I was in Klamath Falls recently and have been reconnecting to some of my past now that I am on the Alumni Advisory Board at Oregon Institute of Technology. Before I left for home, I drove up to the old college campus which was originally the Marine Recuperational Barracks built by the Navy in 1944. In 1977, the land was purchased and was to then become North Ridge Estates Subdivision. However, the EPA and Oregon DEQ were alerted about the use of asbestos in the barracks and that the barracks were bulldozed into the soil. Many of the residents left their newly built homes and relocated, yet a few remained to this day. The following links discuss the situation and history behind this area:
Yesterday I had to visit a job site just south of Arlington, Oregon. A colleague of mine suggested I take a detour on the way home and go through Cottonwood Canyon State Park just out of Condon, Oregon. It is a new state park on the John Day river and provided some photo opportunities in addition to some of the landscape along the way that I had never seen. The only down side is the visual pollution from the wind mills.
Sunrise along I-84
Park in Arlington, Oregon
Old Oregon Trail sign
Stopped the car, got out and shot some deer…with my camera.
Long quiet road.
John Day river in the Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Abandoned General Merchandise store in Wasco, Oregon.
In early August, I went to Reno, Nevada for the first time in my life. I went to attend the 9th Annual Oregon Institute of Technology BBQ Reunion and attend an advisory alumni board meeting. I not only got to see Reno itself, but I made the trek to Carson and Virginia City as well as Lake Tahoe after visiting family in Grass Valley, California. I drove down so that I could take in the whole experience of the route from Wilsonville to Reno. I saw some pretty amazing sights along the way and met some awesome people. Next year though, I am flying down.
Last weekend I took a short road trip along Skyline Boulevard until I got to Rocky Point Road; stopped at the turn out to snap a few pictures of Portland from the vantage point. From there I headed to Scappoose and then Vernonia. I captured a few shots there and then stopped near an old railroad bridge. Here are three of many pictures that I took.
June 14th was graduation day for Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where I went to college some 30 years ago. I am now a board member of the Oregon Tech Alumni Association so I got to go down to help, especially with the Golden Owls. The Golden Owls are any graduate who graduated forty or more years ago, thus we honor them during graduation. So I went down early and participate in several activities such as the tour of the original campus circa 1946, attend the awards banquet and the President’s Breakfast the day of graduation. I also got to meet the 2013 Miss Oregon, Allison Cook from Klamath Falls and an Oregon Tech student. Also found out that Dr. Chris Maples rides a motorcycle, now how cool is that for the college President! The following dozen select pictures are from that trip.
Lowell Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge in Westfir, Oregon
Oregon Institute of Technology Entrance (Snell Hall in the background)
Beyond the sign with Snell Hall and the Dow Center for Health Professions
Oregon Tech College Union
Fountain where the U-shaped moat use to be in my day.
The Golden Owls prior to the walk.
Celebration after graduation.
The Jesse Crabtree Civil Engineering Plaza. I was in several of his classes.