I love animals.
Last Saturday, my weight loss goals fused with my "avoid the gym on a weekend workout if you can" rule - and viola, an idea was born! Instead of Spinning, I'd head due West to Tillamook, OR and do the same hike that I did HERE with Juan... but this time I'd take Miranda.
We piled into the car in Portland and as we neared the Oregon Coast (where Tillamook is perched), we tried to ignore the increase in rain and fog. That was until we arrived at the forest and steadily made our way up the mountain to the cliffside where the hike begins. As we both grew quiet surrounded by evergreens and thick fog, Miranda said "Caitlin, are we going to be girls on the news?"
So after some laughs in the car, a healthy dose of fear and a decision to do only a small PART of the hike merely because we had driven all that way, we knew we would then have some more time to kill in Tillamook before heading back.
Enter Blue Heron- French Cheese Company, which sits just outside the main road which would take us all the way back to Portland. We obviously couldn't resist the opportunity to enjoy some of their handcrafted cheese, their homemade bread and to imbibe in a little wine tasting (you know, during my workout...) ... and unexpectedly, to feed their farm animals. The moment I saw them all when we pulled in, I was beside myself with glee- especially because there were Rams, Shorthorned Cattle, Goats (my favorites, they are like dogs!), Llamas, Sheep, Donkeys and Chicken. For an animal lover, this is a jackpot.
|Yes, that is me. Outfit explained at bottom of post.|
|Look at those beautiful eyes, what a cutie.|
|Mir and a Donkey SO cute that I can barely handle this picture.|
|"We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!"|
|Laughing at the Goat who is standing on two feet, walking the fence so Mir will give him food.|
|Big Man on Campus|
|Gimme, Gimme More, Gimme, More|
|Please note that there's just a Donkey chilling in the background.|
|The formula for my happiness.|
|It was like a huge, slimy cat tongue.|
|I need to go back!|
|The Boys via Instagram - @caitielady08|
So yes, I know I looked like Jafar. BUT- A) They were hiking clothes. B) It was rainy and misty. C) That scarf WAS around my neck until we walked outside to the animal pen and the wind was blowing my hood down- so I quickly smashed that on top to hold it in place (which worked mind you).
"Miranda, take a picture of me feeding them!"
"Okay, but you know you're still dressed like the Taliban, right?"