“Salmon – Get in My Belly!”– While staying in Mora Campground in Olympic National Park we decided to go to a Ranger talk. Yes, our Friday night entertainment was hanging out with about 20 other campers listening to a Ranger led presentation on salmon. The title was ‘Superhero Salmon’; we enjoyed it and learned a lot, including: they always find their way back to where they were born, they live in both salt water and fresh water, after they spawn they die, they swim upstream sometimes jumping up to 12 feet over waterfalls and other obstacles…etc. Like I said we learned a lot. On the walk back to our campsite I said that was fun. All Renee said was –“that made me hungry, I want to devour a whole salmon”.
“Clean up after your Pet”– Everywhere we go (campgrounds, parks, beaches…etc) we see signs telling us to please make sure we pick up or clean up after our pets, I agree because nobody wants to step in dog doo-doo! While walking around the Rose Garden and Japanese Garden in Washington Park in Portland, I saw this sign:
My Japnese is not great but I think the translation is: pick up after your pet or Bruce Lee will karate-chop you in the neck.
“Sinbad”– While staying at Marine Park in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, we met several Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers (you know the PCT made famous by the book and movie 'Wild'). I spent some time talking with Sinbad. Sinbad was his trail name; thru-hikers go by their trail names instead of their actual names. Sinbad had hiked over 2,000 miles since starting the trail at the end of March. He looked to be in great shape, he told me he did not have an ounce of fat on him before he started hiking but still lost 30 pounds of muscle. My guess is he was in his late 50’s or early 60’s. Pretty impressive guy. Oh if you are interested in a way cool flick - check out this documentary I found, it was developed by 2 friends who thru-hiked the PCT. The movie, As It Happens: Pacific Crest Trail, is about 1.5 hours long but well worth it.
“Punchbowl”– We hiked a few miles on the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge area to Punchbowl Falls. The Eagle Creek Trail is said to be the most popular trail in the Gorge. We only hiked a portion of it, hiking all of it is now on my bucket list! Well Renee had just stripped off her clothes (mental picture – your welcome!) and was about to jump off a cliff when we saw this sign….
Just kidding about the Renee part, but the sign was there apparently to dissuade hikers from diving.