Monthly Archives: July 2016

Let’s Go Fishing

When life gives you lemons, instead of making lemonade we went fishing! LOL

It has been a very good month since our last blog post! Here is a recap of what we’ve been up to.

Did someone say “Let’s go fishing”? Yip, that’s what my brother said to me numerous times. So we loaded up his boat and headed up to Paulina Lake. I had never fished for Kokanee and got some real good lessons on what to do. You just anchor and start jigging. What is jigging you ask. There are certain lures that you attach to your line that has a treble hook on it. Apply three kernels of tuna oil soaked corn to the treble hook for bait. Drop the lure to the bottom and reel up a couple of feet, then move the lure up and down to simulate a small fish in distress. We did pretty good and caught our limit of 5 each. It was a gorgeous day on the lake! I learned how to filet fish and ended up with fish taco’s for dinner! Yum Yum!


A few day’s later we headed up to East Lake with a friend of my brother and his boat. It was a lot cooler and experienced a thunder storm when we arrived. We sat in his Jeep for about an hour until it let up and finally launched his boat. Mind you, my brother and his friend know how to fish for Kokanee and I’m just learning. We found a spot in about 30 feet of water and anchored. The fish finder showed lot’s of fish in the area so we knew that this was the spot. Well I’m here to tell ya, it took us a whole 1 1/2 hours to limit out! We spent another hour or so just messing around catching and releasing. My brother tested 9 Kokanee lures he had and caught fish on every one of them. This is a true story, you know fishermen never lie……. That is Paulina Peak in the background.


We took all of our catch over to Salem yesterday and had a fish taco lunch with our Mom, younger brother, his wife and their youngest son. What a great lunch we had with Family! Mom is doing very good at 89 years young and was so good to spend some time with her. Our brother and his wife live with Mom and take care of her needs and do improvements to the house that Mom and Dad built over 40 years ago. As we drove up the driveway we noticed the front deck was missing. Pete had almost removed all of it to replace it with new lumber as the old one was just worn out and tired. I had installed 2 x 4 clear cedar decking back in ’84 and it had seen so much wet weather over the years it was not safe. They have completed several projects over the last couple of years since Dad’s passing and have done a great job on the property.

I’ve also been helping my brother Dan do a few things at a Woman’s Shelter run by The Shepard’s House here in Bend. In order for them to be able to house more Women who need help, they have to make the house ADA compliant. We built a wheel chair ramp and layed some pavers.  That was a fun project that went very well. Dan has also done quite a few projects around the property and there are several more things that we’ll do to help them reach their goal. Becky and I also have spent some time helping serve meals at the Family Center. What a great way to spend some of our retirement time, helping others!

There is just so much to do and see in the Bend area of Central Oregon. Several high lakes to go fishing in and campgrounds all over to park your RV or pitch a tent for a few days and enjoy nature. Numerous hiking trails and home to many lava beds and tubes. The Newberry Crater is just southeast of Bend. You can read about it here. It’s a National Historic Monument full of interesting history. We have yet to uncover all there is to see. Hopefully we will take in the sights before we leave the area and head south in late September.

So you see, when life hands you a detour, you just walk through the door and follow the trail to new and exciting adventures!

Happy Trails!





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Life’s Detour

We left our workamping gig at Crane Prairie RV Resort a couple of weeks ago. There are many reasons why it didn’t work out, let’s just say, it was a blessing in disguise. I’ll share some of the details below and present a few thoughts about what to do in the future when looking for a workamping gig. (Some may call it a Workamping Job, I don’t like the word job so I’ll use gig. I left my job when I retired….)

The work was supposed to be combined 25 hours per week, which was fine with us. It ended up being that we only got two weekends off during a two month period, worked opposite each other and was expected to be available on our off days.  Schedules were changed without prior notice and on and on. We are retired and felt like we were back in the work force again. The owners were not honest about what was expected of us and for that we were left in the dark about our responsibilities. Even those changed as the owners would say do things one way and they would do them another, very difficult to follow. We vacated our spot and went to Bend to park at my brother and sister in-law’s place, which they graciously let us do until we could get our bearing’s on our next chapter in life.

If you are thinking about Workamping, make sure to get a list of responsibilities or job description. If the owners will not provide you with one, I would suggest you look elsewhere. We felt like we didn’t dig deep enough into their business and will take partial blame for what ended up being a bad experience. We definitely learned a lot, and will leave it as a learning experience. Just do your due diligence when looking for a workamp job so there are no surprises that await you.

While we are parked here in Bend it has allowed us to spend quality time with my brother and his wife, which is one of the reasons for being here. I’ve been helping him work over at a Woman’s Center building a ramp for ADA compliance to house more women. We also helped to serve a meal at the Family Shelter one night. This is what life is all about, not working, just living and doing for others. What a blessing! We’ve also been able to go to their church the last two Sunday’s, now that was a true blessing. It’s called the Founders Church, the first church in Bend. They had a BBQ picnic lunch last Sunday after church. The dress is very casual which fit’s into our lifestyle.

I’ve also been able to do a few things to the bus that I have put off for a long time. Fix a leak in our fresh water tank, move the tank and hot water heater, organize my tools and parts and get rid of unneeded stuff! I was able to find a parts bin built out of wood with 4 sliding drawers in it at the Restore store in Bend. Plus I found other a few other goodies that I just couldn’t pass up!

I’m hoping to gain some space in our bays by better organization. I’ve never changed anything in our bays since the initial purchase almost 13 years ago, it was time to make it our own. Plus I’m also planning for some future upgrades that will start to take place late September.

Bend is located in Central Oregon with a lot to see and do. We plan to take advantage of that as much as possible. Fishing, hiking and sightseeing is a good place to start. We went to Smith Rock last weekend and hiked for a while around the rim looking down on the Crooked River canyon. Saw a few climbers on the face of one of the rock walls. The weather was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous!

Smith Rock

My brother Dan and I, along with one of his friends Gary, attended a car show at the Bend Elks yesterday. There was a great showing of some old iron. This pic of a ’56 Chevy shows my brother reflected in the side of it and his friend in the blue jacket. I didn’t notice that until I looked at it later, pretty cool.

Bend Elks Car Show

Becky, Charlene and Gary’s wife Pam went to Sisters yesterday to enjoy their annual Quilt Show. They had a great time looking at all of the quilts on display, and I’m sure came up with a few ideas for their own projects. The guys did their thing while the gals did theirs.

So you see, sometimes things may not work out as planned, but look at what we would have missed out on. When circumstances in life take a detour, look at the positive side, it may turn out better than expected. That is what happened to us!

Happy Trails!



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