Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ft. Stevens State Park

Lake at Ft. Stevens State Park

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the weekend at Ft. Stevens State Park near Astoria, Oregon. The Northwest Lazy Daze group had a get together there, and I had a great time there. A good assortment of things to see and do are there, with bike trails, the beach, a lake, and several coast towns nearby. Then of course there was the Lazy Daze group, which is a fun and nice group of people. Some of my Baja friends are members of this group, so I decided to join too. As usual with these get togethers, there was a lot of food to be consumed and stories to be swapped.

Saturday turned out foggy and cool, as you can see from the photo of the shipwreck on the beach below, but the rest of the weekend was beautiful, and the fog didn't hamper our fun one bit. Rylie really enjoyed a long romp on the beach. It's so nice that Oregon allows dogs on the beach, although they are supposed to be leashed. We are used to California, where so few beaches allow dogs at all. Rylie doesn't like water one bit, but he loves to run and dig on the beach. His day at the beach is even better if he can find something stinky to roll around in, and there are often stinky, dead things on the beach to roll around in.

At Ft. Stevens there is also a lake, as you can see in the above photo. Rylie had a nice walk around the lake too.

Shipwreck on the Beach

I brought my bike, and had a couple of nice bike rides while I was there. One was to the fort, which was interesting to see. There is also a museum, which we also checked out. Tours are available of the fort, although I didn't do that. I also had a nice lunch in Astoria.

Bike Ride Gang

I loved this get together, and I hope to go to future events with this group.

Rylie's Notes:

Ahhh, the beach. I love the beach. So many good smells on the beach, and The Staff let me run to my heart's content. I even managed to roll around in something before The Staff stopped me, although it wasn't very stinky. I still fondly remember the time I found a dead seal flipper on a beach in California to roll around in. The Staff was not happy with me that day, and there was a fast bath with furious scrubbing, as I recall. tee hee hee

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mt. St. Helens

One of the sightseeing trips I have done recently is to Mt. St. Helens. Unfortunately, this is what I saw of the volcano:

Not much, due to the fog and clouds. That's okay, it was still an interesting trip. I saw a lot of elk off in the distance, and learned a lot of interesting stuff at the visitor centers. I had visited Mt. St. Helens in the early 90's, and I was amazed at how it has changed since I last saw it. I remembered seeing the devastation covering the area, where huge trees were scattered around the ground like matches from a spilled box. But in the 18 or so years since then, nature had been busy re-establishing herself, and now I saw trees and forest where before there was only death and destruction of the forest. It was comforting to see how nature heals. I recommend a trip there, and if you go, be sure to see the movie they have at the top.

Rylie's Notes:

Another day trip and I wasn't invited. That's okay, I snuck out and visited the sweet, young thing up the block. She's a breed called a malti-poo, maltese and poodle. I don't think I would want to be called anything poo. How about malti-oodle?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Japanese Gardens

As you can see, I managed to figure out my photo problem. I don't want to talk about it. Instead, I'll talk about the Japanese gardens in Portland. What a lovely, peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

There are plenty of ponds, bridges and meditation gardens to enjoy, and an assortment of colorful koi fish to admire. Big ones. It is so refreshing to be in such a lush, green refuge.

The Japanese gardens are very close to the rose gardens, so I took a stroll through that as well. I don't have photos of that, but you can imagine the color and fragrance one might encounter there. In Portland you can run into quite a few gray days, and I thought that spending time in the Japanese and rose gardens was a good way to spend one.

Rylie's Notes:

Of course I wasn't invited to the gardens. Just think of all of the new territory I could have marked there. What a pity.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Computer Problems

I've been off having more fun, but I have also been having some computer problems. My internet connection here is really slow, but my computer also seems to have really slowed down. To top it off, my photos suddenly started saving in black and white, without me doing anything different in the way that I save them. I can't figure out how to fix it. The photos are in color in my camera software on the computer, but when I resize them in Irfanview and save them in a folder so that I can post them or email them, they are black and white. This has never happened before. Grrrr and double grrrr. So I can't post any photos, and that is why I haven't done a blog post for a bit, even though I have some fun things to talk about. I will try again tonight after work to figure it out. If any of you have any helpful suggestions, I would love to hear them: heidilyoung@yahoo.com.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff seems to be getting a little frustrated with the computer software. I might need to take over.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Where Have I Been?

Is that what you were wondering? Well, I've been to lots of places and had a very fun week. Since I don't have my photos ready to post, I'll talk about one of the places I went where I wasn't able to take photos -- a concert.

I was really lucky to see Sheryl Crow in concert. While having dinner there another night I discovered that she was doing an outdoor concert at Edgefield in Troutdale, but the show had been sold out for awhile. Someone recommended going for an early dinner at the restaurant and sitting outside to hear the music, although I wouldn't be able to see the stage. So that was the plan until someone had tickets they wanted to sell. I felt very fortunate to get in to see this concert, since I like Sheryl Crow. It was a fun concert. It's all lawn seating, but it was a beautiful summer night and the music was great. James Blunt was the opening band, and I enjoyed him too. That evening was such an unexpected treat. I hadn't been to a concert for quite some time.

The Portland area has really been growing on me, although I liked it from when I was here a long time ago. It is overcast a lot and there have been quite a few rainy and quite cool days, but there is so much to do and see in this area. It is very beautiful. I love all of the rivers and trees around here.

In other news, I have a new bike! It's a Giant Cypress, one of those ones where you sit up really straight and it's so comfortable. I really like it. There are so many bike trails in this area and pretty places to ride, so I'm really going to enjoy having it here. Fun!

Rylie's Notes:

I don't like the bike. I want to chase it, but The Staff won't let me. Grrrr.