I started out Friday morning bright and early...7:45 AM to be exact. It would be at least a 4 1/2 hour drive to Fossil Oregon where my first appointment would be. One of my part time jobs is working for the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS). In a nut shell: you know all of the reports you hear on the radio or read in the paper about USDA reports? Well, I'm one of those enumerators (data collectors) who goes out into the field and interviews farmers and ranchers gathering statistics so the USDA can predict what's happening in America's agriculture. Not a glamorous job...but I get to see some awesome country...and meet people that really are the "salt of the earth."
|Sheep Rock (I think)|
All I could do was repeat to myself "I'm coming back here with My Man!!!!"
|Cathedral Rock (I think)|
The stop at Julie A. Henderson Pioneer Park was a necessity...restroom stop!!! I was so glad I did. If you go to the link, you'll see that it gives a lot of interesting history about the John Day Fossil Beds...including a blurb about the Pioneer Park (3rd paragraph)...and historic photos...
|Fresh spring water at Julia A. Henderson Pioneer Park|
from one of the numerous pipes...tasted Great!
|The historic amphitheater in the woods.|
Then I had to get to work. I had two interviews to get done that afternoon, and the interviews average 2 1/2 hours each. Needless to say, it was a long day. After my appointments, I met with my friend Amy for dinner in Fossil (she's in my Mike Bridges Project class).
I finally made it to Wilson Ranches & Resort around 9:30 PM...my overnight destination...I was exhausted! I was the only person at the B & B for the night...I had the whole 3 story house to myself!
The first thing I spied of interest was the claw foot tub in the bathroom next to my room, and it was calling my name!
|End of the Day...a good long soak~|
Obviously it was dark when I had arrived...I was excited the next mornin' to see what the place looked like in the daylight...I wasn't disappointed! Cows and horses in the pastures, rolling hills, rim rock...and they've got green grass growin' up there!!!
|Wilson Ranches & Retreat ~ a wonderful Bed & Breakfast|
that I highly recommend.
Between my first and second interviews I had time to take a side trip for a few miles on a small county road that followed this creek...which seems to house a lot of beavers!
Look closely and you'll see chicken wire fencing
around the tree trunks to keep those sharp
beaver teeth from falling them.
My second interview was located near Long Creek, so I got off of the scenic byway and headed to Monument. This road was just as pretty as the scenic byway though!!! The cutoff road started at Kimberly, which is known for its fruit orchards, and I saw pink blossomed trees...with no time to stop of course!!!
The photo below is the last one I took on my trip...it took me three passes to get it. The first time I passed it...I had the OMG I gotta stop thought in my head, but I really didn't have time...so I kept going...then the rancher for that second interview wasn't ready for me, so I drove back to Monument to interview the other rancher...this time the clouds had moved in and the colors weren't there.
OK, second interview done at Monument...back to Long Creek...the third pass by this ol' homestead...and the sun was shining...
My fav shot of the trip~
|At the Ol' Homestead ~ Stepping Back in Time|
After My Man saw the photos from my trip...he has no qualms about getting away for a weekend!!! We're makin' plans!!
Oh, did I make it home Saturday? Yep, at 10 PM...I worked 25 hours in two days...but it was well worth it!!