October 20, 2017 Bend, Oregon

Abandoned Farm
Abandoned Farm

Wandering Around  Central Oregon

I took a couple of trips out of Bend last week looking for foliage primarily. I have to admit that I didn’t find much on either trip but sure did put in a couple of long days and a lot of miles looking.

I returned to the Cascades and revisited Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls, then continued west on Route 126 to Cougar Dam Road, shown as Route 19 on my Oregon atlas. Though I encountered a little bit of snow and ice on the road at the absolute highest elevations, I enjoyed this drive on the western side of the mountain, through the rain forest and alongside the south fork the McKenzie River.

From Atop Sahalie Falls
From Atop Sahalie Falls

Before heading down Route 19, I walked the short trail to the top of Sahalie Falls for a different perspective of the falls.

Sahalie Falls
Sahalie Falls

 

Sahalie Falls
Sahalie Falls

The other perspective of Sahalie Falls. I then drove the quarter mile down the road to Koosah Falls with the intention of hiking back north up to Sahalie Falls to check out some of the blue pools along that stretch of the river. Unfortunately, I never got very far on the trail, being forced to retreat and retrace my steps back to the car after going no more than a few hundred yards up the  trail. The side affects of my chemo were making themselves well known here and the weakness in my legs forced me to turn back to avoid injury. Sure hope this subsides at some point and I regain some strength in my legs or I will be forced to give up hiking and thus lose a lot of photo opportunities..

Then on west to Route 19 and eventually back east on Route 58.

Rain Forest Foliage
Rain Forest Foliage

I would recommend driving Route 19 if in the area. It is a decent two lane paved road winding down the west side of the Cascades roughly following the South Fork of the McKenzie River.

Mossy Rocks
Mossy Rocks

As you can see from the two images immediately above, this side of the mountains gets a little more rain than the eastern side near Bend, thus lush, green rain forest and lots of moss.

Abandoned Farm
Abandoned Farm
Abandoned Farm
Abandoned Farm
Abandoned Farm
Abandoned Farm

My other day trip went north and east of Bend up through Antelope and parts east of there, but produced nothing to speak of as far as scenics or wildlife are concerned. The old abandoned farm pictured above is the only thing I even got the camera out for on this very long day on the road.

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October 18, 2017 Bend, Oregon

" Autumn " 18' X 24" Acrylic on canvas
” Autumn ” 18′ X 24″ Acrylic on canvas

Hoping to Escape Soon

Had snow flurries here in Bend twice last week and almost got myself stuck in the snow on a trip up into the mountains Monday, so am really hoping I can get out of here pretty soon before I am marooned here for the winter.

Completed the 5th round of chemo on September 27th and I guess the cumulative affect of all that poison in my system finally caught up to me. My oncologist said the goal in fighting this disease into remission is to get in between four and six rounds of chemo, so the fact that I managed five rounds before running into pain and leg weakness he felt was good enough. I now wait a few weeks for the drugs to get out of my system and then begin taking Revlimid for my maintenance therapy. I can’t lie, the side affects of this drug do scare me, but I guess I have little choice in the matter, will have to wait and see. So I will have to stay here a bit longer as the doc will start me off with as light a dose as possible and then monitor my response for a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I continue my attempts to figure out how to use these acrylics. The image at the top of the post took me a little longer to complete than I like but I ended up kind of pleased with the outcome. You can right click on the image to see a larger version since there is a lot of detail in this painting.

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