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Monday, May 28, 2012

"Surveillance" and "Cary with Clarence Sasser":


Yesterday, we went back up to the drilling sites to make sure that everything was copacetic.  Cary unlocked the gate.  He unlocks and re-locks it on our way in and I do it on our way out.  After two days now, we have a system.  We make a good team, as always.  The snow had melted away since the day before.


Uh-oh.  Somebody had been inside that gate besides us!  They cut cookies on their 4-wheelers at several locations.  Wonder how they got in there, anyway?  We soon became detectives and took photos of their tire tracks.  Our tracking senses kicked into gear, but really we didn't find any trouble.  I was mostly worried that they would come screaming around a blind corner and smash into us head-on.  I mentally prepared myself to avoid air-bag damage and a broken nose.  I warned Cary to drive defensively. All's well that ends well, and we never even saw the perps.


Remember on yesterday's post, when I said that I would sure like to see what what behind all of those dark clouds when we were at the top of the landing?  It turns out that on a clear day, you can easily see Mt. Bachelor, the Three Sisters and the Cascade mountain range.




On the way back down toward the gate, I took these pictures of young trees and some lava beds.  I am struck by how, compared to the rocks near Summer Lake, these don't seem so old after all.  I just liked how they looked.





Today is the last day that we will need to drive up there and monitor activity (or the lack of). 

I think that I will finish up packing and cleaning the 5th wheel so that we can take it up to Paulina Lake in a few days for our trial run.  It is supposed to get into the 70's this week, and I am ready to go camping!   (If you can really call it camping, sitting in front of a gas fireplace and watching a movie.) 

Hope you are all having a great long weekend, and I want to thank all of you who have served in our military, past and present.  We appreciate you very, very much. 

~ Kathy M.

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Cary is shown here with this brave soldier, Clarence Sasser, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, at the 2010 Army All-American Game in San Antonio.  Mr. Sasser was the first African-American to receive this medal.  Cary served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam war.  

Dang, those are two handsome guys!

 


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6 comments:

Little Nell said...

Lovely mountain pictures Kathy. Glad to see the snow has gone now.

Arkansas Patti said...

Sorry, had to chuckle a bit at the getting up to 70 comment. It was 97here today. Enjoy that cool. Interesting about the first black medal of honor winner. How neat you got to meet him.

Wendy said...

What a view!

Hart Johnson said...

What are they mining? or are you making sure they aren't?

It really is a fabulous view! It's funny, when we moved from Oregon, I thought I'd miss the ocean, but we honestly only got there once a year. It was the (almost) daily mountain view that I really missed.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thanks for your comments, my friends! Hart, they are drilling for hot water (geothermal energy) or for ways to create steam for power. We are leasing them land for their staging area, and when the project peeps were home on holiday we were driving up and checking on things. I miss the mountains so much when we go to Kansas and Texas and I know what you mean.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I love those mountains behind the trees--the blue is gorgeous! Glad there was no damage or other foolishness up there!

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