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Vacation!

Our summer vacation took us to Portland, Salem and the coast this year.
We did the tourist thing at the Oregon Zoo and OMSI, as well as the Gilbert House in Salem.
The weather on the coast was a bit on the windy side, but not so much that we couldn’t make sand castles on a new beach (Rockaway), go for a hike in a new park (Oswald West) and visit a lighthouse (Cape Meares).

Some highlights……

It was a hot and sunny day at the zoo.
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Lots of animals to climb on.
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Lots of animals to look at.
Alex eyes an alligator, Lily does her best imitation of “Lily the Baby Elephant” and Ben sizes up the flamingos.
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In Salem, is it three cousins in one giant chair or is it three miniature cousins in a regular chair??GilbertChair

On the beach…..
How long does it take to reach the ocean at low tide?  Can you see them racing towards the waves?
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Lots of sand castles to construct.Beach2Beach3Beach4

Daisy in full guard-dog mode.Beach5

Why does Lily not get to climb up the lighthouse?
Would you let this monkey-child climb up any tower?  Neither does her father.

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Oswald West State Park….
How have we never been to this park before?  The sand is great, the tide pools are cool, the hikes are not too long, the trees are huge, the “surfers” are good lunch entertainment.  We will definitely be back to this one.

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