July 31 & August 1, 2016 – Westport, Washington Wanderings

Clark and Lewis were up bright and early. There we so many fun things to play with in their boat room. The first thing they did was ride around on the Clark and Lewis sized cars on the deck of the boat. Then they looked through the many activity books and colored in one of the Mutant Ninja Turtles. Finally they went outside to be explorers and the jungle.

“You know, Lewis,” said Clark, “this reminds me of the marshes around my old pond at home.”

“I know what you are saying, Clark,” remarked Lewis. “When baby ducks are born they are often hidden in nests among the reeds to keep them safe from predators.”

“Who would want to hurt a baby duck?” said Clark credulously.

“Beats me,” sighed Lewis.

Clark and Lewis with riding toys

Clark and Lewis with riding toys

Clark and Lewis use the Mutant Ninja Turtle activity book.

Clark and Lewis use the Mutant Ninja Turtle activity book.

Clark and Lewis play in the tall seashore grasses

Clark and Lewis play in the tall seashore grasses

Soon Beeba was calling them to come in and get ready to go out sightseeing. It was hard for them to leave their make-believe game but they decided some real adventures would be fun too.

First they went to the Maritime Museum. Although they had gotten there too late to go inside the house part of the museum, they could look at the exhibits outside.

“Wow, what an enormous whale skeleton!” exclaimed Lewis. “They must eat a ton of food everyday!”

“I sure am glad I am not in the way of that whale,” said Clark. “He could inhale me in one giant bite.”

Beeba read a sign to them that said that whales take in a big mouthful of water and then use their tongue to push most of it out. They have special strainers on their upper jaw called baleen that let the water go out but catch all the stuff to eat behind.

“I don’t even want to think about it,” shuddered Clark.

Clark and Lewis at the Maritime Museum

Clark and Lewis at the Maritime Museum

 

The enormous whale skeleton

The enormous whale skeleton

Later they horsed around pretending to be an octopus and a seagull.

Clark and Lewis as an octopus and a seagull

Clark and Lewis as an octopus and a seagull

They all stopped at the grocery store to pick up some things for dinner. Clark and Lewis especially liked vacation time because it meant a lot more snacks! After dinner they took a walk on the beach where Lewis found a sand dollar.

“I wish I had a million of these sand dollars because then I would be the richest duck on the beach, “mused Lewis.

“I think all you would be is a duck sitting on top of a big pile of shells!” laughed Clark.

How much is one sand dollar worth?

How much is one sand dollar worth?

Soon it was time for bed. Tomorrow would probably be busy too. But as it turned outnit was not very busy at all. Beeba and Zayde hung around the house doing their puzzles and just lazing around. Clark and Lewis had to be content playing with their toys.

Finally after lunch they all went to the lighthouse.

Clark and Lewis at the lighthouse

Clark and Lewis at the lighthouse

“What is this lighthouse doing in the middle of a field?” asked Clark. “I thought they were set up so sailors could see where the dangerous rocks were. If the sailors had driven their boat near here they would already be in trouble.”

Zayde explained about how all the silt in the river had made more land at the mouth of the river. Even though it had only been a hundred years or so the land extended a half mile more into the ocean. Clark and Lewis loved traveling with Zayde because it seemed like he knew everything.

The last part of their outing was a trip to the fish store. Beeba and Zayde wanted some fresh fish for dinner. Clark and Lewis always found Beeba and Zayde’s tastes a little weird since they wanted to eat a bunch of stuff that was not either bugs and plants but it was better just to stay quiet about it.

Clark and Lewis are moving north tomorrow to visit the Olympic National Park. They are looking forward to the rainforest and more adventures.

The fish store

The fish store

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July 29 &30, 2016 – Crabby Ducky

When Lewis woke up on Sunday morning he was a crab. I mean he was still a duck but he was feeling pretty grumpy.

“Do you know what, Clark,” quacked Lewis, “this story is supposed to be about our adventures and for the past two days we have had no adventures! Thursday mostly we just watched TV and Friday it took us all day to drive from Oregon to Washington. We did almost nothing along the way. Plus, as a final insult, Beeba had a bird sandwich for lunch!”

“Please calm down, Lewis,” soothed Clark. He was used to Lewis’s outbursts and knew he just had to get him to think some happy thoughts. “I am sure if we look back, we will see that we had lots of fun in the past couple of days.”

