The Husband Unit and I love trips out into the quiet areas of Oregon, places so sparsely populated I can hear the Earth breathe. We visited several ‘ghost towns’ recently. I’m not sure I’d classify them as such. People still live there.
Once upon a time, before I was west-coastacized, I wouldn’t have understood the appeal of such out of the way, lonely places. Now I do. These people dwell with unspoiled spectacular scenery that they don’t have to share.
I could stop on the road and take pictures without worry of another car. I usually parked on an obliging shoulder anyway.
In true Husband Unit and I fashion, it took us three hours to get to Ashwood, which is about 70 minutes from where we live. Why does it take so long? Because I stop every quarter of a mile or so to take photos.
Ashwood had its booms in 1900 and 1910. Nearby Shaniko (which we also visited and I’ll post about later) had the first railway station in Central Oregon. Ranchers herded their sheep there (Shaniko would make $3 million+ in one day during the boom, a whole lot of coin in 1900). Ashwood benefited from proximity in 1900 with lots of sheep ranches. In 1910 they had a gold and silver mining boom. The mines soon played out and the area returned to ranches and agriculture.
It’s currently popular with rockhounds for jasper, petrified wood, and thunder eggs (the Oregon state rock). And it’s also popular with photo hounds. You can learn more about Ashwood HERE
On the way there, we had to put up with these views.
Then we finally arrived in the charming town of Ashwood…
It’s not authentic Oregon if a sign doesn’t have bullet holes.
The church still holds service at 10 a.m. on Sundays
We were amused by the parking meter – in front of the right hand window
So, I’m sure you noticed by now I redid my website. There’s now a ‘Pix‘ tab where I’ll be putting my photos. There are already a few galleries there. Photos I didn’t post here are there and I’ll be adding to the galleries as I get pictures prepared and uploaded. It’ll take time. On this trip alone I took over 700 photos. That’s normal. I’d say that’s my outdoor hobby.
My home page now lists current events/appearances (I’m on a panel about publishing in July) and my latest releases – Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge in audio, Worlds on Edge in print, and Heroes of Phenomena.
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Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and â€œfriendâ€ (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.
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