Thursday was a pack up, clean and load the car morning at Alpine. Ellen did several loads of wash because we needed to leave our bedroom ready for a new set of guests arriving Thursday evening! We got off from Alpine a little after 1pm, heading for Boise, ID. It's about a 6 1/2 hour drive, so we felt we had time to stop at one of our favorite places, the Camus National Wildlife Refuge near Hamer, ID (north of Idaho Falls). Every time we've gone there, we've had it to ourselves, as far as humans are concerned, and this time was no exception. Spring and fall it is a center for migratory birds and I guess it is much more popular then, human-wise. But on a July day there are still many birds and water fowl to be seen and heard. I wished I had my old Yashica, with telephoto lens, but alas, it is a film camera, which is virtually obsolete. So I'm just using my iPhone as a camera - quite a come down, but it sure is convenient. I did get this photo of a yellow-headed blackbird, but it would have been spectacular with the telephoto lens.
|Yellow-headed blackbird at Camus N.W.R.|
|The loft apartment in Boise|
|"The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization"|
Eastern Oregon is mile after mile of sugar beets, alfalfa and grain, until it just becomes a sagebrush desert. It is all beautiful. And then the mountains emerge in central Oregon, - the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Three-fingered Jack, Ragged-Top, even Mt. Hood could be seen in the distance.
|Wheat? in Eastern Oregon|
We got to Salem at about 9pm. J.E.'s neighbors were enjoying setting off fireworks in the street - it's a dead-end. We went to sleep with the sound of fireworks as a lullaby.