Month: October 2016

Fort Vancouver

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Yesterday, Friday, October 28th was one of the few perfect fall days when it is warm enough to go out without a jacket, and wearing a short sleeve tee shirt. It is days like that, where I really just want to be outside exploring, so that is exactly what I did. Yesterday I had decided to drive across the river to Vancouver and go to Fort Vancouver. It was the perfect day to be outside exploring history. I had visited Fort Vancouver a couple times over the past few years, but this was the first time I had been there when it wasn’t a special event or Holiday, where they had reenactors there doing living history. This was also the first time I had actually gone in the Big House. The Big House was where John McLoughlin who was a chief factor and superintendent of the Columbia District of the Hudson’s Bay Company, his second wife (who was half cree) and their children lived. Both of John McLoughlin’s wives were of native descent (his first was Ojibway, His second wife being half cree). Mixed race marriages and relations were not uncommon back in the days when Fur Trading was big, and before the territory was really settled by white settlers who brought their white ways and women out west with them. It was really once there became more white women coming out west that the mixed marriages declined. It didn’t surprise me upon learning that the white fur traders were marrying native and mixed race women, and then that became taboo again as more white women were coming out west. That is one of the things that has fascinated me about this part of the North American continent, is the Ethnic diversity that has been a part of our history out here, since at least the 18th century.

Up the small hill from the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Vancouver stands the Vancouver Barracks and Officer’s Row, that were constructed for the Army in the 1840’s, and had been expanded on over the years. The Army now no longer uses the barracks, and the houses that make up Officer’s Row are now used as other businesses, at least one restaurant among other things. When I was there yesterday there was work being done on the barracks, for which I am hoping that it is preservation, restoration and required upgrades to keep them structurally sound and up to code, yet keeping the historical structure, while preserving it for future generations.


Before I had walked back down the hill to my car, I looked off the the Southeast, and had a perfect view of Mount Hood (which is here in Oregon). Seeing the mountains, and living where we have mountains, and peaks such as Mt Hood, Mt Saint Helens, Mt Rainier, and so many more, are something that I quite often take for granted yet I never tire of seeing whenever I see them.

I know there are people out there that don’t like the mountains, and feel to closed in by them, but I am one of those people who loves the mountains, and am always happy to get back to the mountains, the greenery, and the rain after having been away from this part of the country.

 

Oxbow Park

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A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine had asked me if I wanted to go to Oxbow Park with her for the annual salmon Migration. I was totally like “sure, I will go along”, so that was our adventure for the day. Oxbow Park is pretty much at the base of the western foothills of the Cascade Range. It is so beautiful.

While I will say, I am definitely more of an Ocean girl, I also love going for hikes along creeks and rivers. It had turned out to be a beautiful day to be outside.

After we had walked down to the riverbank to see if we could see any Salmon spawning, we hiked back out to where I had parked and the drove out to one of the other hiking areas where we took off up a trail. Beings that it was wet I was kind of slick, so going back in late spring – early fall would be ideal, but otherwise I liked how rough the trails were. I have gone hiking a few places with nice manicured trails, where as these almost felt like goat trails. It was the roughest, rugged, most untamed trails I have hiked, and I liked it.

While my friend and I were out there today, it had got me thinking about the early settlers in the area, and what life had to have been like for them. It was totally a different existence that we have nowadays. The way of life as a pioneer, and one of the early white settlers was a difficult one. You had to hunt, fish, know what berries and plants were edible, forage for food, have some idea of medicinal herbs, ingenuity, and make what you needed out of the resources you had available, to be able to survive.

Adventuring in the Rain

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Today was my day off, and I have spent far too much time in the city lately. Being able to get out of the city and into the country, and not take forever to get there is. One of the many reasons I am thankful for the urban growth boundary. The urban growth boundary means that it doesn’t take as long to get out into the country and the middle of nowhere, which is one of the things that keeps me going, and keeps me functioning in my current day to day life. 

In the past few weeks, I have really realized that this part of the country, the Pacific Northwest (and I include Alaska in that too, and if you know me, you understand why), is my home and where my roots are. I have definitely put down roots in this part of the country. I also love that I can have roots and wings – that means I am free to go and explore this great big world we live in, yet I always know where home is. 

Today was one of those grey, rainy days we are known for out here. Many people find it to be gross, disgusting, nasty and miserable. I honestly love it. I was also feeling a bit cooped up with work and everything that I just needed to go,  drive and explore.having it pouring down rain made the woods look different than they do on a clear sunny day. 


I had pulled into a parking lot in Colton to get my bearings and to see what way I needed to go, to get back to the City, as if was getting later and I still had errands to run. As I was getting ready to leave said parking lot, I saw this little church across the street, and had to take a picture.