Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

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Hello Everyone,

We have had a fun October and now it is Halloween. We would like to share some Halloween fun we have done:

Friday, the Zoo had it’s annual Squishing of the Squash. That is where they give the elephants a giant pumpkin to squish and then eat. It was a lot of fun to watch the elephants take on a large gourd:


Squishing of the Squash

In this video the baby (2 year old) elephant ended up with a fairly large chunk of the pumpkin. He was trying with all his might to break the chunk into smaller pieces without much avail. Here is when he was quite frustrated with it and ended up getting it all over his face.

Baby Pumpkin-Face Elephant

Ruth and I got pictures with some of the pumpkins that were not smashed.

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And here is some delicious chocolates that my dad’s wife, Terry, gave us for Halloween.


Ruth is mimicking  the best one, which was surprisingly filled with something similar to pop-rocks. They were all very good.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another “Hike-and-wildlife” Post

So, our update this time is another hike with some wildlife pictures… I sure hope you guys aren’t sick of these yet…Because the Washington/Oregon area has a ridiculous amount of hikes (and wildlife). So too bad for you guys ;-).

Dana and I went to see Wahclella Falls. We had tried before to go on this hike and were thwarted by the small parking lot. So we tried again.

First along the trail was this smaller falls called Munra Falls. It was kind of wispy and pretty.

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The amphitheater around Wahclella is kind of giant and overwhelming. I took this picture at the bottom of the amphitheater. IMG_4095 (1024x768)Can you find Dana?

Dana took this picture from his high spot. IMG_8039 (1024x768) You can see a smaller rivulet coming into the stream above the falls down a rock face.

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Ok, more gratuitous waterfall pictures…

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On our hike back Dana found this pretty snake. She was big and she smelled pretty strongly.

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Dana found this little salamander in the stream near the end of our hike.

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It was a very pleasant hike with some very pretty views of the Gorge. Yay the Gorge!

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Ok, for all of you who suffered through our pictures, we have some news: We are expecting a baby! I’m due at the end of April. We will find out at the beginning of December whether we’ll have a boy or a girl. Until then, we eagerly await our little Quazar.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Note

A new post on my Zoo Blog has been made…and this one has a video.