Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Patio for the RV Site

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Texas who are experiencing the devastation from the flood waters.  So tragic.  I have relatives that live in the hill country and they are all safe.  

This afternoon our boss was at our site with two other local volunteers to start work on a patio for us.  It is going to be a nice size.  Very cool.  When it is finished we will be having a cookout and invite the group over.

John S. and Bob. 

Warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the next few days....upper 70s. kind of weather. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Tomorrow we honor those who served in our military forces.  Freedom is not free. Without their sacrifices we would not enjoy the freedoms we have today.  Thank you to those who have served and those who still serve today.

Today I worked the morining shift at the Wildlife Center.  During my shift I had 52 visitors, mostly families.  I finally remembered to snap a few pictures. 

 The sign at the entrance of the center. 
The welcome counter. 
Another view of the counter. 
Gift shop. 
Windows facing the refuge with scopes set up for viewing the eagle's nest.
Another view of the front of the center.  The chalk board is used for people to post sightings.  This morning a little girl drew a snake on it.  If you look close you can see her drawing. 
The exhibit room. 
The entrance to the exhibit room. 

Hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day.  

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bird Festival

Last week the refuge was a very busy place with getting everything ready for the Bird Festival on Saturday (Over 800 people attended). John helped haul supplies, put up tents and signs and lots of other miscellaneous stuff.  The festival is a free event for the community.  There was something for everybody to enjoy:  Conestoga Wagon rides through the refuge, bird house building, archery, a scavenger hunt and crafts, just to name a few.  Friday afternoon we had a trial run on the wagon ride.

Marty and Brenda enjoying the ride. 

The archery site.
The eagle's nest is located on the wagon's route.  Great chance for people to get a photo. 

We were all tired after the festival was over but a few of us went out for a bite to eat.  John was busy Monday and Tuesday helping put away tents and other supplies from the festival.  Yesterday was a mowing day for him.  He mowed the area around the RV sites and the bunkhouse.  While he was mowing around the RV sites he mowed right up to some honey bees on a tree.

They were gone this morning. 

I have been working at the Wildlife Center as well as the chemical inventory project.  We have had lots of visitors at the center.  Sunday we had close to 200 people.   

We are enjoying warm weather this week.  I am liking that. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay Safe. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

We have been keeping busy at the refuge.  John with his mowing and maintenence stuff and me at the Wildlife Center.  Last Saturday John and I went out to eat with some of the crew from the refuge.   We ate at a place called Clancy's located in the downtown district of Sherwood.  They serve delicious fish tacos there.  Had a great time with a great group of people.

John, Rachel, John S., Tyler, Jenna and me.  I look like I am angry in this picure. LOL

Rachel, John S., Tyler and Jenna.

Happy Mother's Day to my mom, John's Mom, our daughter-in-law and all the other mothers out there.  Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow.   I will be working at the Wildlife Center so I hope it will be busy.   The weatherman has forecasted a sunny and warm day. Yeah!!

 Mom Hatch.  

My Mom

Daughter-in-Law Kelsey.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Road trip to Boring.

This morning John and I took a trip to Boring, OR to take the refuge's 4-wheeler to the Polaris repair shop.  It wasn't a long trip, just two and a half hours total.  I know..... we work so hard.

John going over the repair list with the tech.

While we were there I noticed some cool looking rides parked out front. 
Polaris Slingshot.
I sure would like to take one for a spin.  Too bad they are so expensive, plus we don't have anywhere to put one.  

Tomorrow is a work day for me.   I will be at the Wildlife Center in the morning. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Foot versus wine bottle.

No much going on around here lately.  From time to time our son and daughter-in-law post new pictures of the grandbabies on facebook so we can see how big they are getting.  My favorite thing is to facetime them.

Shelby and Ava.

Ava and Shelby.

John has been mowing his assigned areas and I have been working at the Wildlife Center.  The Tualatin River Wildlife Center is a busy place.  Since it is an urban refuge we get lots of people from Sherwood and surrounding cities and towns.  I have enjoyed meeting the local volunteers who also work there.   Some of the visitors are quite interesting.  Last week we had a man come in with a opposum in a crate in the back of his car.  He thought it was ok to let it loose on the refuge and was not happy when we told he could not.  Later that same day, we had a lady who found a snake in the drain next to the parking area and wanted it rescued.  She was told to leave the snake alone and that it would leave on its own.  She wasn't convinced so she proceeded to jab at it with a stick.  The volunteer I was working with saw her do this and made her stop.

Monday night I was cooking dinner and decided to make a salad to go along with it.  I reached inside the refrigerator to grab the celery package and a bottle of wine came out with it and promptly landed on foot BAD foot.  The top of the bottle hit the third toe on my right foot right at the cuticle area.  It hurt so bad I almost fell on the floor.  Unfortunately I said some very very bad words.  John jumped up to help me into the shower to wash the blood off and see how bad it was.  The bottle tore the nail away form the cuticle so it is a nasty thing to look at.  The pain was terrible and I am so glad I still had pain pills from when I went to the foot doctor back in November.  They sure came in handy. 

The refuge staff had a farewell lunch today for Aubrey who was on assignment here for a month.  She is returning to Chincoteauge National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.  She will be missed.  We enjoyed meeting and working with her and wish her safe travels. 

John, Bonnie, Jenna, Brenda, Lily, Aubrey, Eva, John S., Trevor and Erin.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Texas and Mississippi meet in Washington.

Today was a fun day.  My cousin Troy and his wife Robin from Texas are visiting her brother and his girlfriend in Washington.  He contacted us this morning about meeting up at Mount St. Helens.  So we took a road trip and met at the Mount St. Helens visitor center.   How cool is it when Mississippi relatives meet up with Texas relatives in Washington?  We had a great time enjoying the beautiful scenery and ended the day with a fabulous meal at Parker's Restaurant and Lounge.

On the road up to Mount St. Helens we couldn't resist stopping at this Big Foot statue for a group picture.

Troy, Robin, Me and John.

John and me.

After all the sightseeing we were very hungry so we set off to find something to eat.  As we drove into Castle Rock, Robin saw Parker's Restaurant and Lounge and we all stopped and went in.  We are so glad we did. The burgers in this place were to die for.  When ordering I asked the waitress how big the burgers were (3/4 pound).  Some of them are pretty big.  I opted for a smaller/regular (1/4 pound) sized burger.  John and Troy both got monster sized burgers.

John and Troy with their burgers.  You know it is a large burger when it is served with a knife stuck in it.

I just had to take a close up picture of that monster.

Me and Cousin Troy as we were leaving the restaurant.  So good to see him again.

The last time John and I were at Mount St. Helens as 2005.  No matter how many times you view it the beauty of the area never gets old.  

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Trip to Multnomah Falls and Mt. Hood.

It was a beautiful day today with sunny skies and warm temperatures.  The best kind of day for a road trip.  We decided to go and see Multnomah Falls and Mt. Hood.  The last time we were in this area was in 2005 but the beauty of the area never gets old.   Our first stop was Multnomah Falls.  There were lots of other people there also.  The trail up to the bridge was rather crowded so you had to take turns getting pictures from the bridge.

After walking up to the upper bridge and taking a few pictures we were off to Mt. Hood.   Along the way we encountered a bit of snow on the road. 

Still a pretty good bit of snow. 

Tomorrow is a work day for me at the visitor center....only three hours.  John is off tomorrow.  

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.