Saturday, October 26, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
This view from the summit of Slate peak is from the highest drivable point in Washington State, at 7440ft.and the top of Hart's Pass- A fascinating story, the road was first constructed in the 1890's to service the gold and silver mines that prompted the near 1000 residents at the time to brave the elements and live here. The road was "improved" in the 1950's to clear the way for the construction of a cold-war radar installation, but still clings precariously to the side of a cliff in several areas. The top 41 feet of the mountain were blasted off to make room for construction and the original Fire Lookout torn down. The Radar Installation was removed at the end of the cold war, and the current Fire Lookout sits atop a 41-foot structure to restore the original view. The PCT runs right through this area, and several trails access the amazing Pasayten Wilderness area. The vistas are spectacular in any direction and are worth the significant effort involved in getting here.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The small viewing portals above, each with the name of a geographic feature are a fascinating highlight of the Dee Wright Observatory's structure at the top of McKenzie Pass, open only June to October each year. It was completed as a CCC project in 1935. Each opening looks directly at the geographical feature for which it is named and matches precisely the Dias pictured below that is mounted on the roof of the structure. Built entirely of the lava from the surrounding flow, it is an impressive monument.
Interesting to note the casting by Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Or.-Which began as the Portland School of Trades in NW Portland. The school was coeducational after it's founding in 1908 until 1913 when the Girls' Departments were moved to the original Lincoln High School. The school has always been somewhat ground-breaking participating in what was some of the first "GI Bill" education in WWI when it educated 50 disabled Soldiers.
The School continues today as a Magnet School, with a lottery to determine entry as one of it's ~1100 students.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I've been seeing a lot of beautiful old barns lately, there will come a time when these all are gone...I have watched each of these progress towards self-destruction i the last few years...
Top and middle are from far Eastern Oregon and the bottom one is from Goldendale, Washington...
Mt. Adams in background...
Monday, May 27, 2013
The glow from the pre-dawn light of this sunrise on my wall was so profound that it woke me out of a sound sleep. I leapt out of bed, grabbed my camera, and ran out the door. A half hour later it was grey and bucketing rain...I feel fortunate to have enjoyed this, hopefully you will too!