May 2021 Sunny days and new blooms.
April was the driest on record for this corner of Oregon, but that didn't seem to faze the lilacs (or the dandelions!).
I completed my self-appointed March NaNo challenge: 50,703 words in 30 days! Now the revisions have begun: getting acquainted
with my characters and locations, discovering themes and plot. It's another historical western adventure, similar to Come Snowfall,
I can tell you that much. But it's too early in the process to have a title yet, or to reveal what the story is about. I'm what's referred
to as a "pantser," meaning I write by the seat of my pants rather than work from a plot outline. So drastic changes are a given at this point.
In mid March, my husband and I took a day trip to Lebanon, Oregon, for a sunny stroll around Cheadle Lake. A few miles south, we discovered
Waterloo Falls on the South Santiam River, making the day complete.
In April we stayed close to home and focused on reinforcing the exposed hillside behind the garage
(where the crushed shed used to sit) with a retaining wall of scrap wood (mostly pieces of the snag that fell on the shed),
and prepping the garden for planting (i.e., pulling a mess of weeds). But the ground was still too cold to plant anything yet,
so we began May with another day trip, this time to Mosier Twin Tunnels in the Columbia River gorge.
The two tunnels were built in 1921 as part of the original Columbia River Highway. In 1954, when a new road opened near water level,
the tunnels were abandoned and succumbed to rockfalls. Nearly 50 years later, the tunnels were restored and opened to tourists as a section
of the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. Close to one of the tunnel's viewing windows is a message scratched into the rock by Chas. J. Sadilik
and E. B. Marvin, a hunting party snowbound in the tunnel Nov. 19 to 27, 1921.
It was a gorgeous, breezy day, the desert parsley, purple lupine, and wild sunflowers in full bloom. Not to mention the fabulous views of the Columbia River
and Eighteenmile Island (behind me in the photo).
I hope you've been able to spend some time outdoors this spring. If you have an adventure to share (or would just like to say hi!), I'd love to hear from you.
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