Cary and I certainly have had a busy week, and it didn't slow down at all on Sunday. We left our house a little after 9:00 a.m., picked up my SIL Maria, and headed to Eugene.
We waited for a bit at the Salt Creek tunnel. It is looking nice inside, they are making good progress on the much needed repairs.
On the other side of the tunnel are these graffitied rocks. Another option to murals, I suppose.
We stopped in Oakridge and got the car washed.
The car wash didn't have public restrooms, so we backtracked a couple of miles to the rest area.
We resumed our journey to Eugene. First we stopped at my daughter Kari's house, and then we drove to Mom's to get our grandson Casey. It was his big day; Casey's team was playing at Autzen Stadium, the home of the Oregon Ducks. His game was scheduled for 4:00.
I had not been inside for decades. It is quite an impressive place. Casey, who has been to a few Oregon games, was a bit apprehensive about playing in front of a stadium full of loud and crazy Duck fans. Kari told him that she didn't think it would be a sold out crowd on Sunday.
Cary headed toward the entrance. Though it was a warm day, he was glad that he brought his coat. It turned out to be shady and windy where we were sitting.
Cary was busy taking pictures with his new phone. He wanted to show them to Tyler, our grandson who plays for TCU.
Somehow, even though our high school games were held at Duck Stadium, it seemed smaller than I remembered.
The rest of our group trickled in little by little. From left to right: Some guy we didn't know, Alix, Kari, Cary, Rick, Kristin and Scott.
Maria, Cary (asking Kristin if she knows how to send the pictures that he took for Tyler), Scott and me.
Kristin, figures it out as Cary and her Dad look on. They all have I-Phones, (ours aren't) but she has always been a sharp one. Scott is doing his thinking pose as he watches the kids on the field. I'll get to the team in just a minute. Tyler received the pictures of Autzen and texted back that he thought it was ugly. Well!
This was our team! Once per season, Kidsports gets use of Autzen Stadium and all the kids get to play one game there. We didn't have very many kids on our team, and they were playing the whole field. Instead of getting to switch out for offense and defense, they only had 4 at a time who were not on the field. The boys were pretty tired by the time the game was over.
WTD stands for "Win the Day". Casey's team didn't win the game, but they played their hearts out.
We caught up with the team on the way out of the stadium. Their coaches were giving them a post-game talk. We waited until they were done and took a few more pictures.
Grandma Kathy and our star. Can you believe that he isn't even 12 years old yet? I wonder how tall he will end up being? I am 5'4".
Kari, me, Casey (getting tired of the picture taking, apparently), Kristin and Maria.
Cary, Maria and I hopped in the car and headed back to La Pine. The picture above was taken as we drove by Dexter Lake at sunset.
Maria ordered a cup of homemade chicken soup.
We all shared my order of chicken and jo-jos. It was so good.
The bartender asked where we were headed, and we told her about our day and that we lived in La Pine. She said, oh, good, then you won't be in that truck mess that they are still cleaning up. There had been a bad accident earlier in the day, but nobody was hurt.
One last picture of that pretty moon, and we headed toward the car. A man and a lady were standing outside smoking, and the man said, "How are you?" I said, "I'm fine, how are you?" He said, "I haven't had the best day ever."
Usually, I would have said, oh, that is too bad and then gotten into the car. Instead, I said, "Why, what happened?" It turns out that he was the truck-driver in the accident. He had a 2002 Frieghtliner and was pulling a car carrier loaded with nine brand-new cars. He was just driving along, minding his own business, and the kingpin broke. This caused the cab to separate from the car carrier. The cab flipped onto the driver's side on one side of the road. The trailer loaded with the cars flipped on the other side of the road! And he was standing outside of Manley's unhurt and telling us the tale. Also, there were no other cars around when it happened. I am glad that he had a newer truck with airbags.
Wow. That was a total miracle story, in my opinion.
We drove the rest of the way to town, dropped off Maria, and came home. Dana was quite pleased to see us. It was 9:30 p.m., I reported in on Facebook to say that we made it home safe and sound and went right to bed.
What a great day it was. I always feel so much better when I get a hit of love from my Eugene peeps. I think that you can see it on my face in my new Facebook profile picture:
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