“Remember how we got to watch all the cartoons while Beeba and Zayde were out playing tennis and I let you pick all of your favorites?” said Clark.

Lewis thought about this for a moment.

“Oh, that Donald Duck,” laughed Lewis, “what an actor! Donald and Daffy Duck are two of the best!”

Clark could see he was on the right track for turning Lewis’s bad mood around.

“And how about when we got to go out to the pasture and talk to that furry cow?” said Clark. “I know seeing the cow put you in a happy “moo-ed”!”

Lewis is a duck who cannot resist a pun and fell in a little heap of feathers laughing.

IMG_2215Clark and Lewis visit a furry cow

“But what about yesterday? We got in the car at 8 in the morning and didn’t get out until 5 in the evening,” complained Lewis.

“Let’s think back and see if we can find some things that were adventures yesterday,” suggested Clark. “We got out of the car to visit the museum about the bridges. I know you liked seeing the model of the bridge.”

“Oh, yeah,” said Lewis. “Plus I got to flutter around outside for a while. It was a good break.”

Clark and Lewis at the Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center

Clark and Lewis at the Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center

Big model of the original bridge

Big model of the original bridge

 

Clark and Lewis near the bridge

Clark and Lewis near the bridge

“And who can forget how freaked out Beeba was when she saw the giant bridge we were going to go over,” said Lewis with a smile. “It’s a good thing that Zayde did all the driving yesterday!”

Clark just sighed. “Sometimes you are a little mean, Lewis.”

Uh oh, big high bridge ahead!

Uh oh, big high bridge ahead!

Clark had gotten Lewis almost all the way out of being crabby and back to being ducky again. He knew what the final happy piece would be.

“The best, though, Lewis, was seeing our room in the new house with a bed that was shaped like a boat!” exclaimed Clark.

“Right you are, Clark,” answered Lewis. “I love our room. It’s all painted blue so it’s like I am at the pond again. We are the captains of our room!”

Boat bed

Boat bed

“You see, Lewis,” said Clark. “If you concentrate on all the good and fun things we did, you will find lots of reasons to be happy. Try to remember that.”

Lewis mulled this over in his little ducky brain. He knew that Clark was right. But there was one more thing…

“What about Beeba eating a bird sandwich! That was awful! How can you put a good spin on that?” quacked Lewis. “I’m a bird!!!”

“I got nothing,” sighed Clark.

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July 28, 2016 – Coos County Fair

Clark here. I want to tell you all about the animals and stuff we saw at the Coos County Fair today. Honestly, it wasn’t as outstanding as the Alameda County Fair back in our hometown but there were lots of animals and nice small humans taking care of them.

“Clark, you really have to punch this up,” advised Lewis. ” If you want to have Beeba let us do this sometimes, you got to put in the pizzazz!”

Clark just sighed. It was hard  enough typing with his webbed fingers without Lewis butting in.

“Yessiree and by golly, what do you know, there were people on horseback telling us where to park,” wrote Clark. “How’s that, Lewis?”

Lewis thought it was a little better and let Clark continue uninterrupted.

Anyway, there were people on horseback directing us to the parking spaces and it made me think about people in cars trying to direct horses into parking spaces.  Sometimes you can have a good time just imagining things inside your head.

People on horseback telling the cars! where to go

People on horseback telling the cars! where to go

Then we spent some time watching the beef showmanship by younger 4-H people. 4-H is a club.  The four H’s stand for Head, Hands, Heart, and Health. Or in other words, it is a way for young people to use their minds, in a hands-on experience, that will translate into a healthy future for them and all of us who eat their produce and meat.  At least that is what it means to me. I wish there were a category for frogs.  I am sure that lots of young people would love having a frog to take care of.

Young girl with her brother and a cow

Young girl with her brother and a cow

We especially liked this cow and girl

We especially liked this cow and girl

“That cow was so calm, Lewis,” said Clark, ” she kept soothing him by giving him pats with her long stick.”

“Speaking of calm cattle,” said Lewis, “remember those long-horned cattle?”

Lewis and I had wandered over to the demonstration of long-horned cattle.  One of their outstanding characteristics is to be calm no matter what is happening around them. The exhibition guy snapped a whip right next to their heads and they were totally calm.  It was amazing.

Long-horn cattle

Long-horn cattle

Zayde really wanted to see the llamas so we spent quite a while looking at llamas. Zayde told us that when he was a teenager his friends used to call him llama because he has a long upper lip. We could see that the llama and Zayde were really connecting.

