Summer 2011 Travels travel blog

Horse and foal made of barbed wire. Lots of sculpters around the...

River otter

Corn husk basket in the Native American exhibit.

Diorama in NA exhibit.

Antique silk quilt.

Examples of how quilts were used in the western migration.

Saturday, Judie and Cal had some family stuff to do, so Ron and I went on our own to the High Desert Museum just south of Bend.

First we tried out the new GPS thingy that attaches to the laptop. It makes a little red circle indicate where you are on the Streets & Trips map. I had tried one before but it wouldn't work on a previous laptop and version of S&T. Caroline suggested this one and I love it. It follows along and shows where we are in relation to the route on the map I have selected. No more “Recalculating” or indicating a route we don't want to go on. It would have helped so much when we missed our turn in Keizer as the street names whizzed by faster than I could find them on the map – and the Garmin was no help – she kept trying to send us to I-5. Now I know where we are and could have found the correct turn right away.

Anyway - - the museum. It is set in a beautiful natural setting with a stream and ponds peeking out along the outside trail. The stream is full of trout in varying sizes in the clear water so you can watch them. Here and there among the grass, trees and flowers are bronze statues of woodland animals. A mother deer and here twins, an otter, or a salmon jumping a waterfall.

The main museum holds 3 main exhibit areas, the westward migration, the first people and the desert. There are also other exhibits for children and a cafe and gift shop. We spent about an hour in the westward migration which included a beautiful quilt exhibit and in the first people's exhibit. Then we had lunch in their nice little cafe. We sat by the window so we could people watch both inside and out. When we got there only 4 people were seated – but by the time we left it was getting fuller and a lot noisier.

The outside exhibits include a sawmill and a pioneer homestead, a raptor center and an ecology exhibit. We thoroughly enjoyed the docents at the sawmill and homestead. The steam engine was purchased from the Sears catalog for a small co-op in eastern Oregon. They have kept the same story in their narrative of the homestead here at the museum. We had a lot of fun talking with the one docent who claimed to be from Minnesota – ya sure ya betcha.

After we left the museum (after over 4 hours) we headed to Costco and picked up some stuff we needed in bulk and then to Safeway for some smaller amounts of milk etc. Then we headed back home tired and ready for a good night's sleep.

Anyway that is the way our lives have been going. Hope you and yours are well and happy. ENJOY!!

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