Malheur National Forest campgrounds and the murals of Canyon City, Oregon

Sunday, August 9

The crew and I leave Idylwild Campground in Malheur National Forest north of Burns, Oregon, and continue northward on Route 395.  The road takes us across Silvies Valley and the fields of Silvies Ranch.  This is a big ranch. . .  140,000 acres big.  Driving across it is like traversing a small nation.

At Seneca I see a sign “Parish Cabin C.G. 11 miles” with an arrow pointing east.

P1060600Church in Seneca, Oregon, between Burns and John Day

The name intrigues me.  On a whim I turn.  After about 5 or 6 miles I begin to suspect I’ve made a mistake.  We cross open countryside of dry fields of grass.  A few houses.  We don’t want to be in open country — might become too hot for that.  Well, I’m committed.  Might as well keep going.  Looks like some forest up ahead.

About three miles before reaching the campground . . . .

Uh-oh.  A fire went through here.  Major ugly.

P1060596Well, maybe we will drive beyond the blackened tree trunks and find a lovely campground in a fragrant forest, next to a cheerful stream where birds flit about and sunbeams reach through the boughs . . .

Dream on, RVSue.

P1060597Parish Cabin Campground is small and rustic, a typical national forest campground.  Campground fee is $8 regular/$4 with senior pass.

Bridget and Reggie know we’ve entered a campground.  The two of them commence barking, hopping around inside the Perfect Tow Vehicle as we cruise the campground loop.

Two campers are here.

At one end we have a couple sitting outside in straight-back kitchen chairs listening to talk radio.  Kinda’ weird.  On the other end of the campground a man sings a little tune, the lyrics of which he makes up as he goes along.  Okay, he can’t sing all day.  But then he could rev up that ATV or idle that diesel truck for twenty minutes.  Neither camper has solar which means. . . .

“Okay!  Okay!  Let me park and I’ll let you out!”

Bridget, Reggie, and I walk around a few campsites.

Little Bear Creek is all grown up with brush and willows.  Gollee, this place is depressing.  Sometimes ya’ just hafta’ admit you made a mistakeSo big deal.  We rode 22 miles round trip, out of our way.  Well, is there such a thing as “out of our way” when one has no schedule or appointments or set route to follow?

“C’mon, let’s find something better.”

P1060599We return to Seneca and Route 395.

About ten miles up the road, I pull into Starr Campground.  It’s around noon.  I’d drive further except the next possible campground (of the type I prefer) would make too long a drive.  This is nice.  We’ll stay overnight.  It’s cool.  The crew can explore.  I can read.  All is well.

Starr Campground is also in Malheur National Forest.

The camping fee is $6 regular and only $3 for us because we have a geezer discount pass.  The campground is comprised of two small loops, one near the main road and one back in the woods.  A few campers are in the back loop, so I choose a site in the front loop where no one is camped.

P1060604The traffic on the main road isn’t heavy.  I can tolerate a little road noise.

The crew and I enjoy a pleasant afternoon together.

As usual we close the day with a walk-about.

P1060609“What happened to the road, Reggie?”

Later, after dark, another camper pulls in and parks.

We sleep well and wake to a forest-fresh morning!

Monday, August 10

P1060608“You’re looking good, Bridge!”

Starr Campground is near the 5,152-foot summit of the Aldrich Mountains.  We leave immediately after our walk.

The PTV follows the road as it winds down a series of switchbacks and flattens out.

P1060625Usually on a move-camp day, I’m not interested in doing touristy things, like strolling around a town. I need to secure a place for us to spend the night and that makes me goal-driven.

However, when we roll into Canyon City, I have to stop to take a closer look!

P1060618I lift Bridget and Reggie to the ground and sling my camera strap over my neck.

P1060619What is it about a covered walkway over a creek that I can’t resist? 

“C’mon, pupsters.  You can do it!”

P1060620The church in Seneca is low and long; this one’s high and narrow.

P1060615“Let’s go over by the park and see those murals!”

P1060617“No Dogs Allowed In Park.”

“It’s okay, crew.  We can walk around on the sidewalk.”

P1060612P1060613The murals are the work of Larry Kangas.  Click here to see more.

Two miles further on Route 395 we arrive at the town of John Day.

