Friday, August 24, 2007

Oregon Coast

Lots of beautiful scenery along the Oregon coast. Plenty of light houses also.
The panographic shot was made of five images blended with a program called "autostitch". A must for photographers and hobbyists. Click images for a larger picture.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

The tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast at 93 feet, it is a sibling to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California and Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina. The light shines 162 feet above the ocean and can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The tower, made from 370,000 bricks from San Francisco, is double walled for insulation and dampness protection.
Ships passing close to Yaquina Head have reported their compasses going awry. While eerie, there is a simple explanation. There is a vein of magnetized iron in the outcropping on which the lighthouse sits. If a ship passes too close, a traditional compass will not give an accurate reading. A webcam is available here.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Oregon Vacation

Mount Hood (45.4N, 121.7W) is the tallest mountain in Oregon (11,237 feet, 3,426 m) and popular with skiers, hikers, and climbers. It is 45 miles (75 km) east-southeast of Portland, Oregon. Mount Hood is a stratovolcano made of lava flows, domes, and volcaniclastic deposits. The main cone of Mount Hood formed about 500,000 years ago. In the last 15,000 years the volcano has had four eruptive periods.

The lighthouse was commissioned on January 1, 1890. The tower stands 38 feet high and is the shortest lighthouse in the state. It is constructed of bricks (made right on site at a cost of $2,900) with iron plates (made in Portland and shipped by wagon) covering it. The original addition that now houses the interpretive shop was built in 1895 - the current interpretive shop replaced the original work room in 1978. The light was a five wick oil lamp with a reflector to increase the light. It was turned by a 200 pound lead weight that was wound by a system similar to a grandfather clock. It turned 2 ½ hours on one winding at a pace of 7 ½ revolutions per hour. The lens and iron housing weighed two tons complete. The two lamp oil houses held 3,240 gallons of oil in five gallon cans and were located east of the lighthouse. The walls were made 15 inches thick to protect the area from the danger of fire in the buildings.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Spending a little vacation time in Gig Harbor, Washington with some old friends. Has been dry here and sunny for a couple of weeks so we brought them some rain. Went to Seattle via the big ferry yesterday and did some downtown sight seeing. Will post some pictures later today.

Seattle's historic Pike Place Market is a popular destination for city residents and tourists alike, and it turns 100 years old this year! Located just off the waterfront, this multi-level building features dozens of artisans, vegetable growers, flower sellers, craftspeople and more. You can load up on organic produce or fresh seafood, or browse the unique gift and specialty shops.

There are also restaurants and brew pubs for your refreshment and dining pleasure. And right across the street is the first ever Starbucks Coffee Shop!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Crater Lake - Like No Place Else on Earth

Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. The water is so blue that it looks like a velvet cloth instead of water.
Wizard Island is shown in the first picture.
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Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles (160 km) east of the Pacific Ocean. It lies inside a caldera, or volcanic basin, created when the 12,000 foot (3,660 meter) high Mount Mazama collapsed 7,700 years ago following a large eruption.

Generous amounts of winter snow, averaging 533 inches (1,354 cm) per year, supply the lake with water. There are no inlets or outlets to the lake. Crater Lake, at 1,943 feet (592 meters) deep, is the seventh deepest lake in the world and the deepest in the United States. Evaporation and seepage prevent the lake from becoming any deeper.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

More Animals

I had several deliveries in the Yreka area today and saw some interesting sights. The alpaca ranch had some friendly critters and a couple of wonderful watch dog/caretakers. The dogs are raised as puppies with the alpacas and guard them and protect them from predators (and humans).

This house had two deer in the front yard as I drove up to make the delivery. I tried to be quiet, snapped a couple of photos, then quietly got out of the truck and the deer stayed around for another photo shoot.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Brush fire in Weed, CA. today.

Today on my way to Macdoel and Tulelake a 50 acre brush/forest fire started just south of the city of Weed, CA. Apparently no structures were threatened but it was moving close to the Roseburg Lumber Company's pile of logs. Tanker planes and helicopters were fighting the fire and I thought for a moment that highway 97 (the road I use going towards Oregon) would be closed. Mount Shasta is in the background.

The second picture shows the smoke and the view is entering Weed from the North on highway 97 on my way home late Monday afternoon.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Edge of the Storm

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My route extended all the way to Tulelake again on Thursday. I love the summer storms in the mountains. The rest of the sky is pure blue and the thunderclouds build up along the hill tops. There was even a little lightning but I was unable to capture it on film