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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-06-25 05:26
Subject: [photos] Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
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Tags:cool, family, nature, oregon, photos, tech, washington
Yesterday, I went with [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom) out to Skamania County, Washington, to the Skamania Lodge and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. We went mostly to look at the big machinery out there, because that's one of my things. Lunch at the Lodge came first, but we spent most of our time at the Interpretive Center.

It was awesome to spend a free afternoon with my mother. Her recent health issues have settled well, and we had a lot to talk about. Plus the day was beyond gorgeous, perfect for cruising top down in the Genre car.

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An abandoned wasp nest

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A curious bit of signage

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More antique bulldozers than I've seen in one place since I visited Ngawi, NZ

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Bulldozer in profile

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Bulldozer gauges

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Classic logging truck

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[info]tillyjane as Ben Hur, standing in a curious piece of folk art/kitbashing

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Mechanical pulping stone from an old paper mill

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General Motors F9-A diesel locomotive

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1921 Mack logging truck

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Mechanical textures

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Fiber arts

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Rosaries (there were thousands of them)

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Views of the grounds and sky

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-06-25 13:19 (UTC)
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Great pix, Jay. Really like the diesel grill and the gauges.
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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-06-25 13:53 (UTC)
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Great pix.

The Ben Hur chariot is a horse training cart. My first horse trainer had something like it to break young horses to drive. Heavy, sturdy, and indestructible. Plus cheap to make. It's pretty easy to make horse driving materials from leftover metal pieces if you have the ability to weld and access to welding equipment...when I was a kid, I had a cart made from bicycle frames and leftover heavy pipe.

Or it could have been used for chariot racing. That's not so common now as it used to be, but when horses were routinely broke to ride and drive, redneck chariot racing competitions were reasonably common.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-06-25 14:01 (UTC)
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Thanks! That was seriously not obvious to me, and I wondered if this was ironic folk art or what...
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joycemocha: canter symmetry
User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-06-25 15:25 (UTC)
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Keyword:canter symmetry
I'm not sure that even most horse people would necessarily know about this unless they are of a Certain Age/economic background. It's definitely from the Redneck School of Horsemanship (blue collar horsemanship with access to lots of leftover metal stuff and welding skills). Backyard horsemanship, not elite horsemanship.

Chariot racing also seems to have fallen out of popularity any more, as far as I know.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-06-25 23:28 (UTC)
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Wow. Nice quilts (I'm afraid big mechanical things are not my thing, but you do a nice job of photographing them).

[curmudgeon hat] I hate the term interpretive center. What's wrong with a good old-fashioned visitor center? [/curmudgeon hat] That was rhetorical, BTW, I know you didn't name it.
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