The end of summer? I hope not.

As I am writing this on Sunday 8/31/08 at 7:00 AM it is only 50 degrees. This is the last weekend before most kids go back to school and of course the weather is crap! Friday it was in the mid 80s but yesterday it only got in the high 60s. Summer is not over though as the temps are supposed to warm back up later in the week.

The other day I realized that my whole summer was spent mostly in the house with the knee brace on and hobbling around on crutches. I never went to the Oregon coast or even to the beach on the Columbia River at Sauvie Island.

My friend Denise wanted me to go to Isla Mujeres in September when she and another friend will be there. I had to decline that invite as I didn’t think I would be up to all of the walking required to get around on the island. I wanted to book a trip to Isla in late October when other friends will be there but originally I was banned by my daughter from the island during most of that timeframe because she and her husband were going to be there on their belated honeymoon. Tara and Kelly have since changed their plans since Mexicana will no longer be flying out of Portland and any other flight they could book was many hundreds of dollars more.
Before Tara changed their plans I booked to go to Palm Springs the end of October. I will be staying at Worldmark’s condos so there is no cost for my room. My airfare cost about $100 more than I have ever paid to fly into Palm Springs.I probably won’t even rent a car since there are tons of great restaurants within a mile or so of the condos. There is a grocery store right on the way from the airport so I can have the taxi driver stop and let me go into buy groceries. All I have to do is walk out the back door of the condo and I am at the pool. How great is that? I will get my sun fix and look like my usual tan self again.

Sunset on the Oregon coast

Sauvie Island on the Columbia River

Palm Springs, I love the palms against the blue sky

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