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  • annerunningragged


We all know that rain and Oregon go hand-in-hand. You know, like peanut butter and jelly or running tights and comfort (trust me on this). But flooding rains never applied to me. I don't live on the beach or lakeside or even on a river. What I do have is a little creek that is on the back end of my property. When I moved in, I put up a fence around the yard to have a place where my dogs to run around. I also didn't want them to have access to the creek so there wouldn't be a daily need to wash the dogs.


Last Thursday, my area got a flood warning. This meant to me, LOTS of rain. No beach hikes, no runs, no dog walks, etc. Also, usually lots of rain means the potential of losing power. And then the rains came. Hard Rains, rains in sheets, sideways rain, thick rain, rain gumbo (just kidding about that one). Friday morning when we got up, the back yard was under water.


The 'creek' was now a raging river and my new backyard lake was rising rapidly. This is another view of my back yard, but take notice behind my fence at the creek.



We got everything we could up off the floor.

And soon this water was in my downstairs



This is not the feeling you want when your feet sink into your carpet.

With the aid of 2 sump pumps, a wet vac, and 3 fans, my downstairs is now dry. Words that I no longer want to hear: rising water, damp, dampness, soggy, moist, moisture, moistness, wet, wetness, and 'no flood coverage'........


OK its time for some cuteness.



A morning with Madeline gave me some adorable pictures.




Getting her hair fixed just right.



I think I see the big dipper.



I can't find the right color.




Baby taking care of her baby, and big brother has his favorite transformer.



I purchased a monocular a few weeks ago. I can attach my iphone to it and get a great zoom shot. It can be a bit awkward getting it attached just right, but I still love the results. So just when you were thinking you've had enough of all my ocean/beach pictures, hang on because I have so many to share!








Balancing on the rocks:


And REALLY balancing on the rocks.


Today was grooming day for Jake. I am definitely getting better at this and he is glad for that. Why isn't he bald?


If this was a hair transplant procedure, my legs are not where it should go.




And finally:

Sunday morning snuggles.


Have a great week everyone.


One step at a time (even if it's soggy),



Anne

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  • annerunningragged


Our second home rental gave us this view from the back patio. Ahhhhhhhh. Need I say more?



I give all the credit to my daughter who did all the research and found these perfect places for us to stay.



Upon investigation, this guy was found just outside our front lawn. The kids got a lesson on what a real rooster sounds like. They got to hear him not just first thing in the morning about ever hour after that throughout the day.



Madeline seems to be saying "If I can just take this without waking her..."




I really think you could use some moisturizer...



Between the yard and the ocean was solid lava. A hike along it showed some interesting and beautiful designs.


Yes, I actually tried to pick up this 'egg'.



Apparently Lava comes from a lava rock tree.




Finn says never turn your back on the ocean




I think the whole group agreed that the best park/beach/snorkeling area was Richardson Ocean Park. Doesn't sound very Hawaiian, does it? Ok, well it is on Kalanianaole Street, does that help?





My first time on a black sand beach.





The park was filled with lots of lagoons like this.

The snorkeling was great and the water was sooo warm. I could snorkel all day.....





A trip to Ka Lae (or South Point) was made. It is the southern most point of the United States. Now if you are about to say you thought Key West had that distinction, Key West is for the contiguous states)

And of course there was a platform to jump off the cliffside....... It was a l-o-o-o-n-g way down. My son, Nick, was the only one brave enough to actually jump. He was actually the only one who even considered it.


A part of the volcano national park is a visit to the lava tubes.




Gotta have one more sunset.....



Once I was home, a visit and ride on Durango was needed.



And now back to 'post-paradise'.......cleaning, laundry, yardwork, paying bills.....


One step at a time,




Anne

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Although the pre-flight COVID and health paperwork was crazy.......it was also soo worth it. 5-1/2 hours from Portland and this was my view of the island of Hawaii. Also known as "the big island".



Our first stay was an airbnb in Kailua-Kona. And this was our deck view. This was the first time 'never leaving' came to mind.



Even Madeline loved sitting and watching the ocean, the birds, and the surfers.



This was the resident cat. We gave him a different name every time we saw him. (Think: Boots, Mittens, Felix, Whiskers, Franklin, coco, ...you get the idea.)

This was her preferred way to sit.



Our first day was a snorkeling trip to swim with the dolphins. Although you are not allowed to touch them, they come so close that you could have!



One of the areas we snorkeled was near Kona. This is also where the Ironman competition takes place and I could see the athletes training in the bay.

And of course they were riding bikes and running too. And because I ran on the same road as they did.....well you could say I was training with the Ironman competitors.



Another day our whole group went deep sea fishing. It was a long day for these two. And it was really too hot and sunny out on the deck for them.







Unfortunately there were no fish brought on deck either. So here is my son, Nick, posing with the catch of the day.



Gotta stick one of my sunset pictures in ....



Chameleons in Hawaii look different than the ones I'm used to... and, yes, that is real.



If I ever have a boat, I think I will have to name it the same as this one.


During my visit, I posted a question on Facebook to ask if anyone could come up with a good reason why I shouldn't sell everything and move to Hawaii. Although the question was tongue-in-cheek, some people took it very seriously. But my take-away from the answers is this: People who had even the slightest inkling that now they might come visit me, told me to "Go for it!" (You know who your are). :)



A trip to one of the many Farmer's markets was always fun.



Finn was especially excited over his magnetic lizard.




One evening's entertainment was who could crack open a coconut without any tools. Flashbacks to Castaway.....



And now you need a break from "What I did on my summer vacation". Plus I am studying for my Private Investigator License. More on that later.


Have a wonderful evening and stay tuned to Part II.


One step at a time,



Anne

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