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Sampling Oregon: Day 37-40, Homeward Bound

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

As we love to do, we were up early and on the road, in the dark, by 5:00 am. As we drove down the mountain towards Hwy 97 the skies lightened and another beautiful day dawnead. We’re on our way home! Not that we really want to get home… We could keep on going forever. But work and obligations await. Of course, the first milestone on our trip today is our return to California. Oregon was nice, but, come on… Is there any place better than California?

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California here we come! Right back where we started from…

Mount Shasta… 14,179 feet high… 10,000 feet above the surrounding valleys

We proceeded towards Mount Shasta. We could see it 150 miles away! We stopped at the vista point to see this great volcano, and to learn a little of its history. From here, we continued on to Red Bluff, where we stopped at the Durango RV Resort. It was great to plug in, get connected, take a shower, take a dip in the pool, and walk on hard, clean surfaces for the first time in 4 weeks. I think we’ve had enough of dirt and weeds for a while. And no more mosquitoes! This was a wonderful respite!

After a stroll along the Sacramento River, we turned in for an early night. Monday we had a leisurely morning. We headed south on I-5, set the cruise control, and enjoyed the scenery. By 3:00 pm we were at the Sierra Vista Dairy, in Tulare. Ken and Jeanette DeGroot are the owner-operators of the dairy, where they have lived for about 21 years. We always enjoy getting re-acquainted and learning about the ins and outs of operating a dairy…

We spent an enjoyable evening catching up on our various activities. We were last here five years ago, on our way back from Oregon in 2006. Tuesday morning I took an early walk to take some pictures of the dairy. Apparantly, Holstein cows love to have their picture taken, because when they saw me, they stampeded over to pose!

We also saw their son, Eric, working at his summer job. For Lunch, we drove to the Gateway to the Sierra Mountains. Then we were off to visit Dave and Mary Baas, in Visalia. Dave and Mary retired from the Valley Christian Schools threee years ago and moved to Visalia to be closer to family. We enjoyed an afternoon and evening around the pool and enjoying dinner and each others’ company.

Wednesday morning we headed south again, arriving in Irvine mid-day. The Airstream is at C&G for minor repairs and a good washing in preparation for our vacation at San Clemente State Beach next week.

3,700 miles and 40 days; new friends made, old friends enjoyed. And, as usual, an enjoyable time was had by all…

July 22 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 35-36, Lake Paulina

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

It was cold this morning! 30 degrees! Real, Fahrenheit degrees! Traveling in an ancient (“Vintage”) Airstream, we are a little disadvantaged in this environment.

Since we rarely camp in cold temperatures, and since we “always” camp with electricity connections, when our ancient gas furnace died a few years ago, we simply had it removed. We carry a small electric heater for those rare SoCal mornings when we need a little heat. Not so today!

Fortunately, this being Oregon, the sun rises early. Coffee was ready by 7:30, and by then the sun was shining and we started to warm up.

As I mentioned yesterday, this rally will be a commemoration of the founding of the Oregon Unit 52, years ago, at this exact location. There are several activities today and tomorrow to celebrate both the anniversary of the club, and the last days of the Sampling Oregon Caravan.

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This morning, Friday, the caravan folks (Scott) prepared coffee for the rally, but other than that, breakfast was on our own. Soon, Scott and Chris (with Moose), Lynda, and Bill F. left on the 7 1⁄2 mile trek around the lake. Upon their return they reported a marvelous journey. Only Moose seemed to be a little tired…

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The rest of the day was spent relaxing and taking in the beauty of our surroundings. Of course, Walt spent time fishing, but catching was not to be had.
Friday evening was our Caravan Final Banquet. The Lake Paulina Lodge prepared a BBQ dinner of chicken, sides, and peach cobler dessert. We had about 50 people in attendance.

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To commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Oregon Unit, one group photo was captured by Bill Ferry.

Saturday morning dawned a little warmer than the day before. A group breakfast of sausage and gravy was served. The group then scattered to various activities for the day.

Phil and Lynda walked down the small river (creek?) that drains lake Paulina. About 1⁄4 mile down are spectacular waterfalls, with vistas up and down the river.

