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UER Forum > US: Pacific Northwest > Central Oregon Roadtrip (pic heavy) (Viewed 1524 times)
Tatz 


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Central Oregon Roadtrip (pic heavy)
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After 4 weeks of strict quarantine, my wife and I were feeling stir crazy. As a new Oregon resident, I've only begun to scratch the surface of what this state has to offer. So I did some research, filled up my Pin Drop app with potential locations, and we hit the road. Camping and exploring would provide the mental stimulation we craved while maintaining social distance (mostly). This is the full story of our 3-day weekend, successes and failures.


Day 1
We left early to arrive at our first potential site, the old powerhouse of a dam project from the early 1900s. I'd found plenty of exterior photos of the building, but nothing from inside. Unfortunately without some significant B&E, we were unable to enter. A tough way to start of the trip, as I was especially excited about a building type that I had not experienced before.

At the suggestion of another member on this forum, the one who welcomed me into the Portland UE community, we made our way to a turn-of-the-century saw mill. The weather was stunning and our pasty PNW skin nearly fried. There was an odd, newly built cabin right on the property. But no one was home so we had free run of the property.

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We really only covered the main building with the smokestack, which is still safe to climb. The colors and decay were lovely, and will leave me with dozens of shots to disperse in the Photography - Textures thread. So with a long list of other sites to attempt, we left the rest of this property for another visit.

Next we hit this cute little historic landmark, which has miraculously survived several forest fires. As soon as we parked, the owner of the property surrounding it drove up to wish us a friendly hello with their border collie "Sage".

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As daylight dwindled, we found our way to a Burgerville, then drove to a secluded BLM camping area. I don't know what's in season right now, but we encountered more hunters than all other people combined on this trip.


Day 2
This day also started in failure. We planned to hike the Flag Point Lookout Trail and get photos of the fire tower at the top, but 1.5 miles in we hit snow that wasn't worth trudging thru for another 6 miles and it started to pour on us. We headed towards our next location and passed by this cutie unexpectedly.


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I wanted to explore the White River Falls and the powerhouse in the canyon, but forgot that all parks are currently closed. We parked at the entrance and tried to sneak into the canyon, but were caught and kicked out by a forest service ranger who is living in a camper on site. When we walked back to my car, from about 100 feet off, I saw a pickup truck stop by my vehicle. The driver hopped out, and looked at us walking back. I waved and smiled, thinking they maybe thought we had broken down. And he quickly put a piece this piece of paper on my windshield and drove off.

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What part of "Park Closed" don't you understand?

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this civilian citation, and left the park disappointed but laughing.

Later, I spotted an obviously abandoned home in the distance, which definitely used to belong to a hoarder. I had no desire to trudge thru that muck, but I had to admit it had amazing views.

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The terrain got more ruggedly beautiful on our way to Antelope. And it was nice to see the old schoolhouse got a fresh flag and is being used as a local community center. We passed an old barn on the way to our 2nd campsite.

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Day 3
This was going to be the break it or make it day for me. In my research I had discovered a 50 acre facility for "troubled youth" that had sat abandoned for nearly a decade. There were some vague articles about it being purchased by a christian organization, but nothing confirmed. The property consisted of dozens of buildings including dorms, cafeteria, auditorium, gym, and a ropes course. Hell, I didn't even see any mention of it here on the forum. I was so excited to discover something that maybe very few people knew of or had visited.

We drive up, and can see some bulldozers and what seem like work trucks. But the buildings are pristine! And it's just as expansive as I thought. As we turn in, a gray car starts to drive past us, stops abruptly, then backs up.

We roll down our respective car windows. Stern faces of a middle aged couple look back at me. "Hi, can we help you?" My moment to to shine. I'm all smiles.

"Hi, I'm XXXX. I know about the history of this property and I used to work in the social work industry." (true) "I know this my be an odd request, but I wanted to see what's become of this place." (since when do I talk like such a nerd?) "Is there any chance we could learn more about it and maybe have a look around?"

"Well, we run this place now, and we've got some time before we need to get to our Zoom church service, so sure!"

SCORE!

They unlocked every building I asked and gave us free reign, had no problem with me snapping away photos, and told us stories from back in the 50s when the property was mostly a hunting lodge, thru the teen facility era, and yes it is a christian camp facility now. Still, they haven't built anything new and have barely changed the property since its purchase. So we got to experience the site just like the kids who got shipped off there in the 90s. Overall a great way to end the trip. And I definitely feel refreshed enough for another week (or four) of quarantine.

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Thanks for the read! Would love to hear stories from anyone else's trips to these sites.




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Nicely stitched together. Good photos, easy to read write up. Congrats on getting away for a three day exploring trip! 4 6 11 and 28 are my favorites I'd love to have a sunken in living room space with cozy cushions which I could just kick it with family and friends and listen to music and talk. The saw mill looks to be in the same condition as it was in when I went three or four years ago.




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looks like fun hopefully out that way soon!!




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looks like fun hopefully out that way soon!!


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will do the state is taking forever for the job offer!!




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Looks like tons of fun!




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I'm so jealous! I wish I had the time for all that. These are great!




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Great photos! The sawmill photos make me want to go on a road trip right now. Fantastic work!




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Nice score on the church facility! A lot of the time just being nice to people goes a long way. I loved your story, and I'm glad to know you were able to still have quite a bit of fun. Is it bad to say I'm disappointed the church spot wasn't actually abandoned anymore? lol. Still, a really cool find man. Hope to explore with you again soon.




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This was a lot of fun to read through! Glad to see the two of you had a good weekend, I hope that you have made some good memories




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lmao "teen facility"

Nice talking your way in! Did they show you the airstrip?




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lmao "teen facility"

Nice talking your way in! Did they show you the airstrip?


They didn't mention one, and I didn't see one from satellite view. If there was I would have loved to see it.

Although you might be talking about another "Christian" facility that has a very obvious airport next to it. We drove past that one to try and see some of the old cult buildings. But it was gated, very populated, and well patrolled.



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Although you might be talking about another "Christian" facility that has a very obvious airport next to it. We drove past that one to try and see some of the old cult buildings. But it was gated, very populated, and well patrolled.


Indeed! Must be more of those around than I realized!

I live right by the former Hotel Rajneesh where the bomb went off; the story of the whole thing is just bonkers but very Oregon tbh. For the lurkers in this thread, check out Wild Wild Country on Netflix if you haven't yet.




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