Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Power to Choose

Appreciation

How do YOU Handle a Not So Nice Experience or Setback?

Are you going to have a good hair day or a bad hair day? Are you going to act your age and be the bigger person or have a tantrum and act like a toddler? Are you going to take the experience as a life lesson or throw one heck of a pity party and whip out the blame game? You Choose! The Good, Bad and even the Ugly!

For me . . .

  • Reflection/Stillness/Meditation
  • Become One with Nature
  • Get Creative
  • Forgive Yourself (at least give yourself permission to move forward)
  • Have that Moment (accept the sitution at hand) and Move On


Growing (Photo by RSheridan)

Sometimes you have to experience heartaches and setbacks and lean into the discomfort of the current situation. DO NOT forget the Joys in Life though! We are all human and we all know what that means. We make mistakes; however, chose to be alive and connect to others in good times and bad times too.


Hanging Strong (Photo by RSheridan)

Be Humble and Find Gratitude & Appreciation Every Day!


Portland Pics

Random Snapshots

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Hit the Ground Running & Conquered This City!!!


Hoyt Arboretum – Part 3

Fauna & Floral, Random & Holly Collections

Hoyt Arboretum is located in the Washington Park area at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. in Portland. Hours 6 am to 10 pm.Visitor Center Open Mon- Fri 9 am to 4 pm & Sat 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays and Major Holidays). The Visitor Center does offer restrooms.

Fauna & Floral and Random Collections


(Photos by RSheridan)

Holly Collection


(Photos by RSheridan)

Hoyt Arboretum is a MUST SEE; Amazing, Beautiful, Breathtaking Beauty!


Hoyt Arboretum – Part 2

Oak, Conifer & Redwood Collections

Hoyt Arboretum is located in the Washington Park area at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. in Portland. Hours 6 am to 10 pm.Visitor Center Open Mon- Fri 9 am to 4 pm & Sat 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays and Major Holidays). The Visitor Center does offer restrooms.

Oak Collection


(Photos by RSheridan)

Conifer Collection


(Photos by RSheridan)

Redwood Collection


(Photo by RSheridan)

AMAZING Trees Within These Collections!!!


Hoyt Arboretum – Part 1

Trees Galore

Hoyt Arboretum is located in the Washington Park area at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. in Portland. Hours 6 am to 10 pm.Visitor Center Open Mon- Fri 9 am to 4 pm & Sat 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays and Major Holidays). The Visitor Center does offer restrooms.

Something for the whole family, including the pups and it is FREE!!! Take a Short Stroll to a Long Walk to a Hike.


(Photo by RSheridan)

According to the brochure (Visitor’s Center was closed) the Arboretum has plants from all 7 continents – pretty impressive, right! This includes about 1,100 species of trees. The Arboretum has 185 acres and 12 miles of trails.

I wanted to check out the Magnolia trees and some were budding and some were blossoming. The Magnolia Collection of the Arboretum is so worth the hike to see. Took off from the Visitor’s Center and looped back to it (about a 2 mile hike). Explored the Magnolia, Winter Garden, Conifer and Holly Collections as well as probably touched a few other area collections. There was an overlook area and due to the relatively clear day was able to get a glimpse of Mt. St. Helens in all her glory.

Collections

  • Maple
  • Dogwood
  • Witchhazel
  • Holly
  • Magnolia
  • Winter Garden
  • Oak
  • Conifer (most diverse conifer collection in North America)
  • Wedding Meadow
  • Larch
  • Ginkgo
  • Sequoia
  • Redwood

 
Mt St Helens (Photo by RSheridan)

Magnolia Collection

 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Winter Garden Collection

 
 
 

(Photos by RSheridan)

Washington Park

Washington Park includes the Hoyt Arboretum (FREE), the World Forestry Center ($), the Japanese Garden ($), and the Portland Zoo ($).Came over to Washington Park area for the Japanese Garden, but the buses were not running that day and would have been about a 2 mile hike there or about 4 miles round trip. So decided to explore Hoyt Arboretum and loved that the City of Portland has this beauty to explore!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Photos of Coming Up & Going Down to the Light Rail Tunnel (Photos by RSheridan)

A True Beauty Within the City of Portland; Explore & Adventure!


Solar Living Center

A Place of Learning & Exploring

Solar Living Center is located in Hopland, California.


(Photo by RSheridan)

One Unique Bathroom

I had to check out the bathroom and see what was so unique about it. Well it was worth the look! You know the cover to your toliet tank. The walls were covered in toliet tank covers! Then you have the stalls and countertop made from recycled plastic and glass.

 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Pedal Power Anyone???

