I am participating in Lisa's Book Blurb Friday, from over at Writing in the Buff. It is fun, and you can play too! Pretend that the picture of the old car below is the cover of a book. On the inside jacket, you have 150 words to entice the reader to buy your book. Lisa gives us a week to think about next week's entry (she's gracious like that). Please CLICK HERE to read what everybody else wrote!
This week's photo prompt was taken by my friend Lynn Obermoeller, who has three blogs:
|Present Letters ~ Lynn Obermoeller|
Ruth Watson slipped her 90-year-old legs out of her daughter's car, thereby placing them back onto the sage-brush covered homestead of where she had grown up, in Fort Rock, Oregon. She hadn't visited the old place since she had left it in 1938 at age 17, after marrying Harvey.
Besides the old well, stones from the chimney, and her father's old car, there was nothing left. The house had burned to the ground in '45, and her parents had taken that as a sign to finally move back to the Ohio Valley. Ruth smiled at the thought of how happy Mama had been to return home, after years of harsh living on the lonely, windy high desert of the Oregon Outback.
Join Ruth as she reminisces about an unlikely community of later Oregon pioneers who did their best to tame the wild country they had chosen to call home. (149)
I made that little story up, but Ft. Rock is a real place, and people did move there to try and tame it. Many were sold a bill of goods by developers' advertising, promising it to be a good place to put down roots. It wasn't like the rest of Oregon though. Prior to Mt. Mazama blowing it's top and creating Crater Lake, the Indians lived in the area and seemed to like it well enough, but after the volcano erupted it changed the climate, and they left.
For folks like Ruth and her family, water was hard to come by, there weren't many trees for firewood or building, and they were isolated. Few people stayed, and few live there today. It is about a 40 minute drive from our home, and Cary and I visited it in January. Here are two blog posts that I did about our day trip, and the slide show that goes along with it.
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