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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September 3, 2013 Moving day

Palisades BLM campground to Red Mountain BLM campground

SmallRV andToadMooseMoved this morning about 35 miles north from my BLM site at Palisades to the Red Mountain BLM campground on the banks of the Madison, 8 miles east of Norris on 84. I wanted to get closer to Bozeman to find a solution to my missing window, and that would be the only likely place I will find a glass shop that might be able to make the repair. Since I had no Verizon coverage whatsoever at the Palisades site, I stopped at the grocery store parking lot in Ennis and got the IMac out to get on the internet and search out glass shops in Bozeman. I found 2 shops that looked look they may be able to help.

After getting set up on Site 7 at Red Mountain, right on the banks of the Madison, but really not that attractive a campground, no “it” factor, I hopped in the car and headed to Bozeman. Easily found the Glass Doctor and spoke with a helpful young man at the front desk. He seemed to understand what I was looking for, said they could cut laminated glass with rounded corners, had it in stock, and was familiar with the type of window frame I had and set me up an appointment for Thursday at 11 AM. Looks like kind of a tight fit to get the motorhome into their lot, and they are on a very busy business highway, but he assured me they can get me in there. His estimate is around $220 which seems a fair price I can live with.

Returned to my campsite around noon but just couldn’t take the heat anymore by 2PM. Loaded the dogs in the car, turned on the AC, and set out to go explore around Pony, according to the Montana Road Map, a ghost town up in the mountains. Turns out there are a few old buildings in Pony, but it mostly is just another small backwater, rather rundown town whose best days are obviously behind it.

Abandoned Montana barn
Abandoned Montana barn
Abandoned Montana farmhouse
Abandoned Montana farmhouse

 

 

 

 

 

However, there were a couple of dirt roads leading out of town and up into the mountains to National Forest lands and campgrounds and so up I went. By the time I reached the end of the road, I had gained enough elevation to have the temperature drop from 94 degrees to 74 degrees, just what I was looking for. Although the roads looked like they should have led to some wildlife sitings, all I got for my efforts was a very dusty car and heat relief, though I did see 4 good sized piles of bear scat in the road, just no bear scat depositor.

Mule deer doe and fawn
Mule deer doe
A pair of pronghorn
A pair of pronghorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did see a few mule deer and a small herd of Pronghorns as I took a shortcut along a dirt road through farmland from Pony back to route 287. Got back home around 6:30 and it was still hot. This was one evening it did not seem to cool down so quickly, but a thunderstorm around 8 PM finally did the trick.

Montana farmland
Montana farmland
Montana farmland
Montana farmland
A pronghorn and his harem
A pronghorn and his harem
Camera shy pronghorns
Camera shy pronghorns

August 31, 2013 Palisades BLM Campground

A trip out Indian Creek Road

Read, worked on processing images all morning and into the afternoon. Couldn’t take the heat by 4 PM and took an AC Prius ride out to explore the east side of the valley. Took Indian Creek Road and then Bear Creek Road up into the pasture and farm land below the foothills.

Abandoned Montana settler's ranch
Abandoned Montana settler’s ranch

 

Abandoned Montana settler's ranch
Abandoned Montana settler’s ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Took a couple of shots of an abandoned farmstead out in the distance. Saw a couple of immature bald eagles floating around with a hawk harassing them, but too far of for any good pictures. A pleasant couple of hours relief from the heat.

 

August 23, 2013 Virginia City and Nevada City, Montana

Two days spent exploring the gold rush towns of Virginia City and Nevada City

Took off at 6 AM for some soft light, no traffic photos in Virginia City and Nevada City. Ran into a mule deer family, a nice buck and some does and fawns right on the side of 287 barely out of the commercial strip in Ennis, but unfortunately wasn’t ready for them and so got no decent photos. I really need to be prepared for this sort of thing because you just never know what you may run into every time out.

Main Street, Virginia City
Main Street, Virginia City
General Store. Virginia City
General Store. Virginia City

 

 

 

 

 

 

( As usual, click on any image to get a larger version )

Getting to Virginia City before the people were up and about yielded some nice opportunities to get the shots I was looking for when I came here yesterday a little later in the day. It also was a bit cooler here at 7 AM than yesterday at noon when it hit the 90’s.

Virginia City, view from Boot Hill
Virginia City, view from Boot Hill

 

Store cash register, Virginia City
Store cash register, Virginia City
Dry goods store, Virginia City
Dry goods store, Virginia City

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two towns and Adobe City ( a mile out of Nevada City ) had a population of over 20,000 during the 19th century gold rush. A very interesting stop for any history loving travelers.

Nevada City, Montana
Nevada City, Montana

 

In addition to many old buildings, Nevada City has several old railroad cars and a rail station to investigate.

 

Old railroad cars, Nevada City
Old railroad cars, Nevada City 

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Virginia City window display
Virginia City window display
Tin ceiling detail, Virginia City
Tin ceiling detail, Virginia City
Great Northern Railway faded emblem, Nevada City
Great Northern Railway faded emblem, Nevada City

 

 

 

 

 

Dry goods store, Virginia City
Dry goods store, Virginia City
Store cash register, Virginia City
Store cash register, Virginia City
Great Northern Railway caboose, Nevada City
Great Northern Railway caboose, Nevada City

 

 

 

 

 

Behind Main Street, Virginia City
Behind Main Street, Virginia City
Storefront detail, Virginia City
Storefront detail, Virginia City
Railroad car detail
Railroad car detail

 

 

 

 

 

Railroad car wheel
Railroad car wheel
Display window, Virginia City
Display window, Virginia City
Main Street, Virginia City
Main Street, Virginia City

 

 

 

 

 

Hollyhocks, Virginia City
Hollyhocks, Virginia City
California store, Virginia City
California store, Virginia City
Blue door and a light in the window
Blue door and a light in the window

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia City Doorway
Virginia City Doorway
General Store. Virginia City
General Store. Virginia City
Grocers building, Virginia City
Grocers building, Virginia City