16 April 2015

Into the Woods + A Little Surprise for Small One

Spring break was a busy one for us this year. On Wednesday, I was down in the Newport area with my best friend and her grandson. Then, on the following Sunday, we visited Regatta Park and a new beach in Lincoln City with tidepools (LOVE tidepools). But the day before that we were in the valley at Milo McIver State Park enjoying...

hiking on a trail there.
We arrived soon after the Vortex Half Marathon and 10K Trail Run ended...
hence the lovely white arrows on the bridge and elsewhere.
Vortex I, for those who may not know, was a rock festival held at Milo McIver SP
 just about 45 years ago. I don't recall hearing about it at that time, but quite a few people showed up at this--believe it or not--state sponsored event. If you're interested in learning more about it, you can follow the link above to the wiki article. There was also a OPB special on it quite awhile ago--that was where I first learned about it.
Anyway, MMSP is quite a pretty place between the woodlands filled with lots and lots of green,
the Clackamas River, the creek and the views one can catch--on a clear day--of Mt. Hood.

I love the wildflowers of the PNW:)

I believe this is Dog Creek...
I couldn't believe all of the shades of green!
Truly amazing.
Spring is awesome for greens here--
right now our mountainsides look gorgeous!
And of course, our primary reason for being at MM that day...

the Clackamas Fish Hatchery!
We thought little Miss would enjoy seeing the HUGE ponds that hold a lot of growing fish.
(She did)
And then there was a little surprise -- for her and for us...

One of the very kind workers there let her (and a few others) help feed the fish!
Can you believe that?
Totally cool!
BTW, she did pretty well and really enjoyed doing it!

This time we also took a peek inside the small visitor building which contains the incubation room and displays showing the life cycle of the fish--from zygote (isn't that the coolest word? LOL) to fry (oh, oh...when I see that word, my mind wonders to eating. Bad me).

 Another great thing about MM?
We often see horses being ridden on the trails there.  
Makes me want one again...

Milo McIver State Park
Here's a link for more info

And now back to researching my latest idea for a trip...
this one will be a trip down memory lane:)


Linda W. said...

Oh that looks like such fun! I'm sure you had a great time. The rhodie photo is gorgeous. Yes, spring is a glorious time in the PNW.

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for sharing the interesting and lovely photos, Aimee. My car had some sort of computer issue that had it in the shop yesterday and the engine light is off even though they did nothing to fix it so I am leery of exploring sites far from home and appreciate all the more the views of your explorations :) xx

aimee said...

Thank you-the rhodo was even more gorgeous in person! We did have a great time and now I am busy planning our next little trip:)

You are most welcome. Yikes. Sorry about your car. I feel the same way and get nervous if my car is doing strange things. Stay safe! Glad I can show you some of our pretty scenery:)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful hike Aimee! I remember taking our kids and grands to hatcheries.and how they loved it. And about that rock festival. In Oregon ? in the early 1970s? Yep, I can believe it! (We moved there in 1971).

Thanks for the oregon Spring memories ... Beautiful cool greens.

Jill said...

Always love visiting your blog and seeing all the new things you have to share! Enjoy your lovely photos. Looks like a great day and lots of quality time ;-)


aimee said...

Thank you--glad you enjoyed it! It sounds like you and I are both nature lovers and enjoy passing that love onto our families:)
Pretty interesting stuff about the festival.

I love to share our lovely state (and other lovely places) with others! Glad you enjoyed the photos:)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Never heard of this place. Sounds amazing. Your photos are awesome.

Hayley said...

These pictures are quite beautiful! Looks as if you had a great time!
Hugs from Hayley

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like such a beautiful place to hike! Love the creek, and that fish hatchery would be a fascinating location to visit. The flowers you captured are lovely.

Teresa Kasner said...

Hi Aimee, I'm back from New Orleans and catching up on my favorite blogs. Great shots of the park, trails and creeks. A great place to take a treasured grandchild. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

aimee said...

Sorry everyone about the late posting of your very kind comments--Internet problems.

It's really a nice state park. Located near Estacada, Oregon. We really like it there because of the river, lake, woodlands and HORSES!
Blessings + thanks!

Hi there! Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment:) I am glad you enjoyed my photos; I have been enjoying yours also--and your writing. Have a good weekend!
Blessings, AImee

Thanks! It is very lovely! I LOVE our forests and woodlands especially when there are wildflowers in bloom! We really enjoy the hatchery and watching the fish. too.
Blessings, Aimee

Welcome back! I've been drooling over your New Orleans pics since you started posting them but couldn't comment because I was on my phone...glad you had a wonderful time there with your family! Someday, someday I hope to go there too...
Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the photos...aw! You are SO sweet. Thanks...love your blog too:)
BLessings, Aimee

Victor S E Moubarak said...

"Zygotes and French fries please."

Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd say. Normally we say Fish and Chips over here.

God bless.

aimee said...

LOL! Always a first time:) A lot of places here say fish and chips too. Oh, no--now you've made me hungry again:)
PS: Only 2 more days and my full speed Internet will be back--yippee!

Sammy Sam said...

Oh so cool. We're glad that a worker let your little one feed the fish. Such a great memory for later on. Nice camera work Aimee. You do have a "good eye".

aimee said...

@Sammy Sam~
Thank you! I always appreciate when any employee goes out of their way, but was especially appreciative because I want Small One to always have a love for nature and, as you say, memories like this one where she interacted with the fish will hopefully -- combined with other experiences -- lead her to a lifelong love and stewardship of our beautiful world.
Hope things are good up north and that you've had a bit of interaction with a cute stuffie lately:)
Blessings, Aimee

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