July 29, 2012 – Living in Paradise

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Have not been able to do blogs for some time. Verizon service seems to be getting more difficult to get. Wondering if they are scaling back the number of towers they broadcast from. The air card has been working some what, and the smart phone hot spot, was not useable at all in Paradise. We did however get limited voice services. Paradise Thousand Trails is not a park to do any work that is dependent upon wireless service. Our Wilson signal booster was of no value in this park. So if you have been wondering what happened to the blogs, we have been in a data signal dead zone.
We had a great time visiting Barbabra and her family in Yakima. They are building a new cabin around their current one. The current one is one room with a loft and smaller than a most storage units you might find at Home Depot. Myke is building his own beams by laminating boards together. He is a good carpenter, brave and judging by the property, rather ambitious. I wish I could have stayed and helped, but I would probably be more in the way than a help any how. The new cabin will be really awesome, and over looking a stream. I hope they invite us back to see the finished product. It is a beautiful property, and we have really enjoy them.
On the way to Yakima, we got our windshield cracked on the RV due to a high speed driver in a construction zone. Novus sent a man out to Paradise Thousand Trails, where he drilled out the crack on the window and filled it with hard white stuff, and said it would not ever break there again. Took him about an hour and only cost us $70 with tax. He says the fix is guaranteed for the life of Novus. Novus did us well, and we would recommend them to any one with cracked glass.

Now that all the work is done, it is time to hit the hot tub and swim, but something happened at the park. They had a worse day than us with their equipment. The pool filter system exploded and and sent the lid in the air, and all the sand out into the road. All the pools and hot tub were shut until further notice. They ordered parts, but I think they might be like the spring for the RV, and made at the time of order. :( The weather never got warm anyway, just clouds and drizzle, so not the greatest loss ever.

So with all that just what did we do?

Athena took me to Jae’s Condo in Portland, Oregon so I could visit Jae, while she and the Girls went to My sister’s baby shower.
Athena took me to Jae’s Condo in Portland, Oregon so I could visit Jae, while she and the Girls went to My sister’s baby shower.
I liked his new condo so much, that I decided to have a party there and invite all my Portland family to come. Only Ana and Brad were able to make it. When you call every one the night before, some have a hard time working it into their schedule. That’s OK though, he only had 8 pair of 3D glasses. Not sure what we would have done if all of us nerds actually showed up. By the way, thank you Jae for letting me host a party in your condo with no notice. Your an awesome brother and friend.
I liked his new condo so much, that I decided to have a party there and invite all my Portland family to come. Only Ana and Brad were able to make it. When you call every one the night before, some have a hard time working it into their schedule. That’s OK though, he only had 8 pair of 3D glasses. Not sure what we would have done if all of us nerds actually showed up. By the way, thank you Jae for letting me host a party in your condo with no notice. Your an awesome brother and friend.
We went Grocery shopping and found this awesome robot at Winco, it serves freshly ground coffee. Right now, it is grinding the beans. Can’t wait to try the coffee.
We went Grocery shopping and found this awesome robot at Winco, it serves freshly ground coffee. Right now, it is grinding the beans. Can’t wait to try the coffee.
The thing takes credit cards! and serves hot chocolate too… The girls found it, and boy am I debt!
The thing takes credit cards! and serves hot chocolate too… The girls found it, and boy am I debt!
Back at Camp. It is dark in the trees. Turns out I am like a bird, the light goes away, I go to sleep. The problem is, with the clouds, the light did not return until noon. I have suddenly began sleeping like a teenager.
Back at Camp. It is dark in the trees. Turns out I am like a bird, the light goes away, I go to sleep. The problem is, with the clouds, the light did not return until noon. I have suddenly began sleeping like a teenager.
We met another family with 8 kids, 2 cousins, 1 grandma, and 1 great grandma. Our kids, had a great time with their family. Some of them were Mormon, but they were all really nice people. Now if only they were not indoctrinated with Washington political snuff. Washington is so nutty, that not even the Mormons will vote for Romney. They are good people though and we like them in spite of their political views. :)Does any one like Romney?
We met another family with 8 kids, 2 cousins, 1 grandma, and 1 great grandma. Our kids, had a great time with their family. Some of them were Mormon, but they were all really nice people. Now if only they were not indoctrinated with Washington political snuff. Washington is so nutty, that not even the Mormons will vote for Romney. They are good people though and we like them in spite of their political views. :)Does any one like Romney?
Time for true grit! Grandma cuts hair… She likes clean cut boys, but today boys like to look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Needless to say grandma was victorious.
Time for true grit! Grandma cuts hair… She likes clean cut boys, but today boys like to look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Needless to say grandma was victorious.
Everyone except the cousins eventually left. The cousins hung out with us, and took an nice boat ride and concocted some ambitious plans of their own.
Everyone except the cousins eventually left. The cousins hung out with us, and took an nice boat ride and concocted some ambitious plans of their own.
That involved teaching Alex to make cookies; but paying attention was difficult for him.
That involved teaching Alex to make cookies; but paying attention was difficult for him.
The climax of the their plan, no, not a party! Oh me oh my, I think I will hide in my office. They they can have their fun. Oh no, Taylor Swift is playing on the speaker in my office too. Linda, I am holding you responsible for this one, you bought Holly that CD. “)
The climax of the their plan, no, not a party! Oh me oh my, I think I will hide in my office. They they can have their fun. Oh no, Taylor Swift is playing on the speaker in my office too. Linda, I am holding you responsible for this one, you bought Holly that CD. “)
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll
Let the good times roll

