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Advertising is meaningful?

I know advertising is necessary but sometimes I just feel the need to make fun of it.

I was listening to TV and noticed how many commercials there were.  I wondered “who do they think I am?”

So here’s me based on one 15 minute period of TV:

Because of my age I might have high cholesterol but Crestor will help.

I should go on an expedition to the Amazon in case I die of high cholesterol.

I might need to sign up for Oregon Healthcare.

I will save lots of money if I buy new sweaters from Ross’ (although I doubt I’ll need them in the amazon).

New furniture from Ikea will beautify my home (but I’ll need to throw some out to make room for it).

My financial situation will improve if I get a Capital One credit card.

I can eat more great big juicy burgers from Red Robins because I am on Crestor.

I need Rolaids.

Progressive will insure everything in my life and relieve me of all my worries.

If I am not careful I will miss the most entertaining TV sit-coms.

My car will stay beautiful and keep its value if I take it in to Maaco every time I get the smallest dent or scratch.

Going to the local RV Show will help me make that important decision on how to enjoy my new credit card to its fullest extent.

I should really check into Oregon Healthcare.

If I buy Johnsonville Brats I need to buy enough for lots of friends and neighbors who will come when they smell them on the grill.

My family will interact more if we use Xfinity.

I need to fix the other dent in my car – take it to Maaco.

The TV news people really care about me.  I should watch the news later.

I should shop for clothes at JCP weekly so I don’t miss their great deals.  (I may need to empty my closet, first, to make room.)

of Sunsets and Agates

Great sunset, last night, on Tillicum Beach!
Tillicum Sunset
Tillicum Sunset

I collected one grocery bag of garbage on the beach this morning but nothing from the tsunami.  There are very few rocks on the sand, this morning, but I did get lucky twice!

Tillicum Agates
Tillicum Agates

Pelicans, and such, on Yaquina Bay Jetty

Watching the ocean is one of our favorite things.  So we grabbed some fast food and took it down to the south jetty at Newport.  Quite a few other people have the same idea.  Flocks of seagulls hang out to see who’ll throw the first french fry.  I kept telling him that I don’t do that.  He wouldn’t say anything; just waited patiently.  But I think I heard him humming “doot doo-doo” as he casually looked around pretending not to be doing anything in particular.
Seagull Begging
Seagull Begging

There was a big flock of pelicans taking their noon siesta and preening in the wind.  These are brown pelicans; although they look more gray to me.  If you look closely you can see that one of them has a blue band on his left leg.  Anyone know how to look up info on those?

Pelican Flock
Pelican Flock

 Here’s a younger one in front.  I’m not sure how old they are when their head and neck start to turn from brown to white.

Young Brown Pelican
Young Brown Pelican

There seems to be a grey and white theme here on the coast.  These little killdeer are well camouflaged against the rock.  We also saw a small hawk fly over so there is good reason to want to blend in.  The hawk was also grey and white.   There are 4 killdeer on this rock.  Can you find them all?  It’s like those hidden picture puzzles. 🙂

Killdeer on Rock
Killdeer on RockThe cormorants had their own rock. But at one point one of them decided he liked this other neighborhood. As soon as he landed one of the pelicans got out of the way but the others didn't move. Then he started spreading his wings to see if he could get the others to move. Nobody else was buying his threats. He finally got bored and went back to cormorant rock.Cormorant Movin' In

Strawberry Reservoir, Utah

We’re back in our summer home!  We’re at Strawberry Reservoir, east of Heber City, Utah.  The fishing is great this time of year.   We got here on UEA weekend and the place was hopping with fishermen!  Of course, our truck is in the shop so we’re in a rental van.

Strawberry Bay Camping
Strawberry Bay Camping

Do you think putting the camper on the van would void our rental agreement? 🙂

Haws Point at Strawberry Reservoir
Haws Point at Strawberry Reservoir

We are camped in the Overflow area in Strawberry Bay Campground, overlooking Haws Point, a popular fishing access towards Renegade Campground.  Sure it’s a little frosty on this morning but it has warmed up since.  When we finally got to our camper – after the fiasco with our broken down truck – we remembered that the thermostat was broken before we left it.  So we snuggled a little closer that night 🙂

Frosty Morning at Strawberry, Utah
Frosty Morning at Strawberry, Utah

Can’t beat the dawn at Strawberry Reservoir.  I was never too impressed with Strawberry…until this year.  I think you have to spend some time here to really appreciate  the beauty.  I tend to like treed areas.  But this is impressive!

All the campgrounds around Strawberry were open (Soldier Creek, Aspen Grove, Lodgepole, Renegade, even Currant Creek) through UEA weekend.  They had a good crowd for the great weather!  They’ll keep the campgrounds open as long as there are customers.

Fall at Sam Owen Campground, Lake Pend Oreille, ID

This is one of those falls when you wished Sam Owen Campground was still open!  We’ve had a week of sunshine.  The deer are all over the place and eating the right kind of food.  The fawns have all lost their spots.

