September 2016

Mining in the Sumpter Valley and beyond offers history galore

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Growing up in the Midwest, I am familiar with mining, but coal mining.  It was interesting being exposed to the gold mining history of the Sumpter Valley and surrounding area during my visit to Eastern Oregon. After an exhilarating ride playing engineer for a day on the Sumpter Valley Railroad ( with, Timothy Bishop of […]

Walk Through Beautiful Downtown Baker City

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Before meeting Timothy Bishop of the Baker Ciby Tourism Bureau for an early morning breakfast at the Lone Pine cafe I took a stroll through this picturesque downtown.  Plated in 1865 and incorporated in 1874 the town is along the Oregon Trail and surrounded by the Wallowa-Whitman Forest. Named after Edward D. Baker, the only […]


The Crystal Lake Labyrinth is located on the west corner of  Crystal Lake Park in Urbana, Illinois.  The park and gardens are  across the street from Carle Hospital.  I discovered the pathway while waiting on a loved one that was having surgery.  Without the ability to sit still once the patient was in recovery I set […]