Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Highway 97 to Home

We arrived in Red Bluff, California after visiting Peter and a half day drive. All RV parks have speed limits very low for many reasons. One is the children that may be present and the second at the pets that may be on a walk but the very most important reason is all us old people (some really, really old) driving home sized vehicles on wheels. So the Red Bluff RV Park posted this sign.

The next morning we drove north but left Interstate 5 just north of Weed California and headed Northeast on Highway 97 toward Klamath Falls, Oregon. One nice thing about this rout is it's only 10 miles farther than taking I5 but also it provides a great view south to Mt. Shasta.

Scrabble Queen took this out of the Musemobile at 55 mph, it's the picture I always wanted to take of Shasta but never had the chance.

Just after getting on 97 we came across the "Living Memorial Sculpture Garden & Labyrinth." What a mouthful but it was a nice surprise.

The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, created by Vietnam veteran and sculpture artist, Dennis Smith, was dedicated as a war memorial, but the metal sculptures evoke a powerful sense of striving for peace. Somber, haunting and spiritual, the site has a surreal beauty. Fifty-eight thousand pines, a living memorial to the 58,000 American dead in Vietnam, also grace the site. Although it is dedicated to veterans of all conflicts, the site has been developed as a "park for everyone".

This sculpture is called the "Peaceful Warrior" and stands at the entrance of the road into the Memorial Garden.

Inside they have constructed a memorial wall much like the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.

At the top of the memorial are metal sculptures of helicopters and their crews. Yes, that is Mt. Shasta in the background.

The sculptures were fascinating and there was more there that we didn't have time to go see but I'm sure next trip we will spend more time there.

Grass Lake in California is a great picture spot and I have more pictures not in the blog. I got this picture of some of the photographers and birdwatchers on a field trip to the lake.

This must me a shallow lake because grass can be seen from one end to the other.

To give you perspective on Grass Lake this is a picture I found on the web taken by David Johnson, September 2003

... And this is mine taken April 29, 2007. The blue is water *lol* and the white, believe it or not is the tops of the grass. We were there at the perfect time and it's impossible to give you any idea of how beautiful this spot is this time of year.

Just before entering Oregon we passed through the town of Dorris, CA where highways 97 zigged then zagged several times. On one of the zigs we passed this little coffee drive through with a great name. Ms. Red Sox this is for you and will make a great addition to my collection of "Espressonist Art." Knowing also the Mattman is a Moody Blues fan - Matt this Brews for you 020202.

No Jim those aren't real trout just part of the sculpture at the Kla-Mo-Ya Casino on highway 97. The Casino is part of the commerce of the Klamath Tribes/

The Klamath Tribes are serious about achieving economic self- sufficiency which means controlling our own destinies. With characteristic energy, determination and vision, and a commitment to the larger community, the Tribes have created a modern corporate identity and an efficient Tribal organization. At present, with current enrolled membership around 3,500, the Klamath Tribes contribute about $25 million per annum to Klamath County's economy in the form of payroll, direct expenses and goods and services. The Klamath Tribes Mission Statement gives clear direction to tribal government and its organization:

"The mission of the Klamath Tribes is to protect, preserve, and enhance the spiritual, cultural,and physical values and resources of the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin Peoples, by maintaining the customs and heritage of our ancestors. To establish a comprehensive unity by fostering the enhancement of spiritual and cultural values through a government whose function is to protect the human and cultural resources,treaty rights, and to provide for the development and delivery of social and economic opportunities for our People through effective leadership."

No Scrabble

Quote of the Day ~
"I am but one man. I am the voice of my people. Whatever their hearts are, that I talk. I want no more war. I want to be a man."~ Kintpuash (Captain Jack) of the Modocs

Captain Jack (Kintpuash) was played in the 1954 movie "Drum Beat" by Charles Bronson in one of his early roles. "Drum Beat" starred Alan Ladd which was filmed 1 year and 5 movies after his great performance in "Shane" one of the movies that made me love the West.

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