Monthly Archives: June 2013

Steinbeck’s Passion

“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is Love.” – John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

Western Montana

Western Montana

In the Valley

In the Valley

Glaciers

Glaciers

Great Falls to Billings

Great Falls to Billings

Black and White

Black and White

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Marilynne Robinson Territory

I think probably one of the important things that happened to me was growing up in Idaho in the mountains, in the woods, and having a very strong presence of the wilderness around me. That never felt like emptiness. It always felt like presence. – Marilynne Robinson

Her book Housekeeping takes place in the panhandle of Idaho.  While the southern part of Idaho is dominated by irrigated farmland and rugged terrain (like thousands of miles of volcanic lava flow), the Northern slimmer section of Idaho is painfully beautiful.

The Coeur D’Alene area and the little town of Wallace are stunning on Highway 90.

Rimrock Lake – Idaho

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An important reminder on the Portland River Walk

A sobering memorial

A sobering memorial

In 1942 an executive order lead to 110,000 Japanese Americans to be rounded up and placed in Internment camps.  In Portland, OR on the River Walk you can find the memorial.

Japanese American Historical Plaza

Japanese American Historical Plaza

The Camps

The Camps

Poems of the "survivors"

Poems of the “survivors”

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A View of Washington from Astoria, Oregon.

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Where the Columbia meets the The Sea.

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June 27, 2013 · 10:55 am

Portland, Oregon

downtown Portland

downtown Portland

eclectic architecture

eclectic architecture

Food Trucks

Food Trucks

Colorful

Colorful

City Block of Books

City Block of Books

So many books...

So many books…

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Columbia River Gorge – Oregon

Multnomah Falls,

Multnomah Falls,

Sacagawea

Sacagawea

Columbia River

Columbia River

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Idaho – Lava Flows and the Snake River

Nebraska sports the impressive Sandhill Country, Wyoming boasts about their Tetons and the magnificent Sage Territory, and Idaho shows off history of Lava.  The basalt fields of volcanic flow dominate Southern Idaho.  The Bonneville Flood of the last Ice Age then carved up those lava fields in to spectacular canyons.  Oh, and Idaho has wind too!

 

Snake River

Snake River

Shoshone Falls and Natural Bridge

Shoshone Falls and Natural Bridge

 

A butte overlooking the Falls.

A butte overlooking the Falls.

 

Picnic at the lake - Twin Falls

Picnic at the lake – Twin Falls

 

Wall of Basalt - Lava Flow

Wall of Basalt – Lava Flow

 

Near Massacre Rocks along the Oregon Trail

Near Massacre Rocks along the Oregon Trail

 

Wind Power

Wind Power

 

 

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