Well, I seem to have made it back from Portland in one piece, despite the best efforts of deer and fog last night, and Minnesota and Wisconsin and their snow this morning (never, ever am I moving north of here). I have a giant-long, tl;dr recap entry I'm working on, but it's going to take me forever to finish, so in the meantime, have some pretty pictures, mostly of Cape Kiwanda.

Ah, Oregon. So lovely (though I'm not the biggest fan of the almost omni-present damp). I'm definitely going to have to go back, though when I do I'm going to miss my native guides a lot. They were, after all, the entire point of me visiting in the first place, and without them I probably would've found a way to get myself washed out to sea, or fallen off some topography or accidentally been indentured to a food cart or something. [livejournal.com profile] zolac_no_miko, [livejournal.com profile] look_alive, and [livejournal.com profile] shichahn: you guys are awesome and I love you. So here is a picture of everyone looking appropriately epic. ♥s and also HNUUUURGH BORK BORK BORK.

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com


Awwwww, love you too! ♥ ♥ Glad you made it home safely. We miss you already! It was super fun hanging out with you and showing you around. "Omni-present damp", heh, I thought the weather was relatively nice! XD; ...Thursday could've been drier. Ah, well, next time you'll have to check out some of the three quarters of the state that is desert. There are many nice things over there! Extinct volcanic craters and epic obsidian flows and lava tubes and sagebrush and jackrabbits and fossils and painted hills and mustangs and antelope and ghost towns and buttes and pine trees that smell like vanilla.

I love that picture of the three of us, all at different heights. Also the coast north and south of Cape Kiwanda, guh, DRAMA SKY IS DRAMATIC.


From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com

I'm certainly not going to argue with the weather itself... it was just the odd humidity that sometimes made it feel like there were tiny rainclouds forming underneath my jacket, even though it was slightly cold (part of the issue here is that I was wearing a jacket that didn't breathe very well. Lesson learned!) I think I'm still used to everything being crazy-dry, since Chicago's humidity won't kick in for a couple of months yet. (-;

Agh! How are there still parts of Oregon that I really definitely need to come see? (Maybe I should've just ignored my flight out...) Desert! Ghost towns!! You guys had better take pictures when you go on that adventure. In the meantime I will try to find useful interesting parts of Illinois so I don't feel so much like I live in a place completely devoid of... things. (Darnit, Chicago, why are you the only interesting thing within 200 miles of here?)

Wait... why do the pine trees smell like vanilla?

I took so many pictures of that north and south view, and the sky kept changing the nature of its drama. It's probably why my batteries died, come to think of it. (Photographic restraint, someday I will learn it.)

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com

Dar and I think that perhaps the sea lions are just really huge fans of BJORK.

Ahh, yes, that humidity... heh. I guess I don't even notice, I'm so used to it. Growing up in Hawaii this is, like, humidity lite. And I like humidity. It was a relief to me to move here after spending four years in far-too-dry-and-staticky Walla Walla. But haha, yeah, this is perhaps not the best place for leather, real or fake. Fleece is your friend.

I love the Northwest, it's just like that. THERE IS SO MUCH OF OREGON, IT IS LARGE AND FULL OF THINGS. There are still vast parts of the state I need to see. We will definitely take pictures when we go on our desert adventure.

Haha, they just do smell like vanilla. They're called Jeffrey Pines... they're closely related and almost identical to the more common and well known Ponderosa Pine. The only major differences are the pine cones are less prickly, and when you stick your face in the tree bark, instead of that turpentine, Pine-Sol, pine smell, they smell like ohmigod mmmmmm vanilla. They are the Best. Tree. EVER. They grow around the West, on the dry side of the Cascades, in the high desert. I've found them in Nevada, too.

From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com

Next time, we can bring a set of speakers and a copy of Homogenic

I realized sort of partway through the trip that there was probably a reason everyone was wearing fleece. I felt like my jacket, more than anything, marked me as a tourist. But I managed to destroy my other (far more reasonable) spring/fall jacket in France last year, so I didn't really have a choice. (-;

Do they mix in with the Ponderosas? Because I'm picturing a sort of pine scratch-and-sniff adventure. Also, you just reminded me that I forgot to ask an authority about the pinecone mice.

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com

I see us on the dock holding up a boombox like in that one movie. Maybe then they won't bite us.

Yeahno, they totally do! I mean, you can kind of get a hint if you examine the pine cones, but basically it's like, WHICH TREE IS THAT I DON'T KNOW I WILL SMELL IT.

Well, hey, that's easily fixed, I will fix that right now.

From: [identity profile] shichahn.livejournal.com


It was so fun having you out here! And yeah, given that you came in spring, I think the weather was as nice as we could have asked for. If only we'd had time to see the high desert, and the caves, and the canyon, and the obsidian flow... and so on. This state is only just average-sized but there are so many things in it. It's no wonder that for most of my childhood we never even left Oregon when we went on vacations.

From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com

Yeah, I really shouldn't complaint about the weather at all. It was so pretty on Friday, and even the rain on Thursday was just a minor inconvenience. I think I'm just used to it being bone dry until well into April. (-;

I am so very jealous of Oregon right now. I wish I could've stayed longer. Even if you guys did manage to discover a way to kill me, I would not regret it!

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com


From: [identity profile] shichahn.livejournal.com


WELL there are actually lots of variations but I think the one I heard first is that there was a fire in the meadow, and all the animals ran/flew to get away from it but the mouse wasn't fast enough to run all the way so he found a big fir tree and ran up it and hid in a cone but it was kind of small so his feet and tail stuck out. And when the fire had passed he couldn't wriggle his way back out of the cone, so he's still stuck there. Poor mouse.

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com

Yes I thought you might like it. ^_^

THANK YOU, yes, I showed her a Douglas fir cone while we were on the 4T trail and I showed her the mousey tails and I remembered that there was a legend but the only part I could remember was the punchline.

Also. ...That was a good story. ♥

From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com

I ♥ those kinds of folktales. I should've kept the cone Ange found so I would have a reason to retell that story. (They also apparently got flattened, poor mice.)

From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com

You beat me to it! (By which I mean... I was very slow and got distracted by groceries on my way downthread...)

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com

You should know better, really. Thunder is my job, I am the louder person.

...What the hell is happening in that icon? XD

From: [identity profile] evilhippo.livejournal.com

Okay fine. Can I be in charge of... um... maybe the wind? That's quiet most of the time.

I'm not entirely sure, but I enjoy it anyway. For now, I proclaim it to be a pair of scenes in which they discover a corpse jumping out of their refrigerator and upsetting the tea.

From: [identity profile] zolac-no-miko.livejournal.com

You can totally be in charge of the wind. ♥ Do you enjoy picking things up and throwing them in ways that are inconvenient to other people? Also making kites and sailboats possible.


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