Llama meet llama

Llama meet llama

A fluffy llama

A fluffy llama

Oh, and here’s a picture of us in the stands watching the cattle showmanship competition.  It was nice because everybody got a ribbon for trying hard.

Clark and Lewis cheering on the 4-H-ers

Clark and Lewis cheering on the 4-H-ers

Later on we all went out for lunch. Beeba ordered a sandwich with fish and it came with french fries and cole slaw. She asked us if we wanted to have some of the fish.  We said, ew, no! Some of our best friends from the pond are fish. Friends don’t eat friends! We were willing, however, to eat all of her french fries since we knew that she wouldn’t eat them anyway.

Beeba's lunch is meant to be shared!

Beeba’s lunch is meant to be shared!

We got back to the house around 3 o’clock and Beeba needed to take a nap because she slept badly last night. It seemed like a good thing to do so we all took a little snooze. In the evening Zayde figured out how to make the TV work (yay!) and we had some dinner while watching TV.

And that’s what we did for today!

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July 27, 2016 – Clark and Lewis visit “The Trees of Mystery”

Everyone was up early to start the day’s adventure. Beeba and Zayde went down to breakfast and Clark and Lewis decided to go out in front of the hotel to hide in the plants and catch some bugs. It was slow going for them, though, since the temperature was in the low 50’s which made the flying bugs sleep in and Clark lethargic. Clark, being a cold-blooded frog, really needed some sunshine to get him going and today was cold and chilly.

“This is some pretty pathetic summer weather,” groused Clark. “My shirt is just not keeping me warm enough.”

Lewis stuck out a wing and wrapped it around him. ” Come on, Clark,” he said, “let’s go inside where it is warmer. We will eat some people food and you will feel better.”

Clark and Lewis on the hunt for breakfast bugs

Clark and Lewis on the hunt for breakfast bugs

“Today we are going to stop in at a ranger’s station for some information about the Redwood National Park and visit the Trees of Mystery,” said Zayde. “Later today we will check  in at our place in Bandon, Oregon. We have a lot to do, so let’s get going!”

They all piled into the car and made their way up the coast through the misty, foggy morning. As the sun finally broke through they stopped at the ranger station where they saw a scary bear and took a scenic drive through the redwoods.

Clark and Lewis at the Redwood National Park ranger station

Clark and Lewis at the Redwood National Park ranger station

Clark and Lewis are glad that this is just a stuffed bear!

Clark and Lewis are glad that this is just a stuffed bear!

The redwood forest is beautiful

The redwood forest is beautiful

“This has been a great morning so far,” enthused Clark. “What’s next?”

“Next we are going to Trees of Mystery!” said Beeba. “It’s a park with a redwood tree theme!”

“Really?” responded Clark and Lewis.”With rides and talking trees and a gift shop and ice cream?”

“Hey, slow down there, guys,” laughed Zayde. ” We’ve never been there so I am not sure what to expect!”

Before long they were at the Trees of Mystery and were greeted by an enormous statue of Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox. Paul Bunyan was waving to the people who were coming into the park and saying funny things. Clark and Lewis had their picture taken with a bear.

“I can bear-ly wait to see what happens next,” punned Lewis.

Giant Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox

Giant Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox

Clark and Lewis get their picture taken with a large bear

Clark and Lewis get their picture taken with a large bear

What happened next is a walk through a wonderful redwood forest with lots of interesting trees. Some of the trees were labeled to make people think of fanciful things.

“Look here is an elephant tree,” said Clark. “Why do you think it is called that, Lewis?”

“Because it has so many trunks!” laughed Lewis.

The "Elephant Tree"

The “Elephant Tree”

Then they saw the Brotherhood tree, the tallest tree in the park. Zayde stood next to it so they could see how tiny Zayde looked next to the enormous tree.

Tiny Zayde next to the Brotherhood Tree

Tiny Zayde next to the Brotherhood Tree

Looking towards the top of Brotherhood Tree

Looking towards the top of Brotherhood Tree

Finally Clark, Lewis, Beeba, and Zayde took a gondola ride up to the top of the trees. There were great views and they met a nice family from Washington state.

“Hello,” said Clark politely, “We are Clark and Lewis, the somewhat famous frog and duck who live in California and travel the world.”

They exchanged traveling tales and wished the family a happy vacation.

