Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Oregon: Day #4 — The Natural Bridges (and a little of Day #5)

October 11, 2009

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On the map at the left, the green marker line shows our day #4 route from Oregon’s Brookings to Gold Beach and then back to Brookings. We spent night #3 and night #4 (July 19th and 20th) in Brookings.

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In the photo at the left I believe Bill and I are at the Pistol River State Park near the mouth of the Pistol River.  It was quite foggy on our day #4 drive, making it difficult to have a clear view of many of the sights, but still very worth the drive.  On day #5 (July 21st) we backtracked, once again driving north from Brookings on a much clearer day. more…

Oregon: Day #3 — The Rogue River Gorge (and a Brewpub)

September 30, 2009
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The Rogue River originates at Crater Lake National Park.  It then twists, and sometimes rages (for example, through the chasm as explained and pictured below), as it winds its way to the coast at Gold Beach, Oregon. more…

Oregon: Day #3 — Crater Lake to Brookings

September 28, 2009

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On day #3, Bill and I drove from Crater Lake to Brookings.  At the recommendation of the locals, we dipped down into California as opposed to taking a windy slower route through the mountains.

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On Sunday, July 19th, after investigating Crater Lake, Bill and I drove to Brookings, Oregon.  Early in the drive we checked out several views of the upper Rogue River.  Then we had lunch at a brewpub in Grants Pass.

At the recommendation of several Oregonians, to avoid a windy, slow drive west over the mountains, we briefly dipped into California.  By doing so we were able to see a few redwoods.  Then we headed north back into Oregon, arriving at Brookings where we stayed the third and fourth nights of our trip.

What I remember most from this day (besides the intense blue of Crater Lake) was the rugged power of the upper Rogue River.

Within the next day or two, I’ll post photos and more information about the upper Rogue River and the brewpub.

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Oregon: Day #3 — Crater Lake (Part II)

September 14, 2009

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Crater Lake, a short distance to the west of Crater Lake Lodge.

The south side of America's deepest lake, Crater Lake (1,943 feet deep). This photo was taken a short distance to the west of Crater Lake Lodge.

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Oregon: Day #3 — Crater Lake

September 11, 2009

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From our lodge room looking north, the Crater Lake sunrise. 5:53 A.M. Sunday, July 19th. (Click photo to enlarge.)

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Oregon: Day #2 — Crater Lake Lodge

September 10, 2009

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The Moon Oregon handbook * says about Crater Lake Lodge, “The lodge is situated on the rim south of the Sinnott Overlook and is hewn of indigenous wood and stone.  The massive lobby boasts a picture window on the lake and has decor echoing back to its 1915 origins.  The stone fireplace is large enough to walk into….”  (The lodge is not labeled, but is on the south side of the lake on this map.)

Below are my photos of the interior of Crater Lake Lodge.  The lodge’s web site has many more photos (interior and exterior) which do the lodge more justice than my photos do.

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Great Hall (Click photo to enlarge.)

At the left is Crater Lake Lodge’s Great Hall.  The doors toward the upper right lead to the dining room.  Outside the doorway at the upper left is a terrace overlooking Crater Lake.  The terrace runs the full length of the lodge, including along the Great Hall and dining room. more…

Oregon: Day #2 — Beer in Bend, Oregon (and Perry, Iowa)

August 27, 2009
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Scott Finneseth capping beer. (Click to enlarge.)

To read other posts about Bill’s, Jim Eaton’s and Scott Finneseth’s beer making adventures,  click on the “beer making” category at this blog’s home page.  For background information about Bill’s and my Oregon travels in July, click on the “travel” category. more…

Oregon: Day #2 — Rafting the Deschutes

August 12, 2009

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For background information about our Oregon trip, it would be helpful if you first read Oregon (including an off-the-itinerary story).

I know many of you have already whitewater rafted.  If you have, please just enjoy it again!

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Facing the raft, Bill is at the front left. I'm directly behind him, not visible in this photo. Our guide is at the back left in the blue jacket. This is a class III+ rapid. Click photo to enlarge.

This is fun.  This is fun.  This is fun.  This is s-c-a-r-y-y-y-y!!!!!  This is fun!

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Oregon: Day #1 — Pine Mountain Observatory

August 9, 2009

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For background information about our Oregon trip, it would be helpful if you first read Oregon (including an off-the-itinerary story).

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Day 1 of Bill's and my July Oregon trip. "Pine Mtn 6,509" is at the end of the hot pink marker line that indicates our observatory side trip. Click photo once, and again, to enlarge.

On Friday, July 17th, Bill and I arrived in Portland around noon.  We drove southeast for approximately three hours to Bend * where we stayed one night at The Riverhouse Resort. **  ***

At dusk we drove southeast from Bend, approximately twenty miles on pavement.  Then, another eight miles on a winding dirt road out in the middle of nowhere. At two or three points, just as we would get around a curve in the road, we’d see a few cows standing in the middle of the road or on the shoulder, owning it.  We’d stop, put the windows down, talk to the cows standing next to the car, and continue driving until the next group of cows.

Around 9:00 P.M. we arrived in the dark more…

Oregon (including an off-the-itinerary story)

August 7, 2009

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During my teacher-librarian years, I frequently involved students in author studies so they would get enthused about reading more of various authors’ books.  The ultimate intent of these author studies was for students’ reading to snowball over the courses of their lives.

With younger students, immediately before I’d begin sharing a book by the author currently studied, I’d start out with, “Now…if you’ve already read or heard this story….”  The students would then, in unison, chime in, “JUST enJOY it aGAIN!”

The reason for this was two-fold.  It allowed the students to be enthused even if they already knew the story.  It also allowed me to get through the story without a student interrupting with unrelated, but often juicy, stories.  Like the little boy informing the class that he learned about his cat’s umbilical cord when the boy’s brother and girlfriend were alone on the couch!

What does this have to do with Oregon? more…