Finally some playtime

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Going on a road trip this morning (Tuesday) to Belknap Hot Springs east of Eugene, Oregon.
The resort has been open to the public since 1874 but archeologists have found evidence of Native American use for 8000 years.
We will spend at least the first morning soaking up the hot minerals and then a hike through the "Secret Garden". And then spend the evening soaking some more.
Hopefully on Wednesday I can break-in my new knees on a portion of the 27 mile long McKenzie River Trail and return to the hot springs pool to recuperate.
The McKenzie River is a jewel of Oregon with pristine waters, moderate rapids, and deep blue pools that are almost unreal looking.
Thursday we will head out the McKenzie Pass Hiway (242) and spend the night at Dee Wright Observatory at 5500 ft elevation and catch some views of Jupiter and its moons.
Breakfast Friday in Sister's and on the way home, lunch at In-N-Out burger in Keizer.
Since I will be out in the deep forests of the Willamette National Forest I will be incommunicado till Friday afternoon so you guys are on your own.
Behave.
Ha ha. Just kidding.
Run wild, I will be.
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https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/mystery-gas-leaks-hit-major-russ...

One shouldn't play with the pipelines ... otherwise somthing else will run wild.

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Gonzalo blames the Americans.

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"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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Hope you have a really nice time! Hot springs, yeah.

I'm going to write some comments today, just because I can. Husband is off on his annual week-long hunting trip with his brother and long-time friends. Although since most of them are over 70 now, there is quite a bit of napping that takes place.

Sitting up in bed with my chromebook to hang out with dogs and sometimes cats. Lost my two old dogs this summer Sad (89 and 102 in dog years) and two teenager basset hounds are taking their place. Wild things! With me are Hattie, the rescue puppy mill long-haired chihuahua, Toby, the now mellowed wiener dog, and Chrystal, our oldest cat.

Life out here in our corner of TX is all about animals. 14 cats, 5 dogs, 150 chickens, 8 turkeys, 15 guineas, 1 pig, and 12 little Nigerian Dwarf goats. Still a lap goat in the house, Josie, who at 9 months only weighs 7 lbs. When I get up I will go about tending the animals. My daughter takes care of the chickens and gathers the eggs. Extra eggs at the end of the week go to our neighbors who take them to church. Then they send donations back to our daughter.

The world. Politics. The future. Oh my!

Thanks to everyone here who writes about the goings on. I watch videos daily, mostly by The Duran and their counterparts. They have worked themselves into quite a good network of news. Gonzalo's "Round Tables" are very interesting as well. It is still shocking how the average American out there is just drinking the Koolaid and believing all the bullshit. Hopefully, some watched the speeches at the UN last week. They presented a pretty clear picture as many spoke out against the collective west. The story ought to change after the referenda are completed, shouldn't it? I like how Lavrov quoted Zelenski saying that Russians should leave because they are not welcome then Lavrov said, "they are just following your advice and leaving but taking their land and the land of their ancestors with them." Ha!

Also watching quite a bit of CGTN these days. I am amazed at the Belt and Road Initiative, the Pull People out of Poverty gains, and especially the agriculture in China. They are growing food in the desert! These massive greenhouses are amazing. 40% of their population work in agriculture? I wonder what it is like to work in ag in China. There are still small farmers operating too. It's like Big Ag in China has evolved without the corruption of capitalism. Sure, lots of these videos are "bragging videos." But at least they have something to brag about. In this country, we can't brag about fabulous infrastructure, lifting people out of poverty, or greening the desert and cleaning up the environment. The Chinese can brag about these things.

Taking care of animals and my family constitutes my existence these days. It's good. Things are moving along. Traveled a couple of weeks ago to help Dr. Deb Tolman pack tires for her underground greenhouse, being built in an earth ship style. https://debtolman.com/ Fun and educational. Her website is mostly about her former projects. Her current massive project is on Facebook.

Well . . . duty calls. It's been nice chatting at you.

Have a great day! I-m so happy

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"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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@mhagle
for the update from your little neck of the woods. It sounds like you are surrounded with love.
I'm sitting here finishing my morning coffee and wondering what I may have forgotten to pack. Will be leaving soon.
We are in a new world of game changing events.
The referenda in Donbass. The BRI. The shift in world power centers. The collapse of defective economic systems and the rise of new, more fairer, effective ones that work for all peoples.
We are witnessing the birth of a brand new epoch of human existence.
Stay tuned. It's gonna get rocky, dusty, and loud while all this new construction builds us new world.
IMHO
Happy trails!

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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@mhagle
It's great to hear what's go