Kay's Photo Journal - July 2017
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7/31/2017 Chicago, IL - I have visited Millenium Park, which Cloud Gate and Pritzker Pavilion are located. Chicago Stock Exchange, there is no tour available for the public. Union Station, which closed at middle of night, Chicago Architecture Foundation. There are many more places to go but my time was limited.
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7/31/2017 Chcago Library, Chicago, IL - This is one of the best library in the US. Total 9 floors above the ground, a means I don’t know how many basement floors. It is just like a museum, many art decoration here and there, 9th floor is glass dome entire ceiling that was impressed. It is opens 24/7, Mon-Thu they open 9-9, 12 hours, twelve hours, do you believe it?
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7/31/2017 River Boat Tour, Chicago, IL - It was called Chicago Sunset Cruise, 90 minutes ride. The tour went Chicago River to Lake Michigan, where Lake Michigan just like ocean, a means big lake. It was nice to see go through the Chicago Harbor Lock and very nice sunset and evening view of Chicago.
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7/31/2017 Chicago Rail System, Chicago, IL - Station is located like 3rd floor high, a means steep stairs to climb up to get to the station. Seems to Chicago Rail System is very old and scare to see and feel vibration when train comes. I rode it for experience but was not fun.
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7/31/2017 Route 66 Begin, Chicago, IL - The sign of the 'route 66 begin' is located near the Chicago Art Museum, but no one give any attention to this sign. The route 66 is 2,448 miles long from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA, go through 8 states. It is currently a ghost highway that caused to many people to attracted it.
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7/29-7/31/2017 AMTRAK Pasco → Chicago, WA - It was sold out train, I was lucky to get a ticket for coach seat, where sleeping unit was sold out. The train go through 7 states, WA, ID, MT, ND, MN, WI and IL. 4,510 miles 3 days to get to Chicago, which cost me $177. Food cost in the train was very expensive but that doesn’t stop people to go to the dining room, which was always long line.
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7/28/2017 Pasco Police Officer, WA - AMTRAK office opens odd hours, 4:15-5:45am and 8:15-11:00pm, I missed morning. If I can get a ticket to Chicago, I take off but no ticket available, then I need a plan B. I asked police officer, he was so generous, drove to police department property and told me that I can camp there, which is safest place to camp in the town. However I got a train ticket and no needed to stay there, but thank you officer to offer to meet my plan.
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7/28/2017 Stonehenge, WA - This is my 2nd visit. It’s standing well just like last time. It is a perfect stonehenge not like in England, which can not tell the original figure. View of the Columbia River is very nice.
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7/27/2017 Dog Mountain, WA (6.7 miles) - It was cloudy and windy, peak was in the cloud, but when I got at the peak, its cleared up. View was great from atop of the mountain, Wind Mountain which I’ve hiked few days ago, was tiny mountain from the Dog Mountain.
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7/26/2017 River Cruise, Cascade Locks, OR - Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler River Cruise that I had a chance to ride to enjoy. It’s cost me $98, 5hrs and 4 miles of all sold out river cruise that include breakfast and dinner, most of were seniors. Distance was not much but enjoy watching from inside the Bonneville Dam Lock.
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7/25/2017 Columbia River Gorge, WA/OR - The Columbia River is wide and long, both sides of river walls are gorgeous at time-to-time. Drove few time on the highway and capture the beautiful scene. Before built the dams, river was narrow and some waterfalls but all under the water now.
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7/24/2017 Wind Mountain, WA (2.4 miles) - Steep trail to hike up this mountain. View from atop of the mountain is gorgeous Columbia River below. Someone told me there are petroglyphs atop of the mountain, there are many rocks but I can’t find it, sad...
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7/23/2017 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, OR - They display the history of the Columbia River, among them, I leared how to process acone as a meal, which demonstrate by native American Indian from video. There was bird demonstration, I really enjoyed to watch the falcon and owl.
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7/22/2017 Horsethief Butte, WA (0.8 mile) - Hike up to the rocky butte to find petroglyphs. There are two rock art sites in this area. Unfortunately all faded out and can’t tell what original figures are. This area is nice place to practice rock climbing.
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7/22/2017 Columbia Hills State Park, WA - I have been here before, enjoyed petroglyphs that displayed outside that moved from the Petroglyphs Point, which is under the Columbia River now. The Columbia River view is very nice from here. The rainger office is closed because weekend.
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7/20/2017 Clarno, John Day Fossil Bed National Monument, OR (1.3 miles) - John Day Fossil Bed National Monument are three separated locations, this is my last one to visit. This place has many hoodoos and nice rock formation. Leaf fossiles in the borders that were nice to see it. I have hiked to the arch, short hike.
