Archive for March, 2014
This one proved to be the most difficult of the puzzles we’ve done so far. In addition to the challenge of the similarly-colored birds and tree trunks, it had many very bizarrely-shaped pieces. It is nice, though, and we are thinking of keeping it as a reference for the many woodpecker varieties we see in the backyard.
Pacific Dunes is my favorite of the eighty or so courses I’ve played. The setting is just so dramatic, especially on those holes adjacent to the ocean: four, eleven and thirteen. Here’s my version of the de rigueur photo on the number eleven tee box. It’s just a little 148 yard par three over a small canyon, a thick stand of native gorse, and a massive bunker, into a 20 m.p.h. wind… to the smallest green on the course. I landed just off the green in the right rough, chipped on, then tree-putted for a double bogey. For the round, I wasted a birdie on the first hole with a couple of 8’s for a 93 total; a respectable score given the gusting winds.
Here I am with my caddie, Mike Riedel, ready to take on the famous 16th hole at Bandon Dunes with its ominous gorge through the fairway and the Pacific on the right. For the record, I managed a bogey 5.
Inspired by several solid rounds of golf around soggy North Bend I was anxious for some better course conditions. I headed south to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the Oregon Coast, one of my favorite golfing destinations. Here’s my golf companion, Ron Hillis, near the first tee at the Bandon Dunes course contemplating tomorrow’s first round.
I’ve been playing pretty good golf especially given the wet course conditions this time of year. After a satisfying 81 yesterday I decided to sneak out this morning ahead of the forecast rain. Following a unimpressive bogey-par-bogey start things really picked up. A birdie on number 4 and a tap-in pars on holes 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12 left me at just four over par with six holes to play. With a double bogey on 16 I still had a chance to break 80 facing an eight-foot putt on 18. Which I made for a very nice 79. A great score this early in the season.
For the second year in a row, we ignored the spring downpour and ventured off to Marymoor Park to see the Cavalia show. This production, titled Odysseo, was indeed spectacular although the fantastic staging and acrobats overshadowed in some ways the magnificent horses. Still, it was a breathtaking evening and those horses are just so beautiful. And I’m always amazed by the logistics of this endeavor: 66 horses, 52 performers, a 125-foot high tent, a lake that forms during the closing scenes. All very wondrous.
We completed the 1,000-piece Mallards puzzle rather quickly… except for the final 250 pieces or so of sky: all subtle shades of blue, white, beige, and gray.