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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Visit Central Oregon: Sparks Lake and Photographer Ray Atkeson

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Last month, on my drive down Cascade Lakes Highway, I stopped by the side of the road and took some pictures of Sparks Lake and Mount Bachelor. 

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

There was a roadside marker at the turnout, and it spoke of Ray Atkeson, a famous photographer.  In 1987, Ray was awarded a laureate, the first photographer to ever receive this honor.  Ray seems to have loved Sparks lake as his favorite place ever.

Source:  Ray
To learn more about Ray, please "CLICK HERE" for the Wikipedia article about his life, after you are done here at Oregon Gifts.  There is also a beautiful website about his work and life at "RAY ATKESON.COM".

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Please slide the bar at the bottom of your screen over to read the rest of these plaques.  Thank you!
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

After Ray died, a memorial hiking trail in his name was created on the 400 acre Sparks Lake.  The hiking trail is reported to be an easy hike, and is a 2.3 mile loop.  The first half mile is wheelchair accessible.

I am sorry to say that I didn't drive down to the lake itself the day that I was there.  You need to follow the signs to the boat ramp, and it was getting late in the day and I was alone, so I just went to the first campground where Soda Creek is instead.  

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
(Please "CLICK HERE" to read more about the interesting flood of 1966 that effected Soda Creek.)

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

That is Mt. Bachelor in the background.  There are also beautiful views of South Sister and Broken Top available.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Here are some more links that will give you great pictures and info about Sparks Lake and the Ray Atkeson Memorial Hiking Trail:

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nice view!!
I might relocate to Mt Bachelor...

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh Oregon is truly God's country. Beautiful shots. We will vacation there next July to visit family and I am always so sad to leave.

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