I know some folks consider summer ending at the end of August, but when it is 86-90 degrees in September, I consider it summer. Unfortunately the wild fires that have surrounded us bring in so much smoke that it is most unpleasant to be outdoors. However, it doesn't keep our plant life from enjoying the warmth.
|When we rebuilt our home, I really wanted a small pond outside my studio |
and here is why!!
The smoky skies also add color to the sky creating gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.
|Raya's backdrop is eye-catching. |
And, thankfully, the house and studio have good air filtering systems, so spending some time creating art is another way to spend these air heavy days.
Don't forget rafting!! The first week or two of September has always been our favorite time to raft the Wild and Scenic Rogue River with our rafting family. And luckily the skies over us were clear, the days were warm and the star-filled night sky was spectacular.
**You may remember that 3 years ago we had another great Rogue raft trip, and the day after the trip ended, our house burned down in the Holiday Farm Fire. It's hard to keep those memories at bay!
Here are some pictorial highlights of our raft trip:
|This year Mike and I slept on cots. |
This is the night before launch when we set the cots up on our trailer.
|Only our first night at Almeda Campground allowed fires. I love the lighting!|
|And we're off! Day 1 of 5 days.|
|Did you know Barbie can also be a kayaker?|
|There is always a bit of looking forward to the next day's rapids and camp spots.|
|We have the best of dinners!|
|Mike thought he might see a UFO! |
Oh wait, it's a helicopter with a bucket.
There is no escaping the wildfires.
|White water kayaking at its finest!|
|Heading into Mule Creek Canyon, known for the Cofee Pot!|
It percolates your vessel then spits it out!
|And then there is this breathe-taking reflexion.|
|We saw very few deer.|
|At the end of our trip, we have our eyes peeled to spot the Haiku Tree.|
Yes, it is still there growing out of one rock!