Friday, July 31, 2009

A little bit cooler.

Yesterday, the high temperature in Portland got to around 99, so that's a little cooler than Monday through Wednesday. Today, the forecast is in the low 90s. That still sounds hot, but is around 15 degrees cooler than it was on Wednesday.

I have Multimedia duty at PVC tomorrow; at least the media room has pretty good cooling. On Sunday, Joy and I are going to a wedding for Joy's boss' daughter. Other than these tasks, the weekend looks to be pretty relaxed.

James is moving out into his own place this weekend. It will be good for him to live on his own; it will give him a chance to learn from his mistakes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I'm ready for some cooler weather

We've had several record breaking temperature days in a row and it isn't going to get much better before Friday. When it's over 100, fans don't help much in cooling. I think we're going to get a window air conditioner, at least for our bedroom!

John got back from a visit with his cousin in California yesterday. Now, he needs to start getting back into school mode.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hot weather in Portland

It was a hot weekend here in Portland. On Saturday, to escape the heat, Joy & I went to the Oregon coast with our friend Les & Keri. On the way over there, we had a picnic lunch at H. B. Van Duzer Forest Wayside. It was relaxing, eating our meal under a shady tree.

It was cool and foggy by the time we reached the beaches. The temperature got down to the 50s; with the wind, it felt very cold. We visited Depoe Bay and enjoyed a blowhole. We saw a bunch of harbor seals near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We stopped at the Chinook Winds Casino on the way home to eat at their buffet.

Yesterday, Joy and I went to the Academy Theater to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, an entertaining and funny movie.

The weather is supposed to get even hotter today through Wednesday. I'm glad that I have an indoor job!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July is drawing to an end.

It's already July 23. Only one more week and then it'll be August. The summer is flying by, as usual.

The weather is forecast to get up to around 100 here this weekend. Compared to Vegas, that is nothing, but it will be more humid. We'll probably take a trip up to the mountains or the beach to escape the heat.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A good Vegas Vacation

Joy and I got back from Las Vegas on Sunday evening. While there, we spent several days in Vegas itself. We visited Red Rock National Conservation Area, Zion National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park. We also did a Hoover Dam tour along with an excursion on the stern-wheeler Desert Princess on Lake Mead.

We stayed at the Stratosphere Hotel, eating our anniversary dinner at sunset on the top of the tower. We particularly enjoyed the Bellagio Fountains, the Sirens of TI, and the Fremont Street Experience, all free. We went into most of the major casinos.

The weather was very hot. Even in the shade of the parking garages, our car would frequently be over 110 after dark.

Now, it's back to work time. Our vacations for the year are pretty much gone! :-(

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The day before our Las Vegas vacation!

Tomorrow afternoon, Joy and I fly out to Las Vegas for our anniversary vacation. I can't wait!

We'd planned to go visit Death Valley on Saturday, but I'm thinking that we might do that next Thursday instead, so Joy can sleep in late on Saturday. She's been burning the midnight oil getting ready for the trip, and will probably sleep in until noon, if she's able.

I've reconnected with several more old CUC classmates using Facebook. It is fun to rebuild the old friendships.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Wednesday is here

The week is half over. Joy and I are getting excited about our Las Vegas vacation. Tomorrow evening, our son, John, is flying to Oakland to spend a couple of weeks with his cousin. Then, on Friday afternoon, Joy and I fly to Vegas. Yeah, Baby!

On our vacation, we might visit Sedona and see some of the scenery around that town. We'll decide about that on the trip.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Monday after July 4th Weekend

We had a nice holiday weekend. On the 4th, we went to Sellwood Park with a bunch of our friends and enjoyed a picnic. We didn't stay for the fireworks, not eager to face the traffic afterwords.

We're starting to pack and prepare for our anniversary vacation next week in Las Vegas. We fly out on Friday evening. We'll have a mix of day trips and relaxing, sightseeing days around Vegas.

We've made reservations for a sunset dinner at the Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere Tower. We'll then head upstairs to the Romance Lounge to cap off our 2nd anniversary with some dancing.

We're planning to take a horseback ride through Red Rock Canyon on one of the days.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

July is here

The summer weather has started early for Oregon. We usually can't count on hot weather until after the 4th of July, but it's supposed to be in the 90s through Saturday. We're going to Sellwood Park with some friends. They have lots of nice shady trees, so it shouldn't be too hot. We probably won't stay until the fireworks are set off.

I'm glad to have a three day weekend off. We need to rest up from our vacation and also start getting packed for our trip to Las Vegas next Friday. That vacation will be much more relaxing, since we won't be unloading and loading a car full of luggage every other day, plus we'll have a couple of days between our day trips for sightseeing.

For that vacation, one of our day trips we're planning is to Death Valley. I looked at the long range forecast for Death Valley on July 11 and the low is supposed to be 88 with a high of 117. That's one hot birthday; we won't need any candles! We'll definitely have to get there 1st thing in the morning and get out of at least the lower portion very early, say by 9 am. Otherwise, we'll roast, coming from Oregon! I imagine that we'll high tail it back to one of the pools at the Stratosphere and just stay there for some time to cool off.

I posted some pictures from our California vacation on Picasa Web. We'll probably need to upgrade our Picasa storage after our trip to Vegas. We'll probably have more pictures of Vegas, Zion, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, etc., then we have from California!