Tuesday, April 12, 2016

10 Years of Oregon Volks Camps - 2014

for an introduction please see

2014?  I still have stuff in my fridge from then.  Before, even.
So how is that 2 years ago already?  My my.

At John's in Eugene, picking up Bus2 January 2014 and the last time I saw that guy.  Miss you John!

Nehalem Wetwesties
on the lonesome Oregon Coast
Raccoons are smart and will steal your food, in the dead of a wet night
this fellow, who I don't know could play sea kelp like an alpine horn Feb 2014 Nehalem

Gray Ghost Feb 2014 Nehalem

"Electric Pants" Kirk Hal and Stephan bask in that breezy morning fog Feb 2014 Nehalem

Annual Badger Creek Camp
in the pines, in the pines, where the sun nevah shines I will shivver the whole night through" 
said Leadbelly
blues in the woods

Stephan and Mark on a cleartop burn March 2014 Badger Creek

"Big Ditch Camp" in the big trees on Highland Ditch
 looks like a nice day as Mark picks a tune March 2014 Badger Creek Wilderness

Eva reading through her hat March 2014 Badger Creek

Mark pretends not to see me March 2014 and Mike's spine looks bent doesn't it?  Hope he's ok.

 on the faint abandoned trail to Badger Creek, almost gone March 2014 with Mike
Eva is not pleased

 Eva flying, caught in time March 2014 Badger Creek 

Eva and the Zeppelins March 2014 Badger Creek

Granite Powerline Camp
Down long, long roads gravel and well maintained around the ridges of thick forests
for the big powerlines
And then this camp, finally in a small meadow
along the old Mt. Lowe Trail
 Murphy awaits May 2014 Memorial Day at Granite Powerline Camp

an upright Mike, and Melissa's first drive into a wilderness camp May 2014 Granite Powerline Camp

Neil Young, Janelle, Wyatt Earp and Melissa explore one of the many, many abandoned roads
on the edge of old forest, built in a hurry to cut down those same old forests May 2014

 Mike clearing a part of that old 595 Trail May 2014 Granite Wilderness

"and he has had enough"
poor Mike perhaps dead on the road from too much work
Granite Wilderness May 2014

Salmon River Camp
Large trees and healthy habitat, in an area of gigantic fires a century ago
Yet the forest is thriving
when you leave it alone
Eva and Ben delighted in the summer July 2014 Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness

Eva Ben Alison Marc and Erin posing in front of the ghost Salmon River Guard Station July 2014
Can you imagine being stationed here for the summer, so far away on that fast clear river?

Gypsie looking very, very suspicious and even a little guilty July 2014
 Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

Marc and Alison play a beautiful tune in the starry night of July 2014 Salmon River Country

Alison waves frantically and I don't know why, still to this day and a dour Gypsie July 2014 
On the way home, on a very old road, pierce the brush like an icebreaker ship

"Yes, yes, quite" Stephan, gentleman-whaler July 2014 along that old road yet again

Annual Hambone Camp
Out there for a week
sometimes the City encroaches with idiots and too much noise
and then the silence rushes back in, like mercury to fill the void
 Don and Randy hang on as August hurtles past, summer in the Salmon-Huckleberry 2014

 Don, near the end August 2014 along the Abbot

a week?  12 seconds and it is all past and now only photographs
Goodbye August 2014 on the dusty Abbot Rd.

Fixing Hal's Bus
Installing A high top, for some reason
Kirk Justin Hal and Mike after a hard day's work September 2014

Cameo by Bob September 2014 Portland OR working hard you see

Fir Tree Camp
A fire closure forces us out of the Clackamas
up along the old Sherar Burn
10,000 cars pass the camp, on the way to Kinzel Lk.
In the middle of nowhere
Randy down the road Sept 2014 just before the cold

 fisherman at Veda Lk. trailhead Sept 2012 Randy raring to go

Randy catching crawdads up at Veda in the fast fleeting sun
 and it drops below the ridge with a POP Sept 2014

Huck Finn 2014 Veda Lk.

ol Suggo on yet another old trail, dropping down to the Salmon River 2000' forget it Sept 2014

Randy welcomes the night at Fir Tree Camp
 goodbye to summer Sept 2014 in the high country

Annual Hunter's Moon Camp - Plaza Camp
Again, a long drive down endless gravel Forest Service roads
that give way to 1930s dirt Forest Service roads, now quaint in their history
and finally an old camp on the ridge, just before the cold rain
and then the snow
A weak sun in the firs Oct 2014 Plaza Camp

Jasan enjoying that same lateseason sun Oct 2014 Plaza Camp, before the rain

 Mama Bus does the same Oct 2014 Plaza Camp

goony Randy and Jasan in the shadows Oct 2014 Plaza Camp

 Jasan and Don on the trail to Plaza, a clammy Oct 2014 and the heavy rain is on the way

 Rhododendrons in the rain Oct 2014 Plaza Camp

Buses going home, sooner or later you have to...Oct 2014 at Squaw Meadows 
and of course the sun comes out

No Snow Camp in 2014?  I think a bad winter storm came through that year.
  I'm sure we had a very good excuse.

