Thursday, June 06, 2013

Escaping the mess

The bathroom project is nearly finished and there will be photos in due time. Suffice it to say that I love the result, but the mess was getting to me earlier this week. The chaos and noise of saws whining and workmen hammering and dust flying does wear thin. On Tuesday we were all a little of sick of it and Marco, who stays with us on Tuesdays, was a little freaked out by all the strange people in and out of the house and all the noise. I decided we needed to get out of the house, so Marco and I took off on an adventure to find the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, which I had heard about, but never visited. It is only a few miles from our house and was just what we needed.

We took a short hike on one of the trails that took us past a small pond where we saw a bullfrog and a snake in the water, then along the edge of the wetlands, with ducks, geese and herons flittering about.

The sky was blue. The day was beautiful. And everything was so green. Ah, Oregon. It really does spring green well!

The wildflowers were wonderful. This is lupine, near the visitors' center. Inside the visitors' center was a nice exhibit explaining the area and the flora and fauna. They seem to have a lot of educational programs for both kids and adults. We'll be back.


  1. What a cutie pie!

  2. Looks like a perfect escape for any day! What a wonderful adventure to share with Marco.

  3. What a fun day! Marco is adorable. I love the spring green!

  4. Great escape and what a good idea -- feast for the adult eyes and relief for the frenzied kiddo. We are circling our truly amazingly outdated (and worn) upstairs bathroom, but your experiences are exactly what we dread -- only ours will be worse, I'm sure. I will remember -- escapes!