• bible sitting next to a teapot

    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Is Two Too Many?

Blog entry: January 25, 2012
By Renee Rusler

Visitors spotted these two otters cavorting in the park's pond. Otters are occasionally seen at the park and are always fun to watch. These two alternated between swimming and getting onto one of the park's floating boards. But the board would start to sink when they both got on.

 
otter climbing onto floating board
One otter climbs on board.
NPS - Renee Rusler
 
two otters on the board
Joined by a friend.
NPS - Renee Rusler
 
board sinks below the water due to the weight of the two otters now on the floating board
Is two too many? One can barely see the board these two otters are sitting on.
NPS - Renee Rusler

Did You Know?

Brass compass which belonged to Dr. Whitman

In the fall of 1842 Dr. Whitman decided to travel from Waiilatpu to Boston. He wanted to convince the board members to keep his mission station open. Dr. Whitman was in such a hurry when he left that he forgot his compass.