Monday, September 22, 2014

Mt. St. Helens

Hello Friends,
What a nice day weekend it was in my neck of the woods.  We decided to drive a little further than normal for our weekend adventure.  

We hiked near Mt. St. Helens; it’s been a while since the 1980 eruption so we figured it would be safe (there are some great videos of the eruption on YouTube).  My roommate remembers it although he was just a kit at the time but it was a big deal in Oregon and Washington.  Was it a big deal where you lived?

Enough history, let’s hike!  The trail looks beary peaceful hear.  It’s almost too easy….

 Here is a friendly looking animal.  Is he a chipmunk or squirrel?
What?  These rocks are huge!  I will have to hunker myself down in the backpack to travel over these rocks safely.  An hour of climbing and walking over these rocks is beary difficult.  Luckily through my positive reinforcing statements my roommates were able to handle the task with flying colors.

Through my expert leadership and motivation my roommates reached their destination, Dryer Creek Meadows.  As you can see the flowers are gone but Mt. St. Helens decided to show up today.

Hmm, I wonder if this is the path some of the mud, rocks, and trees took from the 1980 eruption?
Now, one of my favorite times…lunch.  I took this picture for Jerry and Ben since I know how much they like snacks and food.  My roommate’s lunch (and consequently mine as well) includes string cheese, a pb and j sandwich, a small bag of chips (on our trip to Canada I really started enjoying the “All Dressed” chips.  We don’t have those in the USA), and some cherry tomatoes from our garden.  Emergency clif bar in case my roommates need extra energy getting over the rocks again. 

Should I add any more goodies to my roommates lunch bag?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bearheart Beach, Oregon Coast Road Trip

Just like Sandy this weekend I took a road trip as well (apparently great minds think alike).  We went to the Oregon Coast but my roommates didn’t let me stop at a certain coffee shop for my morning cup of joe.  Instead we drove straight through.

I found a variety of interesting things on the beach.  Hmm, I wonder what animal prints these belong to?

Do you see that boat in the distance?  It was one of three or four fishing boats I saw today, do they fish for Salmon this close to the beach?  I wonder if they would be sell me any of that fresh fish?

Is that a full sand dollar?  I think it is, these are very rare for me to find on the beach because usually I am at the beach too late in the day and they are gone or I find them broken on the beach.
I was actually hoping for more sand castles on the beach to play on.  This is the only one I found available for a stuffy to play on.  Not the most elaborate sand castle ever but it will have to do.  I bet if Jerry and Ben were hear they could use some of Jerry's gardening tools to make some neat castles for us to play in.   Actually, could I get a little help getting up to the top?
Look at all of these seagulls.  I thought my roommates were going to let me chase one down for lunch.  No, apparently that wasn’t their plan.  They did let me chase them with the condition that I would not each any.  

The weather was absolutely perfect at the beach.  I could see light houses, boats, and the coast range of mountains that surround this section of the beach.  I am a beary lucky fox, indeed
Apparently, visiting the beach wasn’t the only thing my roommates had in mind.  They purchased passports to a local brew pub chain and when they get stamps at each pub they work toward a grand prize.  We explored the SandTrap Pub at Mcmenamin’s Bearheart.  They have a nice club house area for me to relax.
Cool fireplaces.  Sandy, is that what your fireplace is going to look like?  Hey is that beer for me?  Mmmm, it’s some sort of honey beary beer.

Another pint for me, it’s ok I am not driving.