Oregon Zoo

The grandkids had a few days off from daycare, so I got to spend some time helping entertain them last week. One day we went to the Oregon Zoo. When I ride the MAX to and from the airport, I have often imagined what the Zoo was like when the train stops at that station. Now I know. Two animals there especially caught my eye.

I am not sure if I have ever seen a bald eagle, but I know that I have never seen one this close. We were about 3 feet away from this one. I can’t tell if it is the male or the female.

I was also taken with Dozer (short for Bulldozer) the African Spurred Tortoise. We watched as he climbed over an obstacle and made good time getting to his sunning spot.

Look Up! Exhibit at the Art Museum

The current exhibit at the Claremont Museum of Art features umbrellas, retirees, and hope. The artist Elizabeth Turk (a Scripps alumna) used brightly-colored umbrellas with the residents of San Antonio Gardens to create a kaleidoscopic movie, as well as still photographs. Residents wrote messages of hope on post-it notes. You can see some of the movie that is playing at the exhibition at the above link. Another video shows the participants talking about how much this experience meant to them, especially during the pandemic.

Airport Art

I’m particularly fond of art at Portland’s PDX. Now that I am traveling again, I search for art in airports.

In ONT Terminal 4, I saw these lovely portraits of Mark Twain and Langston Hughes made from paper and cardboard. I’m sorry I didn’t take a photo of the artist’s name.

These sculptures hang from the ceiling at one end of Terminal C in the Denver Airport.

The Shed: Habitat ReStore in Fort Collins

The idea for a boutique shopping experience at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Fort Collins was born during the pandemic. My sister, the liaison with faith-based communities, thought of ways to maintain connections with various congregations. With ideas from Pinterest, she organized projects for people to create and sell in pop up events using donations given to the Habitat ReStore.

One idea led to another, and soon a corner of the ReStore turned into The Shed. Here shoppers will find upcycled and handcrafted items. The Shed has been open for a while, but the Outdoor Shed launched last week with great items for the backyard.

Anna and Abby’s Yard

We are so excited to not only be traveling, but especially to see family again. It’s been since October when we were last in Oregon, and Anna and Abby’s Yard has been completed and opened since then.

This playground celebrates the lives of two young girls who died in a freak accident in 2013. A huge tree in front of a house across the street from Rogers Park came down and serves as the foundation of a number of structures in the park. You can see photos of sections of the tree here.

The spirits of Anna and Abby grace the yard
This is the tail of a very long dragon
Soon these shelves will house a Little Free Library

South Park, San Diego

Our daughter and son-in-law moved to the San Diego neighborhood of South Park during the pandemic, and we finally got a chance to see their new home and neighborhood this weekend. The best part, of course, was being able to hug them and catch up in person.

The neighborhood is just to the east of the south end of Balboa Park, and I had never seen this part of the city. All I know of San Diego are the tourist areas. The weather was cool and breezy, but sunny enough to enjoy a few walks. I didn’t take many photos, but I plan to take more in the coming months and years.

South Park has a very cool vibe with lots of cute shops and restaurants and people out walking.

We enjoyed a beer in the open outdoor seating at Thorn St. Brewery.

A day trip to San Diego means 4 hours round-trip, but it was worth it, and we look forward to more!

Benton Museum Opens

As we slowly peer to the outside world from inside our pandemic bubble, places are opening up. The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College was supposed to open last fall, but, you know, Covid. I have enjoyed taking photos of the outside of the building, but on Tuesday we made a reservation and got a chance to go inside the first day it opened to the public.

In addition to enjoying the art in a museum, I like to notice the architectural details and shadows. Our timed arrival was at 5 p.m., so we saw some good shadows.