Monday, October 28, 2013

Good Intentions.....

On Wednesday Mr. Squash and I loaded up the fishing gear, packed a nice lunch, stopped at Starbucks to fill up our thermoses and headed down to Oregon to fish the Wallowa River.  It was still gorgeous and sunny and looked to be the perfect last day for fishing trout this year.

We encountered this gorgeous scenery on the way.  This was taken up near the top of Tollgate Pass in NE Oregon.  See the moon in the sky?

When I zoomed in on the landscape I saw this wonderful clearing amongst the golden larch trees and pines.  We thought it would be really neat to have a cabin in that clearing!

When we reached the fishing spot it was 34 degrees and shady all along the river!  No way were we going to fish and even if we did, we wouldn't have been dressed warmly enough.  So, we thought why not drive up to Wallowa Lake.   As we headed that way we passed the sign for Hwy 3 and decided to take it instead.  We've always wanted to see the area between Enterprise, OR and Clarkson, WA.

I must say we were not disappointed!  The drive took us up past 5,000 feet at one point!  The larch trees were in full, golden splendor as were all the other deciduous trees and foliage!  This spot turned out to be Joseph Canyon. looking back toward Idaho.  The Nez Perce called this home for a very long time.
If you click on the photo you can read a little bit about this spot.  Sadly US Government troops eventually ran the Nez Perce out of this area to reservations.
As we headed north toward the SE corner of Washington state, the views became more and more expansive!  Down in the crook of the hills where you see all the green trees is the Grand Ronde River.  One day we plan a guided fishing trip on the Grande Ronde for Steelhead.
Here is a closeup of some of the changing foliage - just breathtaking!  We realized we're getting really good at packing up the fishing gear and driving it around - lol!  All in all our round trip was just under 300 miles for the day!  Not what we expected at all, but it was well worth the trip!
A few days ago I showed you the great colors in the Squash House yard.  Tomorrow we're expecting much colder weather and high winds.  The leaves are beginning to fall quickly and will soon be a memory.
Look how much more brilliant our maples have gotten in just a few days.  The squirrels are running around like crazy gathering and burying their winter stores.  Sasha so wants to go out and chase them around, but these days she just gets to watch a lot of birdie and squirrel TV!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blame it on the Full Moon...

I've been away from blogland for a while because we've been having a spectacular Fall.  Every day is sunny, clear and nearly 70 degrees.  They say it will stay this way for a while, too!  I've been doing quite a bit of sewing, too, but most of it is Supreme sewing which I can't show you just yet.  
I did finish a little sewing of my own.  Do you see the error of my ways? I somehow managed to twist the blocks the wrong way in the top and bottom rows.  I can't believe I did this, but I might just leave it and call it my "Maverick" block.   Or, knowing me, I'll rip it out and resew those rows before putting the quilt top together.   I'm blaming it on the recent full moon!
Check out the blue sky looking to the east from our backyard!  Our neighbor's maple always turns first, and ours are last to go.  We've done a bit of garden cleanup but there will be more to come once we get some freezing at night.  I have no idea why we haven't had a hard freeze yet with the clear days, but I'm not complaining!  Even the rhubarb is still producing!
Another reason I've been out of blogland is that we've been doing a few Squash House improvements.  The other day I painted the planter box out front.  I chose a blue almost identical to the blue in our barn quilt.  We had the house painted this summer so everything looks crisp and clean!  
Here is a view looking out toward the street at our Dogwood trees.  This year they are as red as we've ever seen them!  We have a gang of Flicker's that arrive every year to feast on the berries they produce.

As you read this Mr. Squash and I are fishing on the Wallowa River in Oregon.  We decided to go over for just the day since the weather is so nice.  Trout season ends on October 31st.  Hopefully I'll have some great fishing pics on my next post!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Best Friends...Finally!

Harmony at the Squash House.  All is well in the world!