Doug Heath added to the festivities by providing 24 gourmet pizzas, prepared on the BBQ grill. All attendees assisted by providing salads and desserts. My favorite was the Chili Dog Pizza!

At about 3:00pm, the real party began!

As the evening faded, we again celebrated the end of the caravan. One final picture was taken…

Bill and Beth Ferry, Phil and Lynda Terhorst, Walt and Lyn Weber, Scott Prall and Chris Hudson, and Bill and Kathy Marshall… we did all or most of the 12 stops along the caravan. This is the last night of our Oregon Caravan. An enjoyable time was had by all.

Tomorrow we leave for California!

July 22 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 34, The Final Caravan Campsite

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

Another beautiful day greeted us as we pulled out of Elk Lake and headed south and east to Paulina Lake.

Paulina Lake is a favorite campground for many members of the Oregon Unit of the WBCCI. This rally will be a commemoration of the founding of the Oregon Unit 52, years ago, at this exact location.

As we traveled east and south from Elk Lake we stopped at various locations for lunch, groceries, wine and gas. Some of us even had a chance to see a few famous mountains…

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We regrouped about 13 miles from the campground so that the caravan could arrive in a convoy. Walt mounted his “Caravan Leader” flag and we proceeded up the mountain, arriving at the campground amid cheers from other members of the Oregon Unit.

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Ready for the final convoy…

Once we were set up, we had a chance to walk to the lake and see where we were. We are in a caldera!

Paulina lake was formed much in the same was as Crater Lake. There was once a much bigger mountain here. When the volcano blew, the center collapsed and the lake was formed.

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The lake is a favorite fishing spot, and there is a nice lodge, with a store, a restaurant, and cabins.

Soon Happy Hours arrived. There about 25 Airstreams here, so there were many opportunities to meet and greet new and old friends. Many of these folks were also at the Newport and Baker City rallies…

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Eventually we scattered to various campfires, as the temperature was dropping. Once again, an enjoyable time was had by all.

July 14 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 32-33, On to Elk Lake

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

Another beautiful day greeted us as we pulled out of John Day and headed west to Elk Lake, in the Cascade Mountains. Once again we saw interesting geological formations and the drive was easy.

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We stopped to stretch our legs in Mitchell, OR. This is an old mining and agricultural town that retains much of it olde time charm.

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As we contimnued heading east, we traveled through dramatic vocanic formations of rocks and hills…

We arrived in Redmond, OR, at mid- day. After a little shopping and re- supplying, most of our group headed up the mountain towards Mount Bacheldor. We, on the other hand, thought we’d check out downtown Bend, OR, and then stop for a tour at the Deschutes Brewery.

Bend is Central Oregon’s largest city, and, despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of this area. With a City population of about 76,000, and a metro population of about 170,000, the Bend MSA is the 5th largest metropolitan area in Oregon.

Bend is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. Here, the Great Basin high desert plateau, characterized by arid land, junipers, and sagebrush, (where we have been traveling for the past 3 weeks…) transitions into the Ponderosa Pine forest of the Cascades.

The Deschutes Brewery was started in 1988 as a brew-pub in downtown Bend. They are now in a large facility located on the outskirts of

Bend, but they still brew their beer in the craft-manner. We did a beer tasting, then a tour of the plant. We love stuff like this!

As we ascended the mountains to the west of Bend, we were greeted by snow on the ground, on both sides of the road. But soon we were into a different range, the snow disappeared, and we arrived at Little Fawn Campground on Elk Lake.

Elk Lake is quite small, and our campground was on the edge of a small inlet to the small lake. Happy Hours were soon underway…

However, our revelry was short lived. Wind and light rain attacked. We scrambled to set up a canopy… All hands on deck! Many hands make light work…

Of course, as soon as the canopy was up, the rain stopped. The rest of the evening was quite pleasant.

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On Wednesday we were treated to another fabulous breakfast prepared by Scott and Chris. The Dutch oven was used for the eggs, potatoes, sausage, and cheese, while the oven in the Airstream baked biscuits.

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As we enjoyed the great breakfast in the cool of the morning, we also enjoyed the view…

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Activities including hiking, walking, and some sightseeing. Lyn and Walt drove to the adjacent Lava Lake to see those sights. Bill and Bill, and also Phil and Lynda walked around a portion of the lake to see the various vistas…

Our camp sites… as viewed from the other side of the inlet…

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Our dinner this evening, prepared again by Scott and Chris, was succulent BBQ chicken and pasta salad.

