A small update

I put the finishing touches to The Viral Blues this morning before dogs and family started stirring.

From my perspective, it was good enough to share with critique partners, but I have a lot to fix. They were all fast today, and I had responses before we even finished our goofing around for the day.

We decided to drive back to Donnelly, absent the trailer. My USFS maps indicate a lot of campgrounds on the back side of Cascade Reservoir. In all these years, I’ve never taken the drive around the lake, and today was the day.

The best campgrounds were near Donnelly, and after the pavement ended there wasn’t a lot to offer on that front. Beautiful, no doubt, but not quite what we were looking for in a campground. (There is a custom hat maker in Donnelly, but I resisted. This is like catnip to me, but when you’re broke all the time you have to behave.)

I was a bit disappointed in the road maintenance. The Forest Circus usually keeps the roads bladed pretty well, and while this road is big, it’s a pothole and washboard disaster.

We stopped one place to let the dogs potty. Otto was impressed that squirrels here live in the ground. He sniffed and dug at several holes. Frankie just freaks out, because she loves her own yard.

I snapped a few photos, but they all came out about the same. Here is one if you’d like to get a look at the scenery.

A more responsible photographer would have stepped off the road

There are ospreys everywhere you look, but not an eagle in sight. We also saw tons of pretty songbirds, and a few white pelicans on the water.

We’re getting ready for supper right now. I worked through one of the critiques, but am saving the others for later. I’m off Monday too, and that might be a good time for those.

If I get far enough, I might start the word searches on Serang.

Here is a still life from inside the camper.

I’ll probably fiddle around with Pinterest or something after supper. We thought about bringing a DVD of Captain Marvel, but blew it off.

We’ll go home at a leisurely pace tomorrow. That will give us time to wash the camper off, put our stuff away, and still have a day to accomplish things on monday.


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24 responses to “A small update

  1. Sounds like a nice, relaxing weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Glad a beer was cool enough.

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  3. That is some very nice scenery… nearly enough for me to consider the camping thing doable… nearly.

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  4. Looks beautiful, but you shouldn’t be working!

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  5. As breaks go, it turned out well!

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  6. The lake is lovely. Lisa looks good, too. Enjoy the rest of your time off, and don’t work too hard.

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  7. Sounds like your Saturday was a better day than your Friday… I’m glad.

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  8. It sounds like you’re having a good time in spite of not getting the campground you’d hoped for. Beautiful scenery. Enjoy your Sunday and have a good Monday.

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  9. Oh, my. That is gorgeous. Take away the road and I feel like I’m looking at part of the Ponderosa.
    Glad you’re making progress on the Viral Blues. I’ve been in editing mode for most of the weekend and keep working through short stories. I’m getting tired of looking at them, LOL.
    Enjoy your Monday off. Love that shot of Lisa, too.

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  10. Cool scenery. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. After the adventure yesterday, today seems calm and relaxed.

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  12. Great job to finish it with everything going on.

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  13. Beautiful scenery, Craig – Lisa looks good as always.

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  14. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

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