April 5, 2011
Today, Sunday was not a travel day but a sight seeing and replenishment day. First we visited the Cascade Raptor Center in Eugene where they had more raptors on display than I have seen at any other location. I think they had almost every kind of owl except the common barn owl, which surprised us. They also had Bald and Golden Eagles, falcons of all kinds but the bird we liked the best was their American kestrel, Puck. This little guy was so friendly and talkative it was amazing, especially when little kids were around the outside of the cage. He would fly right up to where they were standing, land and start talking and then as if inviting them into his home he would fly off to his box. Go inside and then turn around and look out as if to say why didn’t you follow me, I invited you in.
The Raptor Center gave us up close and personal experiences with both a Great Horned Owl and a Turkey Vulture. Very educational, so much so, that we barely noticed how cold it was until we were ready to leave. Then it was rubbing our hands and touching our red noses to make sure they were still there. Hurry, get in the car so we can warn up.
We restocked at America’s Super Store… Wal-Mart. Then it was back to the motor home for some chores, like changing out the toilet seat for one that will not make a bang if you drop the lid in the middle of the night. While I was doing that, no not dropping the lid but replacing it, Donna removed some rubberized glue spots from the counter tops and tile floor where it had been deposited in the building process but never removed. With the new super quiet toilet seat installed and the chores done, we could just kicked back and relax, which we did.
We saw several, of what appeared to be tree farms and sure enough that is what they turned out to be. It seems farmers here plant fast growing Poplar trees for the paper industry, but the current hot button for farmers seems to be the planting of hazel nut trees because of the demand and worldwide shortage of hazelnuts. Wow, learn something new every day and I don’t even like the taste of the things.