A decision must be made whether to continue further northward or to head east.  I park in a lot next to the police station and go online to research where the wildfires and road closures are at present . . . .

In the next post, we find a gem of a camp!



P1060622Hmm. . . Being a newbie is a crime?


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103 Responses to Malheur National Forest campgrounds and the murals of Canyon City, Oregon

  1. shirlene says:

    Good the little town.

    • carlene says:

      but you showed up first so I guess you win. Shirlene… have a wonderful evening. And we wait for word on the gem of a campground. I’ll be heading north from the Reno area next week, so keeping notes of where in eastern Oregon will be good to visit after northeastern CA and northwestern Nevada.

  2. carlene says:

    What… I’m first… wow!

  3. DeAnne in TN says:

    Purty sights, Sue!

  4. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    ………and I thought I would be first!!!!!!

  5. Wow. I can’t believe that so many of the campsites are empty. Isn’t this high season for camping? Granted, I wouldn’t want to camp in the middle of an old fire either. Looks like a charming little town!

  6. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Love the photo of the covered walkway! Enjoy your new camp.

  7. I hope you make it to the Chinese museum at John Day. It took us back 50 years when it was closed after the owner died and then not reopened for half a century. The two guys who lived there were amazing. One was a doctor that treated both Chinese and Caucasians, and the other was the first car dealer in the area, as well as many kinds of entrepreneur. And John Day Fossil Beds are really amazing. I could look at the Painted Hills Unit every day.

  8. Deb D says:

    Great pictures of the murals. The pups are looking good. Very cool bridge.
    School starts here soon . More sites will be open for your pick. Enjoy !

  9. Hi! I look forward to the new camp, and I’m glad you had a good time in Canyon City. I know I’ve read of those murals before, but I can’t for the life of me remember where.

    I understand that the covered walkway is irresistible. I feel that same attraction, although explaining it is beyond me. “Greenhorn Jail” is a mystery to me. Surely there must be some other meaning than the obvious.

    • edlfrey says:

      This is the reason(?) why the Greenhorn Jail is in Canyon City. Why the town was named Greenhorn is beyond the scope of the original question.

      The old Greenhorn Jail, from Greenhorn, OR (now a ghost town), was removed to Canyon City under suspicious circumstances. A court case ensued for its return, but because the city straddles the Blue Mountain ridge, the district attorneys of Baker County and Grant County could not even agree in which court house it should be held. The case was eventually heard by the Circuit Court for Grant County in Canyon City. The jail remains in Canyon City.

      • weather says:

        Thanks,Ed-you are a fountain of interesting information.Do you know if naming the town Greenhorn had to do with limestone by that name?

        • edlfrey says:

          OK weather you made me go and do it. Why is Greenhorn, OR called Greenhorn?

          Located between John Day and the Elkhorn Mountains, the Greenhorn Mountains are a low uplift within the Blue Mountains. The name Greenhorn stems from a large green-colored monolith, known as the “green horn,” that was visible for miles and which served as a directional marker in many mining claim descriptions. Greenhorn served as a gold-rush boomtown from the 1865 discovery of gold at Robinsonville, about five miles to the north, until the closure of the large mines at Ben Harrison Peak, in about 1940.

        • edlfrey says:

          I’ll also provide what I found concerning the naming of the town as it relates to the geology of the area. I might add that I understand almost none of this; I just do the research, copy and paste. HA

          The geology of the Greenhorn Mountains is part of the Baker Terrane rocks that were deposited and developed far from North America and then were added to the continent through plate tectonic processes about 140 million years ago. Most of the Greenhorns are a zone of faulted, folded, and mixed rocks called a mélange. There is no stratigraphic order, and the rocks range in age from Devonian to Jurassic. These large chunks of rock, up to a kilometer or more in diameter, are called “knockers” by geologists. They vary in type and include gabbro, chert, argillite, greenstones, and limestone. The matrix that holds them together is the green, scaly rock serpentinite—actually metamorphosed peridotite, which is rock from the Earth’s upper mantle. The best interpretation is that the Greenhorn mélange represents an ancient subduction zone, a conclusion that is corroborated by the presence of relatively high-pressure, low-temperature metamorphic rocks that are only produced in subduction zones.

