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Posted 20 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

That's a good suggestion, Steve, thanks.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:22 PM

It may also reduce the effects of environmental impact of campouts like the one on May 30-June 1st, as the ground and grass would grow back, and the cut grass and vegetation would provide mulch for new growth.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:26 PM

I've been receiving some worried blowback from the local fire district. They're concerned about possible brush fire igniting from people's exhaust systems -- not an unrealistic worry and a major problem if it happens on a windy day. I have an iron or two in the fire to deal with the problem but nothing's solved at present.

So before anyone announces a G/dale weekend later in the year, please contact me to discuss. I'm not sure, but I think you guys have always done that in the past anyway -- I'm just making sure.

Thanks much.

- The Management (Ha!)


I'm finding it hard to believe that we wouldn't have experienced this problem already. How many years have we been doing this? I've seen the field equally busy on other years, like when TAS came out.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:48 PM

A shot from the road (just now discovered some additional shots i had forgotten to take off my camera)

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:49 PM

A portable outhouse!

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:53 PM

The last lonely holdout after the boom was over

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:04 PM

As always, thanks for the pix, guys.

Steve, I don't know why it hasn't been brought up before . . . Maybe there's a new district fire chief. But IMHO it's a realistic concern and it's important to keep worried locals happy, especially since I may be living there some day.

Are you thinking of wandering up to that alpine meadow in the sky next weekend?

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 03:18 PM


Are you thinking of wandering up to that alpine meadow in the sky next weekend?


I decided to take my wife on a little trip. We're flying down to Bend, Or, and staying in a nice resort just south of town. I'll bring my 5" travel scope, a few eyepieces and my guitar. April has a friend that lives nearby, so we both get to have some fun!

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 09:55 PM

I decided to take my wife on a little trip. We're flying down to Bend, Or, and staying in a nice resort just south of town. I'll bring my 5" travel scope, a few eyepieces and my guitar. April has a friend that lives nearby, so we both get to have some fun!


If you are going to be near Sunriver, which is right in that area, you might want to check out Sunriver Nature Center (They might be called Oregon Observatory at Sunriver now). They've got a very nice public observing setup and are great guys.

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 03:43 PM

I decided to take my wife on a little trip. We're flying down to Bend, Or, and staying in a nice resort just south of town. I'll bring my 5" travel scope, a few eyepieces and my guitar. April has a friend that lives nearby, so we both get to have some fun!


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If you are going to be near Sunriver, which is right in that area, you might want to check out Sunriver Nature Center (They might be called Oregon Observatory at Sunriver now). They've got a very nice public observing setup and are great guys.


Took my family there 2 years ago. Fantastic trip! We really enjoyed the public night at the observatory, but I had the most fun at our rented condo. It had a rooftop deck, which was blocked from all lights, and had a fantastic view of the extremely dark night sky in central OR. All I had with me was an Astroscan, but man everything looked great through it. I'm hoping for similarly dark sky's, and no local fires

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 11:11 PM

That sounds like a cool getaway, Steve.. I hope it's problem-free trip. We've had some great weekends in Bend and Sunriver. A bunch of us used to rent a house together around Pres. Day or MLK weekends, and ski.

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 11:16 PM

They just had a grass fire northwest of Yakima last week. It consumed a barn, a shed and 8,000 acres before it was controlled. Dry grass with a breeze and a spark is all it takes. This fire is blamed on someone target shooting. Unknown if the shooters were using exploding targets, tracer bullets or just a bullet striking sparks from a rock. The area is now closed to all target shooting until after October 1.
It is hard to realize how fast a grass fire pushed with a little wind can move until you try to put it out and there never seems to be enough water available.
The trouble is people often only exhibit common sense when they need good sense.

I have been lucky that all the fires I have started stayed on my property and no structures were consumed. Although a few times it got a bit exciting.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:46 AM

There was a big grass fire near our property in 2006 or '07, although it was probably less than 8000 acres. It started SW of us and ran downwind, just on the other side of Finn Ridge, scorching a front about 1/4 mi. wide for a mile or two downwind.

That was quite a bit later in the year, probably August. I'm not too worried about typical Mays & Junes, when things are still green and have some moisture content.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:47 AM

I was going through some old data and decided to post this shot I took down at Pixie Land.

Some of the best views of the Milky Way I've ever had!

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:02 AM

Nice! Though it does make Stacy's place there look like the lair of an evil scientist, which it probably is.

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 11:03 AM

G/dale SP thread activity! :D

Cool picture! :applause:

Who had the white light in their tent? Naughty, naughty. :shameonyou:

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 06:54 PM

Who had the white light in their tent? Naughty, naughty. :shameonyou:


Yikes! That was me. :o

Only for a minute as I got ready for bed. I didn't realize is showed so bright outside the tent.

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 11:10 PM

LOL oddly enough, it wasn't really all that bright to the eye. More of a diffuse glow.

It just looks bright because this was a 25-second exposure @ 1600 ISO. LOL

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:13 PM

Yikes! That was me.


As I thought! :lol:


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