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Aug 4, 2018 - Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Burns, OR Jim does not consider birds to be wildlife (too hard to count) so we usually do not spend much time pursuing them. Today, however, we went to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge which has as many as 320 species of birds amongst the deserts, grasslands, marshes and rimrock. Malheur serves as a Pacific Flyway stop for the Northern Pintail and Tundra Swan, Lesser and Greater Sandhill Crane, Snow Goose and Ross Goose. Ducks, grebes, pelicans and trumpeter swans are drawn to the numerous ponds, marshes and lakes. Deer, antelopes, ducks,...

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Aug 3, 2018 - Mount Bachelor

Burns, OR We needed to transfer ourselves to the east today so we started by going west to Mount Bachelor, named Mount Bachelor because it "stands apart" from the nearby Three Sisters. After checking out nearby scenic Lake Todd, we got a ride to the top of Mount Bachelor via the ski lift. Mount Bachelor, like all the others, is a live though inactive volcano. It reaches an elevation of 9,068’ which is why we were bundled up against the 48° weather with an even colder, very strong wind. While up top we attended a ranger talk. We learned...

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Jun 21, 2018 - Solstice, Rain, and Rivers

The solstice might be all about time in the sun but my first day of summer was spend driving through cloud gray downpours along brimming rivers. Water, water everywhere. I said farewell to the last of the BBB's and literally had rivers in sight the entire eight hour drive toward home today - the Clark's Fork, Lolo, Lochsa, Syringa, Malheur, Selway, Clearwater, Salmon, Weiser and Silvies Rivers. I should have traveled by boat. River sightings included misty auras from hot springs flowing into the Lochsa, masses of fishing traffic along the...

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Cum Laude

Jun 17, 2017 - Here, There and Yonder on the 395

Greetings from Highway 395! For almost two weeks now we have traversed the 395 from its southern inception in Hesperia, California in Southern California to Southeastern Oregon. We had no idea how beautiful and varied the landscape would be, we highly recommend this route to our fellow travelers. After leaving Tom’s Place near Bishop, CA we traveled to Gardnerville, which is just south of Carson City, NV. While here we did some catching up, restocking of supplies and had our front shocks replaced. We stayed at a beautiful Elks Lodge...

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Jun 5, 2017 - Idaho Botanical Gardens, Boise to Burns, Oregon

After writing my blog yesterday, we were on the edge of a severe thunderstorm. Winds were 60-70 mph, and we felt it. It only thundered a little and then rained a little, but the wind blew for about 1 1/2 hours. We kept smelling smoke, and were thinking some idiots had a campfire going. Turns out, that there was a huge fire on both sides of I-84, that shut down the interstate about 30 miles from our campsite. There were still fire trucks on the scene when we went by. The news indicated it would be totally out by 4 pm today. We didn't see any...

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May 11, 2016 - Burns, Oregon

We are in Burns, Oregon today and traveled the High Desert Discovery By-Way on our way to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. If you recall, this is the refuge that was taken over by disgruntled ranchers. The visitor center is still closed because of the occupation. The Refuge is famous for its tremendous diversity and spectacular concentrations of wildlife, boasting over 320 bird species and 58 mammal species. Lynd took several pictures we thought are interesting for you to see, including one of his favorites, the Canvasback which he...

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2016 RV Trip

Apr 13, 2015 - Harney County - the wild west comes alive

Harney County, where Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located, is a scene straight out of an old wild west movie. There are huge ranches full of cattle, tall mountains, sage covered hills, red rim rock canyons, grassy valleys as well as examples of volcanic activity. Harney County is the heart of south- eastern Oregon cattle country. It was settled around 1870 by cattlemen and vaqueros. The weather was harsh. Cold winters and hot summers, but they managed. One way rancher Peter French dealt with this was by creating a round barn in...

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Aug 26, 2014 - Braymen Ranch

aug 26, We arrived at the Braymen ranch in Burns, Oregon around noon. We had a great visit with one of Helen's best friends from her first 2 years in high school in Burns Oregon., Pauline and her husband Allen. It is wonderful when we can continue a friendship as if no time had elapsed between seeing each other and be as comfortable as we were 60 years ago. We thank Pauline & Allan for their wonderful hospitality.

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Aug 8, 2014 - Burns, OR

Made another 3+ hour drive to Burns today. Got into the smoke enroute from forest fire about 60 miles North but not bad once reaching the RV Park. Very nice Park and would stay here again if in the area but this time it was an overnight. Sorry...no pics. Tomorrow back on the road again heading to the coast.

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May 27, 2014 - Chickahominy Reservoir & Campground

Hello Everyone, Today we left Boise, Idaho and headed due West into Oregon! We traveled on the Central Oregon Highway, Rt 20, for hundreds of miles amidst desert-like scrub fields with scattered farms and cow pastures. As it got later in the day, we stopped at the Chickahominy Reservoir and Campground. This is a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) campground right on the side of a man-made reservoir. The cost to stay the night...$8! What a fantastic sunset and sunrise in this little slice of Paradise! We then left Chickahominy, at 5:50AM, and...

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Sep 4, 2013 - second stop

After a beautiful week in Bend, with shopping (for Linda) and several family events over several days, we are finally headed East. The road from Bend to Burns (tonight's stop) was good, straight, with rolling hills between higher buttes and peaks. How different from the coast! Dry, scrubland, and a very little irrigation in a few spots giving some pasture land grass a boost. No big trees, but some small ones along what may have been creeks during part of the year. But tonight a bit of rain (sprinkles and a little thunder) for the first time...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Bad Fortune

I was going to stay an extra day in Boise to do some sightseeing, but as I made my plan for what to see, everything I wanted to visit was closed on Monday’s. Even the remaining DDD’s were all closed on Monday so we headed west. Today’s route was along US 20 called the Central Oregon Highway. It runs from the Idaho border all the way to the Coast at Newport, OR. The stretch we travelled today was along the Malheur River, “Bad Fortune” River. The river got its name from the fur trappers, the voyageurs, in the early 1800’s when they stashed...

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