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Paisley, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on April 30, 2011

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a one-to-three-times 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.

Dan –  I’ve got the whole lower 48 to land in, and what do I do?  After a “landing” in the Atlantic Ocean, one in Canada and one in the Pacific,  I land a measly 94 miles from my last landing!  So, my OSer misery continues as once again, I’m in . . . OR; 74/63; 2/10; 4; 157.1.

Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Paisley:

Here’s a broader view, showing both OR landings:

Here’s my GE view, which looks pretty much the same as my last GE view, a combination of upland woods and meadows:

Here’s an oblique GE view, showing Summer Lake, just northeast of my landing:

This was a banner day here at ALAD, as I landed in three new river watersheds!  I landed in the Sycan R watershed, on to the Sprague R; on to the Link R, and finally to the Klamath (9th hit, following up on my previous landing, also in the Klamath watershed).

The Sycan, Sprague and Link were my 1092nd , 2093rd and 1094th watersheds respectively.  Here’s a Panaramio shot of the Sycan by foxymike:

From “The Voice of Lake County Oregon” website (http://paisley.presys.com/, this, on the history of Paisley:

In 1843, when the first wagons were just starting on the long trek over the Oregon Trail, John C. Fremont was on a mapping and reconnaissance expedition for the Army when he and many of his party passed through here. None of his party stayed, but names given to many geographic features remain, such as Winter Ridge and Summer Lake.

Not all the settlers crossing the continent on the Oregon Trail were bound for the fertile valleys of the Willamette River. Many came west looking for the open country found around Paisley. By 1870, the town was growing and by 1873, a Post Office was established. An early Scot settler has been credited with naming the town of Paisley after the city in Scotland.

From Wiki, about Summer Lake:

Summer Lake was discovered and named by Captain John C. Frémont during his 1843 mapping expedition through central Oregon.  On 16 December 1843, the expedition struggled down a steep cliff from a snow-covered plateau to reach a large lake in the valley below. Fremont named snow covered rim “Winter Ridge” and the temperate waters “Summer Lake.”  Fremont 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 in 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.”

Here’s a picture by “JillElaine” on TripAdvisor.com, more or less showing what Mr. Fremont must have seen.  The “less” part has to do with the lack of water in the lake, which wasn’t the case for John, as he specifically mentioned “a beautiful lake.”   Anyway,  The picture was taken from Fremont Point on Winter Ridge, looking down on Summer Lake:

The white is not ice, but salt.  I wonder if the Lake has gotten saltier and dryer through the last 160 years . . .

I can’t land near Paisley without at least mentioning the Paisley Mosquito Festival, featuring “Ms. Quito”, and the marching SWAT team!

Don’t believe that there’s a Paisley Mosquito Festival?  I’ll close with this . . .


That’ll do it. . .

KS

Greg

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Paisley, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on May 12, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (now pretty much an every-other-day 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), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  A USer would have put me just across the line into the 140s.  But a USer is just wistful thinking, considering that I landed in a long-time solid OSer . . . OR; 69/61; 5/10; 4; 150.9.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Paisley:


Here’s my GE map, showing that I landed in one of those huge circular irrigation fields:


Here’s a Street View shot of a nearby field; this shows an circular irrigated field on the left and the non-irrigated desert on the right:


Here’s an oblique GE shot, looking east towards Abert Lake (which is visible at the right hand side of the photo).  You can also see Abert Lake at the eastern edge of my landing map.


Speaking of Abert Lake, the Chewaucan R flows into it; and speaking of the Chewaucan, that’s the watershed in which I landed (for the first time).  Abert Lake goes nowhere, so the Chewaucan is internally-drained.

Here’s a shot of the “Abert Rim” the southern edge of the plateau that surrounds the lake:


From the town’s website, here’s a little about the town’s founding:

Not all the settlers crossing the continent on the Oregon Trail were bound for the fertile valleys of the Willamette River.  Many came west looking for the open country found around Paisley.  By 1870, the town was growing and by 1873, a Post Office was established.  An early Scot settler has been credited with naming the town of Paisley after the city in Scotland.

Always on the lookout for interesting geological features, I discovered Fort Rock, located about 50 miles away.  “Fifty miles!” you might say in disbelief, “You never stray that far from your landing!”  Guilty as charged.  But I downloaded some cool information and pictures before I realized how far away it was.  So anyway, this about Fort Rock from Wiki:

Fort Rock is a volcanic landmark called a tuff ring, located on an Ice age lake bed in north Lake County, Oregon, United States.  The ring is nearly a mile in diameter and stands about 200 feet high above the surrounding plain.  Its tall, straight sides resemble the palisades of a fort, thus giving the rock its name. The region of Fort Rock Basin contains about 40 such tuff rings.

Fort Rock was created when basalt magma rose to the surface and encountered the wet muds of a lake bottom. Powered by a jet of steam, molten basalt was blown into the air, creating a fountain of hot lava particles and frothy ash. The pieces and blobs of hot lava and ash rained down around the vent and formed a saucer-shaped ring of volcanic ash sitting like an island in the lake waters. Waves from the lake waters eroded the outside of the ring, cutting the steep cliffs into terraces 66 feet above the floor of Fort Rock Valley.

The wave-cut terraces on the south side of the ring mark former lake levels of this now-dry lakebed. Southerly winds, which are still predominant in this region, apparently drove waves against the south side of the ring, eroding the soft ash layers, breaching it, and creating a large opening on the south side.

Recent estimates put the age of the formation Fort Rock at 50,000 to 100,000 years. This coincides with a period of time when large lakes filled the valleys of central Oregon and much of the Great Basin of the western United States. At its maximum, the water in Fort Rock Lake was estimated to cover nearly 900 square miles and was about 150 feet deep where the Fort Rock tuff ring formed.

An extensive terrace on the side of Fort Rock marks one lakeshore about 14,000 years ago. Even higher water levels are recorded on the tuff cliffs and at one point only the tops of the tuff ring were exposed as rocky islands in this inland sea. An age of about 21,000 years ago has been found for this highest lake level.

Very cool, how the geology is right in your face.  You can see the eroded south side; you can see the terraces, you know when and how everything happened.

I’ll close with several pictures of Fort Rock.  This, from the north:

And this, from the south showing the eroded side:

I’ll close with this lovely Fort Fork / rainbow shot by ebutler:

I’d go to Fort Rock in a heartbeat!

That’ll do it. . .

KS

Greg

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