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Camped at Union Creek Campground in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest. On Phillips Lake res.
8/6- Then we went to Cornucopia, Oregon’s largest ghost town. We felt very “off the beaten path,” until we got there and saw it was a wifi hotspot! Wow! Oregon is hi-fucking-tech.
Now, camping at the very, um, “pristine” campground at Copperfield on the Snake river.
8/4/2014 – Isn’t Pendleton just cute as fuck?
Why Yes – it is!
After a directionally challlenged wrong turn at the very start of the Road Trip, we ended up in Pendleton (95 degrees at 7:30pm) and had a clutch of beers at Prodigal Son. Today is a full day with an Underground Tour, a visit to the Tamatslikt Cultural Institute, and eating the best and most historic burger at Hamley’s tonight with the fellers from the Pendleton Burger Tour. Needless to say, we are REALLY looking forward the that!
7/22/2014 -Tech Update. We are going on this Road Trip to make 2, 3 or 4 new podcasts. That’s the whole point of this adventure. So we need some gear to record good audio on the road, yeah? And a couple of you, like 2 or 3 of you, might be interested in the mechanics we shall employ to capture some sounds from Southeastern Oregon. Here’s what we’re packing…
TASCAM DR – 4o for recording (just like them 4-track days, only different. Well – kinda…), with our trusty Olympus DM 420 as a back-up. The TASCAM has a 32G disk, and we’ll record in WAV. For an external mic, we are bringing a Shure 57 (cause, duh…) and a back-up EV knock off that Chad accidentally borrowed at a Brown Bag Crew show in 96 (SweetWater’s Jam Fest – sorry Drunken Lizzie!). If all that goes shithouse, Andy is bringing his MacBook and we can record with the Blue Yeti USB mic.
Oh, and Mr Bob is hooking us up with a 12 volt DC system for recharging in the field – it’s 110v AC output so we can charge laptops and phones and tablets and cameras and even a run fucking blender if we wanted to, I guess… (we don’t).
7/21/2014 Tweeted the following the other day…
Road Trip prep. pic.twitter.com/DKNWXBEjQF
— Oregon History (@oregon_history) July 19, 2014
and I received an interesting response from Sara:
I know, I know… you’re so fucking tired of the “real book” vs. e-reader discussion… But goddamn I love a REAL BOOK in my hands! I love the tactile experience, I love the weight, the smell and the sound of the yellowed pages spinning past as I flip through them. Besides, I am quite sure that may of the Friedman volumes (and others) just aren’t available on the reader device thingy.
I’m not going to judge. It’s stylistic. And the e-reader just isn’t my style, man….
Now space IS an issue. So we will be bringing along some of the tomes, but also photo copying relevant sections of some of the others (let’s get real- SE Oregon just does not receive much press in these “anthology of Oregon books.”). Sorry trees.
It is a good point, Sara. But I’m the Resident Historian, and I get to make the Research Rules for the Kick Ass Oregon History Road Trip. And we’re going with books, dude. Real. Life. Paper. Books.
EARLIER Spoke with Adam from the Pendleton Burger Tour and we are setting up a time for his crew to take us to the best, and also most historic burger joint in Pendleton. Needless to say, quite excited about that prospect! Also will be attending a Pendleton Underground Tour, and we have permission to record some of it. Nice!!
Fuck me if we aren’t having a hard time finding a 4X4 to hire in Burns to take us into the Stinkingwater Mountains. Been chatting with Harney County Search and Rescue. Crossing our fingers…