Where the Sam Hill are they? you ask!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Peach Beach RV Park

Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, July 25, 2010

It is great to see the blue skies of the North West. Other skies are blue but ours don't have the heat and humidity haze that other state skies do; tall green pines and mountain ranges round the view out. 

A small deer (fawn, still had spots on his back) was prancing alongside the road and decided to cross it just as we were passing by; we missed him and brake lights from both directions flashed on and he continued to prance safely across the road.  A question for my biker buddies.  What do you do in these situations; I know you can’t slam on the brakes? or do you?

La Pine, OR is well named with all of the pine trees about.  Cute little town with TWO Espresso Stands (haven’t been seeing those for months) and a quilt shop.  Now what more does one need??  No we didn’t stop at either.  LOL The first part of the trip was quilt related; the last part Dave gets a reprieve.  Same with Sisters, bypassed it as the quilt show is over <G to my quilting systers>

We stopped at the Lava Lands Visitor Area and drove to the top of Lava Butte for outstanding views of the lava lands.  I wonder who or what was around 6000 years ago to see the big blow? 

Bend has become a big shopping center city.  There are many different malls and of course the essential outlet stores. The temps are still warm and will be into WA.  Nights will be cool though. Mt Bachelor is a large ski complex just to the west of Bend which has contributed to the city’s growth. 

Much of our travels have been through National Forest Lands, today is no exception.  The State Park we stayed in the past two nights is in the Winema National Forest and the remainder drive to Bend traversed through the Deschutes National Forest.  Acres upon acres of forested land and so interesting from one location to another with what the greenery consists of pines here, while in AZ it was cacti.  Past Bend and Redmond OR we drove thru the Crooked River National Grasslands, with irrigated farmlands on the other side.  Among grass hay there appeared to be dill and onion seed fields, wonder how those seeds are harvested (vacuum?J). 

We have left all the Forests behind and are in a grass lands range area that could be identified with TX, MT, WA, Dakotas or even the OR we are in, Mt Jefferson and MT Hood rise in the distance to the west of our road up the center of OR.  Others parts of OR do not resemble much of what I am describing. We crossed the 45 parallel here which is half way between the North Pole and the Equator. 

Shaniko is a very quaint little western community with an old church, bank, and jail house with its own old jail wagon; expensive gas to @$3.55 gal but the proprietor pumps the fuel..OR law; one doesn’t find that service anymore. 

Before crossing into WA, we were in wheat country, fields after fields of the golden grain heads (they really do wave in the wind).  And speaking of wind, there is a lot of it here in Moro and taking advantage of it is the largest wind farm that Dave and I have seen.  Until now the largest collection of wind mills we have seen were outside of Death Valley.  We crossed over the Columbia River on the Sam Hill Memorial bridge into WA.  Sam Hill was a business man in Seattle in the 1800s.  He built a vacation home for his wife Mary and the 6,000 acres today consist of a small town, Recreation activities on the river, ranching and orchards.

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