Tag Archives: Oregon

It’s a Burl

While pedaling along Highway 199 in Oregon, this sight:

Prompted a pit stop at the Burl Gallery just outside of Cave Junction. I was greeted by the charming proprietor exercising his knees on the front porch who invited me to explore his magical property complete with gorgeous artwork, an engaging potter and whimsy around every corner.

Enjoy this slideshow of the artists’ creativity:

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Siskiyou Field Institute

Thanks to a hot tip from the friendly crew at the Country Folks Restaurant in Selma, Oregon, I took a very worthwhile detour to the Siskiyou Field Institute in the Illinois Valley.

It’s funny how seemingly disparate events interconnect in our lives each day. After a chance meeting months ago, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation became a sponsor of the School Food Tour. Fast forward to the present, and as I pedaled through the hills of Oregon as a Team Duke athlete, my interest was immediately drawn to a trivia question written on the chalkboard in a local cafe:

“Who was John Wayne’s college roommate?”

This query spurred a conversation with the waitress about John Wayne in which I learned that he frequented a ranch only 2 miles away. Directions in hand, I headed out to explore this old pastoral haunt of my benefactor.

There was a John Wayne tribute on display.

A beautiful setting between field and forest.

I bet this kitchen has put out some delicious meals.

Stunning vistas of the Illinois Valley from the patio.

The Institute provides education in nature.

A huge thank-you to the friendly staff for an impromptu tour. For more information about the programs and location of the Siskiyou Field Institute, visit their website.