Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prince Edward Island 2008 Trip Blog - Day 4 (Afternoon)


In the early afternoon on Thursday, we headed to "Avonlea Village," a newer Cavendish attraction. I didn't really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. You pay to get into the village, which consists of a group of shops and buildings made to look like the town of Avonlea. That in itself would get boring after about ten minutes, but thankfully they have actors dressed up like Anne, Diana, Gilbert, Josie, Matthew, Marilla, Mr. Phillips, Miss Stacey, and some of the others, and they actually get really into their roles. Sometimes they walk around town talking to people, other times they're involved in skits or concerts that are put on throughout the day. I can honestly say, with a little imagination, I felt like I had fallen right into the books. 

Prince Edward Island 2008 Trip Blog - Day 4 (Morning)


Thursday was our day in Cavendish. It started out cloudy, with showers, but it would improve. We made our first stop at Rachael's Ristorante, a yellow restaurant just off the main corner in Cavendish. Remember how, in the books, Rachel Lynde's house was on the corner at Avonlea crossing? That's kind of what they were going for. Apparently the restaurant was once a house owned by a woman who was L.M. Montgomery's inspiration for Rachel Lynde. I guess it would be easy to be the town gossip queen if you lived in the center of town and saw everything that happened. Anyway, we ate breakfast there, and they had good food. 

Next we decided to visit the site of L.M. Montgomery's Cavendish home, since it was closeby. You go up a dirt driveway and pay to see some interesting things, like an old well and the foundation upon which L.M.'s house once stood. Now, if you recall, we've already been to the home where she was born, but this is (or, rather, was) a house where she lived for a good portion of her life, the home of her grandparents, I believe. (Her mother died when she was young, and her father moved somewhere else; eventually L.M. went to live with him, but that came later.) Once you're at this site, you can follow -- on foot -- a path into some woods, then you can cross the highway and walk through more woods to the Green Gables House. (More on that later.)

Between this site and the Green Gables house is something called the "Haunted Wood." For those of you who haven't read the books or seen the movies, Anne's wild imagination turns one otherwise benign little forest into something creepy and ghostly. These woods were here in L.M.'s time, and were evidently her inspiration for that aspect of the novel. So below you'll see pictures of nature and plaques from both the site of L.M. Montgomery's Cavendish home and the Haunted Wood. Remember, you can click on any photo to enlarge it. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prince Edward Island 2008 Trip Blog - Day 3

DAY 3:

On Wednesday, we had one particular destination in mind: Dalvay-By-The-Sea, a semi-posh, old-fashioned hotel, whose exterior was used in the second AOGG movie and as the "White Sands Hotel" on the TV series Road To Avonlea. During the summer, they have something called the "White Sands Tour and Tea," but they only offer this three days a week -- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We'd be gone by Friday, and we hadn't wanted to schedule anything for Monday, the day we arrived, so Wednesday was our only option. We'd made reservations over a month in advance, but it probably wasn't necessary. That morning at breakfast, we told two of the other B&B-dwellers about it. They decided it sounded like fun, so they drove to Dalvay to see if there was still room on the tour, and there was, so hey.

We drove along Highway 6 to get there, and on our way, we went by the LMM Birthplace again, because I was itching to get a photo of the General Store I'd seen across the street. 

Prince Edward Island 2008 Trip Blog - Day 2

DAY 2:

Tuesday was rainy again, so we decided to change our original plans. Instead of going into Cavendish on Tuesday, we spent the morning in Borden-Carleton, in a shopping area near the Confederation Bridge. The only reason I knew about the place at all was because one of the shops -- Cavendish Figurines, Ltd. -- was listed on a penny collecting website -- they have an Anne smushed penny machine. I misread the site, however, and thought they were supposed to have 2 machines, and was confused when they just had one. It turns out the other machine was located in the Vistor Information Center, just across the street. Did I go in there? Nope. D'oh! But that's okay, that'll just give me something else to look forward to on my next PEI visit. At least I got the Anne penny, which is the one I wanted anyway. The other penny was for the Confederation Bridge, and even though we were right by the bridge, it was so foggy that day, we couldn't even see it! 

Below are some pictures from around that shopping area. If you're planning a trip to PEI for "Anne" reasons, this place is worth a visit.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Prince Edward Island 2008 Trip Blog - Day 1

So I'm finally getting around to re-posting the blog of my trip to Prince Edward Island from 2008. When I switched hosting companies in 2009 or 2010, the photos I edited specifically for that trip report went into the netherworld, so I'm copying & pasting the text and going through the original photos and trying to match things up.

