It's hot here in Eugene! Temperatures were in the 90s all last week (it cools down at night). Still it's hot enough that we don't have much desire to go for long walks.
But we're urban dwellers here and it is less than half a mile to the Eugene Park Blocks where the Saturday Market takes place every week during the season (April through November). We can -- and do -- walk that in any weather during the time we're at home in Eugene.
Beautiful berries are in season ... The top two pictures and the middle (sign) in the bottom row are from Saturday morning's visit to the market .... But I didn't buy any of those ... because we had already brought home absolutely free blueberries from our daughter and son-in-law's six prolific bushes.
Friday morning we drove out to the country to see them -- and I'd had every intention of "helping" by picking some berries while we were there. But Cyndi had beaten us to the draw and had baskets of berries on her kitchen counter (the ones in the bottom two pictures). She had already picked the bushes clean (for a day or two). I will have to learn to get up earlier! Maybe. The company was great and the berries were delicious --without a bit of work on our part.
Here is a cart parked at the edge of the Saturday market. (It is either a portable potty or a place for Clark Kent to transition to Superman. I didn't check it out.)
On Saturday afternoon (after I'd put the tomatoes and salad greens and vegetables away and stuck the weekly flower arrangement in a vase) we decided to drive up the McKenzie River toward the mountains. It was a good afternoon to get out of the hot valley.
There was a Lavender Festival at a small farm in Deerhorn. The beautiful plants nestled on flat farmland located just next to the highway between the hills and the river. Everything looked (and smelled) wonderful! I've always wanted to visit a lavender farm, so this stop made me happy. There were stalls selling food and lavender products and some fairly good music going on, but the best part for me was the U-Pick field. The picture on the right is the bunch we brought home with us. (It was still hot out there and I wasn't tempted to pick more than a token ... just so I could say I'd done it!)
We drove on up the Old McKenzie Scenic Highway to the town of Sisters, where we had a good dinner before heading home. It's always been amazing to me that any trees can grow in these lava fields that we pass on the way up .... the ghost-like dead ones are more what I'd expect.
A long view of the Three Sisters across the lava field and trees. It was a good weekend. We were glad we didn't let the heat keep us at home.
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