Paulina Journey

Paulina General Store and Saloon

Paulina General Store and Saloon

 

Back in the 70s, I fought fires for the Bureau of Land Management during my collegiate summers. We were stationed at a small guard station just out of the village of Paulina in the center of Oregon. I journeyed back to the region a couple of weeks ago to go camping up the in the Ochocos and drove 60 miles over gravel roads to visit Paulina once again. Paulina has one business, a combination store and saloon. It also had some typical homey touches that you find in out of the way places.

Head on the wall

Folks there are quite creative in decorating their lawns. Nothing goes to waste.

Paulina Lawn Decoration

Paulina Lawn Decoration

If you head down the Paulina Valley Road, at the junction with Camp Creek Road, you’ll see an old pioneer ranch house.

Campcreek Road Ranchhouse

Campcreek Road Ranchhouse

Further back towards Prineville, you’ll see Eagle Rock, a birder’s paradise and stunning landmark.

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

I may sound flip about my time in Paulina, but I had some of the best experiences of my life there. It was when I realized that I was a capable person, able to work hard in extreme situations. Great sights, life long friends, I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.

You’ll hear more about the Paulina Valley in my upcoming novel, Thunderhead: A High Desert Novel, due out in mid 2014. Stay tuned.

For a parting shot, here’s a photo of an infamous wigwam burner. Outlawed decades ago, a few survive, rusting in the sunshine. They should be declared historic structures. Seriously.

wigwam burner

 

 


Comments

Paulina Journey — 4 Comments

  1. The old tractor lawn art made me smile. From the looks of the pictures, Paulina has a big helping of old-time personality. Nice setting choice for your next novel. Happy writing 🙂

  2. I grew up in that house where the tractor is in the yard now. It wasn’t there when I was a kid. I too, learned a lot from living in Paulina and those skills have taken me on well in life. I look forward to reading your books and wish you well with your writing.

  3. thank you so much for the pictures. I lived near paulina ’til I was 6 then moved to post.moved to ar. back to or. 2xs. but now I live in al. sure miss c. or. so I send a lot of time checking out things in your area.—I have 2 paintings of the log house at camp creek. looking rorward to reading your book.

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