Black Butte

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Friday, August 13, 2010

We are sitting outside looking over a small lake with three Ruapehu sized mountains beyond and in the foreground, on the other side of the lake, the Black Butte Resort is hidden in the pine and fir trees which totally cover the area. Black Butte (pronounced 'bute' not 'butt' you Kiwis) is a holiday area in the mountains of central Oregon. It is not dissimilar to Pauanui except that it is about one quarter the density and totally buried in pine and fir forest. The houses have no fences delineating boundaries and are all in a colonial cabin style. There is no is no sense of crowd because of the spacing and the trees and the whole place has a sort of remote frontier feel to it. We are here with the Kuhlmans, Jim and Aymee and Katee, Abbee and Curtis and a bunch of their friends from university days. We are having a great time and being spoiled by American hospitality. If it wasn't for the mountain biking, walking and swimming we would be very adversely affected by all the goodies we are not supposed to be eating.

We came to Oregon from Vancouver on Wednesday the 4th, had a day exploring Portland and then were collected by Joel and Meg Webb, Jason's brother and sister-in -law with their little lad Anderson. They gave us an excellent day touring the sites of northern Oregon including the spectacular Columbia River gorge and then delivered us to Corvallis where Jim and Aymee live, via their home in Salem and Aymee's mum (sorry 'mom') Linda. JIm cooked us a great barbecue (Aymee and kids had already left for Black Butte) and we stayed the night at the Kuhlman home. Jim and Aymee have a lovely, spacious, two storeyed home in a new area of Corvallis, next to a wide reserve on the banks of the Willamette River - a wonderful place for a young family. The next day (Saturday) we went with Jim to Black Butte, about 2 hours east of Corvallis.
 
The area is very similar in some ways to the NZ volcanic plateau with the mountains, lakes and rivers, except that the whole area is tree covered. We have explored the area a little. We drove about an hour further east and visited an ancient volcanic area. Two beautiful lakes had formed in the craters and we drove to one of the peaks. We clamberd up a spectacular lava flow, the bow wave of which was a mountain of fractured obsidian, a huge source of stone age tools for the whole west coast area. We mountain biked 10 km down from the the higher part of the area and on the way, trekked down to a cooll mountain stream where the kids swam and slid down the natural, rather rocky water slides. This area is a popular skiiing area but at present it is midsummer with blue sky days every day, no humidity and very warm - a very comfortable climate.

Today Jeanette and I have gone on a long bike ride and we have stopped at this llakeside spot (with swimming pool, cafe etc and free internet to do our blog. On Saturday we leave for London. That will be exciting but we will be a little sorry tro leave this great holiday spot and the Kuhlmans' hospitality.
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Jewel Turinsky on

I loved your post about Oregon. Especially hearing the Three Sisters mountains described as three 'Ruapehu sized' mountains. So awesome to hear about home and through the eyes of a Kiwi! Now whenever I see them I will think of that comparison. I also loved the picture of Jim on the water slide. So funny! :)

Mary Browning on

Hi John and Jeanette

Your blog is great - thanks for including us in your list! We are so envious of you guys hanging out with the Kuhlmans - give them our love.

Anneke on

Great to hear from you John and Jeanette - we leave in exactly 1 month's

time today -seeyou soon!

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