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Aug 12, 2011 - There's gold in them there hills?
Well that was certainly true back in the 1890's when there was over 300 mines in Baker County. We were told that some of the richest deposits came from Cracker Creek on the west edge of the old mining town of Sumpter (now pretty much a ghost town except for four day flea markets on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends). Gold pan, shovel and bucket in hand on our day off we decided what fun it would be to try our hand at, for the first time, panning for gold. Driving along Cracker Creek on rough and dusty gravel roads, we headed...Jump to full entry
Aug 2, 2011 - No one can paint a picture like Mother Nature!
Having the day off yesterday we decided we wanted to see the John Day Fossil Beds about 150 miles west of the campground. Heading out early we drove through the beautiful forest and then the landscape began to change. Following the John Day River bottom, the mountains gave way to arid hills but miles and miles of fertile hay ground in the valley would make any rancher drool! Stopping at the little town of Dayville we encountered the Mercantile which was opened in 1896 and still looks like it did the day it opened. Boy could the owners grow...Jump to full entry
Nov 8, 2008 - Day 210 Mitchell, Oregon
Day 210 Saturday 8th November Mitchell, Oregon Despite traffic, and car park noises, planes overhead we both slept reasonably well, having said that there was semi trailer next to us who saw fit to start his engine at 6am and left if idling for the next 3 hrs – we felt this was totally unnecessary and most annoying to say the least. We headed north on the I84 to Baker City. The highway made its way thru the valleys with steep mountains on either side. The countryside was rather desolate and really not suitable to anything other than...Jump to full entry