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Summer Lake, Oregon (revisited)

Posted by graywacke on June 21, 2014

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 2103; A Landing A Day blog post number 531.

Dan –  The pattern for the last five landings is OSer, USer, OSer, USer and, of course OSer, thanks to this landing in . . . OR; 81/68; 4/10; 148.8.  Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local landing map shows a water landing in Thompson Reservoir (aka Thompson Lake):

 landing 2a

Zooming back a little, you can see today’s landing along with a January 2013 landing:

 landing 2b

So, the result is a Summer Lake (revisited) post.

My GE shot shows (as you already know) that I landed in a lake:

 GE 1

Zooming back, once again you can see my old landing, about 5 miles away:


Because I couldn’t find much else to write about (although you will see some new material later), I’m going to lift a piece of my original Summer Lake January 2013 post:

From Wiki:

Summer Lake, for which the town is named, is one of the largest in Oregon at approximately 20 miles long and 10 miles wide.  It was named by Captain John C. Frémont during his 1843 mapping expedition through Central Oregon.

On December 16, 1843, the expedition struggled down a steep cliff from a snow-covered plateau to reach a lake in the valley below.  Frémont named them “Winter Ridge” and “Summer Lake.” From the rocky cliff overlooking the lake basin, Frémont described the discovery and naming of Summer Lake as follows:

“At our feet…more than a thousand feet below…we looked into a green prairie country, in which a beautiful lake, some twenty miles in length, was spread along the foot of the mountain…Shivering on snow three feet deep, and stiffening in a cold north wind, we exclaimed at once that the names of Summer Lake and Winter Ridge should be applied to these proximate places of such sudden and violent contrast.”

The first settlers began to arrive in the Summer Lake Valley around 1870. However, the high desert was difficult to farm, and many early settlers stayed only a few years before moving on to greener country.  As a result, the population of the valley never grew beyond a few hundred people.

John Fremont was an explorer, soldier and politician.  He was the first Republican candidate for president (in 1856).  This was back when the Republicans were the liberals and the Democrats were the conservatives (as we all now know after watching “Lincoln.”)

Here’s a picture of Fremont on a cigar box (with the picture’s caption below):

 fremont cigar

In the old days, this was like getting your picture on the Wheaties box.

This, from Wiki, about the election:

Frémont was one of the first two senators from California, serving from 1850 to 1851.  He was the first presidential candidate of the new Republican Party in 1856.  It used the slogan “Free Soil, Free Men, and Frémont” to crusade for free farms (homesteads) and against slavery.  As was typical in presidential campaigns, the candidates stayed at home and said little.

The Democrats campaigned fiercely, warning that a victory by Frémont would bring civil war [oh, come on – not a chance!]. They also raised a host of issues, including the false allegation that Frémont was a Catholic.  Frémont’s powerful father-in-law, Senator Benton, praised Frémont but announced his support for the Democratic candidate James Buchanan.

Here’s the electoral map. 


Poor John.  In spite of a great slogan –  “Free soil; Free Men, and Fremont,” he got nailed by worries about a civil war, people thinking he was (oh no!) Catholic, and his own father-in-law supporting Buchanon.

I’m back.  It’s June, 2014. 

I noticed that just 5 mi north of my landing is Hager Mountain.  Here’s an oblique GE shot of the mountain looking past the lake and my landing:

 GE 3 Hager Mtn 5 mi N

Here’s a GE Panoramio shot of the mountain from the lake by Bend Overall Guidebook (no comment on the handle):

 pano hager mtn over lake bend overall

I stumbled on a webpage by one David Inscho about a 9-day winter stay on the top of the mountain in the lookout cabin.  Here’s one of his photos of the lookout cabin:

 david inscho mt hager pic

More about Mr. Inscho’s adventure later.  Anyway, it turns out that the lookout (which is run by the U.S. Forest Service) is made available for renting during winter months.  Here’s a Forest Service write-up:

Hager Mountain Lookout is perched on top of the mountain, offering 360 degree views as far as Mount Hood and Mount Shasta on a clear day. It is one of a diminishing number of lookouts still staffed for fire detection annually from June through October.

This rugged, winter destination awaits the most enthusiastic outdoor adventurers. After cross country skiing or snowshoeing to the cabin, visitors will gladly fire up the wood stove (fire wood is provided) and set up camp in the 14 x 14 square foot one room lookout. It is equipped with a propane cook stove, one bed and three sleeping cots, as well as a few pots for cooking and melting snow. There is a picnic table outside of the cabin, and an outhouse near by. There is no drinking water on site; visitors must bring plenty for drinking, cooking and washing.

Availability: Hager Mountain Lookout is available for rent November 15 through May 15, after the threat of forest fires in the area has passed. Although the lookout is not available for rent during the fire season, the public is welcome to visit the site and talk with the lookout personnel.

Price and Capacity: $40 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.

Reservations: The maximum-length stay is fourteen consecutive nights. Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov.

Very cool.  Now, getting back to David Inscho.  You must, simply must, check out his website.  He has a great video of his experience, which you must see.  And then, click on the link under the video to check out his narrative and a number of great photos.  Click HERE.  You simply must. 

As per usual, I’ll close with some Panoramio shots.  First this of Adler Spring Ridge (by Jerome Keim), about three miles NW of my landing:

 pano jerome keim 3.5 nw alder spring ridge

Every non-natural lake needs a dam.  Here’s  Thompson Lake’s (shot by Swaggie):

 pano river swaggie  dam

Here’s a nice shot by Bill Rose of the lake shore:

 pano bill rose

Cool that the little birdie on the fence cooperated with the photographer.

I’ll close with a sunset shot over the lake by (once again) Bend Overall Guidebook:

 pano bend overall guidebook

That’ll do it.




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