cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
We went to Yosemite for three days last month. We started our trip on the fourth of July and did the south end of the park (Wawona and Mariposa Grove). Here are a few pics from that day (click through to see more).

House in pioneer village in Wawona

Squirrel in Mariposa Grove
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Grizzly Giant in Mariposa Grove
Grizzly Giant

Younger smaller tress in Mariposa Grove
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Full set here:
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
On our last full day in Florida we visited Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. We all enjoyed it and were tickled to see armadillos, a burrowing tortoise and an alligator snapping turtle, as well as some really large spiders.

They look like leathery rabbits to me.

more here )

Full set (including spider pictures) here.

beach day

Mar. 15th, 2009 04:22 pm
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
Our third day in Florida was our beach day. All four adults and the two kids schlepped to Deerfield Beach (near Ft. Lauderdale). It was great. Our only disappointment was that the water was unusually choppy and there were rip currents so it wasn't really swim-friendly, but we did get to go in the water some and enjoy the craziness of 70+ degree F ocean water. It was odd to [ profile] ptor and I who are so accustomed to the ~50-60 degree-ish water here off the coast of California. I've been in the 50 degree waters off the coast of Mendocino (in a wet suit, mind you) and it is cold. Feeling ocean water that didn't feel cold to the touch and turn my feet red was crazy and wonderful. S. spent a lot of time shoveling sand with his new sand toys and he put his feet and legs in the water with [ profile] ptor and loved it. He was gut-laughing when the waves splashed around his legs. He thought the water was soapy because of the foam. [ profile] ptor was delighted to enjoy the water and I had fun in the water, in the sand and hanging out. Baby W. spent most of the day in a sling on his mommy and daddy and seemed to enjoy the trip.

Peter in Atlantic
Peter in the water

Gull on rock
Gull on a rock


Mar. 15th, 2009 12:34 am
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
On our second day in Florida we drove down to the northern end of Everglades National Park. We went to the Shark Valley area and took a two hour tram tour of a fifteen mile loop of the park. It was a great way to see that much of the park with a two-year old, plus said two year old was delighted to be riding a tram. We saw many, many alligators on the ride and just walking around. They were everywhere and I literally almost stepped on one while trying to take a picture of a bird (I was more careful after that as I value my limbs). Our most exciting alligator encounter was after the tram tour. We took a short walk on a boardwalk trail and heard a noise underneath us and realized an alligator was swimming towards then under the boardwalk. It was fascinating and surreal. In the park we also saw fish, turtles and numerous wading birds, not all of which I've been able to identify. The tram tour took us out to an observation tower and it was wonderful getting to see the park from so high up. It is dry season right now in the Everglades which meant next to no mosquitoes which was great for us. Anyhow, we enjoyed our visit. I didn't find it as majestic and breathtaking as Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, but the Everglades is definitely special and magical in its own way. Oh yeah, we saw baby alligators too which was a treat. Here are a few photos--click through to see the set:

Baby Gators
Baby alligators

a few more here )
The whole set is here.
cassidyrose: (small self)
I am performing at FatGirl Speaks in Portland in June and we are making a family vacation out of it. We are planning our trip and I don't have as much time to spend researching the area as I normally would prior to visiting so I am looking for suggestions about things to see/do, places to eat, etc. from those of you who have lived or visited there. The specifics/our requirements are as follows:
  • We will be in Portland for four nights. The show eats up one day, so with travel we will have three full days and one partial day. We will be there over a weekend.
  • We will have a car and will be near downtown (very near the Lloyd Convention Center
  • We would like suggestions about things we shouldn't miss (other than Powells, duh!). I've never been to Portland and we want to do as much as we can while there. We are especially interested in things to be done outside. I love photographing and exploring nature. Of course, queer places to visit are also on the top of our list. Places where we can walk around with the baby are highly desireable.
  • I'd love to know what attractions are not worth it and that we should pass on.
  • We would like suggestions for infant-friendly and vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurants. By this I mean places where we can bring a nine and half month old, set him up in his booster seat, feed him and no one will be bothered. We need restaurants where we can get quick service and are casual, preferably ordering at the counter, though casual restuarants with quick table service are OK as well. I am thinking of casual middle eastern (falafel shops), lard-free taquerias, sandwich shops, etc.
  • We will need to make a grocery run and would like suggestions for good grocery stores with plenty of organic produce.
  • What else should we know about Portland before our trip?

Thanks in advance for the help!


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