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lofter1
August 14th, 2007, 09:19 AM
My recent travels around the great state of OREGON

(a continuation of some posts from the thread "Where's Lofter1? (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=181762&postcount=107)") ...

lofter1
August 14th, 2007, 09:21 AM
Shortly after I arrived out wesst we hit the road for North East Oregon, namely Wallowa County and the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (http://www.chiefjosephdays.com/).

The trip was a long one and stops were not encouraged. So at 70 miles an hour I decided to stick my camera out the window, click away and take my chances ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/IMG_0333.jpg

Our drive took us along the Columbia River and past a seemingly endless grove of Poplar trees -- 17,000 acres to be exact, and so dense and protected that the trees are now reportedly home to bears and wild boars. The trees are trimmed and harvested, so while driving by the effect is quite surreal (http://www.drfphoto.com/search/?query=cottonwood+trees) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0327.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0326.jpg

Turning south east we started our journey into the foothills of the Blue Mountains ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/IMG_0335.jpg

We stopped for gas in Le Grande, once a grand old logging town ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0347.jpg

It was here that I took my first shot of an old Oregon-style house, probably built in the 1920s but now a bit worse for wear ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0348.jpg

We continued on towards the Wallowa Mountains ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0359.jpg

Until we arrived in the town of Joseph ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0367.jpg

... where we unloaded the horses and staked camp ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0470.jpg

The town is named for Chief Joseph (http://goodies.freeservers.com/joseph.html) of the Nez Perce Indians who is buried nearby near the shore of Wallowa Lake (http://www.josephoregon.com/wallowa_lake.htm) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%202%20Wallowa/IMG_0368.jpg

To be Continued ...

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NYatKNIGHT
August 14th, 2007, 11:36 AM
Beautiful country. Please tell me you got to ride those horses in it.

Ninjahedge
August 14th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Nah, they just built pens for them.


;)

lofter1
August 14th, 2007, 09:48 PM
The horse riding pics are still to come ...

BrooklynRider
August 14th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Very nice. Did you go to Devil's Canyon?

Meerkat
August 15th, 2007, 09:25 PM
I would love to drive across america - Oregon looks beautiful. Me and a friend are planning to do it in a few years. A bit worried about driving on the wrong side of the road of course, but i'm sure we'll be ok ;)

lofter1
August 15th, 2007, 09:33 PM
Hmmm ... Devil's Canyon is in Southern California, no?

And Hells Canyon is where the Snake River runs along the border of Oregon / Idaho, yes?

Either way, the answer is NOPE. This was as far from home base as I got.

However ...

Once we drove up to the far end of Wallowa Lake I found a place that suited me far better than a cramped bed in stuffy trailer ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0400.jpg

The price at the Wallowa Lake Lodge (http://www.wallowalakelodge.com/) fit my budget (much cheaper than you might imagine) -- and a great room was available.

The place was built in the '20s and was making a stab at an ambience ala "The Shining (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG5X8xvL2_k&mode=related&search=)" ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0416.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0380.jpg

The Lodge is situated on a broad expanse of lawn which in most years leads right down to the shore of Wallowa Lake ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0393.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0414.jpg

However lately things have been drier than usual in these parts of the West and exposed rocks line the shore ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0409.jpg

But the little Wallowa River was still running strong with melting snow ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0412.jpg

And flowers were abundant in a little lakeside meadow ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%203%20Wallowa%20lake/IMG_0403.jpg

Unfortunately I had to get up early the next morning and hit the road-eo so I wasn't able to enjoy the trip up the mountain (http://www.wallowalaketramway.com/) ...

http://www.wallowalaketramway.com/mainheader.gif

http://www.wallowalaketramway.com/frontpg1.jpg

lofter1
August 15th, 2007, 10:09 PM
The next morning it was up bright and early and back to the fair grounds for the early rounds of roping at the
62nd Annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (http://www.chiefjosephdays.com/), where the smoke from the nearby Hells Canyon fires lingered in the morning air ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0428.jpg

Being early there weren't too many folks in the stands ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0454.jpg

But there were plenty of cowboys on hand, some watchin' ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0455.jpg

Some ropin' ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0436.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0442.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0443.jpg

Plus some cowgirls racin' barrels (this one I caught just as she took a nasty spill) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0467.jpg

Nearby descendents of Chief Joseph had their own campground nearby ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0451.jpg

By this time I knew I'd be taking lots of pictures of local homesteads during my trip,
as well as shots of other buildings and sites typical of that part of the country ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0471.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%204%20Wallowa%20Rodeo/IMG_0469.jpg


... to be continued ...

Schadenfrau
August 15th, 2007, 10:43 PM
Please continue. I cringe as you post these, because you're getting closer and closer into my home territory.

lofter1
August 15th, 2007, 11:06 PM
Continue I will ( I've barely even begun :o )...

If and when I do happen upon your neck of the woods just slap down a big red bulls-eye in reply ;)

krulltime
August 16th, 2007, 02:24 PM
Oh man I love Oregon. To me is the most beautiful state out there. About five years ago I took a trip for 9 days in Oregon and I saw almost everything in nature you can think of. The ocean, huge rocks out on the ocean, plenty of mountains, desert, volcanos, beautiful lakes, plenty of rivers, big waterfalls, canyons, vistas, wild animals, I can go on. Thanks for the reminder Lofter1.

lofter1
August 16th, 2007, 03:18 PM
Yep, I love it out that ay ...

That morning after the roping, our business done, we headed out of northeastern Oregon
and back towards the Columbia River on our way home ...

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/LivingWith/Historical/LewisClark/Historical/Maps/wsu-archives_map_washington_oregon_1853.jpg

We made a short stop for eats in the little town of Elgin (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Elgin,+OR,+USA&ie=UTF8&ll=45.73686,-117.91626&spn=1.640946,3.543091&z=8&om=1) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0476.jpg

... where I took some pics along First Street ...

of an old church ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0477.jpg

an old bank (where "BANK" is inscribed in the center stone above and between the window and the door) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0474.jpg

and another building whose original business is self-evident ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0473.jpg

And then we hit the road again, west to Hiway 84 along the southern bank of the Columbia River ...


