Thursday, February 28, 2019

Simple Pleasures...

The snow here mesmerizes me. I am relearning how to drive in it. Pretty sure that those who are used to living with it, are not as into it as this newbie to the PNW. It is an adventure I'm enjoying every time.

It is raining as I type this but this morning as I was taking my BIL & SIL to PDX for their flight to Cali the sun was out. Mt Hood was stunning in the early morning alpine glow.

my photo didn't turn out, so you get this photo by Patrick Campbell
 After I dropped off the "kids" I went to IKEA for breakfast, it's cheap, good, & close to PDX. Got my breakfast, and sat down by the big windows that look towards PDX. Heard a wonderful sound and looked out to see these two...


 Two of the  F-15 C Eagles, known as the Red Hawks, of the 142 fighter wing of the Oregon Air National Guard stationed at PDX. They are heart thumping to watch.

the Red Hawks on patrol (not my photo)

 I watched them run through maneuvers til they flew out of sight. 

Two simple pleasures in one morning, I'll take it...

29 comments:

  1. I heard this year was unusual in the snow department..
    The local bus system can take you to a train & that can take you to the Portland airport. There is a great public transportation system down there.
    But then you couldn't go visit Ikea...

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    1. Rob, We have had snow, and more snow, but mostly much needed rain.
      I'm so used to driving where I want to go and enjoy it that I don't use public transportation. Actually IKEA is part of the Cascade Station/PDX complex so there is a bus stop right by it.

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  2. We've had freezing fog recently. Monday all the deciduous tree branches were coated with ice. I had a 120 mile round trip to make and as I started, the sun came out. Such a sight! Even the sagebrush was coated.

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    1. I've made the run to DIA in the early hours, and when the sun comes up and hits the Front Range, it's quite striking.

      No close IKEA here. It's South of Denver, which means either going THROUGH Denver on I-25, or paying the toll and taking the e-470 around Denver.


      @WSF - The first time my wife saw that she was stunned. I'd seen it growing up, but she's a Cali Girl, and had never seen anything like it.

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    2. WSF,
      Oh my, I bet that was a sight to see, and I'm especially glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. drjim,
    The Front Range at dawn is striking, been a while since I have seen it. The memory lingers.
    When I lived in RB Mt. Lassen and Mt.Shasta were in sight, and I never tired of seeing them. Different mountains around me now, but they somehow feel like old friends.

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  4. That would work for me, too. :)

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    1. HMS Defiant, Indeed & fine by me, I love the sound and fury...lol

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  6. What taste treats did IKEA provide? Did you have lingonberry juice?

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    1. Scott,
      I had the chicken fried steak with eggs, biscuits, and gravy, washed it down with coffee. It was good. Got lingonberry jam to take home.

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    2. WOW! just WOW! I wish the nearest IKEA was less than 250 miles away! ( or I could make the chicken fried steak, eggs and hashbrowns on my own stove )

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  7. Beautiful picture of that majestic mountain and truth be known everyone had that available as a wonderful experience but few take time to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Changes, You are most welcome.
      I'm feel'n pretty blessed to be able to see the mountains and the river in that special early morning light.

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  8. One of your simple pleasures has kept me going for the whole month of February. Here it is March and I'm told "Just a minute son (the weatherman calls me son) it ain't over until the fat lady sings." I'm still looking for that huggable creature, but when I do I'm going to tell her, "Brig has had enough practice driving in this stuff ... SING ALREADY!"

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    1. Woodsterman,
      LOL, Only you!
      You know she will only sing when she is darn good and ready.
      Hugs are a big deal around cowcamp... so hug away!

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  9. Double what Odie said. Yesterday a front loader plowed out our road, but it was still heart thumping to get out. Even though I pass days and days without going anywhere when you're snowed in and can't go anywhere it drives you a bit nuts. My Erica kitteh is beside herself.

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    1. Adrienne, Do I detect a bit of cabin fever? We don't get anywhere near the snow that you do. Not sure how I would do in your circumstances. Only snowed in once at a cabin in the back of beyond with all the family. By the end of that "vacation" there were more than a few of the family with short fuses.
      Willie doesn't mind at all as it gives him more time to nap...sigh

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  10. I like the snow but have to admit I only want it for a few days lol. We had it here in Tucson but it didn't last a few hours. Pretty though as it falls

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    1. Rain, I found myself outside at 2AM watching the snow floating down. It was back lighted by the yard light and I would have stayed out longer, but dang, my bones get cold faster than they used to...

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  11. Glad you're enjoying life up there! And that IS the sound of freedom!!!

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    1. Old NFO,
      Thanks, I am. If you ever get this way (book sales, shoot'n) I promise (sorta) to give you warning of incoming hugs.

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  12. What a wonderful place you live in. Granted, I'm about to the point of thinking anywhere without fog would be good, but still... Do you know I've never been in IKEA? Now I'm wondering -- you do have to assemble your breakfast when you go there, without instructions and with at least three missing parts?!

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    1. I've never been anywhere that had an IKEA either. Only heard about them.

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    2. Shoreacres,
      Tule fog was the bane of my existence for a time on the SV ranch. Sure don't miss it.
      LOL, no assembly required for breakfast.
      I like IKEA, and have put together many pieces for family, friends, & myself. Easy peesey, no missing parts! In fact, I may have one of the country's largest collections of Allen wrenches...

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    3. LindaG,
      It isn't to everyone's taste, but maybe someday, huh!

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  13. When I was a young fellow, at the University of New Mexico, my cronies and I used to go out to the flight line at Kirkland AFB to see what was coming through. One day, along with the usual F4, F101, F100 types, there was an F-14. First one any of us had ever seen. I think that was 1971. I saw plenty of Eagles on Okinawa in 1979, they were out of Kadena AFB just up the road from us.

    Sounds like life there is good. Nice to go out for a quiet treat at some place you like.

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    1. Harry,
      Now that I live here I'm looking froward to seeing more of them, In the past when I was visiting up here I found a place that the locals go to to watch them. (West end of PDX) Spent a fair amount of time there, when I was supposedly shopping... It was great to see them again.

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