Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rocket Scientist as Fisherman

One of Dean's joys of visiting Ashland, besides grandchildren, is fishing the Rogue River. You hire a guide who knows the river and all you do is fish. Dean's guide also fished in a style that Dean has been learning, so he was glad to have extra expert instruction. 

The guide controls the boat and the fisherman casts ~ 

~ and casts,

~ and casts.

And then Success!!

This is Teresa, Dean's guide and expert fisher and teacher, showing off Dean's catch. 
This is a steelhead trout, a rainbow trout that has swum upstream from the Pacific creating a very salmon tasting meat. This particular one is also one that Dean was allowed to keep rather than catch and release which is his normal way to fish.
Due to life circumstances, we ended up giving the fish to son-in-law Marc who loves fish and who, I am sure, delighted in a fresh catch. 
There is always a tall tale to go along with a day of fishing. Dean also caught another, larger trout which jumped and released itself. "It was a beautiful fish." And of course he had a witness so the tale is probably not so tall after all.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ashland Fall

Ashland was beautiful this fall so here are just a few of the wonderful views we had as we ambled through Lithia Park and around town.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Rocket Scientist

I'm going to take credit for the idea. The rest was up to Dean. Dean worked on the Saturn V project for NASA which designed and built the rocket that took the first humans to the moon. I thought it might be nice if he spoke to the grands' science classes if their teachers would be interested. Well, the teachers were Very interested. And so for three classes at the high school and three at the middle school, Dean spoke on the history of technology, what is happening today, and what will be available in the future that will impact the students' lives. 

At the high school, the student newspaper came to interview him and take some pictures, allowing the question at the middle school, "Are you famous and do you have paparazzi?" to be answered, "No but yesterday the high school newspaper interviewed me." The young man who was the newspaper photographer, told Dean he was amazing and inspiring because that was exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Wow. 
Questions ranged from educational preparation to if the moon landing was real to Area 51. 
Having not worked with teens in a while, I was interested in the fact that the middle school kids were much more engaged and fascinated. 

When Dean discussed the future of technology, he was able to point to the chart above his head that stops with millimeters and move on across the wall to include a nanometer which is 1/10,000th of a human hair. The kids loved the fact that their cell phones had more capability than the super computer which sent the Saturn V into space.

In one class hands were up almost before he reached the front of the room. They were all interested and engaged though. Some of them asked questions that used technical language, proving they had watched a movie or a documentary or read a science magazine. In every class Dean would ask who might be interested in science or engineering. In every class at least a few hands went up. Given that response and the nature of most of the questions, the future of science and technology is in good hands.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ashland Contrasts

Grandpa and I took Akira shopping. We actually went shopping and Akira went along ~ and found a pair of boots that he wanted on sale. Good sturdy, steel-toed work boots. Meanwhile, Trinity had gone to the mall with a friend and taken her own money. She found a pair of boots on sale that she really wanted. Interesting contrast in boot styles. 

Brother of the fly away curls and Sister of the straight, sleek pony tail. 

Daughter and Mama and

Me - the matriarch. All with the same delighted smile. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Finally Fall

We slept with a little, gentle, lull me to sleep, rain last night and this morning woke to a beautiful fall morning. Here are some Ashland views as we wandered around with Akira.

My two good looking men.

Another angle.

Marc in his Dr. Who scarf which Michelle knitted him for Christmas with no help from the BBC website where you can go if you are so inclined. I love it! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rockin' and Rollin'

We spent the night at the McCloud Hotel. We drove to Ashland in a beautiful morning until the last 10 minutes of the drive during which there was rain and heavy fog. We arrived at our camp site to find it occupied. That worked out, we started to set up. The pop-up motor died and the crank stripped. Michelle's timely arrival with a ratchet wrench saved the day. A 20 minute set up process took 3 hours in the rain. We arrived at Michelle's at 1:35, Dean turned on the Cowboys' game and he wasn't allowed to watch it on his computer. Except he was supposed to be able to do that. A rather long phone call to whomever finally got him a new app and he settled in for the last half.

We left the house while it was still a little light but by the time we reached camp it was dark. We pulled the suitcases, food box and cooler out of the truck, got them in the camper and the rain started to Pour. And pour. And pour. When the rain stopped pouring. the wind started. The rain was loud, the wind was hard. I admit to being a little scared a couple of times. I came within a hair's breadth of calling Michelle and saying Come get me!!

The good thing was that Emigrant Lake is a plug in camp ground so we have electricity. For the first time we turned on the heat control on the bed. Sweet. In spite of the wind and rain, we stayed warm. Warm is good. Warm keeps the muscles from tightening up any more than they already have from nerves. Warm allows you to sleep when the wind and rain stops swirling around you. And ~ it was with a grateful smile that I looked out and saw this sunrise.

We dressed quickly, had some breakfast and headed to Michelle's.
It was also with gratitude I saw these smiles of welcome. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The End of the Rainbow

I ended the last blog by asking if I had walked into the field would I come to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Well, probably not ~ and . . . when we got to McCloud we found a gem at the end of the rainbow trip. 

This is the McCloud Hotel. An absolutely lovely hotel. I would call it more a cross between a hotel and a B&B. It has maybe 20 or less rooms. There is a small restaurant and a lovely complimentary breakfast. The rooms are large and cozy.

Our bed.

The other end of the room. 

The living room where we had wine and cheese between 4 and 5.

The Sage Restaurant where we had a lovely dinner at the romantic table in the corner and breakfast at the table by the window.

Dean at the beginning breakfast buffet ~ homemade coffee cake, delicious fruit, and homemade granola. 

And then you get of choose from the menu. Dean had Lemon Ricotta pancakes and I had a crustless spinach quiche. Both were delicious. And complimentary. 

And on the way to Ashland we were blessed again by a rainbow. That blessing lasted until the last ten minutes of rain and fog. We are here and happy and safe and our decision to stay in McCloud was a very good and safe decision.