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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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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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Oct 29, 2012 - Burns, OR

We decided to stay in Burns, OR at Burns RV Park on our way home. We have stayed here many times and we were pleasantly surprised this time to find some great improvement at this park. We had been following the weather report and knew a storm was coming. We woke up to about 2 inches of snow and still snowing. According to the weather it was better towards Bend and Sisters so we headed in that direction.

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Sep 14, 2012 - On the Road Again...

Date: September 14, 2012 Tonight’s Location: Burns, Oregon Mileage: End - 115712 Start - 115317 Total Miles for the day: 395 Weather: marine layer on the coast, then sunshine, smoke Temperature: start 46º High 88º Wildlife count: Roosevelt Elk, Pronghorn Birds: Brown Pelican, Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Canada Geese, Turkey Vultures, Raven, European Starling, Mourning Dove, Mountain Bluebird, Meadowlark, Magpie, American Robin, California Quail, Brown-headed Cowbirds It was with mixed feeling that we left Bullard’s Beach State...

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Nov 24, 2011 - Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 Lebanon to Burns

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Last night, after the traffic died down, the rain stopped and it was quiet. I got up at 1 AM and called for Zoey, but she wasn’t responding. It had actually gotten warmer outside, so I opened the window at the head of my bed for fresh air, and so I could hear her if she wanted in. At 2 AM, she was on the steps meowing to get in. I let her in, admonishing her the whole time, and then went back to bed. I slept well and got up to heavy rain again. It had started around 6 AM and hadn’t stopped since. I had my...

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