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Rapid and Slow
updated: Sep 04, 2011, 1:00 PM

By John Wiley

A couple of days ago we flew over the phantom building outline at 101 and 154, and it got me thinking about how fast some things can change. Could be a just year or two before this scene of a recent tragedy is transformed into something solid within those orange lines.

Some of the buildings we saw in downtown Ashland a couple of weeks ago probably haven't changed much in nearly a century. As we climbed out of their airport was magical somehow to look down at those umbrellas out the back next to the river, where we'd been sipping coffee a few minutes before.

We also noticed an intricate labyrinth on a downtown corner, where we imagined Ashlanders pausing to watch someone slowly walk the maze as people have done elsewhere for thousands of years.

Similar yet different from the UCSB bluffs labyrinth that somehow has a more ancient feel.

Before long we were passing Crater Lake, nestled among a collection of notable Oregon peaks. How many millennia did it take for volcanic and glacial sculpting followed by weather finishing, to make this scene?

Close by is an especially craggy peak that I haven't looked up the current name of, nor the names various native peoples must surely have had for it.

A little further along are the Three Sisters peaks, nestled among what I guess are smaller cousins or playmates created at various times in various ways.

Much more rapid change came to the people in this boat, as they ran the rapids in the Deschutes area. Minutes earlier they presumably felt quite different than at this moment sitting in relatively quiet water.

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 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-04 03:49 PM

Once again, beautiful photos, John! I believe that is Mt. Thielsen. I remember being impressed with how sharp the peak is when we were at Crater Lake and could see it in the distance.

From Wikipedia:

"Mount Thielsen, (pronounced Teel-sun) [4] or Big Cowhorn, is an extinct shield volcano in the Oregon High Cascades, near Mount Bailey. Because Mount Thielsen stopped erupting 250,000 years ago, glaciers have heavily eroded the volcano's structure, creating precipitous slopes and its horn-like peak. The spire-like shape of Thielsen attracts lightning strikes and causes the formation of fulgurite, an unusual mineral. The prominent horn forms a centerpiece for the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, a reserve for recreational activities such as skiing and hiking.

Thielsen was produced by subduction of the Juan de Fuca Plate under the North American Plate.[5] Volcanism near the Cascades dates back to 55 million years ago (mya), and extends from British Columbia to California. Thielsen is part of the High Cascades, a branch of the main Cascades range that includes Oregonian volcanoes less than 3.5 million years old. It is a member of a group of extinct volcanoes distinguished by their sharp peaks.

The area surrounding the volcano was originally inhabited by Chinook Native Americans, and was later encountered by Polish settlers. One of the visitors was Jon Hurlburt, an early explorer of the area who named the volcano after the engineer Hans Thielsen. Later explorers discovered nearby Crater Lake. The volcano was not studied scientifically until 1884, when a team from the United States Geological Survey sampled its fulgurite."


 COMMENT 211142P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-04 07:42 PM

UCSB labyrinth? Way cool, how do you get to it?


 JOHN WILEY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-04 11:02 PM

Thanks for the fascinating Thielsen wiki info, Bullseye. #142P, the labyrinth is about here on gMaps (not yet showing on sat image) near the bluffs over the beach across the lagoon, so I guess you could walk either way around the lagoon from UCen to reach it. Looks like a lot of careful work went into building it.


 COMMENT 211169 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-05 07:25 AM

It looks like you are flying the Pacific Crest Trail. I walked along the Crater Lake Rim, camped on Mt. Thielsen and made my way through the 3 Sisters wilderness which was beautiful. Nice memories.


 COMMENT 211172 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-05 07:35 AM

Not to hijack your posting, John, but...Is there a local phone number to which I can report low-flying aircraft? I know you keep the required 500ft minimum altitude, but quite a few in my 'neighborhood' (near the Gaviota V.O.R.) dont. Thanks for your great shots & stories.


 COMMENT 211187 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-09-05 08:25 AM

There is a noise hotline 967-1900.


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