Archive for the ‘Places-Parks’ Category

Peggy the Train

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Peggy is a “shay”  and was built in 1909 by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio.   She was shipped around Cape Horn and unloaded in Seattle.  She worked in the woods in the Pacific Northwest and retired in 1950.  Notice the absence of the large horizontal cylinders.  Shays had two or three small vertical cylinders and were better adapted for use in the woods.  When my dad was a boy he used to watch the shays push a string of cars loaded with logs across the high trestles and then a shay on the other side would hook up to the cars to pull them on across.  Photo:  Forestry Center in Portland, Or 10/20/2009


Jewell Meadows Bulls

Monday, December 8th, 2014

IMG_8475 - Version 2Roosevelt Elk herds of up to 200 animals are fed here in the fields adjacent to Hwy 202 between Vernonia and Seaside, Or. during the winter months (November-April). The cows, calves and younger bulls are found in large groups and the older bulls hang out in smaller, separate group. The public can ride out into the field on the hay wagon when they feed the elk but you need to make your reservations well ahead of time. Call (503) 755-2264 for information. Photo: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area 12/06/2014IMG_8483 - Version 2

Chinook Longhouse

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Replica of a Chinook longhouse at the Cathlapotle Village near present Ridgefield, Washington visited by Lewis and Clark. This is a photo of the Chiefs end of the building and one of the the fire pits. There were personal areas along the sides for the others and a small entrance on the other end. Open to the public for free guided tours 12 to 4pm Sat & Sun through September. 28908 N.W. Main, Ridgefield, Washington_MG_5784

Smith Rocks

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

_MG_7786 - Version 2Smith Rocks State Park offers some great opportunities for rock climbers. I prefer a cool beverage in the shade but to each his own. The climber is the bit of blue just to the right of center. Photo: near Madras, Oregon 6/21/2014

Waldo Lake, Oregon

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

The Waldo Lake Wilderness area is located near Oakridge OR, S.W. of Eugene and it is the 2nd larges non alkali lake in OR.  It is  420 feet deep and no motors are allowed on the lake.  There was a forest fire here in 1996 but there is an abundance of wild flowers in June and July.  Photo:  9/05/2008_MG_3555_1 - Version 2

Rhododendron Garden

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, OR.  Very few flowers this time of year but there are various shades of green and good color from the fall leaves.  It is a pleasant stroll and there are a variety of ducks and geese.  There is no entrance fee until spring.  Photo:  10/24/2013

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Crack in the Ground

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Crack in the Ground was produced by a tension fracture that occurred approximately 1,100 years ago.  It is 3 to 50 feet wide, up to 70 feet deep and a little over 2 miles long.  There is a reasonable trail along the bottom of the crack but it requires some scrambling over the rocks.   The location is near Christmas Valley S.E. of Bend, OR.  Photo: 10/17/2013

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Lime Kiln State Park

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

_MG_5587 - Version 3 Lighthouse at Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island with Canada on the horizon.  Photo: 6/20/2013 

Three Arch Rocks

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge near Oceanside, Or.  There are nesting colonies of Common Murres, Tufted Puffins, Leach’s Storm-petrels, Brandt’s Cormorants and Pigeon Guillemots roost on these rocks.  Visitors and boats are not allowed to approach closer than a 1000 feet from the refuge.  Photo taken 1-18-2004.

Rhododendron Garden

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Crystal Spring Rhododendron Garden near Reed College in Southeast Portland, OR. Fall color,  migratory ducks  and small children provide considerable interest in our parks when the weather is nice.  The fee is $3.00 from 10:00 am to 6:00pm  Thursday through Monday from March to Labor Day and otherwise free. Photo: 10/29/2010