Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Playing at the Beach
My Dad and Sharon came over this week for a quick visit in-between Sharon's appointments at OHSU in Portland. She had a knee-replacement surgery about six months ago, the original surgeon ignoring the fact that she is allergic to metal. He said "No problem. Titanium is hyper-allergenic" and went ahead with the surgery without running any further tests. Well, she's having nothing but problems so there's a bunch of testing going on to make sure that it's because of the metal (they're 99.9% sure that it is) before removing the knee. Anyway, they came to visit and I took an impromptu day off of work to enjoy the sun with them. The sun decided to go away about 9 am but we meandered to the beach anyway. Here's a few of the sights we encountered along the way.
Mrs. Raccoon was wet from fishing in-between the big boulders that helps the Columbia River funnel into the Pacific Ocean. She came out to glare at me, "What you looking at?", before heading back into the rocks for more seafood. Sharon kept trying to find her again but had no luck.
Lots of pictures were taken of wildflowers at the beach.
Sharon and I got a little carried away - ended up taking pictures of each other taking pictures. Silly girls!
My Dad standing on the beach at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Coming back into town, we saw a cruise ship coming up the Columbia river. Today's ship was a Carnival Splendor, so we decided to go down to the port and watch them dock.
Watching the crew on board toss the ropes over to the guys on the docks was pretty interesting and fun. A rope's not the easiest thing to throw, it kind of uncoils and falls short of it's mark pretty often. They did finally get it and wrap those big ropes around the yellow anchors on the dock in about four different places. Interesting.
We then wandered home for naps before a dinner of burnt pork chops (so maybe I had the grill a little too hot.), baked potato's and grilled asparagus. It was a fun day at the beach and I'm so glad they came to visit.
May you all be blessed with an impromptu day off and family to share it with...
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