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7/20/2017 Fossil Digging, Fossil, OR - $5/day to dig behind hill of highschool to find the leaf fossils. They don’t remove top layer, so that people are digging the same place that previous people already digged that not way to find it. But there is always hope to find best fossil.
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7/19/2017 John Day River, OR - North of the Painted Hills, I saw segment of the John Day River, the river is very long. Rock formation of the both side of the river is breathtaking at time-to-time. John Day River runs from east to west then south to north, I was at the curved area of direction changed.
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7/19/2017 Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Bed National Monument, OR - The red color is dominted in the main area of the Painted Hills. We can’t walk on or near by the painted hills unless trails are provided. There are few more places to visit other than the Painted Hills.
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7/19/2017 Chimney Rock, Crooked River, OR (2.8 miles) - Trail is maintained and not long. Impressed close look at the Chimney Rock, from there portion of the Crooked River view is very nice.
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7/19/2017 Pineville Reservoir, OR - Bowman Dam created this lake. It is beautiful view near the dam, background is nice mountain cliffs. To get here, road condition is very good, little narrowed.
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7/18/2017 Crooked River, near Prineville, OR - It is located south side of town of Prineville on highway #27. Incredible scene of both side of the river, see it to believe. Not many stop to take photos where view is gorgeous. Creek water is not clear, I wonder why?
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7/18/2017 Chickahominy Reservoir, OR - This is highway #20 road side small reservoir. There is a campground to enjoy here. It is open area and some hills in far view.
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7/17/2017 Lake Abert, OR - This is one of the largest lakes in Oregon. I couldn’t see the other side of lake clearly because far distance. Just east side of highway #395 is beautiful cliff that for miles. There are no beach access.
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7/17/2017 Old Perpetual Geyser, Lake View, OR - Every few minutes the geyser splash out about 50ft or so that located the Hunters Hot Springs, which serves motel and hot springs combination, they don’t serve just sorking in the hot springs. There are few lakes/ponds near by.
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7/16/2017 Devil Lake, near Bly, OR - Water color of lake is little darker than the gracier water color, a means not clear water. I don’t have time to find the name of lake, what’s reason to get this name. No one was there when I got there. Some trees but not much.
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7/16/17 Paradice Creek Petro, near Bly, OR (2.2 miles) - The Creek is all dried up. I found a very nice petro panel that contained least 40 traget marks. I was hoping to find some more panels, but not. The location I got it from the local person.
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7/16/2017 Sprague River Park, near Bly, OR - This picnic area by the Sprage River has petroglyphs that just like the target mark and people are shooting the target that was sad to see.
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7/15/2017 Furn Cave Tour, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Only 6 people every Saturday during summer season, only sign up from the Internet. There are many furns below the cave opening. There many pictographs inside the both side of the wall. Unfortunately taking photo is not allowed. Second row of photos are from the Internet.
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7/15/17 Gillem Bluff Trail, Lava Bed National Monument, CA (2 miles) - At the TH, There ia MODOC Wac Casualties cemetary, and name of the list is posted. The trail is goes up to the atop of the cliff, the view from it is wide wonderful view.
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7/15/2017 Black Crater, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Reliatively smaller size crater. All black lava but the lichens are growing on the lave that made different colors looking and not just plain black. It was short hike to get there from the parking area.
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7/15/17 Fleener Chimneys, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - There are three chimneys that located on the fault. Its very clear because there are hand-hold poles to protect it. Seems to veltical hole called chimney and holizontial hole called cave in this National Monument.
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7/14/2017 Three Sister Trail, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - I started hiking from the campground just passed noon, I was planning to hike up to the Three Sister Buttes. It was hot and no shade on the trail, I was closed to heat exosion. I should to start from the Skull Cave side to go to the buttes.
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7/14/2017 Mushpot Cave, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Inside this cave is all lights up and all paved, wheelchair access? I am not sure because steep stairs to get in/out this cave. Without flashlight, this cave has no problem to go through till end of the cave.
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7/14/2017 Indian Well Cave, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - I just experimented this cave without flashlight. A large opening cave and relatively easy to go inside the cave, suppose to long cave, but I didn’t go too far.
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7/13/2017 Shoopy Ridge Lookout, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, CA (0.5 mile) - The rock house is sticking up on the atop of the cliff. I dicided to hike up, the trail is well maintained and no problem to get there. The view from there is breathtaking.
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7/13/2017 Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, CA - Grasses are glowing everywhere, all I can see is grasses, maybe wetland under neath that I don’t know. Drive few miles to see the water/lake, but unsuccess. Therea are many birds but I don’t know the names.
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7/12/2017 Mammoth Crater, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Large size crater, the rim trail is 2 miles total, but no trail for to get to the bottom of the crater. At the bottom of the Cater, all we can see it crambled rocks in it.