A passing gondola

A passing gondola

After a quick trip through the gift shop it was time to get back in the car head to Oregon. They had spent a lot of time at Mystery of the Trees and now they needed to hurry north.

“Excuse me,” quacked Lewis, “am I the only who has noticed that it’s 1:30 and we haven’t had lunch yet?” Lewis was always very aware of his tummy.

“We will have to make it quick,” said Beeba. “You know I don’t like to be late.”

So after a record speedy lunch and gas fill-up they finished their trip up to Oregon. Beeba and Zayde had rented a whole house right by the ocean for them to stay in. She was hoping it would be nice and, boy, was it ever!

“Come here, Clark, you can see the Pacific Ocean out the windows in almost all the rooms! And there is a pair of binoculars and a telescope for seeing things far away. Maybe we will see some whales or a pirate ship!” said Lewis.

“I think I am definitely going to like this place,” Clark said with a smile.

Clark and Lewis look at the ocean out the window

Clark and Lewis look at the ocean out the window

Lewis with the telescope

Lewis with the telescope

Clark manning the binoculars

Clark manning the binoculars

 

 

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July 26, 2016 – Clark and Lewis start an excellent adventure

Lewis was up with the birds which makes sense since he is a duck and a duck is a bird. He heard Beeba and Zayde going in and out of the garage.

“Hey, Clark,” said Lewis as he gave Clark a none too gentle nudge, “wake up there is something going on!”

Clark was awake in an instant and they both called out to Beeba to come in their room.

“What’s going on, Beeba?” asked Lewis, “you and Zayde are making a lot of commotion for early in the morning.”

“Surprise!” replied Beeba. “We are all going on vacation!”

Well, you can imagine how excited Clark and Lewis were. It had been a long time since they had taken a vacation together. They jumped up and down on the bed with joy.

Clark and Lewis are so excited to be going on vacation!

Clark and Lewis are so excited to be going on vacation!

“So where are we going?” asked Clark.

“Just like last year we are going up the coast to get out of all the hot weather. It will be wonderful to feel the cool breezes and see the Pacific Ocean,” said Beeba.

With that both Clark and Lewis stopped jumping and looked at each other nervously. Beeba could tell there was something wrong right away.

“What is the matter?” she asked.

“Beeba, last year we got separated from you and Zayde. It was so scary. We don’t want to go on a vacation like last year’s, ” said Clark with a little tremor in his voice.

Beeba hugged both of them. “That will never happen again,” said Beeba. “Zayde and I made a mistake. You DO know that sometimes grown-ups make mistakes, right? But we have learned from our error and we will always double-check to make sure we are all together. I am so, so sorry that happened.”

Clark looked at Lewis and Lewis looked at Clark.

“Yay!” they both shouted, “lets get ready!”

They put on their tropical shirts and helped Beeba by jumping on her suitcase so it would close.

Clark and Lewis help Beeba get her suitcase closed

Clark and Lewis help Beeba get her suitcase closed

Then they checked out the route they would take and figured out where they would have breakfast.

Clark and Lewis check out the route on the computer

Clark and Lewis check out the route on the computer

Finally it was time to go.  They all got in the car and drove and drove.  It seemed to take forever to get to their breakfast destination for a hungry frog and duck. When they finally stopped to eat, Beeba let Lewis take her crispy hash browns.

“Please, please, Lewis,” implored Clark, “may we share?”

Zayde gave Lewis such a stare that Lewis said he was planning to share all along.

Lewis hopes the crispy potato thingy will be all his

Lewis hopes the crispy potato thingy will be all his

On and on they drove. They even skipped lunch . When they finally got to the hotel in Eureka Clark and Lewis somersaulted on the bed to use up some of their extra energy.

Clark and Lewis jump up and down on the bed

Clark and Lewis doing somersaults

After an early dinner Beeba and Zayde took Clark and Lewis out to see the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt Bay.

“I love being at the beach and near the water where I can see and hear the other ducks,” said Lewis.

“I really prefer being on the bay side where it is marshy and other frogs are croaking,” said Clark. “It’s been a pretty good first day of our vacation. And best of all we all stayed together and watched out for each other.”

Clark and Lewis watch the waves break over the rocks at the beach

Clark and Lewis watch the waves break over the rocks at the beach

By the time they had driven back to the hotel Clark and Lewis were fast asleep in the back seat. Beeba carried them quietly to the room and tucked them into bed.

