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Mount Jefferson, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on October 29, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2057; A Landing A Day blog post number 475.

Dan –  And now, it’s 0/4 since I broke 150, with this OSer landing in . . . OR; 79/66; 5/10; 151.5.

 If you haven’t a clue what the previous sentence is about, click HERE for an explanatory post.

 Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local map shows that I landed near Mt. Jefferson (obvious from the post’s title); but also near the small towns of Idanha and Detroit:

 landing 2

Here’s another landing map (streams only), that shows that I landed in the Marion Creek watershed:

landing 3

 Marion Creek flows into the North Santiam River (shown on the map, and a new river for me); on to the Santiam (2nd hit); to the Williamette (12th hit); to the Columbia (147th hit).

 First a word about how to pronounce Williamette.  It’s will – AH – mette.  I realize that I’ve been pronouncing it wrong for some time.  I said “WILL – ah – mette” to my wine-connoisseur buddy Prewitt;  he (being aware of the Williamette Valley wine region) quickly corrected me.  To help me remember, he said “It’s will – AH- mette, damn it!”

 My Google Earth (GE) shot shows that I landed on quite the slope, with Lake Marion in the background.  Marion Creek flows out of the lake and down the slope to valley at the foot of the slope:

 GE 2

Here’s another GE shot, with the various hydrologic features labeled:

 GE 4

You’ll note that (not surprisingly) there are waterfalls as Marion Creek heads down that steep slope.  Here’s a lovely Panoramio shot of the falls by “Bend Overall Guidebook” (BOG):

 pano bend overall guidebook marion falls

A little further downstream are more falls on Marion Creek.  Here’s a shot of Gootch Falls, also by BOG.

 pano bend etc gooch falls

BOG also posted this shot of Marion Lake:

 pano bend overall guidebook

Before getting around to Mt. Jefferson, I had to check out Idanha and Detroit.  I couldn’t find out anything about Idanha (including where its unusual name came from).  Here’s an interesting blurb (OK, marginally-interesting blurb) about Detroit, from Wiki:

  Detroit, Oregon was named for Detroit, Michigan in the 1890s because of the large number of people from Michigan in the community.

 In 2010, citizens in Detroit voted on a ballot measure that would change the city’s name to Detroit Lake, the name of the neighboring reservoir and one of the most visited summer sites in Oregon. The proposal was put forth by Doug DeGeorge, a builder and motel owner who resides in Arizona and wanted to disassociate the town from Detroit, Michigan and its close ties to “crime, corruption, failing schools and a shaky auto industry”.

 Doug DeGeorge was not present on the day of the city council vote, but repercussions from his comments had phone lines flooded with angry calls from Michigan residents. Voters chose to keep the original name of the city, by a vote a 47 – 37.  Gary Brown, a city councilman in Detroit, Michigan, disagreed with the proposal, saying local residents would have made a big mistake because the Motor City will one day return to its previous glory.

We all certainly share Mr. Brown’s wishes . . .

 Anyway, it’s time to move on to Mt. Jefferson.  Regular readers of this blog know that this isn’t my first landing near a Cascade volcano.  First, I landed near Mt. Rainier.  In that post, I waxed geologic about the volcanoes themselves and hazards associated with volcanic eruptions.  Click HERE to check out that post.

 And then, more recently, I landed near Mt. Shasta, yet another Cascade shield volcano.  For this post, I opted to wax geologic about the underlying mechanism that causes all of the Cascade volcanoes.  Click HERE to check out that post.

 Bottom line:  I’m done waxing geologic about Cascade volcanoes!

 No matter what, I certainly must let Google Earth (GE) work its magic.  Here’s a shot looking past my landing towards Mt. Jefferson:

 GE 1

And check this out.  GE is amazing.  Here’s a shot looking past the peak back towards my landing:

GE 3 

I found a Panoramio picture looking past Marion Lake towards Mt. Jefferson.  The picture is lovely, and gives a good idea of what Mt. Jefferson looks like from my landing).   Here’s the picture:

 pano thomas jeffrey, from just s of landing

Interesting point:  the photographer’s name is Thomas Jeffrey.  So Thomas Jeffrey took this picture of the mountain named for Thomas Jefferson . . .

 I’ll close with this lovely Panoramio shot of Mt. Jefferson (Pacific Crest Stock):

 pacific crest stock

 

 That’ll do it.

 KS

 Greg

 

 

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