Oyyhee Country: The Honeycombs of SE Oregon

For at least a decade I have wanted to visit to Honeycombs in the Owyhee Country of south eastern Oregon. Finally, after turning back in my earlier Suburu and my Highlander attempts,  I purchased a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The road is not extreme 4 wheeling, but it does require clearance, caution, and a good skid plate if an error is made. Fortunately, no errors, and the trip was uneventful. I went with my Pacific Crest Trail hiking partner, Bob. This Owyhee country is remote and spectacular!

 

Early evening in the Honeycomb country
Early evening in the Honeycomb country
Honeycomb country. wild horses
Honeycomb country. wild horses
Honeycomb walls
Honeycomb walls
Honeycombs. Mariposa lily
Honeycombs. Mariposa lily
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Owyhee country color
Owyhee country color
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country

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Road into the Honeycombs
Road into the Honeycombs
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Honeycombs
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Honeycombs
Honeycomb walls
Honeycomb walls
Road into the Honeycombs
Road into the Honeycombs
Sunrise light above the Honeycombs
Sunrise light above the Honeycombs

Grande Ronde river rescue by Troop 514

 

Thirteen Scouts, four adults with four rafts enjoyed three days on the Grande Ronde river from June 16 to June 18..  Three of the boats were involved in rescuing a party of five whose boat had flipped . Morgan, Nate, Tim, Caleb, Garren righted the flipped raft and collected floating gear, and helped out a father and son who had landed on a rock near shore,. Nick skillfully maneuvered the second Scout raft while Lucy, Kadyn, Elias  pulled a father and two young children out of the river, got them to shore and provided them dry clothes. Eric, James, Devin in the third boat heated up water with a jet boil stove, and furnished   food and drink to the the children and father.  It was a solid performance by the Scouts. Greg in the lead boat, was ahead of the accident. He had a campsite ready for us when we arrived.  David, Alex, Kyler, and Eli had walked up stream and alerted us where to land, and helped pull us in.

Troop 514 ready to start Grande Ronde river trip
Troop 514 ready to start Grande Ronde river trip
Rafting the Grande Ronde River
Rafting the Grande Ronde River
Grande Ronde river fun
Grande Ronde river fun
Dutch oven cooking on the Grande Ronde river
Troop 514 Dutch oven cooking on the Grande Ronde river
Oarsman Nick
Oarsman Nick
Grande Ronde River campsite
Troop 514 Grande Ronde River campsite
River fun
River fun
Splash
Splash
Saturday afternoon campsite
Saturday afternoon campsite. Enjoying the water.
Troop 514 dutch oven pineapple upside down cake
Troop 514 dutch oven pineapple upside down cake
BSA Troop 514 rafts on the Grande Ronde river
BSA Troop 514 rafts on the Grande Ronde river

The heart of prayer

“The heart of prayer is to recognize the presence and action of God and to consent to it. We do not have to go anywhere; God is already with us….Faith tells us that we already have God.  The most intimate relationship with God is to be completely present to God in whatever we are doing.”  Fr. Thomas Keating.

Mt Joseph Wallowa Lake
Mt Joseph Wallowa Lake

 

 

 

Spring in the Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA)

The Mt Emily Recreation Area is less than a fifteen minute drive from where we live.  When the Boise Cascade timber company decided to sell its land for home development on Mt Emily, a group of dedicated and far sighted people raised funds for Union County to  purchase this land.  The MERA provides trails for hiking, mountain biking, off road  motor cycles and 4 wheelers and horses. These multiple users cooperate to make maintenance and trail development happen.

 

Meg and I have enjoyed hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing here.  This spring has been particularly intense for us. We have hiked here several times a week, watching the first round of wild flowers appear, peak, and slowly fade until next year.  Our minds and memories have enjoyed wrapping around this nuanced and delicate beauty.

