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My wife Lesley's 12" square for a fundraising quilt to benefit local affordable housing, being made by quilters of our town.


Based on a local building.

White Buffalo & Company McDermitt, Nevada

In a town of about 30 people just over the border from Oregon is Joe Van Eeten's rock, bone, sculpture, and fossil spread.



Joe, who's a charming raconteur

She bought this for $125.

Joe was going to fix this old hotel up as a home for Viet Nam vets, but ran out of money and now it's for sale.


Downtown Carson City, Nevada, Wednesday Night


Photos From My Latest Trip, Batch A


Colliding Rivers near Glide, Oregon, where Little River and the North Umpqua River meet head-on. There's a photo on the bridge where I was standing showing the confluence looking like a maelstrom in the winter, with water up over the bridge (covering all the rocks you see here!). I went swimming a little downriver, it was co-o-ld, but refreshing on a hot day.

Birdhouse at Bellknap Hot Springs, on the Mckenzie River in central Oregon.
Cost $8 for an hour to use the facilities, mainly a large pool with temperature of 95-100F. A lovely place. The temp. of water coming from the springs is about 190F.
I'm trying to contact the guy who makes these, to get a few for our collection of mini houses.


Ricky B, who does antique and vintage car restorations in Prineville, Oregon, has created a miniature ghost town. as shown in these 3 photos.
It's a uniquely delightful place. Everything Ricky does, both autos and vintage building, is remarkable.
Norman's Mom "…wouldn't even harm a fly."


Ricky has at least 30 cars, all immaculately detailed. Most are standard models, but this is a wicked hot rod, I believe a 1951 Mercury, chopped and channelled to perfection.
On the road southeast, from Burns to Jordan Valley, Oregon

I'm frustrated by having such a dorky layout, due  to Blogger.com parameters. I don't have the skills (coding) or time to make these posts look other than awkward. So, for a while (until I can get my layouts together), it'll have to be the singer, not the song…

Back Home From Oregon, Nevada + the Instagram Factor

Got back at 3 AM Thursday morning, having left Elko 15 hours earlier. Not straight-thru driving, by any means (I dawdle), but a long day nevertheless. A great trip, rich in adventure and new territory. Once again, I have the problem of too much "content." I could do a small book on each trip, but each time I  return home, I get immersed in the details of running a publishing house, and having to work on a more standard sized book.
For example, I could do some really nice small books on travels to SE Asia, to Scotland, and this latest cruise through California's two sister states.
My blog is bit of a hodgepodge these days, what with doing Instagram (because of its immediacy and ease), and other time constraints. If you haven't figured it out, all the posts with the captions written up as headlines are automatic posts from Instagram to the blog. Not elegant, but it's the best I can do right now.
You can view my Instagram posts at www.instagram.com/lloyd.kahn. This way you can see the videos, which don't get transferred to the blog.
I'll put up some photos (I shot about 450, between the iPhone (6S Plus) and Olympus OM-D) from the trip on the next post.

Little granary near Burns, Oregon


 
As pointed out by Rick, the studs are on the outside here; I presume so that the interior walls are smooth for storage of grain.

Elvis - Steamroller Blues



On the strength of this, I just ordered the CD (yes, I still use these) of this concert: Aloha from Hawaii - 1973

Dome Structure

Alongside road coming in to Cottage Grove, Oregon

Day 3 On the Road

After getting lost in terrain like this for 3 tense hours yesterday, made it out to Cottage Grove last night.
Hot afternoon, went into McKenzie River here. Brrr! About 53 degrees, but refreshing.
Water tower near Prineville this afternoon. Sculptural.

Alejandro and Sandra from San Jose on their #beemer in Prineville this afternoon. They're here for the Moonshadow Festival + the #eclipse. Crooked River Brewing a great pub.

Onward Christian soldiers...

Looks worse than it is, but it was making guys at Chevron station (in Sisters, OR) nervous. I believe it's been somewhat contained now (2 hours later). OK, I have not hit any traffic to speak of and made it to Prineville just now. You eclipsoids: Eugene/Springfield Hwy 126. Stayed on 126, 242 closed, to Sisters (looks like party town), 126 to Redmond, north to Smith Rock Road, alternative to prineville, no traffic at all. Bartender in Prineville said they got traffic straightened out yesterday. So that's my up-to-date report. It might get crazy tomorrow, but this is just one more example of talking to local people instead of relying on yr. iPhone or yelp.

