I’m in Oregon

Do you know where Oregon is?

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See if you can find on the United States map where Oregon is. Hint: it is one of the blue states.

Oregon is very very very rainy where I am at, which is pretty close to the coast where the ocean is. There are very tall trees here. Here is the map of Oregon. If you find Portland (your mom will hopefully be able to point out portland), I am in Corvallis which is between Newport and Albany, south of Portland.

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There are a lot of Fir trees and they are very tall. Fir trees never drop their leaves. They are EVERGREEN. Most of Oregon is full of trees like this.

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Where I am at right now, there are SOME trees that drop their leaves in winter. As you know, trees that drop their leaves are called DECIDUOUS. The deciduous trees here in Corvallis are full of LICHENS and MOSSES. Here is a picture your daddy took of such a tree:

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Here is a picture of me in the redwood forest. This is a few years old.

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I am taking a class here in Corvallis learning how to grow very very tiny creatures that help your plants. These creatures are important to all life on our planet earth. We grow them in our compost piles and put the compost with all those creatures into our gardens. These creatures make food for our plants.

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Someday when you guys get older I will take you to Oregon. If you go back to the map and look on the tippy top near the ocean, you see the town ASTORIA. This is where I was born. Here is a few pictures of Astoria and me in Astoria.

This is downtown Astoria near the docks.

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This is the apartment complex I lived in when I was a kid. It mostly has college kids living in it, even today. Uncle Randy and I were among the few kids that lived there.

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One time I was not careful, and rode a skooter down a hill. I busted my head open on this manhole.

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I used to take sticks and make hideouts in the sticker bushes by whipping tunnels through those bushes. It was a fun place to hide out. These bushes would be LOADED with edible berries: blackberries mostly. But there were other berries too like huckleberries. Oregon is full of berries. They are everywhere. Here are the blackberry bushes I used to play in.

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I used to play along the river bank. I played on the ruins of the old canneries, sewage coverts and docks.

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All these photos I took a few years ago when I drove to Alaska. I would love to make that trip with you guys sometime. I love you!

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Hi Guys. I love you.

Hi guys!!

It is hard being so far away. Even though our lives are separate you’re on my mind and in my heart every day. I made this webpage so I can post pictures and read stories to you, and send you music to listen to. This way, if we have phone problems, or if the times just don’t match up, you can still hear my voice and see my face. I love you guys more than anything and there is not a day that I don’t miss you.

This is a picture of your daddy in high school. I was 17 years old. I used to have a paperclip in my ear.

Me in High School

Right now, your daddy grows plants and studies them for a living. That makes me a botanist. But it also makes me a horticulturist. What is the difference between a botanist and a horticulturist? A botanist is someone who studies everything about plants (where they are from, how they grow, how people use them, how they are related to each other, etc). A horticulturist is someone who grows plants. I am both.

These are pictures of the inside of my greenhouses. I will take some more pictures soon, these are actually a few months old. Take notice of how many plants there are to take care of! It is a lot of work. But I love working with plants so I don’t mind. There are actually a lot more plants there now since I have been growing so many things. Sometimes it seems like plants take a long time to grow. But when you grow a lot like I do, they multiply so fast, it is hard to keep up with watering them, feeding them, and adding friendly insects which eat the bad ones. I even add little insects and microorganisms that are so small you need a microscope to see them!

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Did you think that carrots are only orange? Actually there are white carrots and red ones too. I grew these:

Carrots of every color

For today this is done. I will post more pictures and some stories soon. I will put a story here you can listen to on your computer, and your mom can make a CD for you to listen in your stereo with.

I love you guys. You make me very happy. You are the smartest, most beautiful, and toughest kids I know. Don’t ever forget how special you are. And don’t ever feel alone because I am always in your heart as you are in mine.

Ain't we Cute?

You guys especially are

Remember when we went to the botanical garden??

Toshi near the pond

Jaya near the pond