Sunday, July 19, 2015

Recruits

This week we celebrated a full summer initiation... Mom finished up summer school with her birthday!

I decided to join the Portland aesthetic and made sunflower tattoos on my legs (yep, that's tape and sunflower petals) .  Owen did a week of bike-camp where he rode in a small gang all over town... from Sellwood, downtown, up to Mt Tabor, over to Cartlandia... it was awesome.  I also did my last week at the YMCA... thanks for everything you super teachers!  It will be tricky, I haven't ever not had a few of these teachers who were with me and Owen as a baby and moved with me from Market Street over to YArts... Mr Jake, Mr Daniel, Mr Joe and my new teacher Ms Sue Thank you all so much with all our hearts! 
 To really kick things off through this transition, we got the heck outta town and headed out to Cape Perpetua for our annual awesome camping trip with our pals.  It was a long drive out due to some traffic, but we were greeted with a wonderful burrito dinner and sweet warm friends.
 The morning was kicked off with an early trip to the tide pools.  It was a really great low-tide and we were able to walk out with short hike from our campsite to see all sorts of amazing life.

We saw the usual suspects, acorn, gooseneck and thatched barnacles, mussels, gorgeous green anemones and aggregating anemones... but most exciting was seeing a variety of chiton and loads of seastar recruits
 How many can you see here?  They were tiny six-legged guys in every crevice.
 Joaquin and Owen explored the wetter pools with Val and Mom, while Dad, Scooter and I took an easier and sandier route where we could explore AND dig.



 after exploring one rocky bench, we wandered over to Thors well, which was pretty cool at low tide, but really showed up nicely at high tide later in the day (after Mom's camera ran out of battery power).
 It was a beautiful day and great to escape the PDX heat and hub-bub to just spend time hanging out with friends and exploring beaches.  

 Ray and Esme joined us by lunch time and we had a great lunch, wandered around Yahats a bit then headed back to camp.
 as we headed back to camp our little strawberry prius turned over to 100,000 and going strong!
 That afternoon, there was an artist in residence at the visitor center who had all sorts of art supplies for us to use.  We all made awesome pictures of Cape Perpetua before heading down to enjoy some more beach time and check out the water spout and Thors well at high tide.
It was a really wonderful weekend!

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