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Hikes and Dinner Party

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

I enjoyed finding a new hike earlier this week. It is in a very popular park, but it is across the road from the main area. It is much less crowded than the popular main trail. I hiked it twice, once by myself, and once with a new hiking companion, Joanne. The trail follows Tumalo Creek.

Asters were still booming.

And snowbush had its characteristic white berries.

I also hiked with my friend Linda R. She had never hiked at Sparks Lake, so that’s where we went.

Linda R on the trail.


South Sister had a dusting of new snow.

Broken Top

I am feeling more confident about hiking with other people. I still need to go at my own moderate pace; and I can’t go quite as far as I used to. But I love hiking, and it is great exercise.

Last night I had four friends over for dinner. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. I set up small tables on my large front porch. My outdoor furniture table is only 4 feet across, so I wanted everyone to be able to sit 6 feet apart. However, everyone else eventually moved their tables closer together.. I guess they were not comfortable with the 6 foot distance in a social setting; but they were still farther apart than pre-pandemic seating. I served Indian food; I modified the chicken curry and rice pilaf recipes to be lower fat. It was delicious.

When winter and cold weather arrive, I will miss our occasional social get-togethers, which have always been outdoors during the pandemic. None of us feel comfortable with indoor social events yet. The COVID-19 cases in our area are continuing to rise. The local school district had to cancel their plans to re-open next week; the COVID-19 cases increased beyond the level where school openings are allowed in our state. Cases have spiked after every holiday weekend.

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  • JIBBIE49
    33 days ago
    Like the pics. Glad you had a good time. I wouldn't be comfortable doing in house social visiting either. We haven't even been in a restaurant in many months. I miss the good old days before Covid19!
    44 days ago
    Love the pictures of your hikes. Your dinner party sounded great. We just need heat on the patio for the next one! In joy! emoticon
    50 days ago
    love the photos Our nursing home in the next 2 towns has been devastating the one they caled in the National Guard 85 residents have Covid along woth 15 staff so that is 10 & 16 died so far, The other nursing home in the other town have 55 with 1 death.
    We go nowhere I feel like many others trapped in a bubble and cannot break out.It is like being in the Twilight Zone & Rod Serling is the director .
    JFK airport is only a shell only a few people traveling I remember when I went to Israel form there it was packed years back.
    We have been watching the news in the past about the fires looks like you all are getting releif now.Take care
    55 days ago
    Love seeing your pictures of mountains! Looks like such a beautiful area!
    57 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Your pictures always cheer me up. Maritimer told thr Ontario story so well, I can’t add much. The dinner sounds wonderful. Let’s hope we can have a few more days like that one before the snow.
    59 days ago
    Beautiful photos (thanks)!
    I am scrolling around for a few minor distractions this AM as I face what will be dear ol’ Blue’s last day... He just couldn’t get comfortable last night despite extra pain medicine. Appetite is beginning to flag also. Mommy will not let him suffer.
    59 days ago
    Hi Alison...............
    I can imagine you smiling as I read about your hikes. I know how much you missed them during the wild fires and just being in your beautiful hiking areas is uplifting.

    Our social gatherings have all been outside and socially distant too and we are not willing to get together inside when it turns colder. Our COVID numbers have increased, schools are closing again, and I really feel that this is the only way to slow it down and hopefully stop it eventually..............stay home and if you have to go out, make sure you are wearing a mask. We can do this if we all work together but our country is so divided right now that that doesn't seem possible. Sad.............
    59 days ago
    Covid #'s are on the rise here too, Alison. Ontario is seeing between 400 and 700 new cases/day, with most of the new cases being in the 20-40 age range. Our schools opened on September 13, but several have already had to close. The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario expects the 2nd wave (which they just admitted is here!) to peak between mid- and late-October. I think that may be optimistic. #'s on the week-end were higher than the highest #'s of the first wave in mid-April.

    I'm glad you are still getting out hiking, and that you have such beautiful locations. How far do you drive to reach the places you hike?

    Have the forest fires in your area been brought under control? We are having some rain every day this week, but this September is still going to be one of the driest on record. I saw an item on TV news today that one of the large rivers in Maine (the Arostook, I think) has areas with only 5" of water.

    Take care; I think we're in for a long, hard winter with Covid.

    60 days ago
    60 days ago
    Beeeeauuutiful pix,my friend!

    We are in the same boat...going to miss the tiny bit of socializing we can do outdoors for now.
    60 days ago
    Such lovely pics.
    60 days ago
    Wonderful photos of your hike and hiking buddies.
    60 days ago
    What a lovely hike!
    60 days ago
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