…well into the second 5 year mission!

Why Oregon?

Quite a few people have asked me why I made Oregon my home.  I note that none of them were Oregonians…  The most beautiful places usually require a bit of walking, but not everything.  Here are a few of my reasons for calling this home.

First, This is where I am camped at the moment.

Lookout CG 2017-05-18_0

In the area, Spring runoff fills the reservoirs.

Blue River Reservoir area 2017-05-19_0

Blue River Reservoir area 2017-05-19_4

… and the streams.

Blue River Reservoir area 2017-05-19_8

… and the springs.

Blue River Reservoir area 2017-05-19_12

When we talk about Oregon green, this is what we mean.

Oregon green 2017-05-19_1

Oregon green 2017-05-19

Best of all, every photo in this post was taken within 50 feet of a road.


10 responses

  1. Andrea Eagles

    There is nothing like nature to penetrate one’s shell and drag us to our depths…


    May 20, 2017 at 12:38 am

  2. Ken, do you find that the high humidity there aggravates any joint or bone pains?

    Virtual hugs,



    May 20, 2017 at 12:56 am

    • Not the humidity, but the activity… These places call to me, and I tend to try to do too much.


      May 20, 2017 at 1:01 am

  3. It’s really great you can get out and about. Bet you’re lovin’ that electric bicycle!


    May 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

    • It is fun, too much fun. I used it today to get those shots, and I planned on riding about a mile or two. I did almost 20. I just kept finding these interesting mountain roads that called to me. I am trying to sell it, but so far, only one nibble. I really ought to get rid of it. I know I am pushing myself too much with it.


      May 20, 2017 at 1:12 am

  4. Are you selling it because it hasn’t worked out as you had hoped, or because you don’t want the temptation? That was a big investment!


    May 20, 2017 at 1:14 am

    • The biggest issue is that when I ride it, I am working too hard. I didn’t realize how much weight shifting takes place, and the toll that a longer ride takes on one’s muscles. The secondary issue is that it is hard to find places to ride that are not overly taxing. Riding in New Mexico with Jim, every time we hit soft sand, my legs would be out, recovering as the rear wheel kicked to the left or right. On rocky stuff, similar stuff happened. Then, once I leave Oregon in late May, I will have one trail – one – in Wyoming, and I am not sure I will be able to handle it. If not, I will do no bike riding until I am in Utah in September. So, from June to late September, perhaps one ride, which is not enough to keep hauling it around, and when I do have places to ride, I ride too much.

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      May 20, 2017 at 1:26 am

  5. Chris

    Nice photos as usual, Ken. Where do you hang out in Oregon in the summer? A home or do you move around?



    May 20, 2017 at 3:03 am

    • For the past few years, my stays in Oregon have been primarily for routine medical stuff. So, I stay in a few spots. Staging, I stay at Chickahominy Reservoir before crossing the Cascades. on the west side, I stay at South Beach State Park near Newport, at Armitage Park near Eugene, and at Lookout Campground near McKenzie Bridge. For just kicking back, I like La Pine State Park south of Bend, Joseph Stewart St Pk southwest of Crater Lake, a few dispersed camping sites in the Cascades, Lookout Campground, South Beach St Pk, the Camp Sherman area, and of course Crater Lake. My home is my RV, so I am always moving around.

      For the past several years, I have been hanging out near the Tetons for the summer. That has been for the hiking, and last year for a family visit, but now that the hiking is over, this may be my last summer there. We’ll see.


      May 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm

  6. Ed Daniels

    Were it not for family, we would have retired in Oregon. From the coast, to the mountains, to the high desert in a matter of hours.
    Enjoyed your pictures.
    Ed and Carol.


    May 21, 2017 at 12:48 am

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