Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Enjoying Fall in Bend with Friends

Tuesday October 8th, was a day of unfortunate circumstances.  The renters in our house moved out and that same day we got a call from our employer that due to the government shutdown, they were forced to terminate our contracts.  This was two days before we were suppose to leave for our jobs in Antarctica.

The following day we drove back to Bend and moved back into our house and began trying to figure out what we were going to do next.  The one bright spot to this, was that we got to experience autumn for the first time in several years.
The Crusader Cockspur Hawthorn we planted in our backyard the year before was a beautiful color.

The fall colors along Colorado Ave.

The trail along Farewell Bend Park.

A view across the Deschutes River.

The Deschutes River in downtown Bend.

Our friend Rich Joss came for a visit on his way back to Park City, UT.  Here are he and Kelly walking along the Deschutes River Trail.

Dave, Kelly & Rich.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013) Poster
The weekend that Rich was visiting, was also the weekend of the Bendfilm Festival.  Since we happened to be in town, we had another opportunity to see the film "Antarctica: A Year On Ice".  The film was made by friends of ours from McMurdo and fortunately they were in town for Bend's three showings of the movie, so we got to visit and catch up with them.  It's only doing the film festival circuit now, but will hopefully be released nationwide sometime next year.  You won't want to miss it and there's a brief shot of Kelly in the movie.

After a nice walk, we cheered ourselves up with some of the best "nontraditional" nachos in the world.  This was at 10 Barrel Brewpub and they are kettle chips with steak, bacon, green onions and blue cheese...YUM!

This is a shot of the yellow aspens in our neighborhood.

We were also in town for Norman's Birthday party, which was a first ever for Dave.

Happy Birthday Norman!!! Damn you look good for turning 80...

Another walk along the river.

Mt. Bachelor across the river.

Here we are with Dan & Val McDonald and their daughter Sydney.  Dan was Dave's boss when he worked for Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward, AK and we got together with them when they traveled through Bend.

Here we are at Crux.  Left to right are Fabiano, Kelly, Norman, Vicki and Allen.

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