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lofter1
August 16th, 2007, 03:37 PM
US Route 84 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_84_(west)) west out of Elgin and Le Grande goes through wheat-growing country ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0483.jpg

As we zoomed along the countryside zipped by -- and my camera was working overtime ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0496.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0508.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0491.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0489.jpg

And before we knew it we were speeding alongside the deep and powerful Columbia River ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0538.jpg

Where volcanic basalt (http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/ColumbiaPlateau/summary_columbia_plateau.html) (millions of years old and thousands of feet thick) rises sharply above ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0530.jpg

And the setting sun pulled us west towards home ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%205%20Back%20Home%201/IMG_0528.jpg


... to be continued ...

Fabrizio
August 16th, 2007, 04:14 PM
OMG, if I lived out there Id become a meth addict in no time.

lofter1
August 16th, 2007, 06:34 PM
OMG, if I lived out there Id become a meth addict in no time.


Funny you should say that ^^^

Oregon has one of the higher meth-user levels of any of our United States (as a google search (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=meth+oregon) of "meth" / "Oregon" shows).

This SITE (http://www.oregonmethwatch.org/) might be of particular interest ;) ...

http://www.oregonmethwatch.org/header.gif (http://www.oregonmethwatch.org/index.html)

Fabrizio
August 16th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Look, the photos are beautiful, keep them coming, it's just that I'm not a Wallowa County kinda guy.

I have a hard enough time in the wilds of South Jersey.

(But I do see that Walmart is selling 300 thread-count sheets in mocha. I guess I could hang out there.)

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5692317

lofter1
August 16th, 2007, 11:11 PM
uh-oh ... watch out ...

300 Thread Count Jumbo Sheet Set, Mocha

60% Cotton 40% Polyester

Fabrizio
August 16th, 2007, 11:22 PM
Polyester! OMG. I’m glad you pointed that out and warned me beforehand.

It’s probably not a good idea to throw a hissy fit at a Wallowa County Walmart.




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Schadenfrau
August 16th, 2007, 11:25 PM
OMG, if I lived out there Id become a meth addict in no time.

You'd have to wait on line. Is the Pacific Northwest's romance with meth known even in Italy?

Fabrizio
August 16th, 2007, 11:46 PM
I’ve seen the travel brochures and the "Thumbs Up" campaign:

http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/OHPPR/OPDP/index.shtml

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lofter1
August 16th, 2007, 11:52 PM
Aloing with meth, these are the latest rage (http://oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/rustic.shtml#RUSTIC_YURTS) out west :confused: (and available at Wallowa Lake (http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_27.php) ;) )

BrooklynRider
August 17th, 2007, 01:47 PM
LMFAO!! That is too funny.

Schadenfrau
August 17th, 2007, 02:02 PM
I know someone who lives in a yurt- I'm not even kidding.

lofter1
August 17th, 2007, 05:11 PM
A New York YURT (http://www.cabins.com/usa/ny/ny_northcreek_003/ny_northcreek_fallsbrk_003.html) ?

Or a Pacific YURT (http://www.yurts.com/) ???

Or perhaps a Colorado YURT (http://www.coloradoyurt.com/yurtsphotocontest.html) ????????

lofter1
August 19th, 2007, 12:25 AM
We barely had time for a night's sleep before we had to jump back in the truck,
headiing off across the Cascades to a friend's wedding over in Molalla (http://www.molalla.net/~city/page77.html) ...

We headed northwest following the Deschutes River (where some scenes for the film "Rooster Cogburn" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooster_Cogburn) --
with two of the world's greatest movie stars (http://western.oeiizk.waw.pl/Plakaty/plakaty_duze/rooster_cogburn.jpg) -- were shot back in 1975) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0588a.jpg

We passed through the Reservation of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (http://www.warmsprings.com/) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0592.jpg

My camera was clicking away out the window as the high desert gave way to green forests ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0597.jpg

Suddenly the summit of Mt. Hood (http://www.mthoodmagazine.com/) (elevation 11,239 ft.) popped into view ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0603.jpg

... and just as quickly the glaciated (http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Imgs/Gif/Hood/Maps/map_hood_glaciers.gif) slopes disappeared behind us ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0604.jpg

Soon we were over the mountains and found ourselves in quaint little Molalla (http://www.molalla.net/~city/page3.html), where
the setting for the wedding was beautiful -- and the "I do"s were said with barely a hitch ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0614.jpg

The next morning we hit the road again, this time heading back home by way of the route of the old Santiam Wagon Road (http://www.oregonhistorictrailsfund.org/trails/showtrail.php?id=16) ...

http://www.oregonhistorictrailsfund.org/trails/gfx/trail16.gif

... which took us along the rushing waters of the Santiam River as we climbed up the west slope of the Cascades ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0640.jpg

... and right past the bare summit of craggy old Three Fingered Jack ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/IMG_0661.jpg

After the long drive home we popped some beers and plopped down on the deck just in time to watch
the sun drop down behind the Cascades -- and disappear behind the same mountains we had just driven across ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%206%20Molalla/STF_1279.jpg


... to be continued ...

NYatKNIGHT
August 19th, 2007, 03:22 PM
Oooh, I know where you're heading. Still have never been over Santiam Pass, it looks so cool. Love that Mt. Hood shot. You really got around and saw a lot of backcountry Oregon.

btw, I think I saw Bigfoot in photo 3.

Schadenfrau
August 19th, 2007, 06:56 PM
No, that was just DB Cooper in his winter coat.

lofter1
August 19th, 2007, 09:17 PM
And that ^^^ was only the first few days :D

I still didn't have much of a clue about the intricacies of my new camera ...

So I decided it was time to do some trial & error self-teaching ...