          • weather says:

            Neat,I appreciate this,Ed.I’d noted a vague association with the name and familiar rock types,yet knew searching further might trap me into hours of absorbing study-again!This is why folks pay teachers-HA!You do all the footwork and I’ll just glean the benefits of your work.

  10. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Great “structure” pix today … adorable churches, a jail, covered bridges, and a red barn. I’m a sucker for red barns. Does anyone know why so many barns are painted red? Reminds me of a funny story … J. Vernon McGee, an old radio preacher, was asked once if it was okay for a woman to wear makeup. In his heavy Texas drawl he answered, “Well, I don’t know about that. But I do know if I had an old barn, I’d slap a fresh coat of paint on it.” Love it!!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      “Does anyone know why so many barns are painted red?”

      I know, I know! (yes, I was always the obnoxious kid in the front row with his hand up. 🙂 )

      In the 18th century farmers mixed linseed oil with rust which worked to kill fungus and prolong the life of the wood. As the industrial revolution came they started to make paint with chemical pigments and red was the cheapest color to make so the tradition continued.

      Sadly wood barns are a dying breed in most of the U.S. as they are replaced by more cost efficient steel buildings. It’s possible our grandchildren will only see them in bad paintings on hotel room walls.

      • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

        Thank you Rick for answering my question. I saw many red barns on my recent trip to Oregon – but sadly, most of them were falling down.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        A wealth of information Sir.

        I didn’t know that until we moved to NY. I’ve notice some green barns in the area….not green as in Eco green…the color.

        It amazes me..that some let their old “barns” and building collapse…not an oddity to see one start to lean….drive by again..leaning more….winter arrives…drive by again..and it’s in a pile where it fell! Huh? What is up with THAT?

        • Rebecca says:

          A lot of folks can’t afford the maintenance on those older barns, especially if they aren’t in use or a steel building is less money.

        • Millie says:

          Not sure about present day, but a decade or so ago when I lived in western NY, the state was offering grant money to preserve the old barns…recognizing that they are historical treasures. Hope they’re still doing it.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          Pure economics. I used to own a small hobby farm with a 19th century barn in not so great shape. When I bought the place I had dreams of fixing it up into a workshop / guest house. (hence my knowledge of rust and linseed oil) But the reality was it would have cost upwards of $75000 to renovate. Compare that to maybe $30000 for a new steel building and it’s hard to justify. Especially for farmers that are working their butts off just to put food in front of their kids. In the end we spent about $7000 on a new roof to insure it wouldn’t fall in for the next couple decades and moved on.

          The sad part is that barns like that will never be built again. The roof rafter of that barn was an oak beam 10 inches square and 60 feet long. The only place one finds a piece of wood like that is harvesting old growth trees that are a 100 plus years old. Those forests just don’t exist anymore. Thankfully some will be preserved. But in the end they will be museums or hobbies for the uber rich and very, very few as working barns.

      • Shawna says:

        Thanks for the answer to that question!

  11. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Great pictures. I love the old farm with the 1 lonely tree at the top of the hill 🙂 What an interesting little town!! I would have stopped to take a look around also
    Love to you, Bridget and Reggie.

  12. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I find it interesting…new growth…plant and wildlife in a burn area. Oh oh….you don’t cross cattle grates either. Reg man looks so inquisitive.

    Love the chapel and the mural. What details!

    Enjoy your evening.

  13. Lynn Brooks says:

    Amazing murals!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Can’t wait to see your next campground!!!

  14. Susan in Dallas says:

    Beautiful sights, especially those churches.

  15. Applegirl NY says:

    Wow, such a difference between Parish Campground and Starr Campground. Glad you found a peaceful place for the night.

    I love those murals, they seem like they would give a small town a sense of identity and history. What dedication from the artists.

    Bridge looked perky, and of course Reggie always does.

    Your picture of the jail door is beautifully framed by the tree limbs. Is that a mountain ash?

    Safe travels!

  16. AZ Jim says:

    “a lovely campground in a fragrant forest, next to a cheerful stream where birds flit about and sunbeams reach through the boughs . . .”

    What a great way to paint a picture. Gotta hand it to ya Missy, you sure can write. I love the murals too. Have fun.

  17. AZDonna says:

    That Seneca church would be much prettier without that chain link fence around it. Kind of ruins the mood, eh?

