The Oregon Zoo
June 30, 2004
Twenty-three Obsidians and five guests (including 8-year-old Eric)
celebrated summer traveling up I-5 to Portland’s Oregon Zoo.
Larry Edwards, our Oregon Coachways driver, couldn’t believe our
one destination itinerary.
Rick Ahrens gave a wonderful presentation of the Zoo and how it evolved
into the new look — where animals have natural habitat and free
movement while visitors are limited to where they can go.
The Oregon Zoo has incorporated the new models and their new expansion
The Eagle Canyon was a wonderful experience: such close-up observation
of the eagles.
This exhibit was a “must” for most of us.
The Stellar Cove (aquarium) with excellent Viewing of the sea otters and
seals was another favorite.
Upon arrival and after receiving your ticket and map you were free to go
your own way.
Many trekked along with Rick, never wanting to miss any of his wealth of knowledge.
There are a number of scheduled presentations; a bird one was quite the talk
when all returned to the bus.
So between groups of kids of all ages, food courts, animal exhibits and the
addition of wonderful memorial benches strategically placed, plus golf cart
rides, everyone enjoyed a fairly strenuous day.
Perfect weather, too.
Mid-July a farm animal-petting zoo will open, meeting the needs of urban children.
Mary Lee Cheadle,
Courtney & Margaret Fea,
David & Eric McClurg,
John & Lenore McManigal,
Mary Ellen West,
and Liz Reanier, leader.