The next day I hiked around -- and tried to pay some attention to what I was doing ...

The land in those parts is coverd in a layer of basalt thousands of feet thick (remnants of volcanic activity from millions of years ago); the basalt is now eroding into chucks of rock, large and small ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0812.jpg

Some of the basalt layer has been worn down by rivers long disappeared, leaving dry rim areas overlooking vast expanses stretching west to the Cascades ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0687.jpg

More recently this area was grassland, but it is now covered by Juniper trees, the older of which are gnarly and twisted and suck up way too much water ... and the bigger of which often get struck by lightening -- and die ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0673.jpg

This time of year the branches of some of the older ones are covered in brilliant green lichen ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0694.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0726.jpg

Irrigation canals dug in the 1920s criss-cross the high desert here, allowing for a quilt work of lush and productive pastures ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0775.jpg

On hot summer days these canals are the perfect playground for the local inhabitants, in this case the usually very attractive Lily ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0791.jpg

... and her brother, Buck ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0815.jpg

... they usually get along -- but sometimes get really serious with each other ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%207%20Ranch%20Land%201/IMG_0769.jpg


... to be continued ...

GVNY
August 20th, 2007, 05:24 AM
All those places are beautiful and you have photographed well.

I'm all too sure they will soon be replaced with tract houses and strip zones a la Southern California, though.

lofter1
August 20th, 2007, 09:15 AM
Oregonians are very aware of the problems that exist just to the south in California and (particularly in the far less populated areas east of the Cascades) are making attempts to deal with sprawl and increased population.

Much of the area I'm covering is governed by local / state laws regarding Urban Growth Boundaries and required open green space.

A few somewhat up-to-date facts:

Oregon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon) has ~ 3,400,000 inhabitants in an area covering ~ 98,500 sq mi (Density = 35.6 / sq mi)

California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California) has nearly TEN Times the population: ~ 33,900,000 inhabitants over ~ 1.5 x the area at ~ 158,302 sq mi (Density = 217.2 / sq mi)

Oregon property owners are currently in the midst of a legal battle (Measure 37) that has been on-going legal battle for a number of years ...

The back-story ...

Anti-Sprawl Laws, Property Rights Collide in Oregon

Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A58185-2005Feb27?language=printer)
February 28, 2005

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- The nation's strongest laws against sprawl are beginning to buckle here in Oregon under pressure from an even stronger, voter-approved law that trumps growth restrictions with property rights.

In a collision between two radically different visions of how cities should grow, claims under Oregon's new law are pitting neighbor against neighbor, rattling real estate values, unnerving bankers and spooking politicians.

The property-rights law, which was approved overwhelmingly by voters last fall and is known as Measure 37, is on the brink of wrecking Oregon's best-in-the-nation record of reining in sprawl, according to state officials and national planning experts. They say the new law illustrates a nationwide paradox in public opinion: Although voters tend to favor protection of farmland and open space, they vote down these protections if they perceive them as restrictions on personal rights.

"Measure 37 blew up our land-use system," state Sen. Charlie Ringo, a Democrat from suburban Portland, declared while presiding over a tense, standing-room-only hearing on the law that was held recently here in Hood River, a resort town in the Columbia River Gorge.

The law compels the government to pay cash to longtime property owners when land-use restrictions reduce the value of their property -- or, if the government can't pay, to allow owners to develop their land as they see fit. Because there is virtually no local or state money to pay landowners, Measure 37 is starting to unravel smart-growth laws that have defined living patterns, set land prices and protected open space in this state for more than three decades ...

2005 The Washington Post Company

And more recent developments ...

For those in favor of Measure 37: 100 Friends of Oregon (http://www.friends.org/)

For those opposed to Measure 37: Oregonians in Action (http://www.oia.org/)

IMPACT of Measure 37 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Ballot_Measure_37_(2004)) (and lots of extensive info from Wikipedia):


As of March 12, 2007, 7,562 Measure 37 claims for compliance payments or land use waivers had been filed spanning 750,898 acres statewide in Oregon ...

GVNY
August 20th, 2007, 10:01 AM
Of course I was being silly and only joking when commenting that these beautiful areas would all be turned into sprawl. But it remains a serious problem here.

Being a new Washingtonian, I have already witnessed thousands of acres of pristine forest knocked down for thousands of these (http://images.homebuilder.com/imssoly/quadho/786071.jpg). And these homes are served only by the automobile and widened farm roads, such as Meridian St. in formerly nice Puyallup, WA. There was a newspaper article here recently, and referring to the state's nickname the 'Evergreen State', wisecracked that with all the disastrous new construction, we will have to find a new nickname.

Sorry to be a bother, but sprawl, especially(!) in beautiful areas like the Pacific Northwest, bothers more intensely! And there seems to be no resolution.

lofter1
August 20th, 2007, 10:18 AM
I'm not saying sprawl isn't a problem in Central Oregon -- there are some very nasty commercial stretches that rival those we find in New Jersey.

The newer houses in subdivisions down that way tend to have the flavor of "faux bungalow" ...

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 12:03 PM
After almost a week in Oregon I decided to rent a car so I could explore the nearby territory on my own ...

I set out for the town of MADRAS ...

On the way I stopped along Hiway 97 to check out some great bridges over the deep canyon of the Crooked River ...

On one side of the turn off (http://www.stateparks.com/peter_skene_ogden.html) is the old Oregon Trunk Railway Bridge (http://home.att.net/~spsrailway/otpostcardscrooked.html) which was completed in 1911 ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1035.jpg

Its span is 460 feet long and sits 320 feet above the narrow Crooked River Gorge ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1054.jpg

Usually it's quiet stretch of bridge but every once in a while a train crosses over ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1068.jpg

Just up river is the old Crooked River High Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crooked_River_High_Bridge) which opened to auto traffic in 1926 (http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOENVIRONMENTAL/crooked_river_bridge_old.shtml) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1062.jpg

But is now open only to pedestrians / cyclists and was replaced by a new bridge (http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOENVIRONMENTAL/crooked_river_bridge_new.shtml) that was constructed (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/eihd/2002/cat3apic4.htm) right next door in 1996 ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1078.jpg

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lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 12:16 PM
It just so happened that I was here the day after the steel bridge in Minneapolis tragically collapsed ...

