October blue skies are the best blue skies in the world.
Knowing those bright days won't last much longer makes each perfect day even more special.
To celebrate the new month, our daughter and I took a walk to Fern Ridge Lake. It's almost exactly a mile from their home, but it was quite a few steps more than that as we wandered through Orchard Park, on their side of the shore.
When we were full-time RVers, we used to stay on the opposite side of the Lake whenever we came to Oregon to visit. Back then, I often blogged about how the Lake is almost emptied every Fall. (Here is a link to a post from way back when -- it explains a little more about the reservoir draw-down.) That draw-down started earlier this year than usual because farmers needed the water -- it has been so dry here. The above picture is looking across the Lake at the Marina -- most of the docks are already empty -- people need to haul their boats out while they still can.
There was even less water on the side where we were. Great Blue Herons and Egrets have good luck this time of year, as all of the fish in the lake swim into the shallows.
Nobody is swimming here this time of year -- supervised or unsupervised. When our grandchildren were small they enjoyed the empty lake as much as they did during the summer. No swimming, but they had fun running around on the big field and, when the rains first started, getting muddy.
Cyndi and I took their big puppy with us on this walk. When we got back to their home, Parker was happy to get off leash and run around his very own five-acre off-leash park (our daughter and son-in-law live there too, but I believe their dog thinks it is all his playground.)
He found a chew toy!
Cyndi and I sat outside for a rest after our walk. We enjoyed watching the dog tear around the yard for a while until he too settled down for a rest.
We never seem to visit our son-in-law and daughter without going home with food! Their picnic table was covered with several varieties of recently harvested winter squash. We took one of each. And a dozen eggs. And some blueberries from the freezer. All of the pleasure and none of the work.
Red leaves in the City too when we got home that afternoon. And it rained a little bit, but just as we were nearing our door. A perfect October day!
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