Our Oregon Coast Journey, Part Four

anna in a diver cutout

Photo: Julia Ozab

As part of her Brownie work this summer, Anna is taking the Wonders of Water journey. Because she’s currently between troops (for reasons I won’t go into here), she’s taking this journey over the summer with us, and our Oregon Coast trip was a big part of it.

After a second day of driving down the coast, we stayed put for a day so we could take our time visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The two facilities sit side by side on the south side of Yaquina Bay, and both are great places for kids to learn about the marine species that live off the Oregon Coast.

Anna and megalodon jaws

Photo: Julia Ozab

The Oregon Coast Aquarium features many of the local species of birds, fish, and marine mammals native to the area. The first three permanent exhibits—located inside the main building—introduce visitors to the Oregon shoreline and many species that call these waters home. First up, Sandy Shores, which unveils the narrow but complex ecosystem found where land and sea meet.

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Go Beavers! (Part Two)

In Beaver gear from head to toe.

Anna in her Beavers gear.

Anna is an Oregon State Beavers fan. Perhaps to spite me, or maybe she just likes orange and black. It doesn’t matter. They’re her team and thanks to a raffle at Julia’s place of work she got to see them play Hawaii two Saturdays ago in Corvallis. She had a blast—and they won! Final score: Oregon State 33, Hawaii 14.

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My Daughter Wears Mismatched Socks

One purple sock, one light green sock.

Photo: Sue Glasshower

Anna had never been one to conform. She knows what she likes and she doesn’t care if others like it or not.

She’s an Oregon State Beaver fan in a town full of Oregon Ducks. She doesn’t care. One day, she decided she liked Beavers better than Ducks and orange and black more than green and gold. (She also tells me “it’s yellow, not gold!”) She’s all set to move to Corvallis when she turns eighteen and go to OSU.

I’m a Duck, but I’m glad she thinks for herself, and that she wants to go to college.

She wants to be a wildlife biologist when she grows up, so at least she picked the right school. Or maybe a photographer, or a rock star. It changes . . . a lot. But it’s not what other kids want. It’s what she wants.

Oh, and she’s no longer a princess. Okay, she’s still a princess sometimes, just not as much. And starting tomorrow she’s taking her National Wildlife Federation backpack to school instead of her princess backpack. Even though it’s green, and she likes orange better.

She likes all the colors, even the “boy” ones. She picks out her own clothes. Sometimes they match, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes she looks like she wandered into the closet and fell down. But through many different combinations of shirts, pants, skirts, and dresses, she has found a style all her own.

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Go Beavers?

Anna all with her OSU stuff

I am a University of Oregon alumnus and therefore an Oregon Duck. Since I went there for grad school, I’m not the diehard, bleeding-green-and-gold Duck fan that many people in Eugene are, but I root for them as all good alumni root for their alma mater.

Well Anna has decided—perhaps to spite me—that she is an Oregon State Beaver fan. And being the good parent that I am, I let Julia buy her all that Beaver stuff in the above photo. All but the little bear cheerleader sitting on the pom-poms. I bought her that.

What can I say? I guess she wore me down.

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