Monday, November 10, 2008

How I spent my summer vacation

OK, now that I've got this blog up, I'm committed to posting something more. Plus, I've been inspired by so many others, that I just can't help myself!!!
I started out planning on posting some recent pictures I took from my window. But I got sidetracked! Blame Sydney!!!! : )

After seeing Sydney's porcupine, I had to dig out this one. It's a bit hard to see behind that fence, but it's a big black porcupine that shot his quills up when being startled. We saw him at Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR while on vacation this past summer.

I didn't mean to start out with pix from my summer vacation, but after looking thru them, I have to share! This is my grandson (obviously) getting to know a donkey at the West Coast Game Park. It's America's largest wild animal petting park located on the southern Oregon coast in Bandon.
Here Austen and my daughter, Erin are getting ready to feed a lion cub. The three of us got to go into the cage and sit with a blanket over our laps while the cub laid across our laps and played with us. Then a bit later, we got to go back and play with a baby lynx. It was amazing how soft they both were.

We didn't get to pet this guy, but I was only about 5 feet away from him when I got this shot. I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but he has green eyes. Isn't he georgous!!

Here's Crater Lake with Wizard Island. the lake is in a crater of a volcano that's fed from underground springs. There are no rivers flowing in or out of it.

This is the "resort" we stayed at after leaving Crater Lake. Rustic is a good word for it. Those dormers on top are where each room is. Downstairs is a gift shop and little store. We shared a bathroom with all the other guests.

Oh, to be young again! The freedom of running in the waves with the wind at your back! These were taken in Newport, along the Central Oregon coast.

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. Northern Oregon coast. This is where my brother lives - about 2 hours from me. Color me green with envy!

And what's a vacation without pictures of pretty flowers??

I hope you enjoyed going on vacation with me again and seeing just a few of the wonders in my backyard.


ORKMommy said...

I am soooo jealous of your trip to the wildlife place. I would absolutely love to get up close and personal with baby lions, tigers (and bears...oh my!)

Laurie said...

I loved the pictures of your trip. I remember you talking about a lot of these things so it's nice to see them thru the pictures.

My favorite is the one of Austen just playing with the abandon it seems only kids have. Love it!

lynn1 said...

Great pictures and wonderful memories for Austen.
I have never been to Oregon but seeing your pictires of the beautiful coast make think I sure would like to go there.

meb said...

Great pictures pdx granny. I love your Tiger. Couldn't see the green eyes, but could imagine them. If Sydney's lion doesn't get too jealous, I think I fell in love with this guy!

Keep up the blog... this was really good stuff!

meb said...

pdx granny... answering you from your comments on my blog.

That's interesting about your daughter and her desire for theatre, but things happen, and plans get changed for you sometimes. I agree tho, that she wouldn't change the outcome for the love of theatre! I know I wouldn't either.

No, I didn't get paid for any of this, this was community theatre and just my love for being on the stage. I was doing Dolly on my 40th birthday... that's 31 years ago to the day 11/11/77.

I did do a directing gig for a retirement community. I named the show "Club Bimbo" and we just did a lot of numbers that I had done during my years in theatre. They all thought I was a genius, but of course I was really plagiarizing other directors. These were people who were in their 50's to 80's, and they were truly good. Some had real talent.

Now I'm the one e-talking too much!

KarenJC said...

Fun pics - my husband and I are looking forward to trips to the west coast in the future, we are still exploring the east coast. thanks for sharing!

~~Silk said...

Hi. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my "transition blog". I'm at now. You've welcome to visit.

Speaking of visiting, loved the coast photos. The "resort" is my kind of place. I'd be terribly uncomfortable any place that even looks like it might have a spa.


Donna in AL said...

Love your post! Now I have to go look up Haystack Rock, that is facinating formation.

Your grandson is the cutest!

After reading your comments on Lynn1's Veteran's day post, I would like you to post some of your experiences during the Vietnam War.

Sydney said...

Wow , loved all the animal pictures and the ones of Oregon. I am totally jealous you got to hold the baby lion in your lap!!!

SO glad you're posting! And I join in the crowd thinking your grandson is CUTE!

Becky said...

Elaine, Portland, OR is one of my top three favorite places (excluding Texas, of course). What a beautiful state.

Love the pictures of Austen and Erin as well as the pictures of Mount Hood area.