 

“If I could stop time and contemplate the true beauty of a given moment, my eyes would widen and my jaw would drop. (Wait, I can do that! That’s why I photograph!) ” Dewitt Jones

Glacier lilies Mt Emily Recreation Area
Glacier lilies Mt Emily Recreation Area, Union County OR
glacier lily MERA
glacier lily MERA
grass widow and buttercup
grass widow and buttercup
Grass widows MERA
Grass widows MERA
Spring Mt Emily Recreation Area
Spring Mt Emily Recreation Area
Meg hiking in the Mt Emily Recreation Area MERA
Meg hiking in the Mt Emily Recreation Area MERA, Union County OR
Meg photographing glacier lilies in the MERA
Meg photographing glacier lilies in the MERA, Union County OR

 

Glacier lilies
Glacier lilies
Spring beauty
Spring beauty
Yellow bell, MERA
Yellow bell, MERA
Yellow bell
Yellow bell

Still, for Good Friday

Still
For Good Friday

This day
let all stand still
in silence,
in sorrow.

Sun and moon
be still.

Earth
be still.

Still
the waters.

Still
the wind.

Let the ground
gape in stunned
lamentation.

Let it weep
as it receives
what it thinks
it will not
give up.

Let it groan
as it gathers
the One
who was thought
forever stilled.

Time
be still.

Watch
and wait.

Still.

—Jan Richardson

Ohope Beach, East Cape Bay of Plenty
Ohope Beach, East Cape Bay of Plenty

Love remains

During this Easter week, it is good to remember and reflect upon the incredible unfailing love God shows us despite the evil and chaos that never seems to end. Indeed, we have sound reason NOT to let our hearts be troubled!

“Hope and faith will both come to an end when we die. But love will remain. Love is eternal. Love comes from God and returns to God. When we die, we will lose everything that life gave us except love. The love with which we lived our lives is the life of God within us. It is the divine, indestructible core of our being. This love not only will remain but will also bear fruit from generation to generation.


“When we approach our deaths let us say to those we leave behind, “Don’t let your heart be troubled. The love of God that dwells in my heart will come to you and offer you consolation and comfort.”  Henri Nouwen

Isaiah 65, Ohope Beach
Isaiah 65, Ohope Beach

To live in the mercy of God

To live in the mercy of God.

To feel vibrate the enraptured
waterfall flinging itself
unabating down and down
to clenched fists of rock.
Swiftness of plunge,
hour after year after century,
O or Ah
uninterrupted, voice
many-stranded.
To breathe
spray. The smoke of it.
Arcs
of steelwhite foam, glissades
of fugitive jade barely perceptible. Such passion—
rage or joy?
Thus, not mild, not temperate,
God’s love for the world. Vast
flood of mercy
flung on resistance.

Horsetail Falls Columbia Gorge, Psalm 46
Horsetail Falls Columbia Gorge,  Psalm 46

Ohope Beach and the Bay of Plenty: sunrise and sunset

One of the great joys of visiting family in Ohope is watching the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, the ever changing morning and evening light.  Ohope Beach lies on the eastern end of the Bay of Plenty, an eighty mile curve of sea three hours southeast of Auckland.  Because of its north-south location, this ocean expanse, unlike the Oregon coast,  receives both sunrises and sunsets.  The light is unique.  Enjoy these pictures.

 

Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty
Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty
beachcomber Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty
beachcomber Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty

Ohope Beach setting moon

Full moon setting at sunrise, Ohope Beach

 

Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty
Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty
Ohiwa Harbor surise, Ohope Beach
Ohiwa Harbor, Ohope Beach, Ohiwa Harbour
Ohope Beach West End , West End Ohope rainbow
Ohope Beach West End , West End Ohope rainbow
Ohope Beach sunset, Bay of Plenty sunset
Ohope Beach sunset, Bay of Plenty

 

Ohope Beach West End sunset, Bay of Plenty
Ohope Beach West End sunset, Bay of Plenty
West End sunset Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty sunset,
West End sunset Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty sunset,
Whale Island Whakatane, Bay of Plenty sunset
Whale Island Whakatane, Bay of Plenty sunset

 

Photos by Eric Valentine