December: Where is he?!

December 1- I drove over Santiam Pass to Corvallis, Oregon and spent a couple of days  with Tom and Debbie Birdseye.  Swam at the Osburn Center and took a climbing lesson  at Oregon State University.

Tom and Debbie in their Corvallis home- friends since 1986, when we all taught in Sandpoint.
Oregon State Universtiy students teach a 45 minute class on belaying and then you’re free to go after it.  New experience for me. Very fun!  Thanks, Tom!
Tom and Debbie checking that everything is correctly set up to climb.
Tom and Debbie’s new camper- 10′ x 6′.  Very cozy!



Slept at Tom and Debbie’s

December 2- Tom did a trail run  and I rode his mountain bike at Oak Creek. Flat Tail Brewery for a beverage that night, followed by dinner at McMeniman’s.


The lushness of the forest west of the Cascades
Tom’s bike and me

Slept at Tom and Debbie’s

December 3- Drove to Eugene and had lunch with Macy DuCoeur, daughter of friends Scott and Moira DuCoeur in Coeur d’Alene.  Went to U of O basketball game, in which they beat Savannah State 128-59, which is the most points ever scored by a U of O team.  I predict great things of U of O basketball this year.  Tyler Dorsey! Wow!

Macy DuCoeur- Northwest Christian scholarshiped volleyball player, basketball manager and great student.  Wonderful to see her thriving.
Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon.  Matthew Knight was the son of Nike founder, Phil Knight.  Matthew died in a scuba diving accident at age 34.

Slept at Ellen Cantor’s

December 4- Drove over McKenzie and Santiam Passes, back to Bend.

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Slept at Emily and Aaron’s

December 5- Went to yoga class at The Juniper Aquatic and Fitness Center, my first yoga class ever.

Slept at Emily and Aaron’s

December 6- Good workout at The Juniper Center in Bend, some coffee shop time and Aaron and I saw “The Accountant,” with Ben Affleck.

Slept at Emily and Aaron’s

December 7- Emily, Aaron and I cross country skied at Edison Sno-Park, on the south side of Mt. Bachelor.

Slept at Emily and Aaron’s

December 8-

Slept at Emily and Aaron’s

December 9- It was snowing hard and the  wind was howling at Mt. Bachelor, enough so that I decided to pass on skiing and replaced it with another great option-  the High Desert Museum south of Bend, where there was a traveling Ansel Adams exhibit.  What a treat!  Lifted weights at the Juniper Fitness Center, wrote at a lovely coffee shop and book store, Dudley’s, and then Aaron and I had dinner at Jackson’s Corner.  Fellow nurses Wally and Chris joined us.  It was fascinating to talk to Wally, who has climbed El Capitan, in Yosemite, four times!  On one of his trips they took four days! That’s three nights of sleeping on the wall!

Slept at Emily and Aaron’s

December 10- Happy 64th birthday to me!  I had a fabulous birthday, with a drive from Bend to Baker City, Oregon, with Emily and Aaron.  It was the start of my move toward McCall, Idaho, where I’m meeting Jenny Wayman on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

We worked out at the YMCA and then headed to Barley Brown’s Brewery for dinner, a sampler of beers and my first Gonzaga basketball game of the year.  Thanks to Emily and Aaron, and MANY kind notes, it was a GREAT day!

And ANOTHER of the good birthday presents was that it looks like my house is rented again.  My first renters bought a house. Happy for Shannon and James!

Many of you read my Facebook post.  If not, here it is.

Friends and Family-

Tomorrow is the day: “When I’m 64.” 🙂

We all know the refrain:

Will you still need me,
will you still feed me,
When I’m 64?

I remember when I first heard the song, and how distant 64 seemed. An age for other people. 🙂

But now it’s mine- and how fortunate I am! Fortunate to have lived this long- unlike the sad memories we all have of those who didn’t make it this far.

Will you still need me? I don’t know. 🙂

Will I still need you? Oh, my, how my daily happiness depends on connections with my friends and family!

I am so fortunate to have friends and family who stay in touch with me, who are interested in my life, who ask thoughtful questions, listen and share intimately of themselves. I am fortunate to have friends who invite me to join their adventures- to ride bikes in Arizona, swim at Sanders Beach, to raft the Salmon, ski and hike, to go to James Taylor and Junk to Funk, to gather at our Wisconsin lake homes.

I am grateful for friends and family with whom I get to drink coffee and beer and talk, to reflect and dream. And for that Monday group with whom I get to watch sports at Capone’s and make dumb comments.

