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the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

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!

Day One 2019 at the Coast

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While we always spend New Year’s Day at the coast, we’ve never spent the night on New Year’s Eve. The past couple years Nat and I have been at an event put on at my work, but it wasn’t planned for this year. We didn’t really have any plans until about a week before, when we looked at hotels in Astoria and found a cheap room. I still had to work on New Year’s Eve, but as soon as I got home we drove out to the coast. We watched some NYE stuff on TV, and then Matilda on my laptop – I had been joking since the summer that one of my life goals was to watch the chocolate cake scene with my own slice of chocolate cake to indulge in. I filmed my last second in my 1 Second Everyday video (!), and when we woke up it was a new year. We spent the morning in the hotel’s hot tub (which was so nice?!) and then walked around in town. Everything was closed but we had a nice time looking in all the windows. We went into a couple antique stores that were open, tried to go to Buoy but it was closed, and then headed down to Cannon Beach. The sunset was incredible, as you can see.

Christmas at Home

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We stayed home for Christmas – our first Christmas in our own house – and had a slow, quiet day. We made the animals take a photo with us by the tree, opened gifts, talked with our families. Then we went for a walk at Tryon Creek. Nathaniel got me another Hippopotamus for Christmas (this one is old and animatronic and incredible); I made him a book of the year 2014 (still catching up!). My parents and sister got gifts for all our pets, so it was a wild, squeaky afternoon. In the evening, Nat made us a really delicious dinner à la Kisiel family tradition – “meat” and potatoes, and nothing green on the plate ;)