Friday, May 29, 2009

Back Home - Again

Last Night out was at the KOA in Culver Oregon. The owners were great and Steve Klontz even came to the RV to help with the WiFi Connection on my new laptop. I had not realized there is a manual switch for wireless and since it had worked since we bought the laptop I'd never had that problem. Thanks Steve.

Orace Gabriel Collver moved from Coos Bay, Oregon to Eastern Oregon and founded the town of Culver. He built a general store, which housed the post office (He was Postmaster) and became the center of the community. In 1911, the railroad came through, but on the opposite side of the valley, so the town relocated to the railroad. Orace had the whole house moved to the new location, while the townspeople used the lumber from their old homes and buildings to build new ones. The upstairs of his store housed a meeting hall that was used for local events and dances.

As we were leaving the campground a farmer was plowing the North forty.

From Culver we passed through Redmond, Oregon and since it was Memorial Day the streets were lined with American flags.

Halfway to Sisters, Oregon I stopped for a shot of the Three Sisters Peaks.
The three peaks have 15 named glaciers among them, nearly half of all the 35 named glaciers in Oregon. The Sisters were named Faith, Hope, and Charity by early settlers.

Another very high peak on the horizon was Mount Washington. The pointy main peak is a volcanic plug that was heavily eroded by glaciers in the last ice age.

We then drove through the town of Sisters a very nice tourist destination. The main events in Sisters are the Sisters Rodeo and the Annual Quilt show.

When we got back home we were enchanted by our neighbor Sharon's blooming cactus with a marvelous flower.

Our dark Iris was about to open (It's open in the last picture) and I was excited about seeing it open fully.

Our tall white Iris blooms were all out ...

... as were these tiny blue Siberian Iris plants.

I just love these little guys.

The Lupin had all fully flowered as well...

... and the small blue Oregon Iris

Even the Foxglove was blooming and ...

... our Peonies in the back yard.

The Dogwood is just starting to bloom and the tree is full of blooms.

The birds were around because I left some feed in the feeders. There was this Blue Jay...

... and a few Gold Finch hanging out.

The Gold Finch is the most common bird at our feeders and this time of year the males are in full color.

They are lovely birds and fun to watch.

The Osprey even came around and perched in the Huge Cottonwood tree in the field next door.

Back to the flowers and a close up of the interior of a Peony.

Sharon and Charlie, our neighbors, brought us these cacti from their recent trip.

Finally this is the dark Iris bud when it is fully open and it's my favorite Iris.

No Scrabble

Quote of the Day ~
"One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world was better for this." Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra a Spanish novelist and poet The quote is from Don Quixote

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