Seaside, Oregon

November is not normally a time to have a relaxing day at the beach in northern Oregon. The wind was blowing quite hard.

The ocean was best for watching.

It was a good day to go inside to the Seaside Aquarium. We didn’t feed the harbor seals, but we did spend a lot of time admiring the octopus.

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.

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

Jacob Hashimoto at PDX

In September when I flew home from Portland, I posted about this art in Terminal E at PDX. Coming home this time I had more time before my flight, and I noticed a companion piece suspended from the ceiling a little further down the corridor.

Because I had the time, I then noticed this display case with information about these pieces. The artist is Jacob Hashimoto, and this second piece is called The Sky. The work in my first blog post is called The City.

This display case is reflective, so my photos have a glare, but I got a close up of part of the piece seen at the right edge of the above photo.

Tree Stump Castle

Once upon a time, in the days of film cameras, my father took a photo of a jagged tree stump in the woods (maybe we were in Ontario, Canada?). We always said that it looked like a castle, and the light through the trees in the background looked like twinkly fairy lights.

I have been thinking about that photo recently, and on our hikes at Lake Tahoe, I looked for some stumps to photograph, but found none.

The past two weeks I have been in Oregon (again!) (during the pandemic, no less) to help with welcoming a new baby granddaughter into the family. Most of the photos I have been taking are of utmost interest to family members, and not many others. However, we did have a nice walk in the Noble Woods before the baby arrived.

And I found the perfect tree stump to photograph.

Fernhill Wetlands

Amazingly, after 4 months of being home in Claremont, we made plans to actually get out of California. We quarantined for two weeks and then got into our car and drove 1,000 miles in one day to Forest Grove, Oregon to visit our daughter and her family. Two-year-olds grow and change so much, and after five months, we were delighted to finally be reunited with our grandson.

It’s still safe to go outside, as long as we stay distanced from others, so one day we wandered in the Fernhill Wetlands. This water management facility makes for a lovely outing, with a variety of plants, trees, waterways, birds and many trails.

Fernhill Wetlands Oregon