Category Archives: Eastern Oregon

The light of the Painted Hills

Friday late afternoon and early evening two weeks ago at the Painted Hills, near Mitchell OR in Wheeler County–the light changes softly but distinctly, subtle but intense, drawing me into an ever deepening mood of peace and relaxation, wonder and joy.

Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, Wheeler County OR

The Painted Hills

Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day county

The Painted Hills, located near Mitchell OR in the John Day country, represent over fifteen million years of geological history. The colored layers were created by a variety of plants that we covered from intermittent volcanic ash deposits. The wildflowers this year at the Painted Hills were the best ever–truly a super bloom!

Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day country


Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day country


Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day country


Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day country


Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day country
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day country
Painted Hills, Mitchell OR, John Day country

BSA Troop 514 Klondike Derby, 2019

Once again, BSA Troop 514, La Grande, OR successfully prepared snow shelters and slept in them for the annual Klondike Derby at Mud Lake, opposite the Anthony Lakes ski area. Eleven hard working Scouts, in an excellent team effort, dug a forty foot by five foot trench down into six feet of snow.  From there, they dug three snow caves into the sides of the trench. This preparation happened on Saturday and Monday of Presidents’ weekend.  Last Friday night, February 22nd, they slept in the caves and then participated in the Saturday morning Klondike competition .

 

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Getting ready to camp in a tree well

My little tent in the snowy woods

BSA Troop 514 winter camping

BSA Troop 514 flag ceremony

Eastern Oregon District Klondike Derby

Enjoying winter

After living without a dog for six years, Meg and I recognized it was time to invest love and time in a dog again.  So in late August, we bought a mini Aussie shepherd.  Leif is a delightful creature, full of love, energy, and intelligence.  Winter hiking and snowshoeing with him in the Mt Emily Recreation Area and the Meacham Divide have been filled with his joyful exuberance for snow travel! And many of these times Meg and I enjoyed the added pleasure of having son Michael and his dogs with us.

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Meg Michael, and our dogs

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

If the snow is the right temperature and consistency, Leif acquires snow balls on his fur.

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide–tracks of a snow hare

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Doing good

Meg and I recently saw the excellent movie, “Won’t You be My Neighbor.”  This movie, about the life of Mr. Rogers, reminded us that amidst the “not good,” the evil, it is so important consciously to cultivate that which is good and loving. In our lives we must do more than merely avoid that which is bad.  We must reach out and build up others, be healers and peacemakers, as best we can.

 

Cornucopia, East Pine Reservoir Baker County

Music of the morning. Cats Back sunrise

The sunrise of the Ca’ts Back and the Wallowa Mts. does not need words.  The music of the mountains continues to resound in Meg’s and my mind.

 

Cats Back Wallowa County

Cats Back Wallowa County

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa mts

 

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

 

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

 

 

 

 

 

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

BSA Troop 514 backpack to Strawberry Lake

Boy Scouts from La Grande Troop 514, led by Dr Koza and myself, enjoyed a most excellent June Friday/Saturday backpack trip to Strawberry Lake. The trailhead is out of Prairie City OR, about a two and a half hour drive from La Grande. The hike is a gentle mile and a half. The boys worked extremely well together, setting up tents, hiking up to Strawberry Falls, cooking dinner (backpackers thanksgiving from scratch) and breakfast (pancakes and sausage), retiring a flag, and playing a great game, “Terrain.” It was an exceptional time together.

 

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

BSA Troop 514, Strawberry Lake OR

Strawberry Creek

Strawberry Lake OR

Strawberry Falls OR, Strawberry Wilderness

Strawberry Lake OR

Strawberry Falls OR, Strawberry Wilderness

Strawberry Falls OR, Strawberry Wilderness

Strawberry Lake OR, Strawberry Wilderness

The Chalk Basin 3: Monday

Before leaving the Chalk Basin, Michael and I took one last hike.  This hike took us cross county to an area above the lower Owyhee River knows as the chalk cliffs.  On the float trips I have made on the lower Owyhee river, we have camped below these formations on the second night of rafting.  I have always want to see this area from above. I finally fulfilled that desire.

PS I did successfully drive the Cherokee out to the road, although not as boldly as Michael 🙂

 

Chalk Cliffs , Owyhee River

Knap weed

Chalk cliffs Oregon

Chalk cliffs Oregon

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River. Michael is standing on top of this dome. I joined him later.

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River

Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River

I snapped this picture of Michael taking a picture of this lizard just as it ran, Note the dust and shadow.

 

The Cherokee finally gets a bath!