As this was our last dinner together as a caravan, we presented Lyn and Walt a specially decorated cake and a specially selected beverage to express our appreciation for their hard work and many months (years?) of planning.

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We found out after we left Elk Lake that the domestic water supply at the Elk lake Lodge was found to be contaminated by Coliform bacteria, and about 100 campers were ill with the affects of the Norovirus… Since we were “dry” camping, we only had our own on-board water to drink, so none of us were affected…

July 13 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 30-31, Back to John Day

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

As we left Hilgard Junction, we traveled south through beautiful, open countryside, with nary a car on the road. This part of the country does not look prosperous; numerous abandoned buildings, many from 100 years ago, are visible from the road, dilapidated and deteriorating. In the late 1800s this was a booming mining area, but now the only apparent activity is hay farming and cattle ranching. There were some very interesting geological features that are quite astounding, appearing to be fortresses on the horizon. We traveled about 3 hours until we reached the town of John Day, and the Grant County Fair Grounds.

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By about 11:30 we started to arrive… We arrived first… chronically early, as usual.

Soon the others appeared… all present and accounted for…

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We spent the rest of the day charging batteries and filling water tanks. This is the last stop on the caravan where we have “hook-ups” in the RV park. After this stay we will be dry camping, relyng only on out wilderness skills, solar collector panels, storage tanks, and portable generators.

We took a walk into town, a small place with only about 2 blocks of a downtown. We had passed through here, traveling up from the south, and heading east, when we traveled from Delintment Lake to baker City about 2 weeks ago.

There was this wonderful mid-century modern motel in town:

The motel appeared to be in good condition; in fact, this day they were re-coating the parking lot. It is always fun to disacover interesting architecture in out of the way places like this.

This stop it is Lynda’s turn to be Chef o’ the Day. A few days earlier, we had traveled to La Grande to find provisions for this event.

Monday morning Lynda prepared a fine breakfast of French Toast, made with cinnamon bread; we also enjoyed sausages and the usual juice and coffee.

Monday was spent doing laundry and sightseeing. Some of the group went to the Kam Wah Chung Museum.

Kam Wah Chung Museum is a must- see for anyone with an interest in Oregon history. Preserving the legacy of the Chinese workforce in Oregon, the museum contains artifacts and displays that share some of the trials of everyday life of these people.

Chinese businessman Lung On and herbal doctor Ing Hay worked out of this building. Dr. Hay administered care to the Chinese gold-mine workers, pioneers, and others from the John Day area and beyond by using traditional Chinese remedies.

When we were last in this part of the world, leaving Delintment Lake, Bill Marshall had spotted what he thought was a 1930s era wind generator, the device used in rural America before electric companies ran power lines through the countryside in the late 1940s and early 50s.

Well, Bill thought this old wind generator would be a dandy addition to the barn full of other oddities that he currently presides over.

We drove about 65 miles through back country roads, trying to find this place. Finally it appeared, just as he had remembered it. We found the owner of the proprty, who promptly told us it was not for sale. However, he did tell us it was from the 1930s and was used up until the mid 50s. Bill took some pictures, and we drove 65 miles back to the Airstreams, arriving just in time for Happy Hours…

Dinner was once again prepared by Lynda. Tri-tip roast, “Church” potatoes, and Caesar Salad were on the menu, followed by Angel Food Cake and Berries

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After dinner, we had a roundtable discussion on the various pros and cons of our Caravan, the good, the bad, and the ugly of our Caravan, and advice for future caravan planners and leaders.

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With all our comments, it was clear that we were all unamimous in agreeing that the Caravan was a resounding success. Our thanks to Walt and Lyn!

July 11 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 28-29, Farewell to Wallowa Lake

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

So as we bid farewell to the beautiful Wallowa Lake, we look forward to another beautiful drive through the Oregon Countryside.

Our first destination today (Friday) was to LaGrande, where we would shop for food and fill our tanks with gas. LaGrande is a very nice, prosperous, small town (more later…), surrounded by prosperous- looking farms, with green fields and croplands.