 

Random Pics


Concrete Planter (Photo by RSheridan)


Water Element #1 (Photo by RSheridan)


Water Element #2 (Photo by RSheridan)

One COOL Place!!!


And We Are Walking . . .

Come Along for a Garden Tour

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Campovida Winery’s Garden and Ken does a great garden tour too! Ken will have you eating flowers, smelling leaves and plucking lettuce and other veggies fresh from the garden. It DOES NOT Come Any Fresher than this! Enjoy & Evoke ALL Your Senses.


Welcome (Photo by RSheridan)

Be Ready to Be Blown Away by this Beautiful, Breathtaking Garden.


Fill Your Glass of Wine & Let’s Go (Photo by RSheridan)

Lettuce

Who knew lettuce could look so pretty in pictures!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Mint

Ken was trying out a new mint; strawberry mint. Huh?!? You could smell the strawberry than the mint. How Cool Is That!


Strawberry Mint (Photo by RSheridan)

Floral

 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Cork

Love the Cork Trees in the Garden!


(Photo by RSheridan)

Water

Water is an important element to a garden.


(Photo by RSheridan)

Iris Galore!

I am a HUGE FAN of the Irises in Campovida’s Garden! Just Amazing and the Colors are so UNIQUE!

 
 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Oaks

Campovida Winery is known for their wines as well as the oak trees on their property!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Vines

This is what you have been waiting for, right, the vines in the garden!

 
 
 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Creatures

Use ALL your senses when in the garden too! Tune into the Birds. Listen to the Ground Creatures rustling around. Look Out for the Insects, like Butterflies and Dragonflies.


I SEE You (Photo by RSheridan)

Paths & Walkways

Just ENJOY Meandering & Wandering around the garden!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Trellis & Artwork

Remember to Look Up when in the garden.

 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Hiding Spot

I have been told that the kids know where to hide and hang out within the garden. Hide and Seek Anyone???


Great Place to Sit & Daydream (Photo by RSheridan)

Barn

One of the many structures on the property.


(Photo by RSheridan)

Love Exploring and Adventuring in Campovida’s Garden!!!


OMSI – Part 3

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

OMSI – Part 1

OMSI – Part 2 

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue in Portland.

Exhibits to See (included in the price of admission)

National Geographic Gallery – Ocean Soul: Photographs by Brian Skerry – runs 3/28/12 to 7/10/12


(Pics of Photos by Brian Skerry taken by RSheridan)

Love, Love Brian Skerry’s Photographic GENIUS!!!


OMSI – Part 2

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

OMSI – Part 1

OMSI – Part 3

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue in Portland.

Exhibits to See (included in the price of admission)

The Art of the Brick – Lego Sculptures – runs 3/17/12 to 4/29/12


(Photos by RSheridan)

AMAZING Lego Sculptures!!!


OMSI – Part 1

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

OMSI – Part 2

OMSI – Part 3

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue in Portland. Place is massive at 219,000 square feet.


(Photo by RSheridan)

The Light Rail extension is currently being built; however, can take the bus to get there. If you drive over and park there is a fee for parking.

Check out the Adventure Pack – $16 for Museum and Imax – usually $12 for museum and additional $8 for the Imax


(Photos by RSheridan)

5 Exhibit Halls

  • Earth Hall – Air Traffic display
  • Life Hall – Wild Minds display & Beginning the Journey display (largest display of human fetuses – shows the different stages of human fetal development from conception to pregnancy to birth) No Photo Taking Allowed in the Beginning the Journey display; Sorry!
  • Turbine Hall – Earthquake House & National Geographic Gallery
  • Science Lab – checked out the Palentology Lab & Physics Lab
  • Science Playground


(Photos by RSheridan)

Exhibits to See (included in the price of admission)

  • National Geographic Gallery – Ocean Soul:  Photographs by Brian Skerry – runs 3/28/12 to 7/10/12
  • The Art of the Brick – Lego Sculptures – runs 3/17/12 to 4/29/12
  • Wild Minds – What Animals Really Think  – runs 3/11/12 to 8/19/12 (played the peanut game)

OMNIMAX Dome Theater

Saw Adrenline Rush in the OMNIMAX Dome Theater

From the Mojave Desert to the Cliffs of Norway to a Child’s 1st day of school to Skydiving to Base Jumping. The movie covers the psychological and physiological behind risk taking, especially high-risk activities like skydiving and base jumping. Why does a person crave danger? I enjoyed the scientific experiement done in the Mojave Desert, but I will not spoil it for you because it was a pretty cool, well executed experiment!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Explored the East Bank of the Willamette River


(Photos by RSheridan)

What FUN Exploring OMSI!!!


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