So I spent more time checking out the bridges than I normally might have ...

The Trunk Bridge (1911) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1040.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1045.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1058.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1069.jpg

The High Bridge (1926) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1065.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1090.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1084.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%208%20Madras%201%20Crossings%201/IMG_1086.jpg

***

Fabrizio
August 21st, 2007, 12:31 PM
After almost a week in Oregon I decided to rent a car so I could explore the nearby territory on my own ...

(Code for: "we had a H U G E fight" )

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 12:47 PM
As you enter Madras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madras,_Oregon) from the south you see the old Jefferson County Fair Grounds, long abandoned ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0886.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0887.jpg

What is it about a "No Trespassing" sign that is so intriguing?

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0890.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0892.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0898.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0915.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0896.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0912.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0910.jpg

Through that old doorway you could almost hear the ghosts of cowboys long gone ...

***

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 12:48 PM
(Code for: "we had a H U G E fight" )

Ha ha ...

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 12:55 PM
It was hot as hell out in the mid-day sun, but I was hooked on this old place ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0901.jpg

... and the little barn next door ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0905.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0907.jpg

... and the grounds nearby ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0909.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%209%20Madras%202/IMG_0916.jpg


***

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 01:25 PM
I drove through Madras to see what was up ...

And almost immediately I was clear of town ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2010%20Madras%203/IMG_0917.jpg

... so before I got too far out into the boonies of the high desert I turned around ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2010%20Madras%203/IMG_0921.jpg

... and headed back towards civilization ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2010%20Madras%203/IMG_0925.jpg

But I got caught up with this little old beauty ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2010%20Madras%203/IMG_0926.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2010%20Madras%203/IMG_0930.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2010%20Madras%203/IMG_0932.jpg

Finally I found my way back into Madras ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2010%20Madras%203/IMG_0935.jpg


***

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 01:36 PM
Downtown Madras is pretty insignificant, but dead center you'll find the old Madras Hotel ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2011%20Madras%204%20Downtown/IMG_0942.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2011%20Madras%204%20Downtown/IMG_0944.jpg

A more recent additon would make Gene Kaufman proud ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2011%20Madras%204%20Downtown/IMG_0946.jpg

There appears to be one semi-wild spot along the main drag ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2011%20Madras%204%20Downtown/IMG_0940.jpg

If you're looking for food there is "La Cabanita" ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2011%20Madras%204%20Downtown/IMG_0937.jpg

But I opted for a Marionberry Shake :D at the "The Original Burger Works" drive-in ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2011%20Madras%204%20Downtown/IMG_0941.jpg


***

Fabrizio
August 21st, 2007, 01:47 PM
I opted for a Marionberry Shake :D at the "The Original Burger Works" drive-in ...

You are weird.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Marion_Berry%2C_official_photo_portrait%2C_c olor.jpg

must get really lonely out there.

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 01:50 PM
My exploration of Madras complete I decided to head back towards home down Hiway 97 ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2012%20Madras%205%20Leaving/IMG_0948.jpg

On the way I passed Peggy Sue's Second Hand shop ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2012%20Madras%205%20Leaving/IMG_0951.jpg

And a house with just about the reddest roof I'd ever seen ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2012%20Madras%205%20Leaving/IMG_0960.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2012%20Madras%205%20Leaving/IMG_0956.jpg

The smell of freshly-cut alfalfa this time of year is really intoxicating ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2012%20Madras%205%20Leaving/IMG_0961.jpg

I arrived at home just in time to enjoy another fantastic sunset ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2012%20Madras%205%20Leaving/IMG_0990.jpg


... to be continued ...

lofter1
August 21st, 2007, 01:59 PM
RE: marionberry shake ...




You are weird.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Marion_Berry%2C_official_photo_portrait%2C_c olor.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Marion_Berry%2C_official_photo_portrait%2C_c olor.jpg)


LMFAO ^^^

Not that one.

Or this one (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Barry), either ;)

But THIS ONE (http://www.walkaboutmag.com/4berriedtreasure.html) :D ...

http://www.unclepaulsproduce.com/articles/walkabout/berries/marionberries.jpg

BrooklynRider
August 23rd, 2007, 01:53 PM
I think I've been on that bridge. Almost 100% sure.

The Madras pictures are great. Love the shots you took while TRESPASSING. Very moody.

lofter1
August 26th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Thanks, BR.

The moody Madras shots are at the old abandoned Jefferson County Fair Grounds. Next door in Deschutes County they recently built a brand new fair grounds to replace the old one which had been situated in the middle of downtown Redmond for years. I was lucky enough to be around for this year's Deschutes County Fair ...

We always like to start out by taking in the Rodeo ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1868.jpg

Behind the grandstand ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1589.jpg

the drill team gathers ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1521.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1862.jpg

and then takes to the arena ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1529.jpg

Behind the stalls the cowboys get ready ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1496.jpg

And the crowd gears up ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_2224.jpg

for the thrills & spills of some old time bronc riding ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1563.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2013%20Fair%201%20Rodeo/IMG_1885.jpg


... to be continued ...

lofter1
August 26th, 2007, 11:37 PM
Of course no County Fair would be worth anything without a midway of rides and games ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1844.jpg

And the possibility of all those prizes ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1972.jpg

Little kids dream of winning a big one ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1837.jpg

And the older kids are just looking for some fun ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1854.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1845.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1847.jpg

There's something about those shooting games ...

