Monday, June 8, 2015

Trip to Ridgefield National Refuge.

Wow the month of June has arrived.  It seems like we just got here.  John and I have been very busy with work and training.  Since the first of June we have put in 62.5 hours.  On Wednesday we had ATV/UTV training.  It was an all day class complete with classroom time, obstacle courses and loading and unloading the ATVs.  Oh, and a written test at the end.  There were four of us in the class.  We all passed.  Yeah!!!

Thursday John and I accompanied our boss to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington to return a borrowed UTV.   While at Ridgefield we were able to tour the Cathlapolte Plankhouse at the refuge. 

John looking around as we were crossing the bridge to tour the Plankhouse.
Another view of the bridge.
The front of the Plankhouse.
Side view of the Plankhouse.
The door.

The interior of the Plankhouse.

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a full-scale Chinookan Plankhouse located on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  It was constructed based on archaeological evidence from the Cathlapotle archaeological site located on the refuge property. This site is what remains of the town of Cathlapotle,  which Lewis and Clark encountered on their expedition.  This was a very unique and interesting place.  So glad we got to see it. 

While driving through the refuge we saw a Great Blue Heron, and Egret, a Cinnamon Teal and a few baby nutria.  Unfortunately the only thing I got a photo of were the nutria. 

If you look closely you can see them in the center of the photo. 

By the time we left Ridgefield it was lunch time.  On the way back to Tualatin, our boss man treated us to lunch at a place called Podnahs Pit BBQ.  It was very good.  Thank you boss man John.

John's plate.
My plate.
Our boss man John S.  

The work on the patio at our RV site is almost completed. The only thing left to do is a little dirt work and some clean up.  It looks great.  We plan to have a big cookout after everything is finished. 

Tomorrow will be a work day for both of us.  John will be mowing at the Wildlife Center and the Wayside and I will be working at the headquarters office on the chemical inventory.  I plan to have the inventory completed by the end of the week.  It won't be long before the wheels of that motorhome will be rolling toward Montana. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay Safe. 


  1. Interesting post. Where in Montana will you be? I'm volunteering at Red Rock Lakes NWR and we have camping - two campsites and are 35 miles from West Yellowstone, 25 or so of which is a dirt road. Come visit. And this is a GREAT place to volunteer.

    1. Marilyn,
      We will be on private property in Kalispell, MT for 2 months before heading back to MS.


  2. you are going to get your patio finished just in time to go off and leave it. . .