Birds of Cabin Lake 2011

Cabin Lake Oregon is an unlikely birding hotspot. It is located where  the High Desert and forest meet near Fort Rock, south of Bend Oregon. It has the only water in the area and is a mecca for all species of birds and other.

The pictures below were taken in 2011, since then “friends of Cabin Lake”  have made quite a few improvements, see their Facebook page.

viewing cabin

viewing cabin


countryside view

countryside view




Another visitor to the water, Chipmunk

Another visitor to the water, Chipmunk

I have so many more pics of this unique place…more tomorrow.



Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum

On the way to the Fort Rock you pass by the small town of Fort Rock, home to the Fort Rock Homestead Museum. We took photos in 2015 which I will share but first a little info from

The Fort Rock Valley Historical Society, founded in 1984 with eight charter members, conceived the Homestead Village which opened in 1988 with two buildings, the Webster cabin and Dr. Thom’s office. In the ensuing years more land was acquired from the BLM and more buildings were brought in from surrounding homestead sites. Many of the buildings were considered hazardous to open range cattle and were scheduled to be put to the torch.

Since that time, several more homes, a church and school have been moved to the village as well as pieces of vintage equipment. As this is an ongoing project, more structures and historical pieces will be added in the future.

Though most of the Fort Rock homesteaders did not make it financially, they left stories of fond memories of the community they forged out of this land. For most, their optimism and positive spirit was rewarded as they moved on to take advantage of the bounty the Northwest had to offer during that period.

With wide open vistas, clear air and starlit nights, the high desert of Oregon was an intoxicating place…and it still is!

Preserving the PastFort Rock Village

On February 15, 1984, the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society was formed by eight people interested in preserving the history of the homestead era, which peaked in 1912.

First two photos from the web site:





Below are a few photos I took… These were taken on a typical Oregon Rainy Day




My husband sitting on the cabin porch

My husband sitting on the cabin porch


More photos to come:


Fort Rock Cave

index-cfmI thought the information below would be interesting in light of my previous post on Fort Rock.

Fort Rock Cave:

The Fort Rock Basin has served as a vital part of the Native American lifestyle. Fort Rock Cave is near Fort Rock State Natural Area, and is the site of an archaeological discovery of several 9,000 to 11,000 year-old sagebrush sandals. This property serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that has shaped so much of Oregon’s history. The story of the Fort Rock Basin is told by the artifacts left behind and by the rich oral tradition of the tribes who claim the area as home. Fort Rock Cave is a National Heritage site and is open only by a state park guided tour (see below). The location is not available here on the website.

Formerly known as Menkenmaier Cave, Cow Cave, and Reub Long Cave, Fort Rock Cave is an archaeological site located near Fort Rock. In 1938, archaeologist Luther Cressman of the University of Oregon explored the cave and discovered several sandals made of sagebrush dating back more than 9,000 years—at the time, the oldest human artifacts found in North America. They were covered in volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Mazama, which formed Crater Lake. Fort Rock Cave was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961; it is also a National Heritage site. Fort Rock Cave and the nearby land that is now Fort Rock State Natural Area were donated to the State Highway Commission in 1962 by ranchers Reuben and Norma Long, and subsequently transferred to OPRD from ODOT in 1996. In 2000, OPRD purchased an additional parcel of land around the cave from the Oregon Archaeological Conservancy for $12,000 with money donated by Cycle Oregon to the Oregon State Parks Trust, now the Oregon State Parks Foundation.