(Why can't I use an and symbol in the journal title, wth?)
Ew, it's hot everywhere...unless you live on the Oregon coast, then it's not hot. It's actually really pleasant.
Spent the past week wandering around the Pacific Northwest, visiting a few zoos, refuges and also the coast. I really want to go back to the coast.... it's so nice there, and there are turkey vultures all over the place. Also oodles of sea birds nesting over at Yaquina Head in Newport (well mostly common murres, but there are a bunch of them!).
Also managed to visit Woodland Park zoo to see their new exhibit for tigers & sloth bears. The sloth bear exhibit doesn't look too different, aside from the visitor point of view, but it's not a bad looking exhibit and the bears were moving around and exploring areas in search of treats. The tiger exhibit is also pretty neat looking, though I didn't get a good look at the tigers as they were busy moving around their exhibit trying to get a better look at a few construction workers working on a visitor path. And yes, they still have oodles of small clawed Asian otters, and I took a bunch of pictures, because that's what I do.
Also visited the Oregon zoo. Not much has changed there. A new part of the elephant exhibit is open and the old elephant barn is pretty much demolished. It looks SO different! I'm really happy with how their new exhibit is coming along. I haven't seen forest hall yet, but maybe later this year I'll get to see it.
I did get really sad though, thinking how Rama won't be able to explore most of the new exhibit.
And I FINALLY got the chance to visit more of western Montana, including Glacier National Park. I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I could of, mostly because there were people everywhere and the pull outs are pretty small, just enough room for one or two cars (depending on the size of the car). Also most of the park involves going out into the back-country, which I am in NO shape to attempt whatsoever! The parts I did see were very pretty. Also managed to see some mountain goats, but did not get pictures because there was no place to park so I could wander over and get a picture, because all of the parking spots were taken. Logan Pass visitor center was FULL, so didn't get to stop there either. Also it was pretty hot, especially for Glacier (around 90, they hit 100 a day or so after the visit). So didn't see much in the way of wildlife except for lots of butterflies, the goats, a raven, maybe some sheep really far away, a dipper maybe disappearing into a nest, and some ground squirrels.
To make up for the lack of wildlife, Freezeout Lake & Benton lake NWR were visited. There were quite a few shorebirds around, killdeer (including nesting killdeer ON THE ROAD, because that's what they do!) avocets, OODLES of phalaropes, godwits and a few ducks. I forgot how quiet of a time summer is for bird watching, well except for rearing young.
So yep. That's about it for travels.
And just as a reminder, (if you've even read this far) the sale is still going on in the shop
The sale will last for the month of July, and then prices will go back to normal. I've had quite a few things expire, so the shop looks kinda empty. I'll be reevaluating what should go in the shop, because some things are selling better than others, and other things that I think would sell really well don't even have any favorites on them
So if any of you guys have suggestions on what I should put in the shop, let me know!
Hope everyone is having a decent summer, or, er, winter. Remember to drink lots of water.