Road Closed (except snowmobiles) March 16, 2007

La Grande OR: On the return trip from La Grande I decided to exit I-84 to follow highway 244 to Ukiah and follow the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway to Heppner. About 5 miles out of Ukiah the road 53 to Heppner was barricaded and closed to all vehicles except snowmobiles. Yes, there was a sign saying the road was closed but I didn’t believe it… unfortunately it was true. What now.

I followed Highway 395 south to Long Creek finding a few buttercups in bloom roadside.

Sagebrush Buttercup
Sagebrush Buttercup (Ranunculus glaberrimus) Highway 395 3/16/2007

At Long Creek I turned north to Monument and then connected with highway 19 at Kimberly then followed the John Day river downstream.

I stopped roadside to stretch my legs and found this Yellow Bell (Fritillaria pudica).

Fritillaria pudica
Yellow Bells (Fritillaria pudica) John Day river 3/16/2007


Doctors recommend drivers stop every 50 miles and walk around the car. I choose to look for wildflowers.


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