Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Who's Afraid of a Big White Fish?

THAT-A-WHACK! What is this word? Well it is two things. It is Sergio's favorite word to express a sound, otherwise known as onomotopoeia, and it is also what I think of as the perfect word to describe what the spawning salmon were doing this weekend at the fish hatchery we visited. The poor things worked so hard to fight against the current, only to be dumped unceremoniously into a pool with tall walls that they tried to jump over. Unfortunately, the walls were much too tall, and they would slam wetly into them repeatedly, making the above sound. It was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. It was also sort of sad because most of them had injuries from hitting walls, ladders and each other. It was also a little depressing knowing that these things were going through all this just to die. But mostly it was funny.
And let me just ask. Have any of you ever seen a 20 year old white sturgeon? Did you know they look like sharks? Enormous, gross, scary fish that should never, ever be in a river or lake with me. Ever.
So, we went on a hike on Sunday and then to the fish hatchery. It was a really nice day and the fish hatchery was a lot of fun. We got a few pictures from the hike, but sadly, not the scary sturgeon or spawning salmon. We also ate six hard boiled eggs because it is a tastier source of protein than those bars.


Retha said...

Is there not an ugly place in Portland, Everywhere you have gone is just so beautiful.


Shelley said...

I expected you to be eating an egg in the picture.

You could design your own pack of postcards from some of your pics.