Whitetail Deer - Mother and Daughter - Sam Owen Campground
Whitetail Deer - Mother and Daughter - Sam Owen Campground

We’ve heard loons on Lake Pend Oreille too.  But the little buggers are really camera shy.  We see quite a few greebes, though, and the geese are back in flocks.

Greebes on Lake Pend Oreille
Greebes on Lake Pend Oreille

Can’t beat the water skiing on Lake Pend Oreille!  Look at that water! 

Waterskiing on Lake Pend Oreille
Waterskiing on Lake Pend Oreille

Just as smooth as glass and he doesn’t share it with anyone!

I kinda miss the osprey though – not a peep for at least a week.

Mississippi, Alabama

We were impressed by the plantation-style Rest Areas in Mississippi. This was actually a visitor’s center but still very impressive. We stopped to get some info on campgrounds near the beach. The good one, Buccaneer, is still closed from hurricane Katrina damage. The one we found was not on the beach and not too spectacular but it was after dark and we were ready to stop.
We saw lots of cotton fields. Marian took me to a field for some closeup shots. Starting with the left pic: before the pod opens; next: pod is just opening; next: fully opened cotton pod; last: cotton ‘modules’. They are not called cotton ‘bales’ anymore. Modules are larger than the old bales. They spray a defoliant on the plant before the can harvest the cotton. That is so the cotton is not colored green by a live plant; which decreases the value of the cotton. Marian remembers, as a child, having to get into the cotton containers and stomping it down to compact it. These modules are compacted by large equipment similar to the garbage trucks that compact the contents using hydraulics. I just think it is amazing that you can make clothing out of a plant!

This is our friend’s, Gil and Marian’s, ‘nut farm’. We learned all about pecan farming…well, not ‘all’. They made it look simple but they have been working at it for years and Gil is a natural when it comes to farming anything. They were very gracious hosts and we loved spending time with them, as usual! Their farm is a beautiful and peaceful place.
They treated us to all the sites in the area too. We saw Pensacola Beach. I guess this water tower is a ‘must have’ for the spring break picture-taking crowd. They took us to the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The lighthouse was closed but we toured the great museum. Don was interested in how those Navy guys adapt airplanes for use on the water.
They also took us on a boat tour to see dolphins! That was great fun. I couldn’t believe how white the sand is on the east side of the Mississippi River! I grew up closer to Galveston and that beach sand is the color of mud (it’s down-current of the Mississippi). The beach pic is at Gulf Shores, Alabama.
They fattened me up for days for the next outing; threatened to feed me to the alligators. We went to Alligator Alley. I held a 4-foot gator (after he taped his mouth shut)! One amazing fact we learned is that gators only eat about 10% of their body weight per year! This gator, on the right, is eating a chicken and that’s probably the last thing he’ll eat this year. How could you grow on that kind of a diet?

Gil and Marian drove us everywhere! But before we headed back west, we noticed our odometer rolled over 100,000 miles on the ole’ Dodge.

Nauvoo, Illinois

Nauvoo is a beautifully restored historic town. The red bricks were made in town with the local clay. The town sits beside the mighty Mississippi River. Before they built their homes they had to clear the land and drain it because it was very boggy. This is a picture of the Printing Office and Post Office. The PO shared the building with a store that sold dry goods and tools. John Taylor’s home sits between them.
Here is a little log home typical of the less expensive homes of the day.
This is the Browning home and Gunsmith Shop. He also was a blacksmith. Browning has quite a history. As soon as you go into these buildings a person is there to tell you the history and answer any questions. They are dressed in period clothing and are very knowledgeable and friendly. It was really fun and interesting. Don enjoyed the gun displays in this home. Browning was quite well-off when Brigham Young led the saints west. So he had all the provisions to go as soon as Brigham said. But the prophet asked Browning to stay in Winter Quarters to make sure everyone else was equipped with guns and their wagons were in good shape. Browning ended up staying in Winter Quarters (near Omaha, Nebraska) for 5 years at the request of Brigham Young. Today Browning Arms operates in the Ogden area of Utah.
This is the Brigham Young home. These homes are not very large. It’s amazing how they lived in such a small space (kinda like a camper?). His home had a “conference room”, used for church business. This is where he and the other 12 apostles met to continue plans, started by Joseph Smith, for the westward migration. There is a strong spirit in this room. It was hard to leave.
We camped at Nauvoo State Park, just east of the historic town and a block or two south of the temple. $20/night for an electric site.
The Nauvoo Temple was destroyed by fire after the saints left. A couple years later a tornado knocked down 3 walls. The temple was rebuilt, to resemble as close as possible, the original building. One main difference is the angle Moroni, at the top. On the original temple, he is flying horizontally. On this one, he is standing, like on all other latter-day temples. We went to a “Sociable” where a couple, who had worked on the rebuilding, spoke. They had some interesting stories to tell.
This is a bronze statue, west of the temple, overlooking the Mississippi River. As we turned north, from Keokuk, heading towards Nauvoo, we could see the temple on the hill! This statue commemorates Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum before they were taken to Carthage and ultimately martyred.