Animals, Food, Fun, Life

State Fair

Today Marnie and I went to the opening day of the Oregon State Fair. I enjoy the Fair but The Hubs isn’t all that interested, so I asked Marnie to go with me.

Fair selfie in the Forestry Service area

The last few times I’ve been to the Fair we’ve gone toward the end of its run of 11 days, and this time I really wanted to go at the beginning when everything is fresh. I think we might have been too early though, because it looked like some of the animals hadn’t arrived yet.

We entered through the blue gate where the livestock barns are (after accidentally pulling into the handicapped parking and having to exit over a curb) and went to see the animals. We were looking especially for alpacas. There were many kinds of sheep, cows, and a couple of Belgian horses. I didn’t get any photos of regular cows, but here are sheep and one of the big horses:

Katahdin Hair Sheep
Have you ever heard of this kind of sheep? They have hair instead of wool, and they shed instead of being sheared.
Kids showing sheep.
Belgian Horse. His name is Maverick.

We saw these Longhorns in a pen in a different part of the Fair. Every time we went to take a photo they would turn away, ha. I finally got this one:

Look at those horns!

But could only get the back end of this one:

We should have asked the people to learn more about them, but we spent too much time trying to photograph them!

We watched a little bit of a horse showing — we missed the announcement but it looked like the horse was being judged on how well it was trained. In the livestock pavilion we saw this pony and a couple of others. This one also didn’t want her photo taken:

No photos, please.
We appreciate the sign, although we aren’t in the habit of feeding our fingers to horses.

The horse event barn.
Horses and people getting ready to show at a different barn.

Here are some other critters we saw (the bunnies came on a different day, and there were no chickens in the poultry barn either):

American Roller pigeon.
Western painted turtle, native to Oregon. There were other turtles who are not native and illegal to have.
Chinook salmon

Me pretending to be a Western Pond Turtle. You can see my arm trying to hold myself up, it was a very low turtle.

This was a fun thing, I’m always fascinated by how Slinkies go down stairs:

Ohmigosh, but my FACE! I have like 15 chins! I was concentrating on getting an action photo of the Slinky, but Marnie got a better photo of it going down the stairs and the letters on the stairs.

We toured some very nice RVs:

This one had massage chairs!

Then we went into the Creative Living building and saw a lot of fun exhibits:

My favorite exhibit of the Fair, someone’s Nancy Drew collection!
I had never seen a Nancy Drew book with this style of cover.
A collection of juicers.
I have one of these “plaid” juicers, but mine is just clear, not green or pink.
Cakes
Decorated Cakes — this one was my favorite. It won the Judge’s Choice ribbon.
Some of the table settings had a Route 66 theme. This one was my fave.
A pretty princess dress. How fun would this be to make?
State Flowers quilt.
Felted wool picture using an old window for a frame.

There were wood carvers, spinners/weavers, and authors showing off their work. One of the authors was William Sullivan, who has written many books about hiking in Oregon. I resisted the urge to tell him that his hike ratings are inaccurate!

Cute bear made out of wood.

We walked through the vendor building and the outside vendors, but didn’t see anything to buy that we couldn’t live without. We got hungry and decided to get some lunch, and corn dogs were on the menu. I won’t say how much the food cost because it was a painful amount.

We also got garlic fries.

A show was starting just as we finished lunch, so we went over to see what it was all about. The “Nerveless Nocks” do a daredevil show. They don’t use any safety devices so had to do a disclaimer by telling the kids in the audience to “not try this at home”. Here is Michaelangelo Nock balancing on four chairs.

He makes it look easy, but he also had to climb up there.

Here is Angelina Nock and her aerial act:

Here is Angelina standing in the metal ball while a young Venezuelan man rides a motorcycle around and around. It was hard to get a good photo of this.

She did flinch once.

Someday I will try one of these deep-fried delicacies. They actually have deep-fried Kool-Aid. That flummoxed us! I got a jumbo bag of cotton candy and we chomped on some of that as we walked. I brought the rest home and was going to take a photo of it, but I forgot and eated it all up instead.

I’m squinting because the sun was in my eyes and I forgot my sunglasses in the car.

And then there’s always this food booth:

Mmmm…tentaclessss…

As we were heading back to the car we saw an alpaca go by near the livestock barns, and hurried after it. We missed when it went in though, and never did find the alpacas. We did, however, find llamas.

They all had their own rugs.

And I will leave you with this:

Lovely Llama.
Backpacking, hiking, PCT

New Plan

Good news!  Next week we will be planning our PCT section hike of Oregon.  The plan is to start sometime in July (hopefully after the snow is melted) and hike the whole state of Oregon.  We’ve hiked a number of miles on the Oregon PCT already, but most of it will be new to us.  Yay! Now to plan our start date and resupply locations. More to come after the planning!

PCT Oregon map from portlandrunning.com

Just keep walking!

~Ninja

Cool Stuff, Family, Fun, Keizer, Thursday Things

Balloon

These photos were taken 2 weeks ago, I was in bed and heard the WHOOOOSH! of the balloon burner and ran outside to the porch to take a photo since it was flying so low.  As I was waving enthusiastically at the people in the gondola I realized I was still in my nightie and had sleep hair…but the people were turned the other way so I don’t think they saw me (whew!)  This balloon often flies over our house and has had to make a few emergency landings in our neighborhood.  This time it was aiming for a church parking lot but ended up in someone’s yard instead!

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Anyway, the other day my dad called and invited my son and me to go for a balloon ride in this very balloon! (It’s on Dad’s “bucket list”, last year he and Ben went on the Slingshot ride at the Fair, and he has been skydiving about once a year for the past 4 years. Dad had to miss skydiving and the rafting trip this year because of problems with his heart, and he was quite disappointed! Now he’s good to go, though!)

After the balloon flight there is a picnic continental breakfast with champagne or sparkling cider. It sounds like so much fun. I would LOVE to go. But, last time I was up high (Ferris wheel) I had a small panic attack and couldn’t stand to look. Since there isn’t room to sit down and hide in the balloon gondola and I don’t want to be a party-pooper, I decided not to go this time. My logical brain wants to go, but my bipolar brain is a total spoilsport.  Smile with tongue out

So, Ben will be going with his grandpa bright and early tomorrow morning – there are multiple start points so they will find out tonight where they start (depends on the weather and wind).  He is super excited.  It’s so great that Grandpa includes Ben in all his adventures.  I’m going to have him text me if they are going over our house so I can go out and wave and get a photo!  It’ll be awesome!