We stayed at our favorite local RV park: On the River Golf and RV Park. It's very close to Chantal and overlooks the South Umpqua River. Golf enthusiasts be warned: the golf course is a very short six holes!
This time we got a site backing up to the river. Though the neighbors are fairly close, we had a nice expanse of lawn behind our rig and terrific views of the river. We enjoy hiking up the mountain behind the RV park (they own over 100 acres) to pick buckets of blackberries and search for the Scottish Highlander cattle that roam the hillside.
|Site #8 with the lovely grassy area and river behind us.|
|View of the South Umpqua River behind our site.|
|Dad and Hans try to reason with a Scottish Highlander cow.|
|They all have these wonderful horns.|
|The stock ponds were full of lillies...and photobombing frogs!|
|One of many days picking blackberries.|
Chantal joined us after work one evening at the weekly summer concert in nearby Myrtle Creek.
|Chantal and her grandfather.|
Chantal is an extremely crafty woman and she taught me how to wet felt one afternoon...so fun!
|Wet felting is best done outdoors, it is messy!|
Every time we visit Chantal and James we like to do some projects around their property. This time we had the pleasure of riding a lawnmower for the first time...us city slickers had only used push mowers before. We were excited we arrived just before mowing was outlawed for the rest of the summer due to fire hazard!
We accomplished several projects during our stay, the largest being demolition of the old garden shed and wood bin. James will build a new larger structure, hopefully before the rainy season begins.
|This has got to go!|
|Six intense hours over two days and it was cleared!|
We made a quick weekend getaway to Portland with Chantal, where we saw a local surf band, Satan's Pilgrims.
|Mother and daughter rocking out to the Satan's Pilgrims!|
|We loved being back in healthy green forest.|
|Many varieties of salmon run the North Umpqua, though we did not see any at this time.|
|Deadline Falls may be a good place to watch for salmon when we pass through here again in October.|
|I've seen photos of salmon jumping the pounding center of the flow!|
Tomorrow will be bittersweet as we move north to Eugene. It's been wonderful to spend some quality time with Chantal and James...but it's also good to be on the move again!