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Mostly Retired on Eos
Stephen and Lynel Lemon no longer have an agenda...... There is a time to every purpose
July and the mountains

On July 4th the city of Santa Barbara has traditionally had an excellent fireworks display on west beach at the harbor entrance. This year was special for us since our leased slip in the harbor is directly across from west beach. Sitting on the upper deck on a warm summer evening, playing Springsteen on the stereo and watching fireworks, was special indeed.
Our friends Anne-Marie and Grant Castleberg graciously offered us use of their time share in Beaver Creek, Colorado, for a week in mid July. On the way to Colorado we visited in Santa Cruz with Tyler, Juliette, and their parents. Tyler is getting ready for kindergarten this August, and Juliette is a little doll. There are a few pictures in the gallery.
The time in Colorado was great. The past winter was a record year for snow pack, so the rivers were full and spectacular. We enjoyed a day long white water rafting trip on the Arkansas River, running through class 4 to 5 rapids. Hiking and sightseeing were a welcome diversion from life on a boat.

Santa Barbara 2011
June and Tahiti

The Santa Barbara Yacht Club organized a trip to Tahiti in mid June. Since it seemed highly unlikely that we would ever have another opportunity to visit the South Pacific, we decided to join the group. We have chartered in various locations in the past, but always "bare boat". This trip was arranged with a captain and cook in each of the two Lagoon catamarans, with 4 couples per boat. We visited 4 islands in the leeward Society Islands, but our favorite was Huahine. Snorkling was like swimming in an aquarium, air and water tempuratures were idyllic, and the luxury of prepared gourmet meals was remarkable. I've posted some pictures in the gallery, but they can hardly do justice.
After the group part of the trip, Lynel and I spent a few days at a beach bungalow on Mo'orea. It's easy to understand why people come to the South Pacific and decide to never go home.

Santa Barbara 2011
May in Santa Barbara

Catching up on deferred maintenance from the winter occupied a lot of time in May.
My father has suffered from advanced dementia for several years, but in late May he was hospitalized after a heart attack and a fall that resulted in a broken hip. He had his 97th birthday in hospital, and died several days later. My mother remains in an assisted living facility...they were married for 72 years. He had a long and varied life, never losing site of the difference between right and wrong. I hope I can do as well.

Santa Barbara 2011
The Long Winter

This is not Santa Barbara. I had to post date this on April Fools Day since the weather over the winter "just had to be kidding". I had my first opportunity to put tire chains on the Honda, and the TV weather program commented that March set a record for only one day out of the entire month without measurable rain.
Christmas in Santa Cruz was great; nothing like a 5 year old to remind you of priorities. On March 17, Juliette Kristen Osterling arrived (9# 4oz) and is an absolute charmer. Tyler is adjusting to being a big brother.
Kim, Anne, Chris, and Wanda in the Specialty Clinic and the entire crew in the ACU will be greatly missed. Peace Health has finally been able to contract with a second gastroenterologist, so maybe now Anne will have some relief. Therefore, it seems unlikely that we will return to Longview in the future. However, given the unpredictability of the future, I left my staff appointment and Washington license on the record.
We left Longview in April, returning to Santa Barbara after a stop in Santa Cruz.

Santa Barbara 2011
Back to Longview

We got Eos ready for the winter in Santa Barbaraharbor with extra lines, chain on the dock cleats and a very heavy tarp on the flybridge. A good friend, Mike Wapner, watched over things for us while we returned north.
We loaded up the minivan and left for Longview to begin a 5 month work assignment at Peace Health. Although not Santa Barbara, arriving back in Longview had an almost "home-like" feeling, hearlded by the "Jesus" sign on I-5 as we drove in.
Our circle of friends had not changed since our departure in April, and it was easy to step back into a demanding work schedule. We settled in the same apartment complex that we had left in April, ao in some ways it was almost like we had never left.

Santa Barbara 2011

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