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7/12/2017 Medicine Lake Glass Flow, CA - It is actually the lava flow but all rocks are unlike regular lave rocks, its shiny and called glass flow. It was short distance from the A.H.Hogue campground.
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7/12/2017 Medicine Lake, CA - This lake is a Volucano lake and had been active for 500,000 years. Current water level 75 years high that a local said. Seems to this area is popular because there are four campgrounds by the lake.
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7/11/2017 Boles Creek Petro, CA - I have hiked twice from lower side and middle side to see the petroglyphs. There are petroglyphs but not many, average is one petro per one mile hike, if I have hike from upper side, I am sure I found some more. The water is not running in th ecreek, but place to place just like small lakes.
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7/10/2017 Blue Lake, CA - This lake is more like hiding treasure, located in the deep mountain range and surrounding by mountains and trees. It’s a nice size lake. I saw a few boats mainly fishing.
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7/9/2017 Clear Lake, MODOC National Forest, CA - It was the same hiking trail with Mill Creek Falls, and not far distance from the campground. At the lake, there is no good place to set and enjoy the lake. Its surrounding by lot of trees and lake is long.
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7/9/2017 Mill Creek Falls, MODOC National Forest, CA - It is the exactly the same name to I have hiked on 7/1/17. It was very short hike from the near by campground. At the view point, there is no place to take my photos because steep slope.
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7/8/2017 Eagleville Hot Springs, CA - It is located just below the highway CA #1. The hot springs that open for the public is very small in large area. Can you imagine that I am in the hot springs with outside temperature is 98°F and hot springs water temperature is 110°F.
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7/6/2017 Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, CA - There are small buildings to get in to see the wildlife, I only saw few ducks, but there are suppose to many more birds in the lake for all year around. This area is very calm and peaceful.
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7/5/2017 Tule Lake Segretation Center, CA - This is one of the largest Japanese Camp during WWII. This place captured nearly 20,000 Japanese and Japanese American during WWII from 1943 to 1946. Currently nothing left at the site, but the Tulelake museum kept some.
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7/5/2017 Peninsula Petroglyphs, Tule Lake, CA - I accidentally found this place that couple miles north from the Petroglyphs Point. There are many petroglyphs but I am not sure how old those are. It is not protected, so that people can add some more, I guess that happed.
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7/5/2017 Petroglyphs Point, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - It was island and currently dried land, but evidence is still there. This place has a tons of petroglyphs, estimated about 40% is already faded out, but still there are many petroglyphs left. The panel is about 2-300 ft long and wire fenced out, good news is we can take photo between wires.
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7/5/2017 Tule Lake, CA - It is amazing to me that this lake was 1/4 of original size and drained 3/4 of lake water that redirected to the Clear Lake to made the human livable space. The town of Tulelake, no space, is not existed before 1930.
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7/4/2017 Catacombs Cave, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - The paved path is go through one lava field and cave is locate next lava field. The cave is 6,903ft long but I did only the entrance area. I wonder what we can find the end of the cave?
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7/4/2017 Garden Bridges, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - It is by the Hopkins Chocolate Cave that 1,405 ft long. I just step down the main staircase and enjoyed the bridges, those bridges are not far each others.
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7/4/2017 Schonchin Butte, Lava Bed National Monument, CA (1.6 miles) - There is a Fire Lookout station atop of the butt, elevation 5,302ft, which built by CCC, during great depression. We can walk arount the building, the view is just gorgeous, Mt. Shasta is all white.
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7/3/2017 Skull Cave, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - This is a large cave and classified an easy hike by the park. Walk inside cave is easy, but there were many people inside the cave.
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7/3/2017 Simbol Bridge, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - There are many pictographs at the both side of the entrance of the cave. The pictographs are much clear look and can tell exact figures.
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7/3/2017 Big Painted Cave, Lava Bed National Monument, CA (1.4 miles) - There are few pictographs in the cave but not easy to detect, close look to find it. All those pictographs are fainted out, can’t tell the exact figures what look like.
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7/2/2017 Fort Crook Museum, Fall River Mills, CA - The fort was established 1875 to protect from native Indian attach. In this site, there are a dozen buildings, some of are moved from original site, some of are built replica here. Inside the main museum has many Indian items displayed.
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7/1/2017 Mill Creek Falls, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA - Still lot of snow on the road and road was closed to go through south to north. A means not many places to go in this NP when load is closed. This waterfall trail is 1.8 miles one way, I saw 145 people, too many people on the trail.
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7/1/2017 Lake Almanor, CA - It is a large lake, can’t see the one end to other end. There are not many sand beaches in this lake, but other water activities and fishing are popular.
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7/1/2017 Feather River Hot Springs, Twain, CA - It is privately owned and located by the Feather River. There is one small soaking pool, maybe fit 4 people are maximum, size is about 4x6, $5/2h soak.
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