Monday, May 29, 2017

A, R and R (Day 2)

Ahhh, another great nights rest for little fox.  Looks like I am out of coffee - must be time to leave for another adventure.  Today, I am going to the Seattle Waterfront.
The weather was perfect. My roommates hinted that there might be a boat trip in my future.  Not on this boat they say. 
I got lost in some public art.  Beanie would love this. 

Looks like a ferry is coming in and this small boat is a police boat. 

Those mountains in the background are the Olympic Mountains - the range is in the US but beary close to Canada.  Hi Sandy!
I wonder if that sailboat has any fresh salmon on board? 
Huh, who knew German bread came from Canada? 
I had to leave the Seattle Waterfront for the Edmonds Waterfront.  Same body of water, 20 miles north.  My roommates took me to the ferry terminal as we waited for the ferry I read up on Seal Pups. I need a sign at my place that says "Don't Disturb Resting Foxes"
Allright!  I made it on the ferry.  Let's see if the captain will let me drive. 
Nope, not going to happen.  Perhaps if I had a captains uniform and a captains hat I could pilot the vessel?
What a great day to be on the seas. 
I look good against the blue sky don't I?
Coming into Kingston, Washington.  Looks amazing. 
A well needed break.  Don't you think I should have a nice little cup of hot chocolate to wash down the ice cream.  
On the way back we traveled on a different ferry.  Nope, they didn't need an untrained fox piloting this vessel, however I did leave my business card with the captain just in case they needed to get in touch with me. 
Walla Walla means many waters.  That seems like an appropriate name for this ferry.
Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A, R and R (Day 1)

The museum was very impressed with my findings regarding the old wagon road that they gave me a trip North.  No, there will be no archaeology for me, just A, R & R (adventuring, rest and relaxation).

Before any adventuring begins one needs to refuel.  This coffee was just what I needed to help wake me up.

Our first stop was Jerry and Ben's garden (I wish) but actually a Botanical Garden. A lot of the plants were in bloom. 
Hanging out in a grove of Rhododendron's 
This place would be a great spot for a picnic.  Speaking of food, it's off to my next location. 
My next stop was the McMenamins Anderson School.  It's an old school that is turned into a hotel, bar, and restaurant.

This hallway is cool with all the  light fixtures. 
Being that it's a former school there is a bar called the Principal's office.  I was summoned there by my roommates, I hope I am not in trouble...

Whew, I'm safe.  In fact they had a nice beverage waiting for me.  Must be time to do another evaluation. 
All this adventuring is making me hungry.  Let's see if I can find anything to eat around here.

Yep, this will do.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Little Fox: Archeologist in search of the Oregon Trail.

I received an urgent message from the museum begging me to do some research to try and find remnants of the Oregon Trail.  Being an adventurous fox I was ready for the challenge.  I started my adventure at a state park on the Deschutes River near the Columbia River.  What a nice day for a trip.

I had to do some hiking before I was out of the populated area of the park to the area where I thought I could find some artifacts.  Too hot for my archeologist hat, whip, and satchel.
The USGS monitors the level of the Deschutes River and they have one of these thingy's.  Too bad, it's behind a fence so I won't be able to access it anytime soon.
I started getting away from the river and higher up in the country.   Possible Oregon Trail remnants ahead.  If I find anything the museum is going to be very happy with me and probably extend my archeology contract another year.
The flowers are out in full swing.  I am look smashing next to this Lupine don't I?
Acres of Balsamroot were out too.  Although,  I am a little late in the season for the full bloom of Balsamroot it's still showing well today. 
Back to the job at hand.  I am hoping to find some ruts from wagons coming this way on the Oregon Trail.  Looks like Sequoia found something.  Let's see. 
Ah, leave it to a dog to find a comfy place for a fellow canine to rest. 
I better follow the middle trail - seems like a good idea doesn't it?

Trains!  Jerry and Ben this post if for you. Trains and I believe the word Deschutes is from the French Trappers from years ago. 
Looks like Sequoia found something.
It's an old trail, not the Oregon Trail but apparently this area was a stagecoach route during the 1860s (after the Oregon Trail craze).  Not what I was hoping for but probably enough to keep me on as resident canine archeologist at the museum.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A trip to the ranch

Hello Blog Pals ~
It's been a busy day for me, Little Fox.  My roommates told me we were going to an old ranch that is now a state park.  I don't know much about ranches except that they always have a cook who makes big meals for all the ranch workers. I am hoping there is a chuck-wagon meal waiting for me at the ranch.

Let's Go!

The wildflowers are out today.  This tree smells great!
This balsamroot doesn't smell but I love the color. Now do you think they have one in Orange?
Taking a rest, more balsamroot.
The yellow really brings out my pawsitive personality doesn't it? 
Now, if you remember I was told I was going to a ranch and I was expecting a chuck wagon dinner cooked by a ranch hand.  All I see are wildflowers, where is the ranch?

Barbed wire, fence posts I must be getting close. 

A nice little boquet of balsamroot and blue lupine. 
Another barb wire fence, I must be getting closer. 
Do you see it?  The ranch (oh yes and Mt. Hood).  I am so hungry. 
I hope they have a ranch chicken dish cooked in a cast iron oven served with a big salad and corn bread muffins.  

Sequoia is staring off toward the ranch - I bet he is hungry too. 
---Lunch time---
My roommates told me it was lunch time and we were at the ranch.  I didn't smell ranch chicken, I didn't smell any fresh cornbread. Hmm, this could be interesting.

Well it wasn't what I was hoping for but we have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some chips,  a cliff bar and some cheese.  Not a bad lunch.