#barn this morning on Hwy 126, which runs along McKenzie River, air a bit smoky, good breakfast at Takoda's, gonna stop at Bellknap Hot Springs, then see if I can go thru Sisters/Redmond and get to Lew & Krystal's in Prineville. Slept alongside River last night, stars out, sweet blackberries this morning. Everything is green around here. #eclipse

Highway 138 east was closed due to fires today, so I tried going on back roads thru the forest to get back to Hwy 5. I used my Garmin GPS--mistrake! 3 hours later, after being led on weird roads like this, a human (logger) directed me to the road to Cottage Grove by drawing me a map. Viva analog!

Gambrel roof #barn bar Cottage Grove, #oregon

Day 2 On The Road

Your guess is as good as mine; this was on the outskirts of Colusa, a wierded-up VW bus.
I'm in Ashland this morning. After I left Colusa yesterday, I drove north about 3 hours, and went to Stewart Mineral Springs, just northwest of the town of Weed, and lucked into getting the last opening of the day. You soak in the heavily mineralized water, then get in fabulous large wood-fired sauna, then in the cold creek. Mineralized, flushed of toxins,  rejuvenated, I wanted a beer, walked into the one bar in Weed, Papa's Bar (Well, YES!) and voilá, Joe Cocker on the juke box (with good sound system), doing You Can Leave Your Hat On. One good song after another, a lot of Stones. My kinda bar. In giving me change, the bartender included a Native American $1 coin AND stood it on edge on the bar.
Then for dinner to Asian-American Bar-B-Q, recommended by worker at Stewarts Mineral Springs. Bingo! The chef, born in Chicago, grew up in Thailand, barbecuing over wood coals, I got try-tip and rice ($12), with coconut juice,  it was perfect, smoky, juicy, homemade hot sauce (no mass-produced Sriracha), sat at table out on road watching one 18-wheeler after another go by. America!
Tammy Wynette, Stand By Your Man, came on the radio as I headed out for dinner; what a beautiful voice: https://youtu.be/AM-b8P1yj9w And then there's Lyle Lovett doing it: https://youtu.be/eHSjiBxufxc
Drove to Ashland, out to dead end road east of town and slept in the back of truck (my 13-year-old Tacoma 4x4, stick shift, 4 cylinder, 130K mileage, my baby…).
Up this morning, latte and cinnamon roll at Pony Espresso Coffee House in the rather precious town of Ashland. Going to have lunch with bodybuilding legend Bill Pearl and his wife, Judy, then head for Umpqua Hot Springs, then Lew and Krystal's on outer edge of total eclipse zone.
A lotta adventures in just 30 hours away from home!



On The Road Again -- Eclipse-Bound

A great first day on the road. Latte at Toby's barn + morning bun from Bovine Bakery, and thenceward on Hwy. 37, Sears Point Rd. through wetlands/nature preserve; there were maybe 100 egrets standing, flying diving. never seen so many in one place, heading for 505, then interstate 5 northwards.
The freedom of the road, good to get away from the constraints of Marin County. I get that feeling when I enter Nevada, a sense of release, it's wide open, not every square inch analyzed and monetized.
I stopped off in Colusa, to visit my friend from 60 years ago, Jim Davison.
My dad had a rice farm 8 miles west of Colusa, and when I was 12, I helped him build a concrete block house there.  My job, on weekends and holidays, was shoveling sand, gravel, and cement into the concrete mixer).
Later, in teen years, I started hanging out with Colusa kids, complete with girlfriend, Roxana. Jim played piano and we did duets with me on ukulele; it was such a different experience, hanging out with these small town kids, for a city boy.  Population 3,000. We had fun! I worked in Colusa in the summer, bucking hay and driving a truck in the wheat harvest. Plus partying hearty at nights. Alcohol the only drug we knew of.
Yesterday I drove out to see the house. No one was home, but I shot a few photos. It looked as good as it did 70 years ago. When we started it was a barren piece of land.
Above: An almond orchard, with all the nuts on ground, ready to pick up
House my dad and I (plus two masons and one carpenter) built in 1947-48