William Heat-Moon’s book, “Here, There, Elsewhere” is one delight after another of places unknown and some familiar.
Once upon a time, we zipped over Stephens or Snoqualmie passes in Washington in mid-winter, hoping only to avoid goose-feather snowflakes, taking “compact snow and ice” as routine. No more.
Muleshoe is camping at its best. We are happy with a level parking space, a picnic table, and an accessible (chemical will do) toilet.
The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in the John Day area of Oregon is a gold mine of geological timetables and formations, of flora and fauna fossils, all illustrated with charts, descriptions, rock samples, and the fossils themselves.
John Day, the hunter, trapper, and mountain man, native of Virginia, whose name is applied now to the area, explored, hunted, and lived in a wide area including not only the part of Oregon named for him, but wide areas in Idaho and Washington.
1864: William Richard Mascall and his wife, Sophie, homesteaded the original 320 acres of the Mascall Ranch for which the Mascall formation was named.
Ox Bow Wagons and Coaches, as we drive into Canyon City, is the place to order your custom-made replica of a stage coach, chuck wagon, or carriage. It’s also jam packed with harnesses, hardware, antique farm equipment…
Our museum visit began with bells and whistles. We had noticed construction at the library next door to the museum, so when we heard fire alarms and sirens we supposed workmen had set off the alarm by mistake.
Harney County, Oregon, is land locked. We had no idea that there we’d find relics from a ship connected with the Panama Canal story!
We arrived in Burns, Oregon, as rain clouds gathered and checked in at the Silver Spur Motel just in time to get our bags into the room before the rain hit.