I’ve been on the road since Sept. 1 and I’ve seen incredibly beautiful country as I traveled the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California, and as I explored The Grand Canyon, Tucson, Sedona, and Death Valley. I feel fortunate to have had these travels, largely on bicycle, and very fortunate to live in Coeur d’Alene.

A highlight of my travels has been the people with whom I’ve connected, like Mike and Robyn Widmann in Roseburg, Oregon, childhood friends I hadn’t seen for 29 years. And seeing relatives on THEIR turf, like Dave and Beth Buckley in San Diego.

Friends and family have been great to me!!!

For my birthday I will be in Baker City, Oregon on Saturday and Joseph, Oregon on Sunday, with Emily and Aaron. They have hosted me in Bend for two wonderful weeks of snow play, swims, 13 breweries and memorable dinners out.

After Joseph, I will meet the source of a LOT of joy in the past year, Jenny Wayman, in McCall, Idaho for a few days, and then I’m on to Ohio to share Christmas with Kristofer, Michelle and Chloe!

As always, I have a lot for which to be grateful– and to look forward to!

Thank you, friends and family.

Dave to some/ David to others…Groth
Age 64



From “Song Facts”…

Paul McCartney wrote the music for “When I’m 64” when he was about 15, and used to play it when The Beatles were still known as The Quarrymen. He put lyrics to it later in honor of his father’s 64th birthday.

McCartney wrote and sang the lead vocals on this song which asks if a woman will still be with him when he got older, when he was 64 years old. On May 17, 2006, Paul and his then wife, Heather Mills, separated, finalizing the divorce in 2008. McCartney turned 64 on June 18, 2006, so the answer to his musical question with regards to Mills, would be no.

John Lennon said of this: “I would never even dream of writing a song like that.”

George Martin arranged this in the style of a 1920’s big band, which came to be known as “retro-rock.” McCartney’s vocal was sped-up a bit to add to the effect.

This was the first song recorded for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This was used in the Robin Williams movie “The World According to Garp.”

This was a favorite of The Beatles at their early club shows, where they were required to play for hours. When their amps overheated, they would sing this around the piano.

“When I’m Sixty Four”

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

You’ll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy, mending a fuse
When your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight
If it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four?

Slept at the Best Western in Baker City.

December 11-  Sent the lease agreement to Debra, ate the mediocre hotel breakfast that comes with the room and headed toward our destination of Joesph, Oregon.

Our first stop was Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, a “ma and pa” area at 7,000 ft. That is their claim to fame.  Aaron commented how much he enjoys these small ski areas. And we laughed hard as we watched a four year-old boy working to stand up on his skis AND to ride up on the magic carpet. 🙂

It was another beautiful drive through the Wallowa Mountains.  We had lunch at the 1188 Brewpub in John Day, Oregon and arrived in Joseph about 2:00 p.m. Booked a room at Eagle  Cap Resort  at the south end of Wallowa Lake and took off for an hour snowshoe in fresh snow.  We were about out of daylight as we returned to the car.

We drove six miles into Joseph for a pizza at Embers and fell asleep as the Packers finished a 31-10 win over the Seahawks.   I talked to  the server about how quiet the town is and asked if it would pick up for Christmas.

“A bit,” she said. “It will be quiet…until June.”  She had moved there to be with her father and wasn’t too excited about the pace of Joseph.

Slept at Eagle Cap Chalets. Emily and Aaron are kind enough to share withe me. 🙂

December 12- We had large, delicious corn cakes for breakfast in Joseph at Red Horse Coffee Traders, with such delightful service and delicious food.





img_7321I’ve been in Bend all but three days since Nov. 22, which has been a great gift.  We’ve been outside a lot,  skiing and hiking, hit 13 breweries, just in Bend, Aaron and I went to three movies, we swam and worked out at the Juniper Center, and ate too much good food.  I loved getting to know the wonderful town of Bend and loved having this time with Emily and Aaron- and their dog, Alby.

It was time to say goodby- for a few weeks, at least.  Emily and Aaron took off for Bend; I headed toward McCall, with a hiccup, as the back road I attempted to travel, became impassable, and 90 minutes after I left Joseph I was back.  The new route was a large semi-circle, south back to Baker City, into Idaho at Weiser and north to New Meadows and McCall.  It made me warm all over to drive into Idaho, which I left on September 1.  Since 1982, I believe the longest I was ever out of Idaho was three and a half weeks, when Emily, Kristofer and I traveled in South America.

After eight hours of a beautiful drive, I arrived in McCall, found the cozy cabin we have rented, settled in and drove a mile to the McCall classic, Lardo’s, for a brandy old fashioned.