“Goodnight, Clark and Lewis!”

 

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May 17, 2016 – Clark and Lewis remember good times

Clark and Lewis were just waking up when it occurred to Lewis that he hadn’t seen Beeba for the last couple of days. Beeba was usually in and out of their room straightening things up or looking for something. Lewis liked it when Beeba checked in on them and he felt like he was missing her.

“Hey, Clark,” Lewis called over, “where’s Beeba? I didn’t see her yesterday.”

“She went on a trip,” said Clark. Clark always knew everything that was going on in the house.

“What?! She went on a trip and she didn’t take us? I just cannot believe it. She left us behind again?” Lewis was really getting his feathers ruffled.

“It was a special trip to visit her best friend, Nana. Beeba wanted to check on her to make sure that Nana was feeling well and happy. It’s only for a few days. Don’t get yourself all worked up.” soothed Clark.

Lewis asks Clark where Beeba has gone

Lewis asks Clark where Beeba has gone

“Oh, I remember Nana,” Lewis said with a smile. Thinking about Nana always made him happy. “She was so nice to us. We could have lots of cookies and flutter and hop all over the place. Beeba doesn’t always let us be like that.”

“Well, Lewis,” Clark said philosophically, “Beeba is our all-the-time person. It is important that she teaches us the right way to act. Nana is our sometimes person. She can let us just have fun.”

“Whoa, pretty deep, Clark,” said Lewis thoughtfully. “One thing I do know is that when Beeba and Nana are together there are lots of happy smiles.”

 Beeba and Nana are so happy together

Beeba and Nana are so happy together

Clark and Lewis started to talk about all the good times they had had visiting Nana.
“Do you remember when we met Tyler?” asked Lewis.

“Wow, that was a pretty long time ago but of course I remember it. We were at Nana’s mountain house in Trillium. Tyler was just a baby,” remarked Clark. “Here, look, I have some old pictures.”

 Tyler holds the frog by its foot

Tyler holds the frog by its foot

Tyler looks at the stuffed Clark and Lewis

Tyler looks at the stuffed Clark and Lewis

“Gosh, I wonder if Tyler remembers us. I hope so,” sighed Lewis.

Later that day Clark and Lewis talked to Beeba on the phone. They asked her if she had seen Tyler and if Tyler remembered them.

“Of course, he does,” said Beeba. “Even though he is a much bigger boy now, he has remembered you all through these years. I have seen pictures of him with the Clark and Lewis that we left with him. I will send those to you along with a picture of how he looks now.”

Beeba emailed the pictures of Tyler to Clark and Lewis so they could see them right away.

Three year old Tyler with Clark and Lewis

Three year old Tyler with Clark and Lewis

Lewis takes a trip to New York with Tyler

Lewis takes a trip to New York with Tyler

“This makes me so happy,” said Clark.

“I feel the same way,” said Clark who was getting a little misty. “Just think over the years Tyler has been thinking of us just like we’ve been thinking of him.”

“Open the last file, Lewis, and let’s see the current picture of Tyler,” urged Clark.

Tyler gets his baseball uniform

Tyler gets his baseball uniform

“Golly, Lewis,” said Clark,  “Tyler is old enough to be playing baseball!”

“We are friends with a baseball player,” marveled Lewis. “I am so glad that Tyler remembered us.”

” GO, TYLER, GO!” – Love, Clark and Lewis

 

 

 

 

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Clark and Lewis and the Home Invasion! Christmas, 2015

“Lewis, Lewis, wake up,” shouted Clark. “Something has happened in the house!!”

“Mpft,” mumbled Lewis. “Let me sleep. I know we’re not going anywhere this Christmas.”

“But, Lewis,” implored Clark, “wake up. Santas have taken over the house! They are everywhere.”

Wake up, Lewis!

Wake up, Lewis!

Hearing this, Lewis, fluttered into action.

“Get dressed, Clark,” said Lewis, “and we will get to the bottom of this.”

Quietly they sneaked into the family room and kitchen. Clark was right. The Santas were indeed everywhere. They had even brought along some of their friends to sit with them.

The family room is full of Santas and Santa's friends

The family room is full of Santas and Santa’s friends

“Ho, ho, ho, Clark and Lewis,” laughed Santa. “Want to come for a ride in my balloon? We can soar over the rooftops and drop down through the chimneys!”

