Shoe Tree and Others

I have only one Shoe Tree Photo for now ( I added a couple of other tree photos) but after looking on line at, I’m going to add it to my list of photo projects.I had no idea there were so many shoe trees out there. I now know where to get rid of my old shoes. No more guilt for not taking them to goodwill, my shoes are always too run down to do anybody any good anyway, so roadside decoration seems like a good cause to me.



Shoe Tree near John Day
Shoe Tree near John Day



Painted Hills Area
Painted Hills Area

The second photo was taken near the lava tube cave near Lava Butte. The last photo is in The Painted Hills, near John Day Oregon. I’ll have more on the Painted Hills soon.


On Top of Lava Butte

Lava Butte is a cinder cone rising 500 feet above Lava Lands Visitor Center.  A cinder covered trail encircles the rim of the cone with outstanding views.  The parking lot on top of Lava Butte is limited to 10 vehicles, so 30 minute time passes are issued at the Lava Lands Welcome Station on a first come, first served basis. There is a working Fire Lookout atop Lava Butte. You may enter the room beneath the Lookout and view the panoramic photos that help identify the peaks in view.

The above paragraph is from The US Forest site.

The view from Lava Butte is awesome, getting to the top is tricky. The road is a small two lane affair that winds around the cone, from bottom to top. We almost missed the sign to get there. but the cone is barely of the highway so its hard to get lost for long. The ground is pebbled with reddish lava rocks.

Lava Rocks, Lava Butte
Lava Rocks, Lava Butte

That’s the crater in the distance, dry now but when the rains come it fills up. There isn’t the basalt lava rock here like Crater Lake so the water seeps out again.





Parking lot

parking lot view
parking lot view

Lava Butte,Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Lava Butte is a cinder cone located in central Oregon, ,  between the towns of Bend, Oregon, and Sunriver, Oregon.

It is part of a system of small cinder cones on the northwest flank of Newberry Volcano, a massive shield volcano which rises to the southeast. The cinder cone is capped by a crater which extends about 60 feet (20 m) deep beneath its south rim, and 160 feet (50 m) deep from the 5,020-foot (1,530 m) summit on its north side. Lava Butte is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

If your like me I didn’t know what a shield volcano is, here is what I found. 

A shield volcano is a type of volcano usually built almost entirely of fluid magma flows. They are named for their large size and low profile, resembling a warrior’s shield lying on the ground. This is caused by the highly fluid lava they erupt, which travels farther than lava erupted from stratovolcanoes. This results in the steady accumulation of broad sheets of lava, building up the shield volcano’s distinctive form. The shape of shield volcanoes is due to the low-viscosity magma of their mafic lava.

From Wikipedia.










Ritner Covered Bridge, Oregon


Ritner Creek bridge was the last covered bridge on an Oregon state highway.
In 1976, the bridge was lifted from its foundation and relocated just downstream of its original site and replaced by a concrete bridge.
The bridge was constructed in 1927 by Hamer and Curry Contractors to Oregon State Highway Commission plans. The initial construction cost was $6,964.
The original portal design was rounded at the edges but was changed to a square design in the early 1960s to accommodate larger loads to pass.
HOW TO GET THERE: From Interstate 5 exit 258 and follow Portland Road 5 miles to the junction of Highway 22 (Marion Street). Turn right (west) crossing the Willamette River, and continue 17 miles to Dallas. From Dallas travel south on Highway 223 approximately 12 miles through Pedee. Ritner Creek Bridge is approximately 3.5 miles south of Pedee.
A plaque inside the bridge also tells us:
Ritner Creek Bridge was named for pioneer, Sebastian Ritner who arrived in Oregon in 1845. Some of his descendants still live in the a area.



Ritter Bridge
Ritner Bridge
Ritner Covered Bridge
Ritner Covered Bridge

Notice the picnic tables, where once there were cars driving through.




My husband standing inside
My husband standing inside



The bridge today spans Ritner creek, view is from the bridge.

Good site for information,

Wimer Covered Bridge, Oregon

Wimer Bridge, in the city of the same name, is the only covered bridge in Jackson county, Oregon that you can still drive through.

The original Wimer Covered Bridge was built n 1892 by J.W. Osbourne but, in 1927, was totally replaced by Jason Hartman, then Jackson County bridge superintendent. Over the years the Evans Creek crossing received numerous repairs, but time and use took its toll on the aging span. In 1962 attentive residents saved the bridge from destruction when a citizens effort rebuilt the weakening structure. Load limits were set at 3 tons with no heavy truck traffic allowed.

Over the years with the changing times the bridge has undergone major changes of its own, in 1927,1962 and most recently in 2004  after its collapse in 2003.

These days with a new bridge in place, thanks to the caring community of Wimer, you can still drive through this beautiful reminder of a slower and picturesque life style, all but forgotten, except on the ” road less traveled.”


SkyBlue, Oregon

When I wrote my last post I used Sky-blue as part of the title forgetting for a moment that the so called land of sky blue waters is Minnesota. Now I happened  to have been born in Minnesota, and lived there for about 6 years when I was an adult, so I can say without hesitation that while there are many-many lakes there, and some could even have water that resembles the sky on a spring or summers day, none can equal the color or the awesome  beauty of Crater Lake.

Here are a few more photos.






using  my car hood for balance
using my car hood for balance