Slept at Moose on the Loose Lodge in McCall

Dec. 13- I’m preparing for Jenny’s arrival! Got flowers, did some writing and settled in.  We met at the Shore Lodge when she arrived and had dinner and a glass of red wine at Lardo’s, the McCall classic restaurant, before going to our cabin on Warren Wagoner Road.


Slept at Moose on the Loose Lodge in McCall

Dec. 14- Cross country skied at Ponderosa State Park, a couple of miles from downtown McCall.






Slept at Moose on the Loose Lodge in McCall

Dec. 15- Awoke to a mountain of snow! Cross country skied on the road in front of the cabin.

My car
Jenny digging out


Slept at Moose on the Loose Lodge in McCall

Dec. 16-Drove to Gold Fork Hot Springs, 45 minutes SE of McCall and CC skied from the parking lot, before a wonderful soak.


Jenny skiing ahead of me…
Great snow, sunshine and no one else around…


Lower pool at Gold Fork Hot Springs
Main pool at Gold Fork Hot Springs- $8, 45 minutes from McCall. Well worth it.

Slept at Moose on the Loose Lodge in McCall

Dec. 17-  Jenny had to head to Coeur d’Alene today, after a wonderful time in McCall.  I was ready for an afternoon of working on Christmas projects, but an hour after Jenny left I realized my keys were in her car. 😦  She left them at the Silver Dollar Bar in Whitebird and I borrowed John and Jill Thompson’s Mercedes SUV to drive the hour to retrieve them.  Of course I was initially bummed, then I enjoyed the lovely drive along the Salmon River, through our spectacular Idaho.


Slept at John and Jill Thompson’s home in McCall


Dec. 18-  Left McCall mid-day to drive to Boise.


Slept at Howie and Rhonda Schaff’s in Boise, after dinner out in Boise

Dinner in Boise with Howie and Rhonda, friend from the 2015 Ride Idaho
With Howie and Rhonda in their home




December 19- Flew from Boise to Cleveland, to spend Christmas with my son, Kristofer, his wife, Michelle, and my five year-old granddaughter, Chloe 🙂



I was upgraded to first class, which meant my coffee was served in a ceramic mug-not paper. 🙂
Mountains, mountains, mountains between Boise and Denver
And the flatland appears, north of Denver

Slept at Kris and Michelle’s


December 20- First full day in Ohio.  Went to the library, visited Chloe’s school and shopped for a new car for them.




Leaving the library:)
Chloe outside of her kindergarten classroom
Chloe, Michelle and Kris outside of her school- Open Door Christian

December 21- Kris and I went to the Bucks- Cavaliers basketball game in Cleveland!

Dinner beforehand  at City Tap in downtown
Mike Dunleavy going through his pregame warmup


December 22- We had a day in Cleveland, including Western Reserve Historical Society, Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum, lunch at MELT, and ice skating at Wade Oval, and outdoor rink.

Cleveland Inidians relic
Sweaters from Cleveland’s decades as leaders of garment production
A fabulous car collection


First amphibious airplane
Chloe and her friend, Alex




Experiments in producing stainless steel cars
Carousel at the museum
A sign outside the museum, about the positive environmental effects of pavers versus a solid sheet of concrete
Lunch at MELT
Gorgeous ceiling at MELT
Michelle, Kris, Chloe and Alex

December 24- Christmas Eve!  What a great day!

I made oyster stew, like my father did every every Christmas Eve.
Kris played drums at three services at their church-Open Door.

December 25- Santa arrived. Fun to share the morning with five year-old Chloe. 🙂

Chloe was actually quite happy with her new coat. 🙂

December 26- Last full day in Ohio. 😦 Kris and I juggled, Chloe and I finished our book and we looked at another possible car for them to buy.




Slept at Steve and Peggy Sue’s

December 27- Flew from Cleveland to Boise



Slept at Steve and Peggy Sue’s

December 28- Drove from Boise to Hood River and stayed at the Hood River Hotel, a historic building.

img_8789img_8818Slept at Steve and Peggy Sue’s

December 29- Drove to Portland and bought a new digital single lens reflex camera, then continued on to Mercer Island, to the home of college friends Steve and Peggy Sue Juergens.


Slept at Steve and Peggy Sue’s

December 30- Skied at Crystal Mountain, near Mt. Rainier, with Steve and Peggy Sue.



Slept at the Guest House Inn in Enumclaw with Steve and Peggy Sue.

December 31- Skied at Crystal Mountain again with Steve and Peggy Sue.

Mt. Rainier, from the top of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort

Slept at Steve and Peggy Sue’s