Next: 2015 and the end of this series! 
See you then. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10 Years of Oregon Volks Camps - 2013

for an introduction please see

Although only a few years ago, a lot has changed as life rushes by, and we create our own history.
 Armstrong Campground
A small developed campground on the Clackamas River
open and free in the off-season but full of scary weirdos and trash
the only camp I've locked my doors at night
And the river rages nearby, oblivious 
Mike goes nuts with the old saw, and a dazed Jasan March 2013 Armstrong Campground

I probably made him do that but it's still silly March 2013 Mike along the Clackamas

Annual Badger Creek Camp
Along a finger-ridge that used to be a trail, now an old road above the Ponderosa canyon
Eva in the early season sun, the Bus with snow tires still March 2013 Badger Creek

 Eva Jasan Mark Mike and Melissa after a long trek to the canyon bottom March 2013 Badger Creek

 Jasan March 2013

Eva in the haze, as the sun sets March 2013 Badger Creek

Mike and Janelle wander off romantically March 2013 Badger Creek Wilderness
And another March is over, forever?

S. Fork Camp
Way the hell up there, nestled in those familiar clearcuts at 5000'
where the winter snow lingers and autumn comes quick
In June we don't worry about that
Gypsie Ray stuffs it June 2013 S. Fork Camp

Lots of people showed up for this camp.  Why this one?  It is so random and very hard to predict.
Part of the attraction: the Gypsie Death Chute Cable 
safety not guaranteed
Gypsie Lily ? Eva ready to ride the chute down S. Fork June 2013 summer thank God

Hobo Neal poised for adventure on the Death Cable as a scornful Janelle watches on in the flowers
June 2013 S. Fork Death Cable Historic Site

 Gypsie, flying off into the bushes June 2013 S. Fork

 Sluggo, likewise June 2013

No one was killed or maimed on the Death Cable - it is a misnomer
June 2013 S. Fork Death Cable State Park and a bunch of happy kids in the sun

Jasan wants no part of the madness June 2013 Death Cable Spectator Area S. Fork Camp

Mike chats in the hot sun and big flies and rhododendrons June 2013 one of my favorite photos 

 Stephan Randy and Mike looking goofy and confused June 2013 S. Fork Camp

 Struggling for the shade Neal Jasan Stephan ? S. Fork Camp June 2013
I hate the rain I hate the sun welcome to Oregon

Neal and Special Guest get all disco June 2013 S. Fork Camp

John Breaks Down
It was his transmission.  
Hal having a delicate moment with a jolly John watching ominously July 2013 in between camps

Annual Hambone Camp
Wilderness!  Piles of bear poop, purple and thick with berries
It would take all day to get to the bottom of that close caynon...imagine 200' trees lying on their sides
There are still wild places in the world, somehow
July 2013 Roaring River Wilderness my how I love this place

Hal takes a drink from a roadside spring ca. 1930 Abbot Rd. July 2013
ice cold and delicious

Hal and infinity July 2013 between 2 great wilderness lands divided by a very old road

 Hal down into the Abbot washout July 2013 

Hal once more July 2013 in the hot dust Abbot Rd.

In those summer Cascades, the weather can change in an instant.
Wham!  A cold hail storm chases off the summertime like an angry dog.
The trail at Hambone July 2013

 Adam Jasan and Hal off into the woods July 2013 Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness getting chilly

What happened to the sun?  July 2013
 The other guys drove off into the rainstorm leaving only Jasan and the fog

Time to go home, Jasan hopping through the rocks July 2013 Abbot Rd.

Twin Springs Camp
An inverse autumn strips away the summer, freezing air turns to an intense flood, many days of rain
Randy in the cold fog before the rain hits September 2013 Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness

Randy and Tito to Sheepshead Rock Sept 2013 and very high quality hiking gear

DJ and Stephan showed up a day later in the deluge.  We ate wet steaks in the cold night, huddled under tarps.

Annual Hunter's Moon Camp - Upper Cottonwood Camp
In an area of ancient meadows lies an intact ecosystem that should be wilderness, in spite of the necklace scars of needless roads and ripped up forests
And summer comes again, but in October under the true Hunter's Moon
Hal in the fleeting light of Upper Cottonwood Oct 2013
Hal you made a lot of camps in 2013

Mark posing all studly Oct 2013 Upper Cottonwood

 I can't remember this girl's name but she came for 1 night in her Vanagon

 Adam and replacement van, don't wreck this one off a cliff Oct 2013 Cottonwood

 Mark Don and Jasan bask like lizards Oct 2013 waiting for the full moon at Cottonwood

Thumbs Up Mark!  Oct 2013 at Cottonwood with Don and an unusually jolly Hal
Weird to have all of this sudden sun after the last camp...

Squaw AKA Wychus Creek Camp
Not far from Sisters in a lovely desert canyon, sagebrush and rain, dusted by early winter
The road crosses the creek, Many Idiots enjoy crashing through in their trucks
Downriver, ancient petroglyphs

Anthony, now feral watches over his tribal lands Nov 2013 along Whychus

 Anthony and Mike n the muted desert of late autumn Wychus Ck. Nov 2013

Steve Eva DJ and Mike explore the ancient canyon and thickets of willows Nov 2013 Wychus Ck.
Eva is smiling at the rock wall, Mike looks worried about something

An excited kid leads the way into the old ponderosas Nov 2013 Mike and Eva at Wychus

Eva at camp Nov 2013 Wychus Ck.

 Steve don't cut off your hand Nov 2013 Wychus Ck. Camp

 Smiling Mike and DJ but a serious Steve one can only speculate Nov 2013 Wychus Ck

Desert camping under leaden skies, and an early sun fades away rather than set Nov 2013 Wychus

Annual Solstice Camp
What is this, cold rain?  In the December mountains?
Well thanks a lot.
Mike griping, probably about the cold rain.  His audience, somber and attentive.  Dec 2013 Pot Ck.

And the lanterns look on, glinting and wet at Pot Ck. Dec 2013 it looks pretty cold out there

2013?  Getouta here.
We are trapped like birds, caged by the seasons and our life-breath.
It's just a calendar anyway.