Our drive from Ashland to Portland featured great views of both Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood. We encountered several potential driving problems, however, with oncoming drivers attempting to pass vehicles. Fortunately, we weren’t confronted with head-on collision. We discovered slow traffic on I-5, but made it successfully to our Jantzen Beach RV Campground.

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

It has been almost 20 years since I last visited the Oregon Zoo. I didn’t remember the interesting exhibits, especially the massive areas for the Asian elephants who have earned prominence by their propagation in this zoo. We started our tour in the Great Northwest area where we enjoyed watching three Rocky mountain goats and two black bears. A cougar paced in a circular route that occasionally veered directly in front of a window. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get an in-focus photograph. I always like seeing turtles. Three condors, theoretically social, were widely separated after their feeding. I liked Rex and Ray Losey’s “Survival” totem pole featuring animals with problems such as a blind eye. A polar bear enjoyed playing with a ball in the water. A Visagan warty pig was munching his lunch. One of the two hippopotamuses decided to take a drink while his partner considered exiting the water. A reticulated giraffe munched from a tall feeder. A resting bonebok and an artificial light loving Mali spiny-tailed lizard were two new creatures to me. Given the extreme, record setting temperatures in Portland, we were surprised at how many animals were active.