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Just past LaGrande is the Hilgard State Park, tucked into a natural cove of the LaGrande Ronde River. This location is a natural camp- ground, used for hundreds of years by the Indians, then by the pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail. Now it is a small, grassy, shady spot to spend a few nights.

We had a leisurely day of setting up camp, walking to see the river, and I suspect a nap or two was taken.

Dinner was to be “on our own”, but meals and tables were shared and the conversations went on into the evening…

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Saturday moring we were greeted by the sights and aromas of Lyn working magic with the Dutch oven. Her able assistant for the day was Chris. Coffee and toast were available, thanks to Scott’s generator, and Lyn’s “Mountain Man Breafast” – hashed browned potatoes, sausage, eggs and cheese, all baked in the Dutch oven – were enjoyed by all.

After breakfast, we scattered to various activities. Scott and Chris left to see if the river offered canoeing opportunities. Phil and Lynda went to LaGrande to sight-see and shop. Others did other things…

Downtown La Grande has a pedestrian friendly shopping district. The tree lined streets enhance examples of turn of the century architecture, all adding to the small- town shopping experience. Eastern Oregon State University is just a ten minute walk from the shopping district. The university serves ten counties east of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon.

On this Saturday, there was a Farmer’s Market, a sidewalk sale, and a car show along Main Street. The downtown shopping distric is about 4-5 blocks long, with stores of all sorts. Most remarkable to this reporter was that there are a Chevrolet dealer and a Ford dealer located right downtown on Main Street. Also, J.C. Penny Co.! No malls for this smart little town…

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The town appeared vibrant and prosperous. We had a nice time shopping and watching the locals look at the cars…

In the afternoon there were more solitary pursuits. Lyn prepared a Lentil Stew and Garlic Bread in the Dutch ovens; an enjoyable time was had by all.

July 09 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 27, Wallowa Lake Continues

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

Again, we awoke to hearing the rushing of the Wallowa River just adjacent to our RV Park. Breakfast was prepared by the Bashes in our “Lodge” overlooking the river.

Today was a lazy day, with many slow-paced activities. All, or some of us, at one time or another, did the following:

  • Walk through the State park
  • Tour the 1923 Wallowa Lodge
  • Enjoyed boating, and fishing, but, sadly, no catching
  • Puttered around the Airstream
  • Read
  • Napped
  • Went to the town of Joseph for lunch
  • Went to the town of Joseph to tour the Historical Museum
  • Went to the town of Joseph to visit the historical gravesite of Old Chief Joseph
  • Hiked
  • Biked

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Wallowa River… Parts of the State Park were flooded by the high waters…

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Deer… In the State Park…

After a full but relaxing day we gathered for an early dinner. After dinner we took a group photograph, then said farewell to those who are not continuing on the caravan: Evans, VonTagen, and Bashes leave us tomorrow.

Tomorrow we head for Higard Junction State Park (in lieu of Divide Wells…). It should be a nice drive…

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July 07 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 26, Wallowa Lake and Mt. Howard

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

We awoke to hearing the rushing of the Wallowa River just adjacent to our RV Park. Breakfast was served in our “Lodge” overlooking the river…

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The view from our meeting room was spectacular!

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We soon scattered to our various activities of the day. Walt went fishing, Some of us (un-named) simply lazed around and napped for most of the day.

The more adventurious of us took the Tram up Mount Howard.

The tram rises from Lake Wallowa, at 4,400’, to a height of 8,150’. The main draw to ride the tram is to get free WiFi at the top of the mountain, since there is NO, let me repeat, NO, internet or cell phone service at the campground at Wallowa Lake. Don’t tell me about hardship!

The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular! We even had the “priviledge” to walk in the snow!

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After some brief refreshment at the top, we descended, revealing even more great views…

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Later in the day, some of us visited the town of Joseph. Again, the main reason was to get WiFi, but the town is interesting, too.

The town of Joseph is named in honor of Chief Joseph, of the Nez Pierce Tribe, which occupied this vally prior to being relocated to reservations in Idaho and Washington.

Chief Joseph (March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904) was the chief of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce during General Oliver O. Howard’s attempt to forcibly remove his band and the other “non-treaty” Nez Perce to a reservation in Idaho. For his principled resistance to the removal, he became renowned as a humanitarian and peacemaker, often speaking out against the injustices brought against his tribe by the Federal Government.