  18. weather says:

    Gee,I love how you can go into places and focus on such interesting things in each one as a snippet in your day yet manage to make sure you three enjoy,rest and keep moving.I joined in your lovely daydream about Parish Cabin then laughed at the reality of a couple in straight backed chairs …-another dip into “the twilight zone”-,I’m glad you kept on driving!

    The tall narrow church and murals are fascinating and lovely,thanks for the tour through your lens.The crew wins first place again on my favorite pics on the post list 🙂

    Today I toured a few hills,too,as a long drive seemed just the thing to make my celebration especially nice,on top of the delightful wishes from you and others I received.While I was out I treated myself to a few wee things-an afternoon under sunny skies,Chinese food,a T@B travel trailer,Canada Dry ginger ale ,now home again,both literally and here on your wonderful page,extra lovin’ with the troupe-life is good ,God is great-so was this day and this post

    Looking forward to your telling us about,and showing us,your gem of camp ,whenever you do,and for now to a restful sleep,I hope you have one,too.n’night

    • shirlene says:

      Got it! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, weather,

      Happy, Happy Birthday to you!! 🙂

      So…as part of your Birthday, you pulled the trigger on a T@B travel trailer?! How exciting! Whoo-Hoo! Travel adventures for you and your troupe await! Have a good evening! Sending you a hug! 🙂

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      You got a T@b! How cool is that?
      Details details!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Tell us about you T@b!!

    • Did you get a new T@b trailer weather?

    • Millie says:

      How cool a T@B! DH and I have a T@G…the T@B little sister! You’ll have to come to some of the T@B, T@G and other Teardrop rallies. We have a blast. Look for Crossroads of America in 2017…and the Tearjerkers forum…lots of like minded folks on there. Welcome to the Family!!!

    • weather says:

      Stepping into a pool of light at dawn I first noticed that the air itself was golden.As I’d never seen that before I looked around,not up,so was surprised by a sudden rain that left within seconds.Bright sunlight and a clear blue sky came so quickly afterwards I was once again so happy that I hadn’t missed a few precious moments by staying inside too long.

      In a reply yesterday you mentioned there being no fires in that days route,so you may be in a new camp this morning .Good morning ,Sue,I hope where you are offers you and crew special gifts put in place just for you.

      My first paragraph describes part of why I chose the wee hobbit house on wheels to get.As previously I’d expressed interest in Class C’s that may seem odd.My attraction to those had been a spot perfect for each of us in this troupe.Yet having been in them(a bit lacking in natural lighting) I knew an outside sunny and shaded space that would feel like their own domain would make the critters ,and me,happier,hence the portable covered deck I’d designed.At no point was being without my wrangler a consideration,it’s tow capacity is limited ,the “eggs” I’d seen were either heavy or the shower,kitchen ,etc. was outside-so I’d dismissed travel trailers long ago.Until a friend linked me to one I could tow with all that inside- a T@B.

      Weeks of research and negotiating ensued,the timing of the 13th was not planned.I’d offered a price I knew I could fully recuperate should I at some point alter the direction of my adventure.Yesterday the guy called to accept.It has my wish list inside-all windows and light,birdcage,cat box,beds,perch spots for us all,perfect for each of us,place to cook,bathe,the usual appliances and outlets needed to live comfortably,etc,railing outside to attach tent for the “domain”in fresh air,colors that will allow me to blend in rather than be easily noticed-huge issue to me,so I’m choosing not to be specific here.So I hope that answers questions anyone has.Launch date?Best guess-between now and snowflakes time,again I tend to go forward as led to.As example,while driving to meet the seller I was praying for wisdom,clarity and assurance that my dream matched His for me-right then an eagle appeared flying in front of me(not across the road as one would expect in that landscape)going toward the next mountain tops…a peace surged through me as I smiled at the timing of such blessings.Have a wonder-ful day everyone,I’m off to help my friend at the antique store soon.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        How exciting! Does she have a name?

        What? You aren’t staying to shovel snow? Our ferns are turning brown…which is definitely a sign that winter is nearing.

        • weather says:

          Thanks,Cinandjules!!hm,m-Wind rider sounds right-in my head,not on the trailer itself.I’ll leave and bring shovels,they seem to collect,like boots,gloves,roof rakes..HA!

