When is the last time you just didn't go the same way?Yesterday I was driving home when I looked at my passenger and said, "you have been officially kidnapped." Then off we went. What should have taken about 1/2 hour drive home ended being almost 4 hours? Sometimes taking a new road can bring you new surprises and sights.I have found MANY new things just by getting lost or taking a left instead of a right. Today we had found the Ritner Creek Bridge, an old barn, a field... continue reading
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So I have lived in Oregon for about 8 years and always heard about the Tulip Festival. This year I finally got make it and it was as just as beautiful as you could imagine. I have never seen so many different colors of tulips in my life. They had 3 hot-airedballoons for rides, a small train for kids and even a steam engine for the adults to get on and moves back and forth through the fields.While I was there, the one thing I noticed was all the folks taking pictures using the flowers are... continue reading
Mount Hood is Oregon's Tallest Mountain and VolcanoMount Hood, called Wy'east by the Multnomah tribe, is a stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of northern Oregon. It is 11,249 feet (3,429 m) in height according to a 1991 measurement by the U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Mt. Hood's Palmer Glacier provides access to Summer Skiing with a lift. It is also a challenge for mountain climbers and a beautiful background to all country surrounding the volcano.Its most recent eruptions spewed... continue reading
Sitting on the border between Idaho and Oregon is Hells Canyon of the Snake River which is the deepest gorge in North America.Not to be compared with the width of Arizona's Grand Canyon, it still holds the distinction of being the deepest. Hells Canyon of the Snake River plunges 8,000 feet down from the top of Idaho's He Devil Peak in the Seven Devils Mountain Range.Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon's west rim, and 8,000 feet below the snow-capped He Devil Peak of Idaho'... continue reading
In times past, volcanic cinder cones like this one were excavated for their red traction material spread by the road commission on icy streets, roads and highways of Central Oregon.Cinders have since been replaced by other more high-tech ice melting substances, so the remaining hills now serve as viewpoints for hikers, as well as impromptu shooting ranges for gun enthusiasts and trash dumps for irresponsible partiers.Nevertheless, Coyote Butte stands out on the Central Oregon High Desert as... continue reading
Horse Butte is a partially-excavated cinder cone volcano in the southeast corner of Bend, Oregon.It was once mined for its gritty red cinders that provided traction on icy roads.The promontory has since undergone reclamation efforts to restore its natural state as much as possible since a considerable portion of the east side is gone, exposing its rusty red interior.At the summit is an old growth ponderosa pine that has survived hundreds of lightning strikes.Access to the top is by means of... continue reading
I find it curious that there are only seven photos of Bessie Butte and its panoramic view on Dreamstime - all submitted by me....Especially since it is easy to reach, easy to hike, and beautiful to behold once you reach the top.The extinct cinder cone volcano is five miles southeast of Bend, Oregon.The view is enhanced by the lack of mature trees, the result of the 18 Fire of 2003 that burned 3,810 acres of the Deschutes National Forest to the north of the butte.A 2006 planting of some 10,... continue reading
Central Oregon is considered the semi-arid High Desert, but it is not without rivers.There are three major ones, the Metolius, Crooked, and Deschutes.They all merge into the Deschutes at Lake Billy Chinook, a huge reservoir created by the construction of Round Butte hydrolelectric dam.Designated as the Cove Palisades, it is a recreation hot spot and scenic wonder with its towering canyon walls.The Deschutes River originates in the Cascades, and flows through Bend, Oregon,... continue reading
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