|at times the road seemed to be a canyon of pines|
|can you say "volcano"?|
Before we got to Sisters, we stopped at Suttle Lake to take a look at the Lodge there. Its a lovely little spot on the shores of an impossibly blue lake. The main lodge is all timber and glass and there are many small wooden cottages scattered around the beautifully maintained grounds, They all looked very attractive and, because of their individual positions in the woods, private and peaceful. We found the day use area and parked in the sun, facing the lake, to enjoy our lunch. It was quite chilly, but the sunshine felt wonderful. The only other people in sight were a couple launching tennis balls into the lake for their two dogs. We couldn't help but think of Ruby and Donner Lake.
|a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is elevated when consumed lakeside...|
|logs rolling on the beach|
|Mom, mom, are you coming back?|
|Mt. Washington with a cloud wreath|
|stark white trees left standing after a huge fire in 2003|
|beautiful meadows between Sisters and Bend. Pole Creek fire smoke cloud starting to layer over the sisters|
|uncontained Pole Creek fire in the mountains|
|see the sprinkler in the mid ground? we wondered if these people were starting to wet their properties in case the wind changed....|
I didn't take pictures of Bend because I was busy looking around. A nice place to live, I think.
Lisa called while we were on the drive home. We had a nice chat about her new house and all the complications she and Chris went through before they finally settled in. We lost cell coverage in the mountains so our conversation was never finished.. I hope we can have some Facetime in the next few days so I can see the house firsthand.
I had a good, long talk with Tom this morning. He said they were thinking of closing up their pool and it made me realize that fall is on our doorstep. Being away from familiar surroundings, and familiar seasonal and weather cues tricks me into forgetting what season it is. Season..... who am I kidding, I forget what MONTH it is if I don't look at my calendar! It seems we're living in a different world than everyone else....Oooh, that sounds "twilight zone"....