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        So happy for you.

      • Larry in AR says:

        I’ve had my T@B for two years. No Regrets. Hope you like it as much as I like mine.

        • weather says:

          Thanks,Larry-hearing that you have no regrets is very encouraging!I hope both you and I like (and enjoy) them for many years ahead.

  19. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin says:

    “Well, is there such a thing as “out of our way” when one has no schedule or appointments or set route to follow?”
    I love the way you live, RVSue and Crew!

  20. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Beautiful photos. I think murals are the most amazing works of art, especially those of the early days. I love reading history and even fiction stories of the early days. I was not much of a history student in school, but I really enjoy it now. I can not resist looking at old churches, barns and the covered bridges.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      In less than two hours (EST), you will be the Birthday girl! Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your special day! 🙂

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Happy, happy birthday Barbara! I hope it is a super day for you!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks you for the birthday wishes Denise & Krystina. My exercise/coffee buddies took me to lunch today after our class. We had a really good time. It is a local restaurant called the Daily Dish. You can have a meat & 3 or eat from a selection of menu items. I had the previous with coconut chicken (breasts) with 2 sides and a roll. Delicious!!!
        Then I had “Welcome Home” from Angel, who was doing her usual jumping jacks and zoomies after my couple hours away from her, and DH.
        We were going out to dinner tonight at Bonefish Grill, which is my favorite, but I am so stuffed, I may postpone that until tomorrow night. Thanks again.

  21. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    I get so confused by the dates on Sue’s posts (my problem, not hers) … but I THINK today is Barbara’s birthday, so Happy Birthday today, or tomorrow, whichever it is. May you have a healthy, happy year 🙂

  22. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Glad you took some time to explore this delightful town. I love how the arch over the walkway compliments the church. The design of the tall church…so many arrows or pointed arches, reaching up to the heavens! Even the sign out front and windows echo the same design. In my mind, the interior would have similar design elements.

    I wonder if the greenhorn jail was for newbies who came to steal others gold or try to poach other folks claims…you know, not wanting to work for it!

    Hope you, the Crew and all the blogorinos have a peaceful evening. Sending you, Bridget, and Reggie hugs from me and Gracie pup. 🙂

  23. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Nice photos, Sue…glad you found a great place to camp next…look forward to hearing about it!! And to your question, “Is being a newbie a crime?” I can truthfully say oh yes it can be…we lived the most years of our married lives in a place that was the truth!! If people in a new place have the first question to ask you and it is “How long have you lived here?” that can be a clue…and if there is a street in the town called “Newcomer”, my advice is put on your truckin shoes and get outta Dodge quick!! Took nearly 15 years for us to escape that town. My daughter here recently met someone who also used to live there and she referred to her leaving as an “escape” too…we found that amusing…and amazing as we thought only our little family considered our leaving it as an “escape”!! Heh…life has been on so much nicer these years hence!!!

  24. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Glad you found a good camp. Baker City where I am is ringed by fire. Freeway and many surrounding roads have been closed off and on all day. Ash falling and some cinders on my porch today. (In town) Most forest campgrounds closed, just heard 395 closed east of John Day. I haven’t seen fires this large this close in a long time. We’ve been evacuating people and animals all day.
    Wishing you and the crew safe travels.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So sad to hear this…Baker is one of the prettiest areas!! Hope the rains come soon and help put out the fires!!

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      I have been watching all the fires on TV and they are so horrible it brings tears to my eyes. Please, please stay safe CheryLyn!!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Stay safe CheryLyn. Forest Fires are the worst. So much devastation! It really breaks my heart to see the beauty of our forests charred and burned, not too mention all the people and animals that suffer.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Stay safe, CheryLyn!

  25. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Lovely photos, Sue. Always look forward to seeing what you guys are seeing in your journey. I love to photograph old churches, too.

    The fires in the West make me wish I could send some of our never-ending rain that way. We’ve had too much with this 90-degree heat and there are weeds popping up every few minutes, it seems. When you get out of the car your glasses immediately fog up and there is steam rising from the asphalt from the 1-2 showers we have each day. I am not complaining about the rain…I do love it and appreciate the fact that it keeps the little wild animals supplied with a drink. Just wish it were spread out across the country in a more equitable fashion.