Whether it's guns ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1860.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1642.jpg

or hoops ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2014%20Fair%202%20Midway%20Games/IMG_1849.jpg


... to be continued ...

lofter1
August 26th, 2007, 11:44 PM
Another highlight of any County Fair are the barns where the local livestock takes the stage ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%203%20Barns/Fair_Barns_01c.jpg

And where the local kids hope to win a ribbon or two ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%203%20Barns/Fair_Barns_01a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%203%20Barns/Fair_Barns_01b.jpg

The animals don't know their fate ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%203%20Barns/Fair_Barns_01d.jpg

But before long it's time to head out of the barns and back to the fun of the midway ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%203%20Barns/Fair_Barns_01e2.jpg


... to be continued ...

NYatKNIGHT
August 26th, 2007, 11:44 PM
Wow!

Or should I say, yee-ha!

That there's the real deal. And not to bash your cell phone, but I'm loving these photos.

lofter1
August 26th, 2007, 11:52 PM
You see all sorts of folks at the Fair. This family seemed to be having a good time ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1608.jpg

While this guy didn't have the best job around ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1809.jpg

This band had to play to an empty tent ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1911.jpg

Food is a big attraction at the Fair ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1858.jpg

And ice cream tops the list of stuff to eat ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1647.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1827.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1909.jpg

Some folks don't seem to like to have their picture taken ... especially by some stranger ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2015%20Fair%204%20People%201/IMG_1910.jpg


... more to come ...

lofter1
August 27th, 2007, 12:04 AM
But it's the rides that really get folks going ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1632.jpg

Although a woman in a big red skirt does draw some attention ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1601.jpg

She can't hold a candle to the fun at hand ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1610.jpg

Everywhere you look there are groups of girls ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1614.jpg

And groups of guys ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1630.jpg

At this early hour they maintain some distance ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1631.jpg

Little kids could care less, they're just looking for fun ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1851.jpg

Where else can you fly through the air for a couple of bucks ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1620.jpg

... with the whole of the fair gliding by below ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2017%20Fair%205%20Rides/IMG_1635.jpg


... it's not over yet ...

lofter1
August 27th, 2007, 12:19 AM
Back over at the grandstand the Rodeo continues. It tends to draw a pretty mixed crowd ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_2232.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_2225.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_2226.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_2228.jpg

One young attendee was far more interested in my camera than anything that was going on in the arena ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_1579.jpg

And wanted to show me his monkey leash ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_1581.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_1580.jpg

Older guys were there to watch ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_1901.jpg

Particularly when the Rodeo Queen went riding by ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2019%20Fair%207%20People%202/IMG_2243.jpg


... still more ...

lofter1
August 27th, 2007, 12:44 AM
The grandstands are packed for the Rodeo Finals ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1586.jpg

Behind the scenes the cowboys await their runs ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1692.jpg

Some practice their moves ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1897.jpg

Others take time to calm their horses ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1898.jpg

... while others just shoot the breeze ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1715c_900.jpg


...

lofter1
August 27th, 2007, 01:09 AM
As cowboys wait to take their runs the shoots are bustling with energy ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1692.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1691.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1690.jpg

Inside the arena the rodeo clown keeps his eye on everything ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1663b_600.jpg

It's time for some Team Roping, where cowboys try to lasso a calf, one aiming for the head and the other for a rear leg -- all under the pressure ot a stopwatch ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1677.jpg

The cowboys who roped this one had a good run ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1687.jpg

While these two just kicked back and watched ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1900.jpg

As the Rodeo drew to a close folks started to head home ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1730.jpg

... or out to the midway ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1592.jpg

for some fun and games ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2018%20Fair%206%20Rodeo%202/IMG_1964.jpg


***

BrooklynRider
August 27th, 2007, 02:19 PM
This is a fun narrative. Like a children's book!

lofter1
August 28th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Any County Fair takes me back to the days of late summer harvest festivals where I grew up ... where us kids would spend big chunks of the little amount ot $$ we'd earned that summer on rides / games / food.

Since NYC has FIVE counties (one for each borough) you'd think there would be a County Fair or two in NYC.

BrooklynRider
August 28th, 2007, 01:35 PM
Where did you grow up?

lofter1
August 28th, 2007, 09:25 PM
Northern California (back when it still had wide open spaces) ...

The local harvest in our neck of the woods was mainly for walnuts ...

Here's a great old label for some other produce from that area, way back before my time ...

(but I do remember when the valley really did look like this) ...

***

Bob
August 29th, 2007, 06:33 PM
No trip to Oregon would be complete without a stop at Newberry Volcanic monument. You have to see the massive obsidian flow there. It's a black glass wonderland.

lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 06:29 PM
You're right ^^^ Newberry (http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/newberrynvm/) is fantastic. Athough I didn't make it there on this trip ...

lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 07:31 PM
My next journey took me once again through MADRAS (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=183014&postcount=37) and on to SHANIKO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaniko,_Oregon) -- basically a ghost town (http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/or/shaniko.html) that sits alone and battered in the high desert country of Central Oregon along Hiway 97...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a3.jpg

It's bleak out this way ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a4.jpg

and then you come upon little old Shaniko ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a5.jpg

The old 18-room Shaniko Hotel (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g52065-d114289-Reviews-Shaniko_Hotel-Shaniko_Oregon.html) still sits in the center of town ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a6.jpg

***

lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 07:35 PM
A multi-millionaire from Portland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_B._Pamplin%2C_Jr.) has plans to "restore" the town (plus do a bit of redevelopment on the side) ...

What remains in town now could be called picturesque ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a7.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a8.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2020%20Shaniko%201/Shaniko1_a9.jpg

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lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Across from the General Store on Hiway 97 is suburban Shaniko ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2021%20Shaniko%202/Shaniko2_a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2021%20Shaniko%202/Shaniko2_a1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2021%20Shaniko%202/Shaniko2_a2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2021%20Shaniko%202/Shaniko2_a3.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2021%20Shaniko%202/Shaniko2_a4.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2021%20Shaniko%202/Shaniko2_a5.jpg

Before I wore out my welcome I decided to take a back road out of town ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2021%20Shaniko%202/Shaniko2_a6.jpg

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lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 07:54 PM
I was now on my way to ANTELOPE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antelope,_Oregon), population 59, and perhaps best known as the place nearly taken over by the disciples of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (http://www.dci.dk/?artikel=394) back in the 1980s. Most signs of that "occupation" are now gone and Antelope is about as quiet and far away as one could want (if that's what one wants) ...

