After I got turned loose, I continued to correspond with some of the people who wrote to me when I was in the clink. That included Philip. I sent them newsletters and Christmas cards and was happy to hear from them. Even though I had not met any of my penpals, it was nice to keep up with them, to know what they were up to and to share my adventures with them.
When I went to Oregon to visit Betsy (who got to have the Danbury experience with me) and Ann, I was thrilled to be able to meet Philip Randall. He works at their peace center and he has traveled to the middle east. He is also a member of Veterans for Peace. He was in the military during the Vietnam War and said that he was happy that he was sent to Germany, instead of Vietnam.
Philip and Betsy and I went to explore the canyons of central Oregon. That was quite an experience. The ecosystem is called "high desert." The most common tree type in the high desert of central Oregon is the juniper, and the most common plant is the sagebrush. There are lots of canyons and rock formations. It is a geologist's dream. The soil can be described as sandy. We didn't see a lot of animals, but we did get the opportunity to see and to photograph prong horned antelope.
|A canyon to be explored, seen from a distance.|
|The rust coloring on the rock wall is lichen.|
|Philip explained that, when the lichen turns white, it has passed away.|
|Philip and Betsy examine the lichen and the shape of the rock formations.|
|Here I am, amidst the rocks and the small caves. It looks like a good place for a game of hide and go seek.|
|Here is a backbone that we found while hiking. Animal bones are a fairly common sight. It made me think of Georgia O'Keefe because she often used animal bones in her paintings of the desert southwest.|
|Unfortunately, there is also lots of rubbish to be found.|
|This is a desert lily that does not bloom too often.|
|We were regaled by bird songs.|
|Prong horned antelope.|
|Alice the explorer.|
|It almost looks like the letter "R."|
|No gun, will travel!|
|Philip finds something interesting to photograph.|
|The lichen can take root anywhere, even in rock.|
The TV was on during lunch, and the show being televised was "Bonanza"! We also signed a guest book.
|Everything is here! A true wild west experience.|
|Lots of stuff to see. Lots of stuff to collect. Lots of stuff to dust!|
|Oh boy! It's like traveling back in time.|
|Kids, the saloon is not for you!|
|Quite the collection of memorabilia.|
|The landscape under the dark sky looks desolate.|
|This must be the Road Less Traveled.|
|A building, dwarfed by the mountains and the snow sky.|