    “Geezer pass”…LOL I believe I qualify for that coming up pretty soon. I know you’ve told us all about that someplace in your posts and I’ve read about such things in other RV literature. Would that be America The Beautiful or something named like that? When I bought my old Winnebago fixer-upper I found a stained, dog-eared card witht the signature of the original owner. Since I’m 59 I don’t believe I’m quite “geezerfied” enough to qualify.

    You are FAR from a geezer, Sue. You have such spirit and you’re living your life the way I plan to be living mine when I retire. Thank you for giving us all the gift of seeing what you see and going where you go.

  26. Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

    Good Morning RVSue and Bloggerinos! I just love this little town. You are so very good at finding these “historic” places. The mural is just fascinating…thanks for the up close shots. The crew is looking good!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Krystina,

      I hope you are continuing to feel better with each passing day! You’ll be ready to tackle another adventure, if you choose to, before you know it. I bet meeting your baby granddaughter for the first time was priceless! 🙂

  27. Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

    Sitting here reading your post and my mind wanders. It is amazing how fate brings us to places we would never had chosen. If the first place you stopped was nice you might not have discovered the murals and interesting buildings of Canyon City, OR. Then again, maybe you would have ventured there on your way to the next place, even if you stayed at the first campground.

    All is well in RV land.

    Marilyn in Dania

  28. Dawn from camano island says:

    Good morning, Sue! You give me hope that we could find campsites while we’re returning home in the spring without parking in a Walmart parking lot! You’re in an area of Oregon we hope to visit one of these days. Looking forward to finding out about the area through your posts.

    Ear skritches to the crew–enjoy your days.

  29. Jean in Southaven says:

    Love the murals and the bridge. I would be drawn to the bridge also. The church and everything about this town that you showed us is good.

  30. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning, blogorinos!

    Many times when I finish a blog post I think to myself, “This one is a dud. Oh well, maybe I’ll do better next time . . . ” And then you write how much you enjoyed it! Thank you.

    Forgive me for this group reply. The crew and I need to move again today.

    Those murals in Canyon City are the finest murals I’ve ever seen. Of course I haven’t been to the Sistene Chapel . . . . Anyway. Be sure to stop in Canyon City to see them, plus the boot hill cemetery, the museum, Joaquin Miller’s cabin (“Poet of the Sierras”), and other points of historical and artistic interest.

    One of the things that impressed me was the way Kangas, the artist, painted each subject’s face. When you stand in front of the mural, the personalities are evident in the faces, and also what kind of life each person has lived so far.

    That photo of the man on a horse in the previous post? It was like I could hear his voice! I don’t know much about art but I do know this is a special talent — painting people so that they are lifelike individuals when viewed both from a distance and up close — as my uncle painted very large scenes also and shared with me the challenges he faced.

    The artist has a huge portfolio of works. I encourage you to click the link and wander around his website.

    About the geezer pass… Yes, it is the same as America the Beautiful, also known as Golden Age Pass. Go to and search for senior pass and you’ll see the details.

    I can think of another reason folks might let their big, red barn fall into disrepair. Have you ever painted a barn? If you have, you’re probably still out there painting the dang thing.

    Why so few people at Starr Campground during the height of camping season? It’s not a destination campground. It’s a pleasant place for an overnight camp when traveling between Burns and John Day. However, Idylwild isn’t very far away and is much nicer.

    The bridge does echo the design of the church, even though it doesn’t lead to the church and it’s not on the same property. I wonder if the same architect/builder created it. Looks like it.

    The chain link fence around the church is more obvious when looking at it in a photo. When standing there, the church’s presence overwhelms the details around it.

    I don’t know if that’s mountain ash framing the jailhouse photo…. Trees are difficult (for me anyway) to identify. I’m still trying to recognize yellow pine from ponderosa from fir.

    Happy birthday to all August babies!

    The crew and I have been moving a lot lately, trying to stay out of the smoke and keep ahead of the fires. The fire near Baker City is indeed frightening; I’ve been concerned for one of our blogorinos. (I hope you and yours stay safe, CheryLyn!)

    Well, that’s it for now… Oh, wait! weather! We’re on the edge of our seats . . .


