful, I will definitely come back and maybe bring the pups from time to time. I really loved the carpet of flower blossoms. Stunning.

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Gratitude

I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t find a way to be grateful for something. I mean to actually mentally think grateful thoughts. Certainly when mistakes are made or unfortunate things happen it’s tempting to get upset and provoked. I’ve learned that if I step back mentally and take that extra minute there is always something I can be grateful for. I’m reminded of this again tonight. I like to sit in my hot tub at night frequently without turning on any jets. I love to listen to the sounds of nature around me. Tonight the moon is almost full. It lights up the sky with a beautiful aura. I hear a few frogs in the background. Then there are the seals that seemed so loud when I first moved in here but now they are welcome background symphony. Crickets chirp. The rhythmic sound of the waves crashing ashore completes the ambiance. I watch the moon change positions as it gradually crosses around the tree branches. Sunday is an eclipse of the moon… I’ll be watching. A grateful heart a garden is,whree there is always roomfor every lovely God-like graceto come to perfect bloom.A grateful heart a fortress is,A staunch and rugged tower,Where God’s omnipotence, revealed,girds man with mighty power.A grateful heart a temple is,a shrine so pure and white,where angels of His presence keepcalm watch by day or night.Grant then, dear Father-Mother, God,whaterver else befall,this largess of a grateful heartthat loves and blesses all. Artist: Susan Mack and Ellen Hanna Album: His Tender Love and Watchful Care

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Final day @ Cape Blanco and the unfortunate adventure on the way home. (Mon May 2nd)

When I got back to my campsite after dinner and hanging out with friends I decided that even though it was well after dark I should probably break camp in preparation for leaving today. The other motive in this was the prediction of rain starting in the overnight hours and continueing till mid morning. I figured better to break camp when it is dry and not as muddy. This was an excellent choice because we certainly did get some more rain that night. Monday morning was another great hike and play session for Jazzy and Logan and the rain managed to hold off until after I hit the road around 1pm. I was in no hurry to leave the area. I left the campsite shortly after 1pm and then headed to paradise point which is just a nice beach overlook. We hung out there until the rain just was too much and then went food shopping to stock up on my favourite foods at the Golden Harvest Herban Market. Their Tuna Salad is amazing, dog biscuits for the kids, lasagna, tuna casserole, meatballs. Prepared dinners at a reasonable cost to last me a few weeks. Grateful for the Rv fridge to keep everything fresh for the ride home. One of my priorities before leaving Oregon was to take advantage of the cheaper gas prices on this side of the border. I decided on the gas at Fred Myers. Here’s where it gets interesting and embarrassing. In Oregon you aren’t allowed to fuel your own vehicle except for after hours. Here I was at Fred Myers (a local dept type store with gas station) with my RV being filled up (this is about a 20 minute process with a tank like mine). I decided to buy some window washer fluid and...

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Day 6 Cape Blanco Roadtrip (May 1st, 2022)

All good thigs come to an end they say. Today has been the last day as a full day at camp. I leave tomorrow but don’t check out til I have to which will be around 1pm. Life is an adventure so though my Cape Blanco trip is coming to an end that doesn’;t mean tyhe adventure is. Live in the now is my motto. I try to be as well-prepared as I can for tomorrow but i try to focus on today. Today’s adventure was all about enjoying a day of beautiful sunshine all day for a change. Somehow I still love it here even when it is raining but sunshine is a nice change. Port Orford is a place the pups and I both love. The dogs love the beach time and I love it too as well as an opportunity to fly the drone. The evening was the highlight for sure. We spent the evening with friends. Beth, Lech and Logan were our hosts for a great dinner and doggy play time. the perfect weather of the day held out for a great evening around the camp fire and some fun time watching Jazzy and Logan interact. I am so gladf they hit it off so well. Zulu was content to be loved on by Beth and Lech and myself in spite of not being in the age range of Jazzy and Logan for the more intense play. Day 6 video with some drone footage of Port Orford

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Day 5 Cape Blanco Road Trip – Jazzy meets Logan (April 30th)

A little over 2 years ago during one of my Cape Blanco trips Zulu, Sky and I met a dog in the herding family, an English Shepherd. I’d never heard of the breee but when I saw the dog it looked like an Australian Shepherd with a tail and the dameanor of the dog we met was really perfect.

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Day 4 Cape Blanco Roadtrip April 29th

Today was a great day to just take it easy. i think one of the things I am focusing on on this trip is trying to get proper sleep. At work I tend to be on 15 hour shifts for 5 days then off for 9 days. It’s an awesome schedule with great time off but not real conducive to great sleeping patterns. When I do my RV roadtrips i make it a point to not start driving until I am ready to be on the road. genberally this means I don’t get an early start and I am not interested in getting an early start!! I am interested in living by ‘my schedule’ which is defined by when I feel tired enough to go to bed and rested enough to get up. I slept in today! It was nice. Then the pups and I made our way down to the beach at Cape Blanco. This beach never gets much activity and is a great spot for dogs to focus on being dogs. They had some good runs on the beach. I ended the day with a trip to the local bar/restaurant Salty Dawg. It’s a local spot that serves up some excellent food. I enjoyed a huge salad that was quite tasty!

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Day 3 in the Road trip Adventure – Cape Blanco (April 28)

Today was a pretty special day. I was able to meet up with some friends I had made from my first Oregon Trip. Ray & Leslie were the campsite hosts on my first roadtrip to Cape Blanco three years ago. They were amazing campground hosts, excellent at their work as hosts and just great people to get to know. We have stayed in touch ever since meeting 3 years ago and it’s hard to believe that I haven’t known them forever! During this excursion of mine to Cape Blanco I was able to meet them at their current hosting gig at the fitch hatchery in Bandon Oregon. A short drive up the coast and a fun time hanging out with the two of them and their dogs. Leslie gave me the tour of the fish hatchery (the behind the doors after hours tour). Ray and Leslie have made a name for themselves there too as good conscientious workers and it was cool to see their setup. Of course dog play time in order as well as a fun tour of Leslie’s greenhouse in the RV.

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The Roadtrip! (Day 2 – April 27)

I was very happy with my chosen place to spend the night. The Salmon Creek pulloff was just right, felt safe and we had a good stroll through the woods and paths nearby in the morning. I’d say we still took about another 6 hours or so to get to Cape Blanco but the drive was good overall. Sure was a lot of construction along the route. When we finally made it to Cape Blanco all the memories of what I love about this place came flooding back. Just an overall peaceful place and I suppose part of it is when you are at home the tendency at least for me is to stay busy working around the house and getting different projects done. When you leave – really leave you get the opportunity to just enjoy your surroundings and the great company of those who bring joy. I enjoy them always but vacationing with them is even better!

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