As the sun set behind the mountains, we gathered for happy hours and a dinner of pork chops prepared by Walt. As light faded, we retreated to our Airstreams; an enjoyable time was had by all!

July 06 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 25, Heading to Wallowa Lake

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

Regretfully we leave the good times of the big Airstream/Wally Byam birthday rally in Baker City. Eight Airstreams pulled out at about 8:00 am and headed east.

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We traveled through an ever- changing landscape, each new vista bringing Ooh!s And Aah!s.

We eventually reached the Hells Canyon Overlook. Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America. The Snake River below, the border between Oregon and Idaho, is over one mile below us as we stand on the Overlook.

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You can’t really appreciate the shear magnitude of this view. Idaho is across the gorge. Wildflowers abound. This is a magnificant view…

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Of course, the best view is of 8 Airstreams congregated together…

We had a bite of an early lunch as we enjoyed the view…

As magnificant as the view was, we also enjoyed butterflys on our toes…

We traveled on. Our thanks to the brave men of our caravan who scouted this route previously. This was a narrow, winding forsest road, but it was a truly unique experience traveling this beautiful countryside.

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Eventually we arrived at the town of Joseph and Wallowa Lake… This is a true Alpine Lake, set at about 4,400 feet elevation.

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At Wallowa Lake we formed up to await for our entracne to the RV Park… Even waiting, the view was magnificant!

After we move into our space in the park, we looked over our view to the Wallowa River. Normally, this is is a small creek, but not this year!!!

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As we set up camp, we were visited by a few deer…

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A few of us had a better view of the river than others…

We welcome to our caravan today MaryBeth and Jim Bash, from Albany, Oregon. They tow a 28’ Flying Cloud Airstream.

We are also joined by Karl VonTagen, who you met at the beginning of the caravan. Viki stayed home to care for the (still) ill dog, but we’re sure she is here in spirit.

This evening, we all went into the town of Joseph for a dinner at Mexican Restaurant. A side note to our California friends: Never go to a Mexican Restaurant outside of California.

We returned to our RV Park happy and satisfied. Another beautiful day had been enjoyed by all…

July 05 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »

Sampling Oregon: Day 21-24, Baker City, Here we come!

BY: PHILIP TERHORST

The day has arrived! We leave today for Baker City, OR, birthplace of Wally Byam, Inventor of the Airstream. July 4 will be the 115th anniversary of his birth. And, yes, he’s sill dead…

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Baker City, OR located on the Oregon Trail, lies at the eastern border adjacent to Idaho.

Baker City was a gold mining town, and an important stop along the Oregon Trail. But Airstream owners have another reason for a pilgrimage to Baker City: Wally Byam, the “inventor” of the Airstream trailer and the Airstream caravans, was born in Baker City on July 4, 1896. The city is celebrating his 115th birthday with an enlarged exhibit of his life and of the Airstream trailer.

Baker City, OR is proud of its history, and has a wonderful downtown, restored to its 1890s glory.

The caravan Left Delintment Lake a little after 8:00am on Friday morning. We stayed together today because we were taking gravel/dirt forest service and/or logging roads out of the campground for about 10 miles or so…

After the gravel/dirt roads, the rest of the trip was uneventful. The green, hills, forested mountains, and rushing streams and rivers belie the description of this are as a desert, but for now we’ll go with it…

We arrived in Baker City at around 12:30, found our campsites, set up camp, and then we had a few minutes to relax. By 3:00 or so we were headed to the city park and the Baker Heritage Museum to register for this rally and to get started on all the Airstream fun.

Over the next four days our Sampling Oregon caravan merged with the Oregon Unit’s Baker City Rally. The caravaners went their various ways, enjoying the many opportunities this rally made available. The following descriptions and photos are representative of our activities; not all caravaners did the same thing at the same time.

The center of the weekend was the Baker Heritage Museum. The museum was created from a building that was originally a natatorium.

The Baker Municipal Natatorium building served as a community center and natatorium for Baker City from 1921 until the beginning of World War II. The building had steam baths, showers, meeting rooms, a maple floored ballroom, and an full Olympic sized pool.

