Monthly Archives: April 2016

Lumber and Labor to get it

This is not an extensive history by any means. If you have watched my posts for any time over the months, you know that I like old machinery, and the “old way” of doing some things.  Also, you will have seen some of my images from “The Great Oregon Steamup” that takes place each summer in this area.  You may even remember some of these images here.  It has always fascinated me to look back and see how things were done before some of our modern equipment was invented. Necessity is the mother of invention?  Someone always works on a better mousetrap.  I have done that myself.  I’m not going to show modern day logging practices, they are available on-line, and I do not have the equipment to produce the work that is already out there.  I lean on the old images made by Darius Kinsey, and others that put a LOT of hard work into documenting the lifestyle of the the folks that worked in the woods.  You can find copies of these works in most libraries, (at least around here)  or look them up on-line.  Anyway, there are a few museum type places around here, one being the Antique Powerland which hosts the Steamup program.  The timber carnivals are thinning out as not so many are involved, and the tasks are all mechanized now.  Easier on the people, not always as much fun.  So we have the fellows in the woods that make the trees shorter, then we have the fellas in the trucks taking the product to the guys that spread the wood out into numerous shapes and thickness’s. I managed to find  a few tools as well.  Hats off to the folks that have done this work!


Mt Tabor

We have a city park that is close to my home, we a lot of them are close to my home, but this one offers a bit more challenge than the others. Mt Tabor is actually an extinct volcano.  I won’t go into age and all of that information, it can be sourced in other places more easily and probably more accurately than I offer here.  I can walk to the top in a short while, and did just that today.  Cabin fever set in, so I decided to brave our unusually warm weather and grab a supply of sun for the day.  I tried something else.  All of the photos were taken with my phone, processed on the phone and then I sent them to the computer to be re-sized and added to this site.  It is a fun place to go for a couple of hours, the sweet scent of the fir trees and flowers is great. The pitch running down the tree trunk.  The park is filled with trails up and down,  the top most point being 633 feet above sea level.  Not so much if your driving, but on foot it becomes a good bit of exercise for the day.  The park gets used a lot and for all sorts of programs.  The upper section is closed to all traffic from autos, which makes it ice.  It is possible to have a wedding under the trees if you like.  Bike riders (of which I am one)  get all sorts of trails as well.  The joggers and doggers  (dog walkers)  also use the place for a good work out.  There is also a great playground for the smaller children.  Lots of picnic spaces.  The caldera  (old volcano)  is now an amphitheater and basketball court  (with a rubber deck – ground up shoes I believe).  So lots of fun for all.  There are bicycle races and soapbox vehicle races. I say vehicle because they are manufactured by adults and look like all sorts of parts are used.  Quite the spectacle to watch.  You will notice the water feature as well. Three actually.  It is also home of the city water system, so there are reservoirs there as well.  They are in the process of eliminating the “lakes” from the city water system, and it is a big construction project with the usual traffic closures and detours.  All in all a good day.   The stairs pictured have 96 steps, just so you know.  And don’t forget the ever present dandelions.