I hardly saw any other vehicles on this entire stretch of road ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a2.jpg

This Church sits just off the main drag and offers a gathering place (http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/community/church/church.shtml) for the Antelope Community ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a3.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a4.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a5.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a6.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2022%20Antelope%201/Antelope1_a7.jpg

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lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 08:01 PM
Some of the buildings along the short stretch of road that constitutes the main street of Antelope ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2023%20Antelope%202/Antelope2_a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2023%20Antelope%202/Antelope2_a1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2023%20Antelope%202/Antelope2_a2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2023%20Antelope%202/Antelope2_a3.jpg

Before I knew it Antelope was just a spot in the rear view mirror ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2023%20Antelope%202/Antelope2_a5.jpg

And I was on my way to my next destination ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2023%20Antelope%202/Antelope2_a6.jpg

Wherever that might be in the vastness of Central Oregon ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2023%20Antelope%202/Antelope2_a7.jpg

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lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 08:22 PM
I decided to stick with the paved roads and head on to FOSSIL (http://www.oregoncities.us/fossil/), a relative boomtown with a population of 459 ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2024%20Fossil%201/Fossil1_a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2024%20Fossil%201/Fossil1_a1.jpg

Just off the main roads are all sorts of amazing geological sites (http://www.paleolands.org/find/time/here/C63) ... including fossils (hence the town's name) of the big critters (http://www.no-pest.com/Saber-toothedCat.htm) that used to run around these hills. But things are pretty quiet these days ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2024%20Fossil%201/Fossil1_a2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2024%20Fossil%201/Fossil1_a3.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2024%20Fossil%201/Fossil1_a4.jpg

Fossil is the county seat of Wheeler County; in the center of town is the grand old Wheeler County Court House ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2024%20Fossil%201/Fossil1_a5.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2024%20Fossil%201/Fossil1_a6.jpg

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lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 08:32 PM
Some of the houses I saw in Fossil ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a1.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a4.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a5.jpg

Lots of road lay before me so I continued on.

Despite the summer heat many of the valleys are fairly lush, and bees were everywhere here ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a6.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a7.jpg

And the countryside just gets more beautiful ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a8.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2025%20Fossil%202/Fossil2_a9.jpg

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lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 09:17 PM
This route also took me through the little settlement of Clarno ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2026%20Clarno%201/Clarno1_a.jpg

... nestled in some trees on the banks of the free flowing John Day River (http://www.oregonriver.com/lower_john_day.htm) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2026%20Clarno%201/Clarno1_a1.jpg

The views from the Clarno Bridge (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1093973925043444909SBCXOR) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2026%20Clarno%201/Clarno1_a2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2026%20Clarno%201/Clarno1_a3.jpg

I continued on towards John Day National Monument / Clarno Unit, snapping pictures out the window as I sped along ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2026%20Clarno%201/Clarno1_a4.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2026%20Clarno%201/Clarno1_a5.jpg

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lofter1
August 30th, 2007, 09:39 PM
Between Clarno & Fossil (http://www.nps.gov/archive/joda/cuvisit.htm) the road passes through (http://gorp.away.com/gorp/activity/byway/or_johnd.htm) the JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT - CLARNO UNIT (http://www.nps.gov/joda/clarno_unit.htm) ...

and just below the JOHN DAY PALISADES (http://www2.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/joda/#geology) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a3.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a4.jpg

Being a NYC dweller I find it a great change of pace to jump in a car and just drive (I haven't owned a car in over 25 years). The two-lane roads of Central Oregon's back country are the perfect place for a long fast drive with the windows rolled down and the country zipping by ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a8.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a5.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a7.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2027%20Clarno%202/Clarno2_a6.jpg

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NYatKNIGHT
September 4th, 2007, 06:27 PM
Don't mind me while I ride along on this incredibly enjoyable road trip. From an easterners perspective, it's always captivating when you can see so far away yet it's all empty and open.

lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 10:35 PM
Glad you're enjoying it. There's still more to come ...

East of the Clarno Unit there is another area of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: The Sheep Rock Unit (http://www.nps.gov/joda/sheep-rock.htm) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2028%20Sheep%20Rock%201/SheepRock1a.jpg

Surprisingly I didn't see too many other cars on the road out this way ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2028%20Sheep%20Rock%201/SheepRock1b.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2028%20Sheep%20Rock%201/SheepRock1c.jpg

The landscape way out here gets even more beautrful -- and seems oddly pre-historic ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2028%20Sheep%20Rock%201/SheepRock1d.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2028%20Sheep%20Rock%201/SheepRock1e.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2028%20Sheep%20Rock%201/SheepRock1g.jpg

And soon the ridges of the Sheep Rock Unit rise above the roadway ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2028%20Sheep%20Rock%201/SheepRock1h.jpg

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lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 10:41 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2029%20Sheep%20Rock%202/SheepRock2a.jpg

One canyon is called "Blue Basin" due to the aqua hue of the surrounding rocks ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2029%20Sheep%20Rock%202/SheepRock2b.jpg

The hike up the canyon offers a psychedelic journey (no hallucinogens necessary) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2029%20Sheep%20Rock%202/SheepRock2c.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2029%20Sheep%20Rock%202/SheepRock2d.jpg

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lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 10:52 PM
As I neared the end of the canyon I took a look back down the trail ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3a.jpg

The Basin completely surrounds you ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3b.jpg

The rocks are many colors -- not only blue ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3f.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3e.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3c.jpg

The mid-day heat was intense and the clouds started to look ominous, so I headed back down the trail ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3g.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3h.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3i.jpg

