Happy Easter, everyone! And I hope my Jewish friends had a wonderful Passover Seder. I enjoyed Easter church service this morning. I am glad that the pastor led us in prayers for all of those devastated by violence in Sri Lanka, and for the congregation of Notre Dame in Paris. I love seeing the children so happy, and enjoying the beautiful spring flowers.
After church, I came home and cooked lunch for my nephew and his girlfriend. They are leaving tomorrow for his new job in Albuquerque. I will miss them both. Yesterday Stephen, my nephew, called to ask if they could leave furniture and boxes in my garage until they find a new home in their new city. The other place where they had arranged storage fell through. So I had an urgent incentive to clean out my garage. It was a lot of work, long overdue, and a huge improvement. I am taking boxes of items to Goodwill, including clothes that don’t fit or are not flattering. Also I have boxes going to the recycling center. My back is sore today from lifting boxes, so I’m taking it very easy.
I’ve started spring yard clean up, but my progress has been hampered by allergies. It’s beautiful, but I can’t stay out long or the pollen overwhelms my medication.
Here are a few photos from recent hikes.
These are from a new hike at the Crooked River Wetlands project. This is an award winning water reclamation project that created ponds and settling pools for the sewage treatment plant. It is beautiful, doesn’t smell, and the birds are enjoying the pools.
Pilot Butte is a state park located with the city of Bend OR. Here is a view from the top. It is short but a steady uphill hike to the top.
Finally here are photos from my hike at Riley Ranch with my friend Hanne.
I love the red twig dogwood (osier) along the River.
Juniper tree trunks twist once the tree is very old.
Mt. Bachelor from Riley Ranch meadow.
Broken Top and South Sister
On these hikes, I wore pants that were too tight last year. This year, they are too loose and were falling down. I’ve ordered a smaller size.