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North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters September 12th 2020

Opened the blinds this morning hoping that the visibility was better, but it was actually worse. We check the current road closures and found that Rt 101 was now open so we hit the road at 8:45, destination, Coos Bay. It didn't take long to realize that it was going to be another day of no scenery. The smoke was very thick and we could even smell it in the RV. After driving through it for a few hours and not seeing a thing, we began to wonder if it was worth staying on the coast highway. We stopped for lunch in Newport and Ray immediately started making calls. He found that all the roads to Crater Lake NP were closed and the campground was preparing for a possible evacuation. It then made no sense going ... read more
DOT Fire map
Oregon Coast
One of many road closures

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters September 15th 2018

Oregon 2018. Sisters Town Day off cycling today so wandered around town looking at the many art and craft shops typical of any tourist town. The bike shop got the most interest with a lot of purchasing going on and bartering with the owner. The girls seemed to get the better hand of their husbands and walked away with bulging bags of clothing whilst the men walked away with hardware. Sisters is typical of any American town with wide roads diagonal parking on either side and single story shops with false high fronts. Coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries and cafes enough to fatten up any passer by. Much interest was shown in the antique shops with old kitchen ranges and cowboy boots, plus much interesting steel sculptures made from scrap farm mowing machines etc. We went into ... read more
Some of the mad cyclists.
Ponderosa Pine tree..
Three Sisters

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters September 14th 2018

Oregon 2018. Sisters Went for breakfast at 8 but slow service since it was a la carte. Away into a cool but sunny day at 9.30, after getting lunch provisions at the market by the restaurant since no food available at all on our route. Shortly after leaving the main road we were into the climb of over 20 miles which in my case took about 4 hours mostly in the shade of the forest cover. We saw one cyclist making the descent only to see him go back the other way as we were at the top - tough. I was surprised by the landscape at the top since it was volcanic crater created in the last 1900 years. We stopped at the observatory, which is a tower made of the local stone and at ... read more
Hillbilly toilet stop
Fire damage. .
The Crater

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters August 14th 2018

As Bruce clarified a couple of days ago, one goes through several stages of mood swings while on a long distance ride like this. The first month, ( Virginia, and Kentucky), I was excited by the adventure. There were some extremely hard days, but I was determined to complete this challenge, so I met the steep climbs and hot and wet days with determination and confidence. Stage two was when I settled into the routine and peddled on despite the challenges. ( Illinois and Missouri). The Ozarks were definitely tough, but Bruce was there to enjoy those challenges with me and we had some great times. Stage three was the most difficult by far. (Kansas). I was past any excitement and to far along to quit. However, I really suffered through the headwinds and sameness of ... read more
Thank you Google Maps
Great gravel ride!
Ok, now this is a bit extreme!

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters August 20th 2016

Geo: 44.2911, -121.548Since we had already done Smith Rock State Park and had no desire to visit it again, we moved up our plans to hike another section of the Pacific Crest Trail. This trailhead was about 20 miles west of the town of Sisters at the summit of McKenzie Pass on Hwy 242. The highway, also called the McKenzieHighway, passes through a large lava field that flowed from two volcanoes, Belknap Crater which erupted 1,700 years ago and Little Belknap which erupted only 1,600 years ago. The Dee Wright Observatory is in the middle of this lava field about a quarter of amile before McKenzie Pass. It is a structure built using the lava rocks that consists of a small room atop a mound of the lava. The room has view ports through which one ... read more
Dee Wright Observatory.
Belknap Crater
Belknap Crater

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters April 30th 2015

We had made plans to visit with friends from our days in Portland. They have now moved to Bend, Oregon, so we planned to meet them in Sisters for lunch. Again we were fortunate to have a sunny day though there were some clouds when we left Salem. To get to Sisters we drove East up Hwy 26 along the North Santiam River. This brought back memories of when Dwain would take David and Mike canoeing on that river when the boys were young. In Sisters we had a great visit with our friends, catching up on family news. After lunch Dwain and I took off to capture pictures of the area before returning to Salem. Fortunately the clouds had burned off enough so we could see most of the mountains as you will see in ... read more
Big Cliff Dam, OR
Sisters, OR
Three Sisters mountains, OR 02

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters August 24th 2012

Day 12 was spent in Sisters, did laundry, recharged ipad, and ate non-dehyradted food! Found place to camp a mile outside of town. Day13 started out on HWY 242, stopped at Coldwater Spring CG, could not find trailhead. Kept walking until saw sign for Scott Pass TH. Took that road and basically hiked 9 miles uphill until I could no more. Am way out in wilderness, maybe more isolated geographically than ever. Hoping road leads me to instersect trail real soon. Day 14 Left camp and continued on fire trail road. Unfortunately the road led me back to HWY 242 to Sisters, so ended up looping back. Beautiful views of the three sisters mountain range. Day 15 a friend in town gave me a lift up to Santiam Pass, where I picked up the trail and ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters August 19th 2012

Day 12 was spent in Sisters, did laundry, recharged ipad, and ate non-dehyradted food! Found place to camp a mile outside of town.Day13 started out on HWY 242, stopped at Coldwater Spring CG, could not find trailhead. Kept walking until saw sign for Scott Pass TH. Took that road and basically hiked 8 miles uphill until I could no more. Am way out in wilderness, maybe more isolated geographically than ever. Hoping road leads me to instersect trail real soon.Day 14 this road I'd been on since noonish yesterday led me back to Sisters....so spent two days and about 20 miles of wasted effort attemptong to locate trailhead. has reminded me of the frustrations often found in travel. one of the many things about travelling i like is the necessity often found to figure oneself out ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Sisters August 17th 2012

Day 8 this morning's reading's theme was 'abandon hope'. The belief behind such an idea is that only by giving up expectations, i.e., hope that we're, it, they're, will be better eventually can we not only become comfortable with the idea of groundlessness, but begin the begin of seeing and accepting where we're at at this moment.A mile into today's hike I heard a huge crashing, tumbling through the branches type of sound and saw a black blur cross the trail and scamper up the hill to my right. That's right, a black bear. About 40 yards in front of me. I thght, "cool, a bear", look how fearless I am!" a few moments later I realized that if said bear was stopped, growling and acting threateningly, I can be sure that "cool a bear!" would ... read more




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