By the time I was back in the car the sky had cleared ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2030%20Sheep%20Rock%203/SheepRock3j.jpg

lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 10:57 PM
Some composite panorama shots of Blue Basin / Sheep Rock ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2031%20Sheep%20Rock%204%20Panos/SheepRockPan3a.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2031%20Sheep%20Rock%204%20Panos/SheepRockPan2a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2031%20Sheep%20Rock%204%20Panos/SheepRockPan2b.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2031%20Sheep%20Rock%204%20Panos/SheepRockPan1a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2031%20Sheep%20Rock%204%20Panos/SheepRockPan1b.jpg

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lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 11:07 PM
I had yet another destination at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2032%20Mitchell%201/Mitchell1a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2032%20Mitchell%201/Mitchell1b.jpg

On my way I passed through the town of Mitchell (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tips/getAttraction.php?tip_AttractionNo==7001), population (more or less) 170 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell,_Oregon) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2032%20Mitchell%201/Mitchell1c.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2032%20Mitchell%201/Mitchell1d.jpg

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lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 11:13 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2033%20Mitchell%202/Mitchell2a.jpg

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lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 11:24 PM
I left Mitchell behind and steered towards my final destination at John Day Fossil Beds ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2034%20Painted%20Hills%201/PaintedHills1a.jpg

Leaving civilization behind I turned off the main road ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2034%20Painted%20Hills%201/PaintedHills1b.jpg

... and headed for The Painted Hills (http://www.nps.gov/joda/planyourvisit/painted_hills_unit.htm) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2034%20Painted%20Hills%201/PaintedHills1c.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2034%20Painted%20Hills%201/PaintedHills1d.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2034%20Painted%20Hills%201/PaintedHills1i.jpg

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lofter1
September 5th, 2007, 11:52 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2035%20Painted%20Hills%202/PaintedHills2a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2035%20Painted%20Hills%202/PaintedHills2b.jpg

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Schadenfrau
September 6th, 2007, 01:41 AM
You just really love those beautiful places, don't you, Lofter? I don't think you're ever going to make it to my old stomping grounds.

lofter1
September 8th, 2007, 10:06 AM
Yep ^^^ I really get rejuvenated after spending some time out that way ...

On my way back from John Day I passed through Prineville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prineville,_Oregon), population just under 10,000.

It's an old ranching town and the home to Les Schwab (http://www.lesschwab.com/about_us.asp) (tires and things).

Prineville is about as classic as they come (if you're talking American towns as they might have looked back in 1955) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a.jpg

The grand old Crook County Court House sits on the main drag running through the center of town ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a2.jpg

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Downtown's old PINE Theater (http://www.pinetheater.com/contact_us) movie house is being renovated ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a4.jpg

The school house complex is classic deco ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a5.jpg

... but not purely so ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a6.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a7.jpg

Across the way is the City Center Motel ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a9.jpg

... and the Tastee Treet Drive-In ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2038%20Prineville%201/OR38_01a10.jpg

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lofter1
September 8th, 2007, 10:13 AM
I drove through the old neighborhoods of Prineville, checking out some local architecture ...

Clearly lots of folks out this way love their gardens ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2039%20Prineville%202/OR39_01a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2039%20Prineville%202/OR39_01a1.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2039%20Prineville%202/OR39_01a7.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2039%20Prineville%202/IMG_2170.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2039%20Prineville%202/OR39_01a9.jpg

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lofter1
September 8th, 2007, 10:20 AM
Some of the yards & houses exhibited a very individual expression ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2040%20Prineville%203/OR40_01a.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2040%20Prineville%203/OR40_01a1.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2040%20Prineville%203/OR40_01a2.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2040%20Prineville%203/OR40_01a8.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2040%20Prineville%203/OR40_01a9.jpg

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lofter1
September 8th, 2007, 10:33 AM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2041%20Prineville%204/OR41_01a2.jpg

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Fabrizio
September 10th, 2007, 06:36 AM
It is amazing that 50 years ago a humble rancher like that one above was a dream home to the masses.

Today they are ready for a tear-down.

Interesting that the style was a direct descendant from Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style.

( compare side by side: http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/blog/hellobeautiful/uploaded_images/heurtley-757187.jpg )

Designs that were based on very forward-thinking modern priciples.

Today, I imagine, it's those ENOURMOUS McMansions in revivalist styles that most dream to own.


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ZippyTheChimp
September 10th, 2007, 07:55 AM
This is all very cool, Lofter. Like the reincarnation of Charles Kuralt.

BrooklynRider
September 12th, 2007, 09:42 AM
I like these virtual tour buses with you, Lofter.

lofter1
September 12th, 2007, 10:19 AM
I'm really glad that y'all are enjoying our trip ...

More to come -- soon :cool:

lofter1
September 15th, 2007, 10:08 PM
OK, everybody back in the car. We're heading northwest out of Prineville along the winding and vehicle-free O'Neill Highway (http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/wildlife/sites/40-oneilhwy.shtml) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a.jpg

This area is part of the Lower Crooked River Basin and has some interesting juxtapositions of geological formations (http://www.oregongeology.com/sub/projects/lcrb/default.htm) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a2.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a1.jpg

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http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a5.jpg

If you blink as you come upon the train tracks then you'll miss what remains of O'Neil ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a6.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a7.jpg

As you approach the Lone Pine turn off take a left towards Smith Rock State Park (http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_51.php) (seen below in the distance), site of some of the best rock climbing anywhere (and a place where others have taken far better photos (http://www.photographersdirect.com/stockimages/s/smith_rocks_state_park.asp) than I could hope to show you) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a8.jpg

Smith Rock and environs are incredibly pictaresque -- so much so that certain movie directors have used the area as a centerpiece for their films (one of which was a complete fiasco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Even_Cowgirls_Get_the_Blues_%28film%29) and another just a big stink bomb (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/postman/) ) ...

