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Sunday, Sunday -- Up the Columbia River Gorge...

No errands today. And, no, we didn't go in for our manicures, either. (smile)

But we did drive up the Columbia River Gorge.

One of the reasons we went was planning to go see the PEACOCKS at Maryhill Museum. We made it to the museum before the grounds closed down, but wow, what a surprise! The peacocks that used to grace the grounds (for years and years) are now GONE. Admittedly we haven't been there in ages. They have a whole new 'modern' wing (that neither of us are sure we like), which has eliminated the road that used to wrap around the museum and back to the picnic area where the peacocks were. We walked all over checking to be sure they weren't hiding out someplace. It was just hard to believe they were gone. The last time we were there may actually have been in 2009, so it's little wonder things have changed. I did find a YouTube video from 2011 that still had the peacocks there, so perhaps it's a more recent development.

In 2009 when we were there they had BABIES everywhere! It was exciting and fun to see and photograph them. We were there on September 27, 2009. I can't find other photos, but that doesn't mean we didn't go and see them and simply not take photos -- that's entirely possible, actually. But it is one of the ways I keep track of where we go, checking out my photos! (smile)

Marilyn and I both hope they went to some good home (or homes) and weren't put down. They were so wonderful to interact with over the years...

On our way there we stopped at Rowena Crest -- amazing view of the Gorge, I have to tell you!

On the way back we stopped at Temani Pesh-wa (Written on Rock) Trail to see and photograph the Petroglyphs. They're so cool! We first went there last year in May and got great photos then, too. (I mentioned it HERE and shared a few photos, if you want to check it out.)

And we also stopped at Dog Creek and hiked in to see the lovely falls there. I even stepped into the creek -- brrrr, was the water ever COLD!

So we had a full and fun day -- with a lot of hiking around and taking photos.

We did spend some time working today. Both Marilyn and I were hunting up more photos of Mitch for the Memorial a week from today. As I mentioned yesterday, we're in charge of the photo board that will be on display. I found quite a pile of photos that we need to scan (pre-digital photos) -- and Gena (Mitch's niece) sent me four recent photos after I contacted her. In my folder I have around 80 (that doesn't include those photos we need to scan). And Marilyn has a bunch, too.

Oh! And I almost forgot! We ran into the 'rock guy,' Keith Flick. We first met him in March of 2010 and bought a couple of rocks from him. Today we got bracelets (very cool!) and some more rocks. It was fun seeing him again. (I made mention of going up the Gorge in my blog entry HERE, but as far as I can tell I never DID share the details of that day -- and all the photos). It's not like I don't have photos of Keith and the rocks from back then, because I do. (I didn't think to take any today, though...)

Well, that's it for now!

Tags: 2012, columbia-river-gorge, dog-creek, marilyn, maryhill-museum, memorial, mitch, peacocks, petroglyphs, photos, rock-man-keith, rocks, rowena, september-2012

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