The Girl arrived at the airport 45 minutes before the bag check counter opens. Oops! She didn’t need to wake her roommate as early as she did – sorry, Roomie! Oh well, she’ll have a lemon-and-cheese croissant and some apple juice while she waits. The Girl has discovered that strangers are less likely to talk to her during her travels if she reads about infectious diseases and therefore may respond to said strangers with information about, for example, cholera.
Little Turtle is pretty pleased with himself for how well he’s handling this high bridge! Not as high as that other high bridge, of course, but hey, progress. The gorgeous Opal Creek flows on by amidst those very unique rock formations.
The Girl and The Guy took Little Turtle to Opal Creek! It was really fun, even if they were a little nervous about being able to find the place (since The Girl had only been there once or twice before and she has a terrible sense of direction). The cabins were great; it was even fun losing power because of low water flow a couple of times, and The Girl got to show off her amazing wood stove skills. Highly recommended if you have a pan with a nice thick bottom you can bring – the stove was gas-powered and everything they tried to cook on it burnt horribly.
Little Turtle enjoys the middle-end of summer on the beach at Sauvie Island with The Girl and some of her friends. Hello, gorgeous tan!
(Little Turtle feels the compelling need to make sure everyone knows he’s very diligent about his sunscreen application!)
Little Turtle is too busy being excited to take photos of fireworks to notice the lovely sunset over the lake. Fortunately The Girl was there to capture it for him!
Here’s an old photo from last year’s 4th of July. The Girl and her father always go to the lake to see the fireworks display. They got good seats that year – nobody with tall chairs in front to block the cameras – and thus, some decent photos!
From the corner of her eye, The Girl thought this branch looked like a zombie hand. So of course she had to take this picture! Thanks, The Girl. Thanks ever so much.
Little Turtle is giving his best judgmental look to all those people who shot at the “No Shooting” sign. Later he even found two boxes of empty shell casings, plus their boxes, just left all over the side of the road! Unbelievable. Some people are so inconsiderate and selfish that they can’t even be bothered to pick up the garbage they’ve scattered all over a once-near-pristine natural area!
Little Turtle crosses a skinny little branch of the Clackamas River while mushroom hunting in Estacada. This bridge was built for vehicular traffic – nice and sturdy, not scary at all!
Little Turtle, The Girl, and Hiking Buddy went out mushroom hunting in Estacada, Oregon. No mushrooms to be found, unfortunately! They did get some nice views though.