Santa invites Clark and Lewis for a ride

Santa invites Clark and Lewis for a ride

“No need to worry about where you are going,” laughed two other Santas. “We will keep track of you!”

These Santas have their eyes on all the good boys and girls

These Santas have their eyes on all the good boys and girls

“Uh, well, no thanks, Mr. Santa, Clark and I have to be here to help Beeba and Zayde get ready for Christmas. Everybody is coming over on Christmas Eve and there is so much to do!” replied Lewis. “There are presents to wrap and cookies to make.”

“How about just a quick buzz around the house on my bat wings to visit the other Santas?” suggested a Santa hanging in the hallway.

This sounded like an excellent idea to Clark and Lewis.

Clark and Lewis will take a ride with this flying Santa

Clark and Lewis will take a ride with this flying Santa

Off they flew. First they paid a visit to the Transportation Santas.

“Hop onto my dog sled!” shouted Santa over the barking of his big St. Bernard.

Clark and Lewis visit the Transportation Santas

Clark and Lewis visit the Transportation Santas

“Why not join us in a few Christmas carols,” asked piano playing Santa. “The guys in the band and I are always looking forward to our Christmas gig.”

Santa suggests Clark and Lewis sing with the Santas

Santa suggests Clark and Lewis sing with the Santas

Clark and Lewis with Santas' band

Clark and Lewis with Santas’ band

After a jolly rendition of “Jingle Bells” Clark and Lewis visited the Sporting Santas.

“Wow, you Santas sure know how to have a good time,” said Clark. “I don’t know what to do first – baseball, ice skating or golf.”

“Maybe you should try watching TV with couch potato Santa,” laughed Lewis. “You are not exactly the athletic type.”

“Ooh, Lewis, that is mean,” retorted Clark. “I am an excellent hopper and I know Santa has been checking to see who has been naughty. So you better watch it, Lewis!”

Sporting Santas

Sporting Santas

Before one final stop where they would choose a present, Clark and Lewis visited the Working Santas.  There were police Santa, doctor Santa, fireman Santa, and even computer scientist Santa.

“Look, computer Santas just like Daddy and Zayde!” exclaimed Clark

“Yeah, but their equipment looks pretty antiquated,” said Lewis. Lewis was always interested in the latest gadgets.

Working Santas

Working Santas

Now off to their last stop. The one they had been waiting for.

“Ho, ho, ho! Clark and Lewis,” shouted Santa. “Have you been a good frog and duck this year?”

“Well, Santa, I have been very good,” replied Clark, “but Lewis has sometimes been mean to me. Maybe he shouldn’t get a present.”

“Hey, Clark,” said Lewis, “Talk about being mean! And what about your know-it-all attitude?”

“Hmmm,” mused Santa.  “You know, I’ve been watching you and I think you are pretty nice to each other almost all the time. Why don’t you both give each other a hug and promise to try even harder next year to be the best best friends.”

This seemed like a great idea and after giving each other a hug and a hug to Santa too they each picked out a toy from Santa’s toy chest.

Santa gives toys to Clark and Lewis

Santa gives toys to Clark and Lewis

“I guess it’s time to get dressed for the big Christmas Eve party,” said Clark.

“I think you are right, Clark,” replied Lewis.

P1010431Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth to all!  Love, Clark and Lewis

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Sometime in September – Clark and Lewis return home

Just an update to let you know that Clark and Lewis did finally make it home after being left on the driveway in Trinidad, CA.  They came by priority mail. Clark expressed the opinion that of course they came by priority mail because what could be more of a priority than Clark and Lewis?

Clark and Lewis arrive by priority mail

Clark and Lewis arrive by priority mail

After being sealed up in an envelope and jostled for days on a truck, they arrived. Needless to say when they tumbled out of the backpack where they had spent way too much time, they had nothing to say to Beeba and Zayde. They were more than a little miffed.

Clark and Lewis tumble out of the backpack

Clark and Lewis tumble out of the backpack

However  Beeba and Zayde invited Nathan and Sam over to welcome them home and happiness was restored!

Nathan and Sam greet Clark and Lewis

Nathan and Sam greet Clark and Lewis

It turned out to be a super day. Sam read a book to Clark and Lewis and introduced them to some new friends. Lewis was not sure he wanted Sam to have new friends but Clark assured him that nothing can replace old friends.