By the late 1930s use was dropping and with the start of World War II use further declined, so the City decided to close the Natatorium. The building was converted to a war production facility in 1943. Following the war, the National Guard used the building for drills for a while. The pool was filled and capped with dirt and used for a variety of purposes including 4-H barn, city garage and a temporary fire station.

By 1975 the people of Baker City considered the abandoned building as an eyesore and a contract was let to demolish the “Nat”. The Baker County Historical Society proposed the creation of a museum in the “Nat”, and the City agreed to lease the building at no cost to the BCHS as long as the building was run as a museum. The Baker Heritage Museum opened in 1982. Today it houses a large exhibit on Wally Byam and the story of the Airstream.

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Across from the Museum is the Park. Here about 25 vintage Airstreams are parked. (Other attendees, including the caravaners, are parked in two other RV parks nearby…)

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Friday evening was happy hour and dinner in the park. Many people were met and re-met, and many trailers were viewed.

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The Around-the World Airstream…

A special Airstream at this event is the “Around-the-World” Airstream. This Airstream participated in the 1962-1963 Around-the-World Caravan. The Gorensons rescued this trailer just before it was to have been converted into a travelling honey bee exhibit.

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We were given a short talk about the history of the trailer, the original couple who traveled in it on the Around-the-World Caravan, and all the many hours and much effort than has been spent in restoring this very special Airstream.

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Many other Vintage Airstreams were on display, and on Saturday afternoon there was the official, open to the public, Open House.

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The Airstreams overflowed onto the street…

Other activities included hearing Tom Golden talk about the 1959- 1960 Capetown to Cairo Caravan. Tom’s parents were on this historic caravan, and Tom had many artifacts to show us; he also read selected passages from his mother’s journal.

Some of us went to visit the nearby town of Sumpter. There are many old mining artifacts to see, as well as a giant flea-market.

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Just about all of us visited the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, located just east of Baker City. In the mid 1800s about 300,000 people made the 2,000 mile journey, walking beside their covered wagons for about 6 months, enduring many hardships. From the Interpretive Center, we could view down upon the surrounding area, see the wagon tracks, and see re-created covered wagons.

In this cluster of about 6 wagons we could just imagine the pioneers sitting around the campfire, taking in the view, maybe also enjoying happy hour with some nice fresh bruschetta and some chilled French rose’ wine… Being a pioneer on the Oregon trail must have been fun! Much like our caravans today…

Most all caravaners also spent time (and money) in Historic Downtown Baker City. We strolled the quiet residential streets, visited a church, and walking downtown sidewalks window shopping and stopping for lunch or an ice cream cone.

The Geiser Grand Hotel opened in 1889. In 1968, it hosted the entire cast and crew filming the movie, Paint Your Wagon. When the movie wrapped, the hotel closed. The Hotel has received a complete restoration, and it reopened in 1993. Decorations include mahogany columns up to a high ceiling, Victorian-style chandeliers, and a stained glass ceiling. It was known as “the Queen of the Mines” during Gold Rush times and described as being the finest hotel between Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City with the third elevator built west of the Mississippi River.

Another interesting the Cathedral of Saint Sales It is the Cathedral Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker Constructed in 1906–08 of local volcanic tuff, the cathedral was renovated on several occasions, most recently in mid-2007.

One of the highlights of the rally was hearing Dale “Pee Wee” Schwamborn speak and tell us “The Wally Byam Story”. Dale was on Wally’s firat and last caravan, plus a few in between. Dale’s Mother, Wally’s cousin, Helen Schwamborn, was instrumental in the formation of the WBCCI Club and many oif the caravans. Dale has done immense research and has been trhough thousands of documents to uncover the true, real, Wally Byam. While the four hours and 900 slides might have been too much of a good thing for many rally attendees, some of us were fascinated by the whole thing. In the Museum are many Wally Byam and Airstream artifacts.

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We had many happy hours and many happy meals together during the long weekend. We celebrated the 4th of July, Wally’s and our country’s birthday, with a BBQ in the park, surrounded by many beautiful Airstreams. It was a fitting ending to a wonderful weekend. An enjoyable time was had by all…

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Group Shot… All the Birthday Rally attendees…

July 04 2011 | Caravans and Sampling Oregon | No Comments »