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Mount Angel Abbey Museum

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A long time ago, while browsing Roadside America for neat local places to check out and possibly photograph, I learned about the Mount Angel Abbey & Seminary near Silverton, OR. I read that on the grounds of Mount Angel Abbey there was a museum that housed an unusual collection of items, like the world’s largest pig hairball, two preserved significantly deformed calfs, and a large assortment of taxidermy North American animals. We went to check it out over the summer, but on the drive down, I read that the museum was closed for remodeling. Last weekend, I woke up with the museum on my mind, checked the website, and learned that it had recently reopened. We went to visit and found one of the coolest places I have ever been (and I have been to a lot of various types of natural history museums!). The grounds of the abbey itself were so beautiful on this wonderfully foggy day, and the collection is definitely an eclectic one that features a lot of beautiful, unique taxidermy and fascinating displays that kept us going through the small museum for well over an hour. I really love this place. I have so missed having a natural history museum nearby, and I’m so happy to know about this little, quiet museum that I can visit again and again in the future as long as I am living in the Portland area.

Sauvie Island / Cape Kiwanda

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I got nothin to say except here’s what we’ve been up to the past couple weekends – Sauvie Island in the snow, and Cape Kiwanda once it was all gone. On Sunday I really wanted a grilled cheese sandwich, so we drove down to Tillamook to have this amazing sandwich I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to recreate since I had it in September. Then we tromped around on the dunes. Not too much else goin on, except, you know, some of the darkest days I’ve seen in this country in my lifetime.

Historic Snowfall

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Overnight Tuesday/into Wednesday of last week, the Portland area was hit with a record snowstorm – we got more than a foot of snow. It’s the heaviest snowfall since 1995, and it was pretty exciting (and, ultimately, debilitating). My workplace was either closed or operating with a late opening or an early closing through the weekend, and the university where Nat works, which never closes, has been closed due to the weather three days since the storm. We had a fun time for the first couple days, walking all over (thanks, ICEtrekkers!). But the roads have been really bad and we got so tired of staying in the house that we spent Sunday night in a hotel room downtown, laying in a comfy bed (Cody, too) and taking baths and eating donuts. Now it’s warmer and raining a ton, so the snow’s finally starting to break up and melt. We’re crossing our fingers it doesn’t lead to terrible flooding.