The hatchery specializes in many different salmon species. Unfortunately it was not hatching season, but some of the tanks still had a few salmon fry left.
|Hey, small fry!|
When they are big enough, they are released back into the wild, though all of them are tagged so you can see how many make it back home later in life.
I've been to the salmon hatchery before as a child, but since then they added a sturgeon viewing center. They had monster sturgeon!
Inside, staff count all the fish that swim by.
I remember being a bit bored the first time I came here, probably because my parents stayed here *all day* counting fish! I guess that means I'm getting older, because this time I didn't have a problem taking a seat and staring at the fish windows for a while.
|Giant water turbine!|
We headed home via Bend, Oregon - passing Mount Hood along the way.
We pulled over along the road due to a "museum" sign, and ended up at the High Desert Museum. It was pretty cool - a mixture of Native American, Lewis and Clark, and early mining history - as well as Oregon animals!
|Not on exhibit, but the squirrels were the cutest!|
|(With squirrel in front!)|
|Love the kid's expression. Whhhhaaaaatttt???|
Anyway, continuing South, we stopped by Lava Butte, a big pile of volcanic rock.
Nearly a mile up, the view from the top was spectacular!
Trees, trees and more trees!
Our last stop was at Klamath Falls, which apparently is the equivalent of California's Bakersfield. A bit of an armpit. But their armpit at least has a lake!
And this store called Fred Meyer (an Oregon chain?). It was a pretty crazy department/grocery store, kind of like a Super Walmart and a Whole Foods combined. Mind blowing! Seriously, they had a vitamin/grain dispenser section that "smelled like Whole Foods", and everything from jewelry to clothes to your standard bottles of Gatorade. An everything store!
Anyway, our trip was even more amazing than I had hoped it to be, and I'm glad we had the opportunity to go! I'm also glad that we didn't get sick of each other in the car for so long, and that I didn't run us off any cliffs or anything.
For you that live in Oregon, take pride in your beautiful state - and for those who don't, it's well worth a visit!
|Personal MPG record! Woooo!|