dragon_moon: (horse_grey)
Wow! A vacation sure does a body good! ^__^

Part of the family went on a trip to Eastern Oregon this week - my grandfather has been talking about the round barn that was built over 100 years ago, and how interesting it was that this rancher had decided to build a round barn for breaking in his draft horses and such. So we finally got organized and went to see it! With the added bonus of seeing part of the Malheur Wildlife preserve and possibly the Steens Mountains (home of the Kiger Mustangs, you know!).

many rambles )
dragon_moon: (horse_buckskin2)
Wow! A vacation sure does a body good! ^__^

Part of the family went on a trip to Eastern Oregon this week - my grandfather has been talking about the round barn that was built over 100 years ago, and how interesting it was that this rancher had decided to build a round barn for breaking in his draft horses and such. So we finally got organized and went to see it! With the added bonus of seeing part of the Malheur Wildlife preserve and possibly the Steens Mountains (home of the Kiger Mustangs, you know!).

many rambles )

Wonderful!

Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:38
dragon_moon: (zebra)
We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Oregon Zoo. Michael had a couple of meltdowns, but considering we were there for three and a half hours he actually did very, very well. I think his favorite part was the train tracks, but hey. lol. Heather and I had a great time and enjoyed seeing the Zoo again. It's been a number of years since we've been (it was called the Portland Zoo back then, and OMSI was across the street!).

Anyway, I'm too tired to go into much detail right now. We saw lots of neat animal exhibits - the Pacific section had a gorgeous cougar (who was fascinated with the sheep and goats over at the petting zoo) and a huge bald eagle. That part of the zoo had a lot of kids activities as well, so Michael got to play with this neat set where you poured water over the mountains and hills and saw how water runs down into the valleys and back to the rivers and oceans. Cool. The beavers were sleeping in their dens, but the otter was swimming around happily. The sheep that they have in their petting zoo are Shetland Sheep - it's amazing how many color variations they come in! They had a few black and colored sheep, but the poster on the wall showed that they can come in like 50 different variations. Pretty neat! And they were sweet. One came over and let me pet her for a while.

We had a lovely time seeing all the sites. I'll wait til the pictures come back to go into more detail. My brain is fried! The leopard was stunning. Lots of cool birds! Lorikeets are neat.

On the way home we stopped at Denny's for dinner - it's the first non-fast-food restaurant we've tried Michael at in ages. It actually worked out great - he even ate the BUN and scrambled eggs!! Wow. He tried new things! YAY! Their new fusion drinks are delicious - Sprite and various fruit flavors. Mmm, mmm. I bought a Sprite tonight and mixed it with my cranberry-raspberry juice - it's not bad at all. Not quite as good as the multiple flavors they offer, but still something different to do with juice. ^___^

More links

Tuesday, 22 May 2007 18:28
dragon_moon: (nate)
Well, you know how Gmail has those little links on the side that relate to your email? (Well, for the most part they relate. Sometimes you wonder how in the world they came up with the links as they don't seem to match at all!) Anyway, they had more dog collar links and I found one that looks really neat.

http://www.diva-dog.com/cheyenne.html
This particular one is for the wild west type dog, and a bit more budget friendly. This particular collar, anyway, the site does have some pricier stuff! I like this one though. Just got Nate a great new leash - it's black braided with reflective tape, so it's a neat black and silver braid and it's sturdy and soft at the same time. I LOVE it. But Nate's had the same collar for about five years, so it's tempting to find something new and fun for him. *cough* New for him, fun for me. ^___^ They also have little charms that are super cute.


Turns out that we're not going to get to see the other Doberman tomorrow as we'd planned. Since Heather was able to adopt Baby (and not be able to adopt Daniella) the current owner doesn't really have time to show her off. Which is understandable, but since Michael's been talking about visiting Daniella for two weeks... So we're going to the Portland Zoo tomorrow. Yay! Looking forward to it. OMG, I need to buy more film though. Oops. Mmm. Well, I think Rite-Aid should be open in the morning. I can drop off the other rolls and buy new ones. lol. Anyway, that'll be great fun. We've not been up to the Zoo for a number of years and hopefully Michael's at a stage where he'll really enjoy it.

coastal weekend

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 19:57
dragon_moon: (unicorn & butterfly)
Well, it was quite a weekend! Met up with Heather and Michael for some quick Target and Walmart shopping, and random other stuff. Then went out to the ranch to meet up with Mom and my sister for our weekend trip. Gave Papa a really cool photo book on the NFL called "Warriors" - lots of interesting shots and stuff.

