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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Bunny Scouting

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I am 100% obsessed with the Cannon Beach bunnies. On this day we went to the coast specifically took look for them; we barely even walked on the beach (to be fair, it was cold and windy and both of the times we went out walking it hailed – hard!). On the drive home we saw snow in the coastal range – the first snow of the winter. We ended up getting our first snow at home the next day. Those photos coming up shortly.

UO Natural History Museum

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After the raptor center, we drove the five miles north back to Eugene, to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History on the University of Oregon campus. It is apparently the largest natural history museum between Seattle and San Francisco, and home to the famous Fort Rock sandals, among the oldest shoes in the world (~10,000 years). I don’t think anything will come close to replicating the relationship I had with the KU Natural History Museum while I was living in Lawrence. But because natural history museums don’t necessarily abound in the Northwest, I’m happy to know about and to finally have been to this one. Eugene is pretty great!

Cascades Raptor Center

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I think it was on our coastal drive trip to Oregon in 2014, when I picked up a ton of flyers for places I wanted to visit once we moved to Oregon, that I found out about Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene. I can’t believe so much time passed before I actually made it there. I’d also been wanting to check out the natural history museum on the U of O campus, aaand I had recently found out that there is a Texas Roadhouse in Eugene?! So when we had no plans the first Sunday in January we made a day of it, taking a nice long walk at Mount Pisgah Arboretum and having brunch at Cornbread cafe – vegan comfort food – first.

The raptor center is so cool. It was really neat to get to see all these different birds, and be so close, but I also really loved the look of the place – the gift shop, all the signage, how green it is there. I was seriously ~snapping away~ the entire time we were there. Can’t wait to take my dad next time he visits!