Use a Kayak?

This is for those who kayak and might be looking for a convenient way to transport one or two.  This is the Thule Hullavator, a device that uses gas shocks to lift the kayak up to the top of your vehicle with one finger’s force.  The lashings are first quality, like everything Thule.  Here’s a before and after the lift pair of pix.

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Two-fer

We had a fun thunderstorm late this afternoon, and the aftermath yielded a beauteous sunset.  An added attraction is my new personally designed and installed golf net.  Sitting out on our deck, we are prey to serious line drives from the OGA course 14th’s par 5 tee about 150 yards west from us.  Coupled with an awning to protect from the high bloopers, we are safe now.

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Patience

We have been nurturing this Oshio Bene Japanese maple tree since we adopted it as a teeny sapling 18 years ago.  Genetic perfection, careful pruning, along with sealer on the cuts, has yielded a beauty.  We planted him at the edge of the pond; you may have seen this tree in other photos of our pond, but I decided to take a look at just him.  BTW, tomorrow we’re eating Traegered ribs and remembering those who shed their blood to save the USA, and wishing more realized what it takes to maintain our hopefully enduring experiment in freedom.

Oshio Bene
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Crooked River

It’s an Oregon State Park on the verge of Lake Billy Chinook’s Crooked River arm, and is one of several camps within the Cove Palisades Park system around the lake.  We rented a patio boat just to tour the lake, primarily the Metolius arm, but we ventured partway up the Crooked River arm just because the ancient basalt formations are spectacular.  Here’s a couple of quick shots at camp.  The added pieces on top of the truck cab are Hullavators, a Thule rig to carry kayaks.  Check them out if you kayak.

Basalt rimrock
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Barr!

His press conference was organized, definitive and dispositive.  He also handled the questions with aplomb and had responsive and concrete answers for even the most accusatory of them.  I like this guy.

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