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Bonneville & the Dead Whale

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Winter feels like it has gone on for so long. Last year, this season was so much more mild, and by late February, the saucer magnolias and other trees and plants were in bloom all over. The cold and rain has kept us indoors much more than we’d like. The weekend before Michael’s visit, we did get out to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, one of my very favorite places in the Portland area. This time, we also checked out the visitor center at the dam, which was pretty neat.

Then Michael got here, and we did a lot! We mostly ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer, played a lot of board games, and talked a lot about Stephen King books and movies. We went to Astoria, saw the dead sperm whale on the beach at Fort Stevens, went for the rainiest hike ever in Forest Park (where we saw a coyote!), and spent a long time at Powell’s. Michael is the best houseguest ever (and probably our best and most “equal” mutual friend) and it was wonderful to show him around Portland.

Tomorrow I go to Kentucky to spend five days learning about one of the things I care about most, while also getting to goof off with my best friend in the world. I sure will miss my Boh, though.

Valley View

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We haven’t been up to much the past three weeks. Went to the dentist, the coast, the movies. I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to wrap up the series I’ve been working on for the past four years in time for the talk I’m giving at the Living with Animals conference in Kentucky in a couple weeks. I’m really excited about it. I’m already thinking about and starting to work on my next project, which is what took us to Valley View Memorial Park and the Chehalem Pet Cemetery in Newberg. We spent a long time there, looking at each grave marker. I love places like these.

Our friend Michael gets in this weekend! We’re celebrating both his and Nat’s birthdays. March is gonna be a busy month.

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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.