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skeye
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   Posted 7/22/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I'll be gone for about a week. I'm headed off to Oregon to a conference. I don't plan on having computer access after this evening. I hope that everyone has a wonderful, pain-free week!

hugs to all,
Skeye

anice
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye, Wow Oregon, I've never been there before. I haven't traveled too many different states anyway. There is a whole world out there, I've never seen! Anyway, I hope the conference is something that you will enjoy and it won't be too boring. Just think of it for all the knowledge you'll get out of it. Please be careful and be aware of your enviroment. Are you driving or flying? I will miss hearing from you. I always enjoy reading your posts. I wish you a great trip. And I hope your pain levels are very low if any at all. Let us know when you get back and how it went. What is the conference on, if you don't mind my asking? Good luck and I'll be looking forward to hearing the details when you get back.
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skeye
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Anice,

I've never been there either! I'm an east coast girl -- never been to the west coast & only been to the midwest a couple of times! I'm leaving tonight, to spend the night at my professor's house, which is about 20 min from the airport, as opposed to an hour and fourty-five minutes from my house! Our flight is very early in the morning, but because of the time change, we will be out west by early afternoon! I hope I don't get too jet lagged! The conference is essentially on the biology of fish & reptiles. It is a very large joint meeting of many different societies, but really there are only a handful of symposia that we will be attending. I will be presenting a poster of my work this weekend, and my professor is giving several oral presentations throughout the week. It should be fun. I do hope that I get to do a bit of exploring of Portland too, though, as I don't know when, or if, I'll ever be back out there!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
I've been out there once and I loved flying in - you can see the mountain tops (Mount Hood on one side, and the sister mountain to Mt. St. Helen's on the other (can't remember the name). You might even be able to see Mt. Rainer. But when we were coming in for a landing the sun was setting and as we were just above the clouds it was gorgeous! We east coast folk don't usually see such mountain top over the clouds! I'm sure fatherjohn can give you more details.

If you can drive along the Columbia River Gorge, you can drive out to Mt. Hood and it's not too far from Portland. I was in Stevenson, Washington (on the other side of the river from Oregon) for a conference in the 1990's and got to explore. A friend and I went up to the Mt. Hood area. You can drive to some scenic overlooks. The Columbia River Gorge is known for it's windsurfing at certain times of the year - you'd never figure it just being a river and all, but the way the winds blow up the gorge attracts windsurfers from around the world. I don't know if this is the "season" though.

I also took some time and drove a couple of hours up to see Mt. St. Helens. Just had to. I drove all the way to the highest overlook point and it was fascinating. Fascinating to see the lush green, the new road, and then cross a bridge and drive into the area they have left to "heal" on its own. It is like being in another world. A grey world, but with sprouts of life showing themselves in between the fallen trees. And then at the top there's a visitor center and you can walk around a bit, sit outside and have a sandwhich and watch the crater puff. Seriously, I think they called them "steam eruptions". Looks like someone is sending smoke signals. But that's just something that fascinated me!

Are you going to meet up with fatherjohn? I don't know how far away he is.

I hope you have a wonderful time, and that your poster presentation is well-received (I know it will be!). You are truly an impressive young woman. There is a plan for your life. I don't know what it is, but your talent will serve the world in some way.

When you get back you can tell us all about it!!

Hugs and Bon Voyage!

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow Skeye,
Have some fun there and tell us all about it when you get back!
Good Luck on the presentations, you'll do good...
HUGZ and Bon Voyage!
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straydog
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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye lucky you. Go and and have a terrific time and enjoy. Can't wait till you get back so we can hear more.
Straydog/Susie
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skeye
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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Palady,

You descriptions sound gorgeous! For course my camera just died! It has been on it's way out for a few months now, and I went to pack it today & it is dead, dead, dead. Fortunately, I had commandeered my mother's camera for the trip! I hope I get to see the mountains, at least from the plane (and I hope I have a window seat!). I have flown over parts of the Rocky's several times & they were gorgeous (and quite turbulent) -- even more fun to ski on! Utah & Colorado are my only experiences of the west, but that was mainly when I was little. And yes, fatherjohn & I are trying to meet up one day! I'm not sure what we are doing yet (it took me a while to get my act together & find a time that I could escape from the conference), but I am looking forward to it! It seems that he gets to meet everyone! smilewinkgrin Lucky him!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
I often have used the disposable cameras on my trips. Course that was before all the digital stuff (I don't own a digital camera!) but the disposables took some great photos, and I never had to worry if I lost one! I got some that took panoramic shots and some people couldn't believe that they were from a disposable.

Fight for that window seat! And give fatherjohn a hug for us all!!!!

People meeting up on the West Coast, and in Boston, and in Arizona. I've gotta get some of you to come to the vicinity of Pittsburgh/Buffalo/Cleveland!

