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What did you do this summer?

Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise, by Jerry Rhodes

Jerry Rhodes, Communications
Road trip!  We visited our daughter and son-in-law in New York City in September. During the week when they were at work, we took a road trip to Maine, a part of the country where we’d never been. Highlights including paying respects at the Massachusetts grave of my 9th great grandfather, who died in 1666; visiting Acadia National Park in Maine; driving through the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of Vermont as fall colors started; and dining on wiener schnitzel and strudel at the Von Trapp Family Lodge. Back in New York we also peeked into Central Perk and had a Reuben sandwich at The Table in Katz’s Delicatessen featured in the film, “When Harry Met Sally.” And a very special last morning: Getting up before dawn to drive with daughter Erin to the Brooklyn Bridge Park for both of us to indulge our photography avocation at sunrise.

Addisyn Elizabeth, courtesy of Hillary Pope

Hillary Pope, Claims
This past summer we added a new member to our family, Addisyn Elizabeth, born July 28. Big brother Sage is a huge help! Addy has been such an amazing addition to our family and really brightens our day!  

Gena Peters, Medicare Support/Quality Improvement
I took my youngest daughter, Wendy to Phoenix to see the One Direction concert. She’s 12 and had an awesome time at her first ever concert!

Niki Ly, Medical Management/Pharmacy
This summer is super extra special for my husband and I.  I was pregnant back in June 2013 and gave birth to my first baby girl (first baby too) in February 2014. I came back to work from maternity leave in June 2014 and that is how I spent my summer!  My baby is now seven months old.  It was a joy for our family because I started working for CareOregon when I first found out I was pregnant … CareOregon brought me luck!

Muir Trail
View from Gladys Lake
John Muir Trail, California.

Chuck Williams, Communications
I spent a week backpacking with friends on the John Muir Trail, high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Yosemite National Park. It’s been a lot of years since I’ve carried a backpack that many days, but the weather was perfect and the scenery spectacular. There were a few mishaps (an infected hand from an insect bite, and the loss of four freeze-dried dinners to a midnight sneak attack by a black bear), but that’s why they call it wilderness!