Sam reads to everyone

Sam reads to everyone

Then there was some outdoor play time and finally a lunch with Clark and Lewis’s favorites, hamburgers and French fries. It had been a very scary adventure getting separated from Beeba and Zayde far away from home but it had a very happy ending.

Playing outside with new friends

Playing outside with new friends

Yum! Hamburger and French fries!

Yum! Hamburger and French fries!

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August 4, 2015 – Clark and Lewis and the gloomy fun day

Clark and Lewis were beginning to wonder why they were wearing sunglasses and tropical hats.

“You know, Clark,” said Lewis, “the sun hasn’t even come out once since we’ve been here. And brrr, it is so chilly!”

“It might be another gloomy day, Lewis, but I expect we are going to have some fun!” enthused Clark.

“I am definitely ready for some fun!” Lewis replied.

Before long Beeba was telling them about their plans for the day.

“First we are going to the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. We will take a short walk there and look at the giant redwood trees. After that we’ll go to the Prairie Creek State Park and take a hike in Fern Canyon,” said Beeba.

“Who was Lady Bird Johnson?” asked Clark.

“Lady Bird Johnson was the wife of Lyndon Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. While he was President she started a big effort to preserve and beautify the parks and roads of the country. It is thanks to her that we can now travel scenic roads without ugly billboards crowding the view,” said Beeba.

“Wow, the First Lady had BIRD in her name. No wonder she was so great!” exclaimed Lewis. “Being a bird myself I can relate to her efforts.”

“Oh, puh-leez,” scoffed Clark. “Just because her name has BIRD in it doesn’t make it extra special and it certainly has no bearing on you!”

“Say what you want, Clark, but you’ll notice her name was not Lady Frog Johnson,” retorted Lewis.

They hopped and fluttered into the car for the short ride to the Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

“Oh, look,” said Lewis, “here’s a sign about how Lady BIRD Johnson came to dedicate the Redwood National Park.”

The sign about how Lady Bird Johnson dedicated the Redwood National Park

The sign about how Lady Bird Johnson dedicated the Redwood National Park

Clark hopped on ahead. He was feeling a little miffed at Lewis’s puffed up ego about Lady Bird Johnson.

“Lady BIRD Johnson,” grumbled Clark, “why couldn’t you have been named Lady FROG or Lady AMPHIBIAN?! It sounds so much more dignified.”

But Clark was not the kind of frog to keep worrying over a slight and before long he was enjoying the giant redwoods and the cool misty day.

“C’mon, Lewis, let’s see how tall this tree is!” yelled Clark.

Both Clark and Lewis laid on the ground and looked up to try to see the very top of the tree.

“This tree must have been growing a very long time,” said Lewis.

Beeba looked at the brochure. “It says that most of the trees here are between 600 and 800 years old. 800 years ago, Columbus hadn’t even been born yet!”

The tree is so tall!

The tree is so tall!

Clark and Lewis look up and up

Clark and Lewis look up and up

They spent some time in the grove looking at the trees and taking pictures. Clark took one of Zayde looking very tiny next to a giant tree and Lewis took one of Beeba inside a tree that had been hollowed out by fire.

Beeba in the tree

Beeba in the tree

Tiny Zayde

Tiny Zayde

Their next stop was at the Prairie Creek State Park to take a hike in Fern Canyon. They reached the trailhead on a bumpy dirt road that Clark and Lewis enjoyed a lot.

As they started down the trail, they came to a big poster about all the great things they would see along the trail. It was exciting when Clark spied a picture of a frog.

“Aha!” shouted Clark. ” This much bigger park is famous for frogs. FROGS, Lewis!”

A picture of the Northern Red-legged frog

A picture of the Northern Red-legged frog

You can imagine how this made Lewis feel. There were no pictures of ducks. He now realized how his quacking about Lady Bird Johnson must have made Clark feel. Of course, all this time Clark was jumping about singing the praises of frogs.

“Hey, Clark,” said Lewis, “I realize I was kind of over the top with my Lady Bird Johnson references. I am sorry. Why don’t we just agree to both be equally special.”

“That’s an excellent idea, Lewis,” said Clark. And they started down the path holding hands and being friends again.

What a great place this Fern Canyon was! There were ferns everywhere – on the ground and growing up the walls of the canyon. Plus there were old trees that had fallen over to climb on and a stream to splash in. Clark and Lewis thought about what a great time Nathan and Sam would have in a magical place like this.

Ferns, ferns and more ferns!