    Bye for now,

    • weather says:

      🙂 🙂 🙂 Yes!-“story ,so far,” above,thanks for your news and constant inspiration,Catch up you here when we can,stay safe and happy,love ya,weather

    • mary Gray says:

      Good morning Sue,
      I knew when you pulled into you know where (in that tiny town at the RV park) yesterday afternoon. I knew it was you by your Van an little trailer plus Reggie was peeking out the window while you were in the office. I sat in the car waiting for my husband to pick up our mail. I wanted to say hello but I know you like your space. Happy and safe travels. Mary G.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Safe travels, Sue and Crew!!

      Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  31. Jodee Gravel on the road in Port Ludlow, WA says:

    Fun to follow this route with you as we will be doing it heading south next month. We’re taking 395 from Spokane to SoCal. My mother loved covered bridges and the little ones over the creek are so cute. Something about taking the time to cover a bridge…… Reggie looks so tiny next to that cattle guard! Tessa was hesitant on a metal mesh dock ramp because she could see the water below, it was priceless to see her figure it out 🙂 Looking forward to what you found!!

  32. Shawna says:

    Interesting little town. Thanks for sharing with us!

  33. Dawn in MI says:

    Katie (the dog) and I were camping the last 3 days at a local park. I thought about you a lot, and how this (camping) could be a lifestyle. Husband disagrees, and doesn’t camp with us. I think he missed Katie….don’t know that he really noticed I was gone! LOL

    Can’t wait to see the next place. Loved the murals. We’ve seen murals in a couple of towns, one in KY and another in northern CA.

  34. Bill says:

    Sue, there a great campground in Dayville that has fresh fruit for the picking and only has 7 sites with large open grass area. You would love it!

  35. Terri From Texas says:

    Loved all the pictures RvSue! I hope and pray you stay out of range of the fires!
    Congratulations to Weather on the new TAB! I am glad you found your match!
    Yeah, we have a red barn we built ourselves when we moved on our 15 acres. But, we built it out of hardi plank-a cement fibre board that is very popular in these parts. It is almost 11 years old and now it needs painting. We painted it Martha Stewart Red-a very vivid color, and now we are waiting for decent weather we don’t melt in to paint it.
    Boy your posts really make me long for the day when we can just get up and go for as long as we like. About 4 more years, hopefully, but I don’t think we will fulltime. 🙁
    Be careful out there.

  36. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Checking to see if RvSue had checked in. Baker City is surrounded by fire and most roads closed. Level 3 evacuations issued less than a mile from city limits. Level 3 means get out now. Just saw that level 3 issued for Canyon City also. Fires both north, south, southeast and west of John Day. Fire command says has never seen fire behavior like this. Winds making it impossible to stop it at present. Right now just trying to save the small towns of Durkee and Pleasant Valley.
    Anyone traveling in central and eastern Oregon be very careful!

    • shirlene says:

      Just how close is Sue to the fires?…is it time for concern the blog or inositol need to unite!

      • shirlene says:

        Blogorinos! Spell check..ha!

      • weather says:

        for now we can pray and count on Sue’s skills,gifts and wisdom

        -including in our thoughts all the blogorinos,folks,critters,earth and responders dealing with potentially harmful situations

  37. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    RVSue is very aware of the fires. In the post she was researching the location of the fires and the road closures. My guess is she is not even close to seeing the smoke!

    Wildfires make their own “weather” within itself..thus making it unpredictable. Sue has continued to display her respect for Mother Earth and Mother Nature.

    I have no doubt that Sue has the PTV, BLT and the crew heading in a safe direction…probably in an area with none or limited bars.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      And with no bars we won’t have to worry about DWI’s.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Huh? Are you speaking in that ohm and volts language again? 😉

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Alcohol bars! Nope she’s at home in the BLT with da crew.

          You know….come to think of it…never mentions partaking in any sort of alcohol. She’s probably one of those…eh …you know….wine snobs! Hah!

          JUST KIDDING!!!!

  38. It’s late at night as I read your post. I’m way past tired. I stare at your last photo after reading your caption. What the heck is she talking about? I continue looking but not seeing. Then I re-read the sign above the door. And I just smile. 🙂

  39. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I never knew T@B meant take America back!

    I was like…teardrop and………??????

    Learn something everyday! Happy weekend blogorinos!!

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