We just got back from our two night annual Dexter, Oregon Christmas adventure. Our tummies where full from delicious home cooked meals, and when I say delicious... I mean, ohhhh boy. If your stomach could give a thumbs up, or smile.. Trust me, it would. We decorated Christmas trees, ate like kings and a queen, and got an opportunity to visit a Raptor Rehabilitation Center. I had quite the amazing experience. I even bought an owl Christmas ornament from the gift shop to keep as a memory (a great memory). The majority of photos are Wayne's. I found them to be quite beautiful. Cascades Raptor Center is located in Eugene Oregon, and I encourage as many of you who are local to check into it. It is a non-profit wildlife hospital with primarily birds of prey. They rehabilitate and release orphaned, sick, and injured wildlife. Birds are on display in large outdoor aviaries, viewed by winding hillside walking trails. The birds on display are not fit to be released. They are not in a good enough condition to survive on their own. So the aviaries are designed to enhance the awareness, respect, appreciation, and care of the earth and all its inhabitants. Which is critical for a balanced and healthy planet. You can sponsor specific birds here, and a sign is put on the aviary of the adopted bird acknowledging the adoption. : )
I had a wonderful time, and I hope you get a chance to visit the raptor center. It would be a really great educational place for kids to tour (field trip), or a fun family adventure. Especially for the bird lovers like Wayne and I (Thank you Terry for taking us!).