Put Palouse Falls on your Bucket List

“I would like to see Palouse Falls someday,” said Marvin, “It’s on my bucket list.” We were planning field trips for the summer. It’s unusual for Marvin to make a request so I was taking his suggestion seriously. Usually he is content with letting me decide where we go. “Tell …

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share Button

The Geographical Center of Oregon

“Have you been to the geographical center of Oregon?” Marvin’s question seemed innocently proposed but I knew better… he likes to use leading questions to start a conversation and it is likely that he already knows the answer. We were in Central Oregon, defined by three counties, Jefferson, Crook and …

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share Button

How Old is This Rock

June 21, 2012: “How old is this rock,” I asked Marvin, indicating a piece of quartzite I had picked up while we were visiting Steptoe Butte State Park in the Palouse Hills of Washington, not far from the town of Colfax. “If I had to guess I’d say it’s over …

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share Button

Do You Have a Plan B

  “Do You Have a Plan B?” asked Marvin. We were headed to Hat Point and the road used to access Hat Point was barricaded by a sign stating the road was closed. What now? There is only one road leading to Hat Point. There were warnings.   On the highway …

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share Button

The Oregon Trail to Waiilatpu

“Waiilatpu,” I said, hoping to wake Marvin, who was sound asleep and snoring… loudly. “Where???,” asked Marvin, looking wildly about. I interrupted his nap… he was still half asleep. We were passing through the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon between Pendleton and La Grande. I didn’t want him to miss …

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Share Button