Cool Oregon Summer

Sorry to my friends in Oklahoma. I feel like I’m cheating on you. I’ve escaped your oppressive heat for a while. While you’re roasting day after day in the 100+ degree furnace, I’m enjoying some cool Oregon weather.

I’m spending some time with my parents. I haven’t seen them in a couple of years. My dad turns 90 this year. My mom 85. Today I drove them (and brother-in-law Denny) to the beautiful Oregon coast. We also made a stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, where we sampled the cheeses and ice creams made there. Tough assignment.

High of 70 degrees. Stiff ocean breeze. A scoop of Utterly Chocolate ice cream. I’m certainly not in Oklahoma. Either that, or I’m dreaming. If I am, don’t wake me up. At least not until Fall when the temperature drops below broil and the Sooners are well on their way to a BCS championship. Sorry Ducks. I like Oregon, but not that much.

  Mom and dad with the Pacific Ocean behind them.

Mom in front of the Cape Meares lighthouse

Denny, dad, mom and Sammy (their dog) on a hike

My parents love ice cream!

So do I!!

Mom in front of the Tillamook Cheese Factory

Cutting the cheese (which my boys do all the time)

Now THAT’S cheesy!

Utter-ly cheesy!!


I’m really milking it.

6 Comments on “Cool Oregon Summer

  1. Mark –

    I smoke cheese regularly using pecan w/ a touch of cherry and apple woods. I use only Tillamook Cheeses and had no idea they originate from Oregon. Thanks for the history lesson! When Fall arrives, I’ll have to bring a sample to the station. Thinly sliced on a Wheat Thin! You will love it. No brag, just fact. (I would post a pic of the smoking process, but I do not see the option here…)

    Have Fun,
    Steve & Julie Mortensen

  2. Hey, Mark! Glad you got out to cool Oregon and see your parents. I’m sure they (as well as Susan & Denny et al) enjoyed your visit immensley. Loved seeing the pictures you posted! It’s hard to believe it’s been 40+ years since we were all together on a Sunday at Jerome Prairie Bible Church …. and, I don’t consider us old. LOL. I saw Michelle was following the Prince & Princess … and now I see you were in Oregon. Your choice is my choice, too!! I see you’re flying home right now. Safe travels, my friend. God bless you!!

  3. So glad you got out to visit your parents. They are looking great! I wish I’d been able to spend more time with my parents even tho dad passed at age 90 and mom at age 89. Amazing to think that we are the older generation now (especially feeling that way after seeing photos of your boys!) Have a great flight home.

  4. Praying for a safe trip home for you. I was glad that you took the time to spend with your parents. They are both remarkable people. God has richly blessed them and you. Ron’s mother is now 83 a very active with her new husband Tom McCarter. They are like your dad with the enjoyment of gardening. Ron’s dad Frank had a major green thumb. He was like Miracle Grow in human form. All of his products grew like he lived in Alaska.
    Hard to believe he’s been gone 13 and Connie has been gone 16 years. Our earthly time certainly flies much like the twinkling of an eye. Praise God we will have that blessed hope of ALL of us spending eternity together. Blessings on you and your family.

  5. Thanks, Mark, for the newsy e-mail about your visit up here; it’s always cooler where your folks live than it is in southern OR where we are. You may not remember my husband, Stan and me, but we knew you when you were in Medford and attended 1st Baptist Church. We now attend the Community Bible Church in Central Point and love it.
    I really do miss your folks; we had a lot of good times fellowshipping together before they moved north.
    God bless you and your family, Mark.
    In Jesus’ love,
    Patsy Kee

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