Sunday, September 09, 2007

But then I regress

I never finished my blog about the Short Blond Girl's visit to Oregon from way back East, so here it is.

Michelle takes after her dad in the love of photography but the interesting thing I saw after viewing her pictures is that we took almost the same pictures. This one is a good example. She is taking a picture of me taking a picture of her.

We decided to take a trip to the King Estate Winery just as we did with her parents on their marvelous visit. Here we see a Yellow Lotus and an Audi TT next to a wine vat.

Then looking down the drive a couple on a Harley pulled into the lot.

Isaac showed Michelle around the campus of the vineyard.

Then I got a picture of the main building from below.

We next went to the Sweet Cheeks Winery just up the road.

Here is their logo and some of the Sweet Cheeks award winning wines.

They had a professional band playing some great music in their courtyard.

The also had a a cool bubbling fountain and the courtyard was great for purchased wine and cheese or you could even bring your own picnic.

Next we stopped at the Saginaw Winery where I got this shot of a birdhouse.

Unlike King Estate and Sweet Cheeks the Saginaw winery is very rustic, small and a working vineyard and sheep ranch. The tasting room is in an old converted barn.

It is very rustic but the wines I am told are some of the best in Oregon.

Not quite the patio at Sweet Cheeks but I really like this place.

A side trip to Westfir and the Covered Bridge there. This is a shot of a nearby railroad bridge through the window of the covered bridge.

Meanwhile Michelle was snapping away in the bridge.

...and snapping

... and snapping

...and snapping .

Isaac was busy walking the Railroad tracks taking even more pictures.

Isaac also offered some photography hints to this police officer and his K-9 companion

From Westfir we took off for another of our favorites - Salt Creek Falls. Salt Creek Falls is a spectacular site and the second highest falls in Oregon. It is the most powerful waterfall in Southern Oregon with an average yearly flow of about 50,000 gallons per minute (enough water to supply all the water needs of a community of about 180,000 people).

Isaac and Michelle hiked to the bottom of the falls to take a few pictures and I got this one of them returning.

Now this is a very steep cliff. It takes about four seconds for the interior of the water column to fall the 286 feet to the bottom on the falls.

I wasn't thinking of water falling as Michelle climbed to the top of a stone post to get a shot of the falls.

Then she leaned a little farther out. *whew*

Finally safe she got another shot of me taking a picture of both her and Isaac.

She also got several shots of this and other motorcycles for Jason.

Next we went to Waldo Lake where I got this picture of balanced (man made) rocks on the shore.

I really like this one of Isaac and Sharyn. I told her I thought she must truly be thinking Isaac walks on water.

Finally, Michelle was caught taking a picture of Isaac taking a picture of Waldo lake.

... and I got one last picture of Michelle standing on a rock in the lake. It was a great visit and wonderful seeing Michelle we do miss seeing her parents and think of all of them including Jason and Nicole and Bryan and Sarah and the children.

Scrabble Score Scrabble Queen 357 - The Contender 412

Quote of the Day ~
Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends.” ~ Unattributed


Anonymous said...

Great Blog!

Michelle said...

wow. it is an honor to be the "featured highlight" of your blog. thank you for a wonderful visit!
i miss you all so much.

MCC said...

I came across your blog by accident, but I'm going to keep up with it. I lived in CG for 29 years and the photos brought me back. Especially the Westfir pics. My mother was born in Westfir and I've been on that bridge! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


©Paul Viel