Wednesday, July 23, 2008


The piece of dried up waterlily root that we picked up at the Spring HPSO plant sale flowered in the half barrel full of water that sits on our front porch.

Kellogs Cornflakes

Mirranda & Chiyoko's birthday presents arrived from England in the customary Kellog's Cornflake box :^)..

3 Birthdays

Mum, Mirranda & Chiyoko all celebrated significant birthdays in July. Mirranda was 21, were not going to say what Chiyoko's & Mum's significant birthdays were :^).....

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Painted Hills

The Painted Hills are located about 6 miles North West of Mitchell & are part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We stopped by for a quick visit on the way back from our Strawberry Mountain Wilderness camping trip.

Strawberry Mountain Hike

Strawberry Mountain, it took us about 3.5 hours to climb up & 3 hours to come back down, the weather was perfect with temperatures in the 80's & clear blue skies. From the top we could see both Mount Hood in North Western Oregon & the Wollawa Mountains in North East Oregon.

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

July 10th 2008, Eric, Nancy, Curtis, Chiyoko & I headed out to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness in Central Oregon for a few days.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Guy's Oregon Strawberry Jam!

So... My first attempt at making Jam! The lids have popped in but I haven't checked to see if it has set properly yet :^).....

Independence Day.

July 4th 2008
We we invited to our friends the Werth's Independence Day BBQ! Great Fireworks & a great time was had by all.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Mt. St. Helens Climb.

June 30th 2008 we returned to climb Mt. St. Helens. Our last group climb was in August 2006 when a group of nine of us climbed. This time we added 4 more people and 3 more nationalities for a total of 13 from 8 countries. In 2006 we set off from the climbers bivouac at 3700'. This time because there was still a lot of low level snow we had to start out at the Marble Mount Winter Snow Park area at 2700' adding about 2 miles and an additional 1000 feet to our climb :^).