A bit of an explanation: I've loved Anne Of Green Gables since my early twenties. Even though I watched the Megan Follows movies growing up, I wasn't that into Anne until I became an adult and read the novel and started watching the film regularly. Then it was just love. Because of my fancy for all things Anne, I decided I wanted to go to Prince Edward Island, where the novel is set. The year I decided I wanted to do this just happened to be the 100th anniversary of the book's publication, so it seemed like perfect timing. I began to make plans.

My mom decided she'd like to go, too, so I made plans for two....

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oregon Zoo In Flight - Part 2

(Previously: Part 1)

The California Condors are the newest additions to the Oregon Zoo. I've counted two.

 I've seen the Condors kind of playing. One will fly over to the others' branch, and the other will fly to a different branch, and the first one will chase the other. They'll also spread their wings, as if to show off.

Heck, maybe they're mating.

If you're looking for big, majestic birds that are slightly more appealing (and eat fewer carcasses), just head up the leafy pathway, to Eagle Canyon.

Most days, the eagles just sit there. But if you get lucky, you might catch one or both of them playing/washing in the stream, or even flying!

Meanwhile on the Northwest Trail...

You may be surprised to learn that the Oregon Zoo has a lot of ducks. There are some in beaver exhibit. There are bunch in this pond, too, and some are particularly feisty towards one another.

Well, only some.

There are ducks in the two main African aviaries, and there are ducks on the ol' Farm....

Welcome to "The Duckery!"

I love these ducks. They aren't very people-friendly (well, pubic-friendly... they seem to love their caretakers), but they're darn cute, the way they waddle and quack.


Although they don't fly, I felt it would be wrong to leave out the penguins. Unfortunately, the Oregon Zoo's penguin exhibit isn't ideal for photography... the windows are foggy and smudged and the place is kind of dark.

Just pretend that the water=air, and the penguin does kinda look like she's flying!


Finally, there are some birds at the Zoo that you may never see in a permanent exhibit. Tucked away and cared for who-knows-where, some of the most interesting of our feathered friends only come out for educational talks and the summer show Wild Life Live. In years past, this show included birds flying over the heads of the audience; that was cut this year because of construction projects. Despite that, many wonderful birds did get to come out and say "hi" for a few minutes this summer, including owls, hawks, macaws, and Pierre the Hooded Vulture!

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Oregon Zoo In Flight - Part 1

When I first heard that the Oregon Zoo was going to build a new exhibit and bring in new animals, I was excited! Then I learn that those animals would be birds. California Condors, to be specific. All I could think was, More birds? The Zoo already has enough birds for a small army... of... well, birds. Stop with the birds and bring in a panda, dangit!

I really like pandas.

But I also really like birds... now. It took me a while, but I eventually began to see how cool they are. The more I photographed birds, the more I realized that the Oregon Zoo's bird population is really spectacular. They have dozens of different kinds, some in their own exhibits, and some almost hidden and oft-overlooked. Perhaps because birds are not big and fuzzy wuzzy, sometimes zoogoers don't pay much attention to the little winged creatures. But this summer, I've been paying attention... and now I'm hoping I'll bring your attention to some of the feathery beings that call the Oregon Zoo "home."

When zoogoers think of birds at the Oregon Zoo, Lorikeet Landing probably comes quickly to mind. It's a beautiful area surrounded by lush plants and colorful, noisy Lories and Lorikeets. Currently, it is the only exhibit at the Zoo where people can lawfully feed animals ($1 buys you a cup of nectar that'll start to trickle down your arm if the birds don't drink it up within a few minutes.) 

Sadly, the Lorikeets won't be at the Oregon Zoo much longer. The Zoo recently announced that the birds are moving to Florida and that their exhibit will be re-purposed. :(

Another location that is home to many birds at the Zoo is the Howard Vollum Aviary, located near the Rhino exhibit. 

I sometimes bypass this building because it's a little warm and stuffy and has a mildly unpleasant smell. On the days I can overlook that, however, I find myself enchanted by the variety of birds. Each visit, I see different ones. Sometimes certain birds will be hiding; others will be too high up to see; others will be right there to pose for photos.

When in "Africa," keep an eye out for the Southern Ground Hornbills. It's neat to see how well they get along with the gazelles and giraffes.

D'aw, buddies!

One of my favorite "bird viewing" areas is African Rainforest Aviary. This one's easy to miss because it's on a loop that's off the beaten path. Definitely take a few extra minutes to discover what's in this area.

While the pink flamingoes might be this exhibit's biggest hit, many birds live here, including two types of ibises, three types of ducks, an a one-winged Hooded Vulture.

I have but one wing!

Do you think there can't possibly be any more birds at the Oregon Zoo? Think again -- and check out Part 2!

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