The photos below are what we saw.
Mark helped us debug
our window. The window failed in the down position
(which is great if it is hot and not raining). Removing
the cosmetic cover showed that the gears that raise the window
were slipping due to wear. I can't get too concerned as
Thor is a 1988 and some failures are to be expected.
house is river-front property right on the Rogue. He has
an outdoor patio with tables and chairs for entertaining guests.
upper table had nice bark covering the river sand and a fire
he constructed a dock mechanism for his jet ski.
Grant's Pass and headed upstream along the Rogue into the
stopped at a river-side park and saw plenty of happy rafters.
in the area were burning hard generating lots and lots of acrid
smoke making visibility poor and breathing difficult.
of smoke lasted for 40 miles or so before it started to thin
We passed tons of fire fighting equipment on the move. Above, the first truck has a 'dozer and the second one has a skidder destined for the fire lines.
went through a clear patch allowing us a view of Diamond Peak in
the distance. Diamond Peak is volcanic and a testament to
the powerful forces that formed the Cascade Range.
OR we spotted these BNSF locomotives moving without a
load. They were rolling perhaps 30 mph on the tracks close
to the highway.
place outside of Sisters, OR we got to see his new shop.
This is a big shop with plenty of room for multiple projects.
discovered a market for restored International Harvester
vehicles. Above is "Buttercup" a 1972 3/4 ton 2 wheel
drive pickup. This truck has over 350K miles and still
runs very well. In fact, we drove it to dinner.
Some other International products awaiting restoration.
International work truck.
us that Earth Cruiser's manufacturing facility is in Bend, so we
went to visit them and see their products. Very nice, but
very pricey. These rigs were quite a bit smaller than Thor
and it would take some "getting used to" to downsize from our
looking out the window at dusk I spotted a herd of deer that
were walking past the shop.
left Ben's place we traveled through Redmond and spotted this
odd kinetic sculpture next to the highway.
traveled east to Prineville and stopped at the overlook.
The valley is nice and the city is too, but the smoke from the
fires was distressing.
volcanic mesas were visible in the distance through the smoke.
a lunch stop in Mitchell, OR. The (only) cafe was rustic,
but had good food.
us that we needed to check out the Painted Hills area that was
on our route, so we went as directed. The colors of the
clay were remarkable.
were many hills composed of layers of brightly colored clay
smoke from the fires provided an odd color cast to the light.
looked regal with the brightly colored clay hills in the background.
bank of hills was different.
stripes were profound and accented by the golden colors of the
the black stripes were coal or a carbon-based compound, but never
was able to confirm that premise. The outcroppings
produced a pattern like Morse code.
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