Ferns, ferns and more ferns!

Clark and Lewis sit beside the splashy creek

Clark and Lewis sit beside the splashy creek

Look at Clark goofing around on a fallen tree

Look at Clark goofing around on a fallen tree

They played in the creek and climbed on the fallen logs for a long time. Beeba noticed that it was getting really late for lunch. As soon as she mentioned it Clark and Lewis realized they were hungry too. By the time they had lunch it was almost three o’clock.

The place that they ate at had ice cream cones full of mashed potatoes but of course Beeba said no to that. But everyone was so happy and had had so much fun on this gloomy day that even no mashed potato cones could spoil it.

“Home of the Mashed Potato Cone”

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August 2, 2015 – Clark and Lewis on the road to Trinidad

“Wake up, wake up,” shouted Clark. “It’s time to get up and take a shower, get dressed and hit the road for Trinidad!”

“Mfft,” responded Lewis. “Let me sleep!”

“No, today is our big road trip. I know you don’t want to miss it!” croaked Clark.

“I am getting up,” replied Lewis crossly. “But it is only because you said I could take a shower and ducks love showers!”

With a flutter of his wings, Lewis was out of bed and headed for the shower.

Wake up, Lewis!

Wake up, Lewis!

In a flash everyone was showered, dressed, and in the car with their seatbelt fastened.

All buckled up, Clark and Lewis review the route for the day.

All buckled up, Clark and Lewis review the route for the day.

About an hour or so into the trip, Zayde took an exit and said it was time for breakfast.
“Yay, for breakfast,” Clark and Lewis shouted. “Oh, please may we have a fried potato thingy.”

Beeba mulled over their request. After all it was vacation. Maybe it was time for a little indulgence.

“Okay,” said Beeba, “fried potato thingies for everyone!”

Yum, Clark and Lewis share a  fried potato thingy

Yum, Clark and Lewis share a fried potato thingy

After breakfast they rode and rode. Then they rode some more. Beeba taught Clark and Lewis songs about California like “California Here I Come” and then she explained about how hard it was for the first settlers to get to California. And then Clark and Lewis fell asleep for awhile.

Beeba whispered to Zayde, “What! Am I being boring or something?”

Everyone woke up again when they reached the Visitor’s Center for the Avenue of the Giants. It was a road all about the giant redwoods of the California coast. Clark and Lewis had never seen such big trees. Or such old trees!

“Look, Beeba,” exclaimed Clark and Lewis, “here’s a tree that is over 1000 years old. That’s older than you and Zayde put together!”

Giant redwood tree

Giant redwood tree

This tree was born 912 A.D. It is more than 1000 years old!

This tree was born 912 A.D. It is more than 1000 years old!

Then they went inside the Visitor’s Center. Inside there was a display about a man who had extinguished a flame just by singing at it. Clark and Lewis were reminded of the time that Nathan and Sam’s Daddy had been on Mythbusters and put out a flame with his voice.
“Do you think that Nathan and Sam’s Daddy will have a visitor center where passersby can marvel at his ability to put out a flame with his voice?” asked Lewis.

“I guess they could call that the Hookslide Rest Stop and Visitor Center but it probably will never happen,” laughed Beeba.

Everyone was getting hungry. Being hungry made everyone a little grumpy. Beeba, who was driving at the time, pulled off the freeway into the little town of Fortuna.

“Why are we getting off the road, Beeba,” asked Clark and Lewis. “Can’t we just find some fast food and have lunch.”

“I have a good healthy lunch for you in the cooler. Maybe we can find someplace to stop and eat.” said Beeba.

Beeba pulled into the Town Hall parking lot and what do you know, there were picnic tables there! Clark, Lewis, Beeba and Zayde piled out of the car with their picnic goodies and set up their lunch.

“I didn’t forget you guys,” said Beeba, “here are some Doritos for each of you.!

Beeba watches as Clark and Lewis look forward to their Doritos.

Beeba watches as Clark and Lewis look forward to their Doritos.

After lunch they finally reached their rental house in Trinidad. Clark and Lewis were excited to see their futon couch. They were most surprised and happy, though, by the beautiful view right out their window.

Clark and Lewis try out the futon

Clark and Lewis try out the futon

Clark and Lewis have a wonderul time watching the sun over the Pacific Ocean

Clark and Lewis have a wondefrul time watching the sun over the Pacific Ocean

Tomorrow, new adventures!

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