December in Oregon with cats and chickens!
We are retired a wildlife biologist and park ranger, with a new and first grandchild, 4 cats and 5 chickens. We are not perfectionists; we are easy going and hope you are too. Our scene is low maintenance, our animals are healthy and strong, and our neighbors are delightful and helpful always.
Our Home & Location
Our house is 2 plus bedrooms and loft, with a heat pump, on 1.6 acres in a little suburban neighborhood just east of the University of Oregon. The house is bright and airy, with big windows and skylights - lots of natural light. We are a few minutes from the UO, downtown Eugene, and about 1.5 hours from the coast and the Cascade mountains. Numerous vineyards and breweries dot the area. Or, drive (or take the train) to Portland (1.5 hours), Ashland (3 hours), Bend (2.5 hours), or Crater Lake (3 hours). There is a bus line at the street, and excellent bike paths throughout the city and along the river, but we recommend a car to fully explore your surroundings. If you like the snow, the Cascades are a little over an hour and a half away. You can take the ski bus from Eugene to Hoodoo Resort, or drive to Bachelor south of Bend for really good cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. We are close to the UO - there are many talks and interesting things going on during the school year, and the men's basketball team plays 3 times during this sit, right down the street. If you love rivers and lakes, Eugene is near the confluence of the Willamette River, Coast Fork Willamette, and the exquisite McKenzie River, and no fewer than 6 lakes are within 30 minutes drive, including one of the finest sailing lakes in western Oregon (Fern Ridge), and Waldo Lake, a wonder of the world. There are good birding spots close in, and mountain biking is popular, with many trails within an hour's drive, and of course there are miles of running trails along the river. Wilderness areas abound in Oregon, and you are welcome to use our stash of hiking maps and books.
Responsibilities & Pets
1. Feed and water 4 cats morning and night. They can sleep indoors or out, in is better if it's really cold.
2. Insure that chickens have food and water daily, and that the coop auto door is working (has opened), and collect eggs (and eat them if you like). Coop will not need to be cleaned for this sit....
3. Water a couple of house plants.
All day and occasional overnight absence is perfectly fine. + More info