Have a great time, skeye!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, PA & Dani,

I did break down & buy the Kindle DX (because it is larger for my poor eyes) the other week. It broke my bank, but the two of you gave such great reviews of your experiences/things you had read/heard. I'm really excited, because I'm hoping that it will allow me to "read" some of my books for fun again (now that it has a text to speech function). I think that it will be worth it though! I haven't been able to do that in so long, and I really miss it! There are only so many books on audiobook that I am actually interested in reading (and they are outrageously expensive! I just bought two for this trip & it cost my $40, and these are OLD books too -- not to mention that it is a 20-something book series -- can you imagine how much this is going to cost me if I were to purchase them all?! I have them in print version, but I haven't been able to make any headway over the last TWO years with my eyes. I managed to read the first two books of the series, but that was two years ago. I've made it partway through book 3 in the last year & a half. I bought the 3rd & 4th books. I hope I remember what happened in the beginning!).

I am disappointed, though, because my Kindle hasn't come yet! sad It said it was back ordered & that it would take 3 - 5 weeks (I think it has been 2 wks now). I wasn't really expecting to have it in time for my trip, but I was really hoping.... I guess I still have two more hours before I leave for the start of my trip...

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
That's great news! I've never seen one, but it sounds perfect for you. I hope it arrives soon - maybe it will be waiting for you when you get home!

Hugs,

PaLady

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
 
     nono    Who else is mad she isnt taking us with her?? nono
 
 
   Hehe I hope you can take time for youself thou, while you are there. We want PICS!!!!
  please, be careful traveling.
 
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And sorry I could not travel both  
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White Beard
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   Posted 7/22/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
skeye
I am so envious of you going out west! I do hope you have a good time and your presentation goes well!
I wish you the best!

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Chutz
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   Posted 7/22/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
That sister mountain to St. Helens is Mt. Adams. It's to the north toward Mr. Rainier. You should have a lovely view and the weather out here on the WET coast is actually very nice and maybe a little hot for the next week. I'm just a bit north of those mountains, skeye so wave as you go by!

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fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/22/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
The weather in the Portland area is warmer than usual. They are expecting a high of around 100 on Sunday. We are going to break a record of days over 90 for July. Portland is between the mountains and the coast so you can have both in an hour from Portland. There still is snow on the mountains and the views coming in are great. I am looking forward to meeting you Skeye.

fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sure that Skeye will be checking in but if not, I won't be one of those meet and tell type guys.

PAlady
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   Posted 7/22/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe, no fair fatherjohn!!! shakehead You get to meet practically everyone on here (well, ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration rolleyes ) and then you won't share??? nono smilewinkgrin

Does anyone on here own an airplane? If so, can some of us hitch a ride to the west coast? We'll be good! yeah devil

PaLady and friends

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
How wonderful you are getting to go out west!!! I'm so excited for you!! It feels like we are in a cross country realay you and I. I know you are probably gone by now but I'll be thinking about you and hoping you have as good weather as we did out there. On our plane ride home, we flew right over Mt. St. Helens, it was really something! I just know everyone will love your Poster and you will have a great time meeting all the people in your chosen field. Say hey to FJ for me, he's a real gem, you are really lucky you will get to see him! Have a GREAT time and see you when you get back!!!
Your Buddy>
Pete
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Piercings
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   Posted 7/25/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,

If you were here in Portland at the Fishery Management Council meeting that's right by the airport, we could have met face to face. lol. Their office is located in my building. I know they host meetings quarterly.

Too bad I wasn't at work this week or I could have bumped into you. Instead I was still suffering the effects of landing on my tailbone twice in a week. And well, it's kinda hard to crunch numbers at a desk all day when you can't sit down. smhair

Besides the weather was too nice to be at work anyway. devil

PAlady
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Piercings,
Twice in one week? OUCH!

But how close you and Skeye came. Who knows, maybe you can still meet up if she's able to read this.

It seems so many people here are up in the northwestern U.S. Kind of interesting.

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I picked Skeye up and she joined my wife, daughter and myself for an afternoon ride. It was great to see her wade out into the pacific ocean. Opps, I wasn't going to tell. We did have a great time as she is such a blast. Piercings, I did not know you were in Portland. maybe some time we can meet as well. I moved from Portland  a couple of years ago and I am about 1 1/2 hours south. Stay cool this weekend.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow FatherJohn, keep us posted on Skeye and let her know we are thinking of her and
want to wish her luck this week!
Knock their socks off Skeye..
Thanks
HUGZ
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  
 
Too cooool!
*huggs*
dani
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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


PAlady
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
fatherjohn,
Your post brought tears to my eyes, thinking of all of you but espcially Skeye wading into the ocean. It sounds like her trip is off to a good start thank to you!

I hope you took a picture!!

Skeye - we miss you!

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
skeye! i want a kindle so bad! lucky you!! enjoy it!
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
 we need to start a thread for everyones Top 10. I need new books!
**huggs**
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And sorry I could not travel both  
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