We had considered going up to Woodburn for the outlet mall there, but ended up heading to Lincoln City for their outlet mall. OMG, huge! There are 65 fabulous stores there. So much fun! I went a little crazy, but had a great time doing so anyway. *G* Got a really adorable stuffed black lamb at Pendleton, a couple calendars (naruto for me and a doberman one for heather), and an awesome dragon figure by McFarlane Toys. I've not found the link for my dragon yet, but these are totally cool. aha! This is my dragon, though he's actually a darker maroonish purple rather than lavendar. ;D There are photo links on the right side for multiple views. O.o A flying one! It's due out in Feburary. Sweet! Err, anyway. Back to the weekend. lol. They had a really neat glass shop there (pyromania, I believe?) that had lots of different colored globes, and had a really neat dragon base. If I don't find anything else I really want to spend my year-end bonus on that's special, I may go back and get that. They had a shop in Newport, too, I believe. We looked at a lot of the stores, but the only other one I went crazy in was Old Navy. Got some t-shirts, an awesome wolf zip up sweat shirt, the softest scarf ever and really good deals on all of them.

By this point it was well after dark, so we were happy that we'd already pretty much decided to stay in Lincoln City. We actually stayed at the Lincoln City Inn, which was very nice. The ocean was across the street, so we still had a lovely view in the morning! We had a bit of a mishap/miscommunication as to where the restaurant was located that our check in person recommended and ended up walking many, MANY blocks that were not necessary. But the meal at Pier 101 was well worth it! OMG, absolutely amazing. Mom and I both got the brie salmon special (salmon, brie cheese, crab and baby shrimp) and loved it. Mmmm, mmmm. We'll definitely be going back there any time we're in the area!

Sunday morning was *quite* windy. It was a nice drive to Newport - the road goes right next to the ocean so we got some great views! But Mom's never really cool with bridges, and Newport's bridge seems REALLY high and with the wind and all I didn't even really want to go over the bridge. So, the Newport Aquarium will have to wait for another trip - one which we'll just come at it from the other side and avoid the bridge entirely. LOL. Or at least hope it's a nicer day and just cross it once, y'know. So we decided we'd check out the Undersea Gardens instead. They had a special where you bought tickets for two of their three attractions and you went to the third for free, so we ended up seeing the Wax Works and Ripley's Believe it or Not too. We saw the dive show where the diver showed you the various types of fish and sealife (star fish, crabs, etc) so that was worth the money, but if you don't see the dive show it's really...pretty dull. It was cool to go around and watch all the fish after the dive show because you knew what to look for - the wolf eels were awesome!!! They look quite fierce so I was surprised how friendly they were with the diver - he even jiggled the eel's jowls like you might a dog. hehe! But the BEST thing about Sunday was the Sea Lions that were right outside the Undersea Gardens! TOO COOL. They had some little platforms underneath the boardwalk, and there were two sets of four sea lions that were hanging out down there, and then a bunch of them out on a rock further out in the water. So exciting!

Err, ok. Was going to find some sea lion links, but they froze up my computer. THANK YOU LJ! Autosave is a wonderful thing. But I don't want to risk it again. lol.

Work's been ok this week. Today was good. Actually was motivated and took Nate for a good walk this morning! And attended our Coding meeting this evening. Yay for me. Eh? lol. Well, I'm behind on reading everyone so will try to catch up later this week.
dragon_moon: (wolf_pair)
Finally finished adding the last of my Bandon Game Park pictures. Well, there may be a couple more but it's almost all loaded. :D




I loved the capyberas!! So cute.

http://pics.livejournal.com/dragon_moon/gallery/000035b0?page=1

There's the link to the main thumbnail view. Enjoy! ^___^
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