So today I’m off on a quick 2-day side-trip to Portland before we launch full-speed into our new jobs on Wednesday (July 4th will be our first day). The trip is to pick-up my cuz’ Christina who’s flying over to visit from Denmark. For those of you who’ve been following the blog a long (looooong) time you might remember the lovely girl from the time she came over to visit us in Colorado in 2010. She’s a crackin’-fun gal and will keep our free hours well occupied for the next few weeks before she flies back.
The girl is coming at the right time and place too. With most of the country boiling in record temps (thousands of records have been broken over the past few weeks) and crazy scary wildfires raging in Colorado, the Oregon coast is still hovering around a super-pleasant 70-75 °F (~20-25 °C) on a daily basis. This year, more than ever, we’ve managed to stay on-track with our flip-flop barometer and we’re crossing toes that all our RV friends and family are staying safe and comfortable out there too.
As for our jobs we’ve already gone through basic training, received our volunteer vests (which immediately made me feel more knowledgeable) and crammed several days worth of history into our brains. And with just these few hours of “experience” under our belts we’ve been given keys to a National Historic Treasure….wow! I’m nervous, but excited for our first day and will be writing lots more about what we’re actually doing (and what volunteering means) as we get into it. In the meantime I’ll just leave you with a few more shots of our backyard and thoughts of cool weather for wherever you are.
P.S. Paul’s doing better and better. He’s still pityfully limping and sore, but good to go for our jobs and is managing short walks, controlled stretching and McKenzie Exercises. With a bit of luck and perseverance the ‘ol boy will be limble as a snail within a few short weeks.