It’s summer! Let’s go out and enjoy it. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been cooperating. It warmed up in early June but cooled down again last week. We have a big storm of rain and hail. I guess that’s good for the snowpack, but I’m ready for warmer weather. Come on, our heater kicked in on the summer solstice. We are tired of being cold. However, the next 10 days should be really nice. Portland will have a series of sunny 80 degree days. That’s perfect for me.

This summer, I’m going to take it easy and enjoy life. It will be Joe’s summer. I need to relax and orient myself while the weather is nice. The long gray winter of the Pacific Northwest is brutal. Hopefully we will have a mild summer so we can get out and enjoy more of nature.

Summer Vacation

RB40Jr is so happy to be out of school. It’s been a tough year for him. Unfortunately, he got sick as soon as he got out of school. He’s just a cold. He had a low fever overnight and started to get better. He’s been looking forward to summer all year, so it was a bummer. He’s almost back to normal. We’ll go out and have fun soon.

As for me, I’m going to take it easy this summer. I will decrease the posting frequency to once a week. I plan to do less delivery driving as well. I heard that summer is not very good for drivers. People like to go to restaurants when the weather is nice. I don’t mind working less.

This summer, we will go to the park more often and practice baseball, basketball, frisbee, and tennis. This should be fun. RB40Jr and I need to exercise more.

Trip plan

We usually take a big trip somewhere every year, but we traveled too much last year. So we are taking a break from international travel. Instead of going abroad, we’ll enjoy Portland and the Pacific Northwest. This is the best time of the year. The climate is temperate and there are many outdoor activities to enjoy. We’ll go see free concerts around town and try new restaurants. Mrs. RB40 wants to check out some new (to us) urban trails. Portland is actually much better this year than it has been in recent years. The city has been cleaning up downtown. They are trying to entice tourists to come back after a difficult few years.

road trips

We have three little road trips this summer.

by the sea, oregon – Mrs. RB40 and I are heading to Seaside alone! RB40Jr will go to a pajama party with her friends. We haven’t gone on a solo trip since 2010. Finally, we can get away for 2 days. Thank God.

Leavenworth, Wash. – Mrs. RB40 always wanted to visit Leavenworth. We are headed there for a weekend trip in July. It’s a long drive, but it should be a lot of fun. Leavenworth is a charming Bavarian town at the foot of the Cascade Range. I heard it’s very nice there.

oregon dunes – did you know Frank Herbert was inspired by Oregon Dunes to write his famous science fiction book, Dune? The recent remake was great. I look forward to part 2 soon. The trailer looks amazing.

This area is quite amazing. We drove many times and always wanted to explore the dunes more. This summer, we are going camping at the beach for 5 nights. Actually, I booked a yurt for us, so it’s not really a camp. He he. We stayed in a yurt before and it’s great. You have all the fun of camping without the drawbacks. Hopefully our friends can join us for a few nights. The kids will have a blast making bonfires and hanging out on the beach. Maybe we’ll try sandboarding or riding an ATV in the dunes.

What about you? Do you have big plans for this summer? It seems that everyone is taking a big trip abroad. My friend from college is taking her family to Italy for 6 weeks. Wow, I’m jealous.

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