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Leaving the Comfort Zone

May 14, 2014
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Nothing like some computer problems to let a person get in some traveling and some offline time.  Two weekends ago we delivered some calves to Hillsboro, and on Mother’s Day I had a farm consult to do down in the valley.

Belle Mare Farm

Belle Mare Farm

What treat to visit Belle Mare Farm and see that beautiful country.  After a home-cooked farm brunch, we visited two other farms, did some pasture walks, looked at cows, scritched some gorgeous Suffolks, talked electric fencing, and generally just enjoyed the first real sunny day in some time.  You can read more about Belle Mare Farm here in Beth’s article for Yamhill Valley Grown.

I was a little worried about traffic coming home, being Sunday and all, and the first nice weekend for beach goers, but I was ahead of the flow and even took some time for sightseeing once I got “home”.

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I never tire of this view, it never looks the same on any given day, so a stop at the viewpoint was in order.  But, it felt good to be close to home and playing tourist in my own backyard.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2014 10:32 am

    That overlook is absolutely gorgeous!! Nice end to a trip!

  2. May 14, 2014 11:14 am

    And I was just beginning to think it has been a while since you posted. I was wondering if you had storms again and power outages. Glad to hear it was something much nicer than that

  3. Dana S. permalink
    May 14, 2014 1:07 pm

    Is that the old Columbia River?

  4. Mich permalink
    May 14, 2014 1:09 pm

    That’s a seriously good view!

  5. Bev permalink
    May 14, 2014 1:14 pm

    Awesome view of the Columbia. Have traveled via the highway along the river, but your view is beautiful.
    Really enjoyed reading about Belle Mare Farm. We hear and see so much about the harm our fellow man does destroying the land. Such a pleasure to see and read about the good that is going on. I am sure the pioneers that settled that stretch of land would be happy to know that it is thriving. The same goes for your family and your land.
    Thanks for sharing earlier about your chicks. At our age we no longer raise meat chickens. Lots of hard work but so worth the effort.
    We are enjoying seeing your yearly garden bursting out of the soil. Today in Scott Valley it feels like summer is finally on the way.

    • May 14, 2014 1:18 pm

      Bev, that’s not actually my view, it’s just on the road to my house, but it’s hard not to stop at the point and take that in.

      Belle Mare is a pretty farm, I was pleasantly surprised to see how far ahead they were in their growing season though, much warmer than here 😦

      But it’s hot today!

  6. May 14, 2014 2:04 pm

    love your new header photo, Matron! Your daughter’s work?

  7. Allisa permalink
    May 14, 2014 5:46 pm

    I sure do miss driving The Gorge in my ’69 Camaro. I’m a Kelso grad ’83…. I just miss the PNW!!

  8. May 14, 2014 6:29 pm

    I’m glad you got a chance to visit down this way….next time let me know!!

    • May 14, 2014 7:02 pm

      Beth, you know I thought about that, but the date got changed several times and I thought it might be too short of notice. Next time definitely!

  9. May 14, 2014 7:19 pm

    Thanks for the great pictures. We lived in Salem & Keizer for many years. The Valley in May on a sunny day is perfection! (Still doesn’t erase all the memories of gray drippy days, though!! )
    http:/www.tennesseecountryliving.blogspot.com
    Ray

  10. Britta permalink
    May 15, 2014 5:55 am

    Beauty!

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