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Too scary, not time yet, can you stand further apart! and make me think you don’t like each other. Come on humor me… Well, I guess your growing up, just don’t do it so fast. He is a nice kid, but he is a kid. :)
Too scary, not time yet, can you stand further apart! and make me think you don’t like each other. Come on humor me…
Well, I guess your growing up, just don’t do it so fast. He is a nice kid, but he is a kid. 🙂
We drive to Troutdale, and see My sister Marnie and Makayla. We had a nice time there, then they came out and spent the day with us in Paradise. We sure enjoyed having them out here with us.
We drive to Troutdale, and see My sister Marnie and Makayla. We had a nice time there, then they came out and spent the day with us in Paradise. We sure enjoyed having them out here with us.
Then we went out in search of Mt. Saint Helens. We are standing in the blast zone on the Toutle river just east of Toledo. What we learn on this trip, is that in 30 short years, there are trees, more elk than before the blast, fish in the streams returning rapidly, and naturally. When the volcano Blew, scientist told it would be hundred of years before nature returned. I think each of our years equals 100 scientist years. I could see though why scientist think that 100 years elapses each year, time really passes slowly when reading a science book. So, I will stick with intelligent design, young earth, and 6 days of creation, while they live in their time warp. No if only the clouds would lift and we could see the mountain.
Then we went out in search of Mt. Saint Helens. We are standing in the blast zone on the Toutle river just east of Toledo. What we learn on this trip, is that in 30 short years, there are trees, more elk than before the blast, fish in the streams returning rapidly, and naturally. When the volcano Blew, scientist told it would be hundred of years before nature returned. I think each of our years equals 100 scientist years. I could see though why scientist think that 100 years elapses each year, time really passes slowly when reading a science book. So, I will stick with intelligent design, young earth, and 6 days of creation, while they live in their time warp. No if only the clouds would lift and we could see the mountain.
“Grandpa Bob! We made an amazing discovery!” – Holly
“Grandpa Bob! We made an amazing discovery!” – Holly
“This rock was made in 1981! You were not kidding when you said you were older than dirt! We will never doubt you again.” – Holly
“This rock was made in 1981! You were not kidding when you said you were older than dirt! We will never doubt you again.” – Holly
After a day of searching, we found Mt. St. Helens! Looks a little ominous hiding behind that cloud, but perhaps it is bashful. In any case, it cave a us peak. Now that we have come this far, we are terribly hungry, so we drive down the mountain to the fire grill and have lunch. If we come again, we will keep driving, no matter how hungry we are. Four hamburgers made from frozen quarter pounders for $63.00 got to be kidding. I guess we must have been paying for the view, which it did have. Well going to the mountain took everything out of me, I was really death warmed over, but Holly made it worth my time. When we got home, she said “Dad,that was wicked Awesome”, I think that means in my speak “Totally Gnarly”, or in other generations “That was Bad”, “Cool”, “totally trippin”…. any way, I decided it was a compliment.
After a day of searching, we found Mt. St. Helens! Looks a little ominous hiding behind that cloud, but perhaps it is bashful. In any case, it cave a us peak. Now that we have come this far, we are terribly hungry, so we drive down the mountain to the fire grill and have lunch. If we come again, we will keep driving, no matter how hungry we are. Four hamburgers made from frozen quarter pounders for $63.00 got to be kidding. I guess we must have been paying for the view, which it did have.
Well going to the mountain took everything out of me, I was really death warmed over, but Holly made it worth my time.
When we got home, she said “Dad,that was wicked Awesome”, I think that means in my speak “Totally Gnarly”, or in other generations “That was Bad”, “Cool”, “totally trippin”…. any way, I decided it was a compliment.

 

 Good Evening, and Good Night….
One last question: What do you get when you cross Tinker Bell with an engineer? – Looks Marvelous
One last question:
What do you get when you cross Tinker Bell with an engineer? – Looks Marvelous
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