Thursday, June 21, 2007

Exploring Woahink - Thrills and Chills

We took a walk today looking for birds and photo opportunities and were not let down at all.

After climbing up a hill (a short uphill asphalt road) we came to the observation platform. The platform is a wooden deck up a short flight of stairs. I got some good pictures there but not as good as the ones I took later. You could see the ocean on one side and the lake on the other bit they were sliver views (very thin and small).

So I walked up the sandy dune buggy trail and found this picture. If you think sand dunes are little hills this should help open your eyes. We were already up about 200 feet and looking up. I doubt this is the highest dune.

I love the salt grass growing on the hill and I'd love to see it with the wind blowing.

You can get an idea of how hard it was to take a picture of the lake from this shot taken about half way down the hill from the observation deck.

In the RV park we took a little train through the enchanted forest and found these gnomes

... and an old fire hose curled up for a nap.

We walked to the front of the resort and got this picture from highway 101 before ...

We crossed over to Lake Woahink where Scrabble Queen immediately looked for birds and found some very nice and big homes on the other side of the lake.

There were two boats on the Woahink RV Resort property this cool sailboat and...

...this great green canoe.

They had a fern growing out of the retaining log which we thought was pretty cool.

There was also a nice gazebo for picnics by the lake.

My news editor son/photographer tells me red is a hard color to shoot and he is right as rain. This image just doesn't show the splendor of this rose.

As I was taking this picture of a second bird feeder/houses I got to meet the man who crafted them. I'd show you his picture but he was shy about having it taken.

Finally a few more of the interesting touches around the park, a pulley and a huge rope hung over a wall. It was a very nice walk and we had a great day until we watched a weird movie that was entertaining and action filled but didn't make a lot of sense. Then one of us had a great time playing Scrabble.

Scrabble Score ~ Scrabble Queen 392 - the Contender 307

Quote of the Day
"Everything I know about love and its necessities
I learned in that one moment
when I found myself" ~ Anne Carson Canadian Poet born June 21, 1950
*New* Notable historical Items

Today June 21st in:

  • 524 - Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vezerone
  • 1665 - First soldiers of Le Régiment de Carignan-Salières arrive at Quebec to invade Iroquois territories.
  • 1749 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, founded.
  • 1788 - New Hampshire ratifies the Constitution and is thus admitted as the 9th state in the United States.
  • 1915 - The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
  • 1942 - World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the U.S. mainland.
  • 1963 - Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini is elected Pope Paul VI by the
  • 2002 - The World Health Organization declares Europe polio free.

Those born on June 21 are:

  • 1226 - King Boleslaus V of Poland
  • 1639 (O.S.) - Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister
  • 1759 - Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier
  • 1870 - Clara Immerwahr, German chemist
  • 1903 - Al Hirschfeld, American cartoonist
  • 1905 - Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1921 - Judy Holliday, American actress
  • 1940 - Mariette Hartley, American actress
  • 1950 - Anne Carson, Canadian poet
  • 1973 - Juliette Lewis, American actress

Died on June 21st:

  • 1305 - King Wenceslaus II of Bohemia and Poland (b. 1271)
  • 1527 - Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and political author (b. 1469)
  • 1893 - Leland Stanford, American business tycoon and founder of Stanford University
  • 1908 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer (b. 1844)
  • 1969 - Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (b. 1934)
  • 2001 - John Lee Hooker, American musician (b. 1916)
  • 2001 - Carroll O'Connor, American actor (b. 1924)

Holidays and observances on June 21st:

  • Summer solstice (Northern Hemisphere) and winter solstice (Southern Hemisphere) celebrations
  • National Aboriginal Day in Canada (starting in 1996)
  • Midsummer – Neopagan festival – Litha
  • National Day of Greenland
  • Fête de la Musique in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
  • World Humanist Day

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