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Update: hikes and miscellaneous

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I haven’t blogged for a while, so I thought I would write a short update. My friend Tim from Nicaragua left last last week. He succeeded in his plan to purchase land in Montana, where he will construct a home and moved back to the US. Before he left, we enjoyed a couple more hikes.



From the cliffs above the Deshutes River





Sunset





The mountains finally have fresh snow. It is only a dusting so far, and the drought is continuing. Our local ski slope has only one inch of snow; they are trying to menu facture more snow so they can open for Thanksgiving. Here is a photo of Mount Jefferson from my recent hike with my friend Hanne.

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As the weather has gotten colder and the days are shorter, I have started taking classes at the gym. I tried tai chi, which was very challenging for me as a beginner. The rest of the tai chi class already knew the moves. I really enjoyed attending my functional fitness classes, and yoga. I’m not sure about tai chi.

I will start in art class, watercolors, on Monday with my friend Moon. And I am going to music class tomorrow. I don’t expect to ever be a great artist, but I enjoy playing with art like a little kid.

I will close with photos from a couple dance performances that I attended. The first group was celebrating Dia de Los Muertos at our downtown art walk. And the second group was performing Hawaiian Hula. I liked that both groups of performers were multi generational, ranging from children to grandparents.

The young man in Aztec dress was an excellent dancer.





And the hula dancers were fun. Particularly the littlest the dancers, who sometimes headed in the wrong direction.





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  • 1ZIPPYC
    Congrats to Tim. Always wanted to visit Montana and of course Oregon! Will one day! Great pics! 🆒
    693 days ago
  • GOULDSGRANITE
    Gorgeous Fall in Oregon. Being artful and creative is awesome. Great that you are able to go the gym now that it has turned colder. Thanks for making me feel like I was on the cliff admiring the Deschutes!
    710 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Alison...........A friend of mine teaches Tai Chi at a hospital about 18 miles from us. She loves it and has even talked her husband into doing it. I think that it would be very good for balance, which is what I need to work on since my surgeries.

    Like Gail, I have also wondered where your friend Tim is originally from and how he ended up in Nicaragua. After hiking in Oregon, I thought he would look for land there. Montana is beautiful too, but I would still choose Oregon.

    You are so lucky to have such multi-cultural events take place so close to you. My DIL and my Mom and I are going to a program on Saturday that will take place in my Great-Grandfather's Brewery. When they came to America from Germany, he and his brothers started the Brewery and were very successful for many years..............until prohibition. Then they sold soft drinks like bottled lemonade, an orange drink, and root beer. The program we are going to will include a craft sale, a musical presentation put on by the school that Elizabeth goes to (she will be in it) and a history of the Brewery itself. My Mom will really enjoy this, as this was her Grandfather and Uncles.
    710 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    Wondering how your friend ended up in Nicaragua. We visited there as one of our stops on the Panama Canal cruise, and the poverty and filth were terribly upsetting. I sometimes wonder if tourism serves any positive purpose to the people of third-world countries. I know that jobs are created, but perhaps the money spent building cruise ship terminals, and roads to attractions could be better used for education and health care.

    Gail
    710 days ago
  • GGRSPARK
    —- should have persisted. Keep at it. You may surprise yourself.
    710 days ago
  • GGRSPARK
    You have a varied an interesting life. I admire your attitude to art, I was never very good at it but enjoyed my art classes in university until my prof said I was not doing better than average. I switched to Literature at that point...I should have
    710 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Very cool photos.
    710 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Thanks for the photos. Have a great week.
    710 days ago
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