Ren Vasiliev
June 30, 2015 @ 4:01 AM

Land's Inn, where I have been staying, is a working airport; Tom, the pilot of the family, took me flying on Friday the 26th over the landscape that I had been exploring by car.


Painted Hills


That's the John Day River at lower left as it comes out of Picture Gorge.


Those trees are junipers, which are invasive here. They take too much water out of the ground and grow back denser than they were after if not controlled.


Landing on the grass airstrip at Land's Inn. The airplane is a 1947 Stinson Bobcat. Very lovingly maintained! Note the mountain in the top right. That is Sugar Loaf, right behind the cabins and the houses.

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June 28, 2015 @ 4:19 AM

Lenticular clouds outside of Redmond, OR


Just a few sprinkles from these, but what's with the palindromic street name? Bend, OR.


Sunset, Land's Inn.

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June 24, 2015 @ 4:30 AM

A leaf fossil from the Bridge Creek Flora fossil beds in Fossil, Oregon. The fossil beds there are owned by the Fossil School District, which allows small amounts of collecting for $5 per person. This goes back to the school district to fund a paleontology program there. (Image is larger than original.)


I have seen two shoe trees: this one at milepost 88 on US Route 26 and another on US Route 97 on the way to Bend, Oregon. There seems to be a tradition of festooning dead trees with dead shoes.



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June 20, 2015 @ 4:13 AM

Yup. I went more than halfway to the North Pole on my way to the Columbia River.


There's a tiny UPS truck down there. See it? And those are wheat fields around it.


Winds farms stand amidst the wheat fields. Wonder which is the supplementary income for the farmers.

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June 19, 2015 @ 4:04 AM

I decided to drive north to The Dalles, a city on the Columbia River. The poor river is dammed (damned?) to the gills for irrigation, flood control, and, mostly, for electricity. 

Between the city and the river lie Interstate 84, railroad tracks, and several streets. This arch holds up I-84.


The Dalles Dam with train in the foreground and Washington State in the background.


100-year old rose garden at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center. It was started by the folks who first settled here, Then their descendents gave the land for the visitor's center.

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June 15, 2015 @ 4:13 AM

Cell phone service and wi-fi are limited to the City of Dayville (population 156). So, this is where I come just about every day to check emails, texts, and post on my blog. Meanwhile, to get to Dayville, I have to drive that 5 miles down the dirt road from Land's Inn to the highway, Oregon Route 19, go south 5 miles to US Route 26, then go east 7 miles to the heart of town.

The Dayville Cafe is the local diner, good food and excellent cinnamon rolls. Generally speaking, what we call diners in the east are called cafes in the west. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all but Mondays and Tuesdays. And, it is my source of wi-fi. 


General stores are called Mercantiles out here. This one has everything: and ATM; all ...............

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June 12, 2015 @ 4:13 AM

NOTE: The last image is of a snake, so those of you who are sensitive to them, stop at the feral pigs sign.


Pronghorn Antelope, males


Cow. . .haha. Note the brand and the eartag.


Western Fence Lizard, female.


Feral Pigs dig up fields in a way that looks like a rototiller did the work.


Western Rattlesnake, Prairie subspecies

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June 9, 2015 @ 4:13 AM

This is the Painted Hills unit of John Day Fossil Beds NM, henceforth to be referred to as The Park. More information here.


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June 7, 2015 @ 4:36 AM

I have finally made it to where I will be staying for all of June. It's a fly-in bed-&-breakfast with a grass runway, a hangar, cabins, and camping, called Land's Inn. Power is provided by solar panels and propane (for cooking and hot water). Quite rustic, but delightful! There is a five-mile long dirt road that climbs into the hills to get there. Not counting the dirt road, it is three miles to the Thomas Condon Paleontology Research Center, which is also the visitor's center for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, through which this whole artisti-in-residence adventure is happening.

View from the road to Land's Inn


The middle cabin is my home for now.


My neighbors


View up the ...............

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June 5, 2015 @ 4:09 AM

Hanford, Washington, was a small village when the Government decided that it needed a place far from anywhere else, but close to enough electrical power to create plutonium for the Manhattan Project and beyond. The dams on the Columbia River provided the electricity, and the village of Hanford was closed. Today, this is a U.S. Department of Energy site with many agencies, private and public, working on creating energy, and who knows what else.Security badges are required for entry everywhere. I, of course, didn't have one, and it was Sunday, so there was no one to give me a tour or anything else. I stopped at a security booth to see what I would be told about the place. The guard took my driver's license to check it against some .........

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