For years we were able to go riding and fishing along the Crooked River here, but a few years back the owner of the big ranch along the river finally got all his ducks in a row and was able to develop (http://www.ranchatthecanyons.com/) the property. Now mainly we just enjoy it from afar ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a9.jpg

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lofter1
September 23rd, 2007, 11:55 PM
This journey is coming up towards the end of the road --

But first we're gonna head into the mountains via the Cascade Lakes Highway (http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2144/travel.html)
running up into the Cascade range west of Bend ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1362.jpg

The mountains up here are volcanic, and when you get up close you see that they are crumbling ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1364.jpg

The hiway runs between mountain peaks and meadows ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1363.jpg

Then there are the lakes ... this one is Elk Lake ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1370.jpg

And this one is Hosmer Lake ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1375.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1382.jpg

Here we have Lava Lake ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1391.jpg

It's slowing filling in with silt and being over run with tules ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2036%20Cascades%20Hiway%201/IMG_1415.jpg

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lofter1
September 24th, 2007, 12:18 AM
One of our favorite spots out this way, both in summer and winter, is Mt. Bachelor (http://www.mtbachelor.com/summer/index.html) ...

In the summer you can ride the ski lift up the mountain to about 7,500' (the summit is 9,000' --
but you can only ride up that high during ski season) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2917.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2955.jpg

On the ride up there's a great view of the Three Sisters in the distance ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2916.jpg

And when you get off the lift there's still snow on the ground in August ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2926.jpg

You can hike up the mountainside to the summit ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2931.jpg

Along the way the view just keeps getting better ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2936.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2945.jpg

The climb is steep in places --

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2935.jpg

And those rocks are sharp ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2966.jpg

Good thing they had a first aid kit up top. And that the ride down is nice and scenic ...

It takes your mind off those troubles ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2037%20Bachelor%201/IMG_2954.jpg

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ablarc
September 24th, 2007, 06:40 AM
I guess that summer snow will be all gone in a few years. What month did you take these pix?

lofter1
September 24th, 2007, 11:03 AM
Took the mountain pics at the beginning of August.

They often snow ski on Bachelor well into June -- nasty conditions, but it does offer bragging rights.

However things might not be so fun in the future ...

Global Warming Poses Risks to
Pacific Northwest Snowpack, Ski Resorts

Oregon State University (http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2006/Mar06/snow.htm)
By David Stauth
03-07-06

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Global warming in coming decades may cause the disappearance
of large areas of the low-elevation snowpack in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest,
a new study concludes, with significant impacts on area ski resorts that will face warm winters
far more often than they do now ...

A new study at Oregon State University has outlined the "at risk" snowpacks in the Pacific Northwest
(shown on the graphic as areas in the "warm snow-high precip" category), most of which fall
in the Cascade Range of Oregon, parts of the southern Cascade Range of Washington,
and Olympic National Park:
http://osu.orst.edu/dept/ncs/photos/snowclass.jpg

lofter1
September 24th, 2007, 07:02 PM
I saw "Into The Wild" -- this field (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showpost.php?p=186693&postcount=89) (or one very close by) is used as a location in the film:



... O'Neil Highway ... Smith Rock State Park (http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_51.php) (seen below in the distance), site of some of the best rock climbing anywhere (and a place where others have taken far better photos (http://www.photographersdirect.com/stockimages/s/smith_rocks_state_park.asp) than I could hope to show you) ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/oregon/Oregon%2042%20ONeill%20Hiway%201/OR42_ONeill_01a8.jpg

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SkyHigh
February 7th, 2008, 11:58 AM
I would love to drive across america - Oregon looks beautiful. Me and a friend are planning to do it in a few years. A bit worried about driving on the wrong side of the road of course, but i'm sure we'll be ok ;)

Easiest thing to do is to take a GPS sat nav with you on the journey, so you can concentrate on the actual driving.

The only thing that got me once or twice were the Stop signs at the end of streets and having to give way to pedestrians crossing the street, only once did I almost knock one over forgetting to stop altogether and treating it naturally enough as a Give Way as we do here in the UK.

Did have one run in with an American trucker too, on a particularly long journey where I was almost falling asleep at the wheel. In the middle of nowhere, I just kind of drifted over to the left hand side of the road, waking to a start as I saw this monster truck hurtling towards me flashing his full beam, even then I naturally swerved off to the left when I should have swerved back to the right - oops, just a natural instinct.:D

Wondered what he was doing at first blasting his horn at me, I just thought he was nuts and started waving at him, to move across onto the right side of the road.

Covered 4700 miles in ten days, starting in Portland, Oregon, up the Columbia River gorge, towards Boise in white out heavy snow conditions, from there headed south towards Salt Lake City, then across the Great Divide Basin to Cheyenne, then south to Denver, from there to Taos, across to the Grand Canyon and Mojave Desert and Death Valley, skirted the Black Mountains and up to San Francisco, from there north back to Portland.

That was the longest drive I did there, did a few shorter drives of just 700 miles in a day.

SkyHigh
February 7th, 2008, 12:04 PM
Every time I see pics of the USA, just pulls my heart strings to get back over there, the scenery IS out of this world, it's a darn shame we Brits didn't hang onto it as a colony.

Fantastic photos, enjoyed them, thank you so much.

lofter1
February 7th, 2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks ...

I'm loving your shots from Cornwall.

Got any of Wales? My Grandpappy and his folks came over from there, Little place called Llanelly. Hoping to visit there some day ...

SkyHigh
February 7th, 2008, 02:15 PM
This bloomin photobucket is so slow loading up the images, wish I could get them on faster. Plenty more to come though, glad someone is enjoying them.

So, your'e a Celt like me then? My family is originally from Wales too. The Welsh, Cornish and Bretons in Brittany, northern France are all cousins, lot's of similarities between us, music, language, culture etc.

Photographs of Wales, nooooooo - I'm sorry.

lofter1
February 7th, 2008, 05:40 PM
Being an American I'm actually a mutt ...

But a good chunk of me would be Celtic.