A Year Around the Sun

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An amazing sunset to start Memorial Day Weekend 2013 at the Cove.

Well folks, here we are…one year later from our very first Cove Rattler blog post about Memorial Day weekend in 2012. Thanks to all who have followed and clicked on the Cove Rattler to check-in on the latest updates and interpretive posts. We couldn’t have made this blog a success without you, and we are proud to say that this site has over 4,215 hits! Wow!

This weekend kicked off with a hike to the top of the Tam-a-lau trail. Ranger Talia trained our hosts in hiking tour essentials, and we identified wildflowers and sagebrush types along the way. At the top, we spotted some Turkey Vultures and a few Western Fence Lizards. Meet our newest members to the interpretive team: John and Violet!

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John and Violet: Traveling Sweethearts

Later that night, we geared up to debut our very first program at the new Crooked River Amphitheatre, Star Spangled S’mores and Cove Trivia. The kids had a blast dying their mallows psychedelic red, white, and blue magic, some so colorful it was hard to roast ‘em!

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A groovy Star-Spangled S’more

 

The next day, campers from all over the park joined together at the Deschutes Amphitheatre for the launching of our 2nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Parade! This parade was bigger than ever, with over 200 participants. Cove Staff had a blast decking out their Gators, honking horns, and recruiting parade goers to join in the American pride!

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Cove Palisades campground Hosts and Staff prepare for the parade hours before, decorating the gators with streamers, flags, and eye-catching red, white, and blue!

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A host volunteer and the Cove’s infamous “Stella” the sturgeon. (She may look like a shark folks, but trust me, she’s a sturgeon).

JR Beaver thinks, "I feel like I'm missing something..."

JR Beaver thinks, “I feel like I’m missing something…”

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Oh there we go…my vest! (Reminiscent of last year’s “How many people does it take to put on a JR Beaver costume?”

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And…we’re off!

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Parade chaos!

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Kids and parents begin to decorate their bikes!

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The parade begins! A-Marching we go!!!

With JR Beaver and Jefferson County in the lead, parade goers "marched" by bike, by scooter, by foot, by skateboard, you name it!

With JR Beaver and Jefferson County in the lead, parade goers “marched” by bike, by scooter, by foot, by skateboard, you name it!

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Great job team! Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who helped make the parade a fun experience for all.

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Two young artists paint symbols are meaningful to them on stones, for take home pictographs.

The Crooked River Petroglyph hike was a great success the next morning, and we celebrated our hearty trek by painting stones with symbols. Every participant painted a simple symbol on a rock that represented or “symbolized” a significant memory or experience they had while camping at the Cove. Symbols included: ships for “Ship Rock”, bunny ears for “Mountain Cottontails” that you see in the park, and a ladybug that caught a ride on a little gals backpack during our hike.

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Posted on June 10, 2013, in Events. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Awesome parade upgrade with the Jefferson Co. lead!! Why didn’t we think of that last year? Glad to see a tradition started 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on DaveHeatherDizzy and commented:
    A new tradition at the Cove Palisades! We helped put together the very 1st Memorial Day Parade last year and it was so much fun!!!! Star Spangled Smore’s was a ton of messy fun, too! Keep up the awesome programs Ranger Talia!

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