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DeGoede Bulb Farm Tulips in Full Bloom

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MOSSYROCK — The tulips are in full bloom at the DeGoede Bulb Farm in Mossyrock, WA. The show garden (next door to the shop) is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but you can visit the tulip fields anytime. Take a drive to Mossyrock today! Read More »

Skydive! Toledo: the Thrill of Featherless Flight

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TOLEDO — I declared Saturday an unofficial “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” and hitched a ride with my dad (aka Lt. Col. USAF, Ret.; United Air Lines Capt., Ret.; Grandfather, PopPop, Daddy … Sir), Ed Carlson Memorial – South Lewis County Airport manager Larry B. Mason, to his workplace. He worked, I played. It was a beautiful day and Toledo boasts ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: a Heron & some Crazy Coots (Part III)

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I’m fascinated by the odd-looking Great Blue Herons. I see them quite often while fishing at the Cowlitz River. They have a snorting call they use at takeoff or landing. They sound like flying pigs. I was thrilled when this heron (seemed to) drop out of the sky and land right in front of our car at the refuge. I ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: the Raptors (Part II)

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We see plenty of raptors here in Lewis County, but to get a really close view of them, you need to visit a wildlife refuge like the Nisqually or Ridgefield refuges. Here the birds are accustomed to having people watching their every move and you can spend a lot of time watching them and appreciating their beauty. This Red-tailed Hawk ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: Views, People, Mammals & a Frog (Part I)

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Monday afternoon my son Shane and I drove down to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (just southwest of Woodland, along the Columbia River) to take the 4.2-mile auto tour of the River ‘S’ Unit. It was our second visit to a local wildlife refuge in the last month (see Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge: the Birds (Part I) and Nisqually National ... Read More »

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge: the Views (Part II)

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I decided to divide this post into two parts because I had just too many photos to show you! If you haven’t walked the Nisqually NWR, you are really missing out! My granddaughter and youngest son, Shane, visited the refuge after church on Sunday, Jan. 8. The parking lot was packed, the boardwalk was crowded, the views were stunning. In ... Read More »

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge: the Birds (Part I)

You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to take a walk through the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. On a whim I decided to grab my 8-year-old granddaughter and drag my 20-year-old son for the long walk, to see what we could see and enjoy the day outside on the water. The parking lot was packed, people parked as ... Read More »

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