Labor Day Weekend in Dufur

For the third time this summer, we trekked to my folks’ place in Dufur, OR after a stay in Central Oregon! Labor Day weekend is always a good one to stay put at home and that works great for my folks but our home is on wheels and we needed somewhere to stay soooooo……

It was a nice quiet and relaxing visit in sleepy little Dufur, Oregon.

Went for a drive one afternoon to see if we could find a multi geocache that Dad had to DNF a few years ago and never returned to look again.  Got it this time after having to expand our search radius somewhat.

Highway 44 Series: Overhill, Underhill (GC612C) by Capt. Jack, 1st Mate & Max

Now we have to move on to Coos Bay one last time this year before heading south so Patricia can prepare new photography product and restock inventory at Bandon’s Second Street Gallery.

Family Reunion – Paulina Lake, Central Oregon

Returning a third time this year to Central Oregon for a family campout at Paulina Lake in Newberry Caldera.

Parents, siblings, kids, grandkids, cousins galore!

Family Pano at Gordy's Truck Stop in LaPine

Family Pano at Gordy’s Truck Stop in LaPine

Didn’t get a lot of geocaching done but managed a few earthcaches and a handful of traditionals.

Caching Around the Caldera

Caching Around the Caldera

Oh, Deer! (GC1JD8Y) by tnt58
BC’s BPA Power Grid (GC30B13) by Kestrel Ridge
LITTLE D STOP& GO (GCYCA2) by dreuel
Fuzz Ball (GC3ERJD) by kowgrl59
Paulina Creek Falls EarthCache (GCQ36T) by Volcanoguy
Twisted (GC1PXW0) by TNT58
Fallen Giant (GC60YGZ) by tnt58
F.Y.I. (GCXK4K) by oldsmokey
Newberry Crater? or Caldera? Earthcache (GC5VAE5) by Volcanoguy
Lava Cast Forest EarthCache (GCPW9X) by Volcanoguy
Big Obsidian Flow EarthCache (GCQ36N) by Volcanoguy
UNCLE JR. & MAX CACHE (GC2B0X8) by UNCLE JR. , & MAX CODAY
Short Logs (GC5AMTF) by Sea Flyer
Off End (GC5AMT2) by Sea Flyer

Paulina Falls and our East Lake Campsite

Paulina Falls and our East Lake Campsite

Apparently I didn’t get many pics of the campout either! Cold and rainy weather kept most of us in our cabins or RV’s much of the time.

Granddaughter Kyla came out from Bend to hang out with us for a few days. She braved the weather in a tent!

Kyla got bored with just kayaking......

Kyla got bored with just kayaking……

One really interesting place we checked out was the Lava Cast Forest just north of the caldera. Nice interpretive trail here. Strange hollow “casts” left after lava flowed through a forest!

Hollow Cast

Hollow Cast

After the campout, we moved over to East Lake (3 miles away) for an extension of our time here. We were joined after a couple of days by my cousin and his wife. They brought kayaks so the four of us went kayaking one day.

Oh Those Ochoco’s!

Still hanging in central Oregon for another week but moved into the Ochoco National Forest for our first multi-day dry camping experience.

Hoping to cool off at higher elevations, we spent four nights in a tiny USFS campground between Prineville and Mitchell called Ochoco Divide CG. No services other than vault toilets. Despite the lack of amenities, we really enjoyed our stay there! Several sites large enough to accommodate the RV and situated in my favorite setting….conifer forest!

Geocaching-wise, there were three memorable accomplishments:

[1] Signing the log of a challenge cache called The Challenge of all Great Oregon Challenges. I completed the challenge some time ago but just now got close enough to sign the physical log.

[2] Hike to some mountain top caches like the one at Cougar Butte called Cougar Cache. The bonus for this cache was that it hadn’t been found by a geocacher in over four years! Love getting those lonely caches!

[3] Spending a day hiking and caching with Oregon’s top geocacher, elkjim Buckley! He saw that I was in the area and offered to come along on whatever adventure I had planned that day. Hiked and cached a neat trail system just outside Prineville called the Iron Horse Trail then ventured a bit further for a couple elkjim caches at Barnes Butte. You Meet The Nicest People Geocaching!

Prineville & Ochoco Geocaching

Prineville & Ochoco Geocaching

Patricia and I also drove around the forest looking for the fabled wild horses roaming these parts! While driving around, a local stopped to make fun of the kayaks mounted atop the Honda. When he learned that we were wanting to see the horses he mentioned a general area then said “Just follow the poop!” Sure enough, we took side road until we found fresh poop and followed it! We found wild horses! Great advice!

 

Wild Horse Info Sign

Wild Horse Info Sign

Wild Horses of Big Summit Prairie

Wild Horses of Big Summit Prairie

 

Central Oregon Caching (Logging in La Pine)

With our first week of the nomadic life under our belts, we moved on from family visiting in Dufur, OR to central Oregon for summer photography, kayaking and hiking. For two weeks we ventured from our La Pine area base on daily excursions.

Deschutes County Caching

Deschutes County Caching – Cache Listing at Bottom of Page

All Cozy in La Pine State Park

All Cozy in La Pine State Park

It was great to get the kayaks out on the water a couple of times. One day on East Lake, another on Hosmer Lake. Caches to find on both, of course!

East Lake shoreline cache.

East Lake shoreline cache.

As always, a video for your viewing pleasure……

 

Found geocache listing:

ON THE POINT (GC30XBD) by BAD DOGS
GO ON OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE (GC3Q50P) by BAD DOGS
HOSMER 3 (GC4J5VZ) by BAD DOGS
SPARKS VIEW (GC2ZTQV) by BAD DOGS
McKay Butte Fire Lookout (GC290X5) by Shotgun & Peashooter
Oregon’s Reverse French Manicure (GC26FHB) by tomfuller & Quill
SAD HILL…tread softly (GCJZNR) by trail mix 3 (adopted by Logscaler & Red)
2015 New Years Tradition (GC5JKXR) by Vryhpy
Cascades Tuya Volcanoes (GC4E3CD) by lavabears
Fetch-56 (GCE205) by “V” Boys and Dee
RXR crossing (GC3EXKT) by bigbear4737
Deer Run (GC3ERBW) by bigbear4737
013 NANO (GC2N1A1) by Lost-A-Pair
Root Base (GC1P8CQ) by geo-nama6
IMMW (GC4VWZM) by Oregonizm
Rec Road Residence (GCXK1Y) by markellie
Spoiled Rotten (GC3ERGT) by kowgrl59
Cogburn Cabin (GCNR0T) by skipski & sand-dollar
Paulina Travel Bug Hotel (GC1NZEZ) by Happyinbend
Near the gate shack (GC4EH9W) by Motair & KittyKat
Dog hair thicket (GC57VWT) by Motair & Kittykat
X marks the spot (GC57ZNH) by Motair & Kittykat
That mountain ain’t got no top! (GC1EA2) by Mad Jack
LOG THIS (GC3PYDN) by BAD DOGS
LOOK OUT FOR THE DEER!!!!! (GC1RGCH) by BAD DOGS
O Felix, your limb . . . (GCX89J) by nostrada
Forked Tounge (GC3N37R) by Motair
Tube of Wonder (GC571MM) by Girl Scout Troop 50737 and lavabears
Chims Cache (GC3N38M) by Motair