Paulie’s second hike (Willamette-Ankeny Wildlife Refuge) plus Captain Nate

Took Stinky P out into the swampy underbelly of the true Willamette flood plain (which used to stretch for miles and miles between the Cascades and Coast Range). The standing water, Oregon Ash, and grassland were really cool to see. We tried releasing Paulie back into the wild, but he didn’t like it:

keepin it real

Happy to be back with mama, and not the snakes in the grass:
keepin it real

keepin it real

Super cool trek in that you were walking above the bog on a boardwalk. Serious bird nerd place, but probably not middle of the day, summer.

Also, this just in: Nate aced captain school up in Portland last week, 4 tests, 100% on three of them, 93% on the other. So now all he needs to do is get a bigger boat and insurance, prove to the Coast Guard that he’s never been convicted of smuggling drugs, and put his dental history and tattoos on record so they can identify his crab-gnawed corpse. Details… details. But the hard part is over. Let’s hear it for Captain NATE! Katie baked him a cookie cake, like the ones you used to see at the mall when you were a kid.

keepin it real

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About mstansberry

Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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3 Responses to Paulie’s second hike (Willamette-Ankeny Wildlife Refuge) plus Captain Nate

  1. Bpaul says:

    “prove to the Coast Guard that he’s never been convicted of smuggling drugs, and put his dental history and tattoos on record so they can identify his crab-gnawed corpse.”

    Awesome writing, as usual, sir.

    Bp

  2. Tough Gnarl says:

    Captain Nate! Captain Nate!

  3. Tough Gnarl says:

    That first pic has got to be my favorite hahaha

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