Sunday July 8th- July 14th, 2018
Sunday: Day of rest and reorganizing. Good thing! We had a busy Monday coming up!
Monday: JP wanted me to see Fort Rock but before we got there we came across the the Fort Rock Homestead Village and museum. Its self guided (they give you a flyer that describes each settlers home). Oddly everything is in the open, no guard rails or glass partitions. You just walk in on your own and look around. Most of the settlers homes were relocated to this village but it gives you a feel for what the settlements were like in the 1900’s.
Dt Thom’s Office
The Belletable House
The Blacksmith Shop (AKA the Horse Shoer)
Saint Bridget’s Catholic Church (formally known as St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church)
Fort Rock General Store
Sunset School -schools are always my favorite!
Settlers Chuck Wagon – JP’s favorite!
And the ever popular – Restrooms
The whole settlement was interesting. They had the “tiny house” and “minimal” thing down long before it was a lifestyle change! We did eventually make it to the actual Fort Rock State Park but not before a little shell shock at the price of gas out here in no mans land! We drove up to Fort Rock State Park and took some photos. Its a geological area that’s been around since prehistoric times. There are hiking trails but by the time we left the Settlers Village it was getting late in the afternoon and there was some fishing on the schedule so we headed back to camp.
JP packed us up in no time and we headed out to bank fish on Ana Reservoir. It was my kinda fishing with chartreuse sparkle power bait and really nice sized trout. Even though I love catching – I’m not so much into eating them and they are hard to release since they generally swallow the hook. So we limited ourselves to catching only enough to bring home to a friend who is a trout for dinner kind of gal and called it a night!
Tuesday: We took a ride into Paisley. It was much smaller than we anticipated. It didn’t have much to see. There was one lovely store though, the Paisley Fabric and Quilt Store that also carried antiques and some lovely Oregon Sunstone jewelry.
We drove on about another 45 minutes to Lakeview. It’s a much bigger town and had a nice downtown (though many buildings were empty). It had that cool historic feel with brick buildings and signs telling about the stores past. We visited the lovely new library to print out some biz, and took our time walking around town. In the early 1900’s there was a fire so the buildings were rebuilt after that. We popped in and out of a few stores and took some pictures.
The Chamber of Commerce Downtown won me over with it’s window sign. Apparently everyone is welcome here and that sits well with me!
Sad Side Note: I found this poster downtown. I never knew about the Japanese Balloon Bombs (otherwise known as Fugos). The poster may be hard to read but if you’re interested you can google it. I had no idea – just another reminder of how little of the past I know about.
Wednesday: Camp all day – but JP and the neighbor Dave went flyfishing at Ana Reservoir in the evening. Dave caught one – JP had some hits. It gets windy in the evening so it was an early night. After dark JP and I went out to look at the amazing night sky. I don’r remember seeing so many stars (and satellites)! There was a ribbon of mist (or smoke or something) that threaded through the starts. It was totally awesome!
Thursday: Evidently JP made a buddy of the Forestry guy so he came knocking on the camper door to give us the Fish Facts of the day. We packed up and headed to Deadhorse Lake past Paisley. The weather couldn’t have been nicer and we had the lake to ourselves. JP caught a couple of nice size trout fly fishing and I managed to catch 3 on my handy power worms.
Deadhorse Lake –
Friday: Not much to report. Hot as hell and not even a breeze! The air conditioner was barely keeping up. We stayed in Lucky, and made reading and trip planning the only activities of the day.
Saturday: We took a ride up to the Lookout. It was certainly beautiful and a bit cooler which was a relief! We came across some ATV folk and a lot of cattle on our way up. Captain John C. Frémont and his Army topographical team were on a mapping expidition in 1843 through central Oregon. On Dec 16th, 1843 they worked their way down a snowy cliff to find a huge lake below them. Fremont named the ridge Winter Ridge and the lake, Summer Lake. Here’s Fremont’s description of their discovery and the names of the the ridge and lake I found on Wikipedia:
At our feet…more than a thousand feet below…we looked into a green prairie country, in which a beautiful lake, some twenty miles in length, was spread along the foot of the mountain…Shivering on snow three feet deep, and stiffening in a cold north wind, we exclaimed at once that the names of summer lake and winter ridge should be applied to these proximate places of such sudden and violent contrast.
— John C. Fremont, 16 December 1843, Report, Second Expedition
Later in the afternoon JP took his pontoon back out to Ana Reservoir. No fish tonight but JP and his fly fisher friend Dave had a beer and called it a night.Its our last night here. We’ll be up early in the AM and packing for the road. Next destination: Steen Mountain Resort, Frenchglen OR.