Olallie Lake

Last week on a day trip to view the eclipse, we drove all the way down to Olallie Lake. What a gorgeous vacation spot, but the roads are terrible. I repeat – terrible! Do not attempt to go out any way other than the main entrance to the north. The southern road is only passable by four wheel drive vehicles. They should post a sign warning all other vehicles away. That would have been helpful as we started scraping the underside of my small passenger car on the rocks trying to get out – the roads were that bumpy! Ending up in me thinking I had a leak when we got home because my son noticed something dripping after we’d stopped the car.

So, I drove it straight into the shop even though they didn’t have time to work on it for several days because I was worried whatever was dripping would leak out and I wouldn’t be able to drive it anywhere, then have to pay to get it towed. Come to find out, they looked over my car the next day and couldn’t see anything leaking. So the mechanic asked me if I’d been running the air conditioner for a long length of time. Um, yep. It was a long trip with the a/c going most of the time. The mechanic makes an uh-huh sound. Then inserts a dramatic pause. I’m starting to get the hint that maybe the a/c was dripping by the time he starts talking again… Apparently, if you drive a long ways with the a/c running, condensation builds up, which you may then see dripping off the car when you stop. Gee, do I feel just a wee bit stupid. But better safe than sorry I say, so all’s well that ends well, right?  😉

Here I thought I hurt my poor car going on an adventure off into no mans land in her. The little diva car is still going. She says I can’t kill her yet – sometimes she gets better screen time than me when I’m on set as an extra. I have to keep her going so she can be in more TV shows and movies. She thinks I should rent a 4-wheel drive next time I want to go on an adventure. Little divalicious brat! I swear, one of these days I’m going to buy that bratty car a some of those eyelashes you put on your cars headlights so she can look like the diva she is!

 

Campground at Olallie Lake

Campground at Olallie Lake

 

Looking out to Olallie Bluff

Looking out to Olallie Bluff

 

Cute little dome tent by the lake

Cute little dome tent by the lake

 

Orange berries

Orange berries

 

Pine cone art

Pine cone art

 

Flighty little chipmunk

Flighty little chipmunk

 

So, the eclipse may have been the highlight of that trip, but we also hung around and had a picnic lunch at a campsite someone had already left after the eclipse. We tried to take photos of a cool looking bird who kept flying away from us and an elusive little chipmunk. The lake was beautiful, but there was a narrow strip of land on one side of the lake that looked like it had been on fire sometime in the past few years. When we saw that area up close on the way to and from the peninsula, it was filled with beautiful wildflowers. I just had to stop and take photos!

 

Flowers growing after a fire.

Flowers growing after a fire.

 

Out of the ashes, beauty grows

Out of the ashes, beauty grows

 

Happy 2 year anniversary to my blog today!

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Boho Embroidered Summer Sundress

I was all ready to go to the lavender festival this past weekend in my boho embroidered sundress in off white and blue. I’d heard there was a lavender festival going on this past weekend and decided I wasn’t going to miss it this year. Only to discover that all of the lavender farms participating in this festival were not any of the ones near my home. Wah. But, my son remembered seeing one off the Columbia Historic Highway just past Corbett, Oregon, so off we went in search of lavender fields.

I was wearing this cute boho embroidered sundress – perfect for a hot summer day. Not perfect for our next adventure to Larch Mountain, but absolutely wonderful for walking through fields of lavender taking photos.

I got this dress the end of last summer at Hollister. I believe my mom bought it for me. I still hadn’t worn it yet. The fact that it’s backless makes it hard to wear a bra with it, so after I got one of those weird sticky bra things the end of last fall (you can find that item here,) I was ready to wear all of my backless tops and dresses. Only to find it was now way to cold to do so. This year, I’m ready for them, though. Bring on the summer weather!

 

Blue and cream sundress

 

Strolling through the lavender fields

 

Blue and cream summer sundress

 

Side view of boho style embroidered summer dress

 

Sunhats and sundresses

 

Embroidery details

 

Criss cross back sundress

 

This dress is an off white cream color lined to just above the knees with gorgeous blue embroidery details on the bodice. Since it was last years style, you probably won’t find it in the store, but here are some others like it. The hat, shoes and earrings are also old, but the sunglasses are new. Similar styles are found in the link below.

 

All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

 

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