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Stormy Day on the Alsea River

We had high wind warnings today.  No damage done here and electricity stayed on.  It was mostly gusty and rainy.

fall colors alsea river
Fall colors on the Alsea River

 I am grateful for a talented husband who built a cover over our deck!  I enjoyed the sound of the wind rushing across the hilltops through the trees and watching it ruffle the surface of the Alsea River.

king fishing the alsea
These are NOT fair-weather fisher-people

We did only see one boat on the river today though.

western grebe
A lone Western Grebe

This was the first time in a while that I’ve seen a Western Grebe here.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe is becoming my favorite duck.  They are just so dang cute!  We’ve had 2 hanging around for the last several days.  They keep their distance from each other so sometimes I have to really watch to know whether there are 2 or just one.  I haven’t heard their call but I’ve read it is pretty loud.

A Bright Spot in My Rainy Day

Spending an entire rainy day inside would drive me up the wall when we were living in our 5th wheel.

I am enjoying the break from workamping after the busy summer.

Fall Maple Leaf
Fall Maple Leaf

Although I can actually tolerate the long day in our home I still look for breaks in the rain to take a quick walk.

If it’s raining harder than a drizzle, or if it’s windy, it’s not very fun to walk though.

Compare Maple Leaf to Size of My Hand
Compare Maple Leaf to Size of My Hand

For the last couple days we’ve had a very light, steady, drizzle.  So I donned my raincoat and just took my camera phone.

I noticed that, even with the grey sky, my surroundings got brighter as I walked past the big maple trees.

The yellow leaves on the trees and those on the ground reflected so much light that it created a bright spot.

Giant Maple Leaves - Oregon
Giant Maple Leaves – Oregon

Look at how big these maple leaves are!

Brigham City Temple

We’ve had absolutely gorgeous weather while visiting our children and grandchildren in Utah this week.  We had a great lightning show last night when the storm rolled through.  I hear there is snow on the mountains this morning but I can’t see them for the fog or clouds or whatever is going on out there.

Temple-Brigham City
Brigham City Temple

We had to squeeze in a quick trip to see the Brigham City temple.  It looks like one of the smaller designs.  Too short of a trip to attend a session though; sadly.

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The old and new stand face to face

The temples are where families are sealed together for eternity.

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Brigham City Temple and Tabernacle in Autumn

It was 14 years ago that my sweetheart took me to the temple to be sealed to him.

Seeing the temple and tabernacle stand face-to-face chokes me up.  That stately building (tabernacle) was built in the late 1800’s.  It took 25 years to complete!  All that work is honored by great-grandchildren building a temple and sealing more of their families together forever.

Autumn in the Siuslaw

I love the colors of autumn!

Applesauce Tree
Applesauce Tree

Our property came with two apple trees!  If we were finished moving in I’d be making applesauce.

Maple Leaf
Maple Leaf

I think the leaves changing has gotten a slow start.  Maybe I’ve just lost track of when the maples start to turn but it seems late this year.  But I can find color here and there.

Aminita Mushroom
Aminita Mushroom

I’m surprised that, even with the lack of moisture, the mushrooms are starting to pop up.  NEVER eat a mushroom that you are not sure of.  Some can cause death.  This one, I believe, is a poisonous aminita.  Never eat a wild mushroom raw.

Aminita Mushroom-CutOpen
Aminita Mushroom-CutOpen

A friend told me to slice it open from top to bottom.  If you can see the mushroom shape inside, it is not a puff ball.  Puff balls are edible when they are young and solid white.  I’ve eaten a puff ball.  They are good. You can see the cap starting to form in that one though.  The left side is the top.

Fishing-Alsea Bay Beach
Fishing-Alsea Bay Beach

Fishing for chinook is a fun fall activity.  We’re just watching so far.  We bought our lunch from Subway and watched as we ate lunch.  Didn’t see any fish caught yesterday.  This is the Alsea Bay bridge in Waldport, OR.