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Thursday, October 9, 2014

I-84, Route 30 East to Farewell Bend State Park, OR

Aloha Everyone,

Pendleton, Oregon takes me back to my student days while attending Art Center College of Design. I was given the opportunity to work as a Junior Art Director for a large advertising agency in Hollywood. The ad agency wanted to bring a, "young student perspective to old products."  One of accounts happened to be Pendleton, a well known brand of clothing. So I was hoping to check out the Pendleton factory retail outlet, if there was such a place, and hopefully to winterize J.J.'s wardrobe. No luck.

The downtown Pendleton we drove through looked like other small, old town USA where time stood still. Sturdy, stone and brick buildings stood silently on main street. It seems that the younger residents have moved to large cities in search for better job opportunities. There was hardly anyone on main street.

We made a brief stop at the lookout point where I took this panoramic view of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Our next stop was La Grande where we purchased some provisions at Safeway and had our picnic lunch beside this gorgeous tree. J.J. thinks it's maple.

Continuing driving on I-84 East, we entered Whitman National Forest then took Route 30 to Farewell Bend State Park.

Farewell Band State Park is in Huntington, Oregon. Brownlee Reservoir which borders this park has a boat ramp as well as a fish cleaning station. J.J. and I met a retiree and his elderly father. They had spent the day fishing with no luck. Small black dots on the lake are hundreds of duck.

The park is very spacious with 84 plus electrical hook-up sites. Being the middle of the week during the off season, there are only 5 RVs including Honu. No AT&T service so it will give me a chance to work on my drawings.

Aloha -- Cathi