All posts by Reggie Dahl

The Central Oregon Apoc-Eclipse of 2017

Here are my thoughts following the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse that visited the Central Oregon region this past weekend.

Well, it’s over. The path of totality crossed the skies of Central Oregon.

A Redmond church had a sign out front that welcomed all to “Come worship with us Sunday at 10 am.” This sign was behind two large white barricades and some cones that blocked the ​two ​entrances to the parking lot with a sign attached that stated boldly “NO ECLIPSE PARKING!” Redmond had signs in front of the dog park in the Spud Bowl declaring “No Camping.” Yet, cheezy signs for the Redmond Brewfest were prominently displayed at the Highway 97 entrances to Redmond during eclipse weekend.

Local governments ​ and  their departments ​and personnel ​frantically prepared for the onslaught in the weeks prior to the eclipse. Public officials made statements that the “estimates” for the influx of eclipse observers into Central Oregon could be between 300,000 and 3 million visitors. Stores and restaurants stocked up accordingly. Gas lines and shortages were touted ​ (they never happened)​. Public safety agencies staffed up. Garbage collection companies advanced their schedules for garbage pick-up in Redmond anticipating traffic clogged roads on Monday. Redmond City Hall was locked on Monday with some staff inside carrying out their duties. Many companies and public agencies either closed or recommended clients/customers arrange their schedules to avoid Monday.

What happened? Well, the hype played out as just that…hype. ​Now we have overstocked stores and restaurants. The anticipated Armageddon with the estimated human migration to Central Oregon simply didn’t happen. The fear factor that spurred much of the advance preparation was just that…fear.

I wonder what the ​actual ​cost ​s incurred in the Tri-County area and major cities will come in at ​for all ​this defensive preparation? ​Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from this non-event in Central ​O​regon. Here are a few that come to mind:

1. Predicting an influx of visitors for a major once-in-a-lifetime event is a difficult task. However, the source of the estimates and the process used to derive the same need to be re-evaluated.
2. Central Oregon has a cultural history ​of succumbing to hysteria and speculation. This is particularly true for the estimated economic impacts…particularly perceived, prospective positive ones.
3. The fear factor that served to guide local governments to prepare defensively is understandable – and laudable. Public safety requires the same. However, this preparation could also have been infused with some creative, offensive, positive outreach to create a vastly more welcoming environment for visitors to our region.
Perhaps our local elected officials might pause and reconsider what we can lean from the Apoc-Eclipse of 2017, share those with the public, and become more measured, and even-keeled in their preparation for the next major event that will descend upon the region.
My fear is we won’t learn some of the important lessons the shadow of the 2017 Eclipse has left us with. Such is fear. My hope is we might embrace a learning opportunity here, that will benefit all concerned in the future. Such is hope – the antithesis of fear.
The above was submitted to the Bend Bulletin and Redmond Spokesman on Wednesday 8/23/2017. Who knows if they will publish it…
Bill Dahl
Redmond, Oregon

Solar Eclipse Images by Bill Dahl

The following are the images I captured of the total solar eclipse in Redmond, Oregon USA on Monday morning August 21, 2017;

These are VERY large files NOT intended to be viewed on a cell phone. They are copyrighted and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Please use a monitor, your HDTV or a tablet to view. You will appreciate them much more if you do so.

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Milli Wildfire

The following are some images I captured of the Milli wildfire in Sisters, OR – over the past few days.

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Time For Fixin The Lies

I have adapted the lyrics of  I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag by Country Joe & The Fish (Joe McDonald wrote it in 1965 and performed it at Woodstock in 1969 http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2013/01/07/country-joe-fish-the-greatest-protest-song-of-the-60s/#sthash.8zcw6Guf.dpbs)…I call it “Time for Fixin’ the Lies Rag:”

 

country joe and the fish
Time for Fixin’ the Lies Rag” by Bill Dahl – melody by Country Joe & The Fish
Well…come on sensible Americans, 
Uncle Sam needs our help again.
Trump’s got us all in terrible jam, 
Around the globe – throughout the land.
Pick up your phone and get ready to run, 
We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun.
 
CHORUS

And its 1,2,3 what are we fightin’ for?
Please ask us we do give a dam, our next stop is Washington,
and its 5,6,7 open up the White House gates. 
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why…WHOOPIE! –  we can’t stand the lies!
 
Healthcare for all is way too slow, one reason it’s time for go-go-go.
There’s plenty of changes to be made, right wing agenda – don’t make the grade.
We know when they drop their next domestic policy bomb, 
The coordinates will be all wrong.
 
CHORUS
 
And its 1,2,3 what are we fightin’ for?
Please ask us we do give a dam, our next stop is Washington,
and its 5,6,7 open up the White House gates. 
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why…WHOOPIE! –  we will end the lies!


Now come on people lets move fast, our big chance is here at last.
It’s us they fear and you they dread, time to advance uncommon sense instead,
We know that progress can only be won, when we blow their agenda to kingdom come.

 
CHORUS
 
And its 1,2,3 what are we fightin’ for?
Please ask us we do give a dam, our next stop is Washington,
and its 5,6,7 open up the White House gates. 
Well this ain’t no time to accept their lies…WHOOPIE! –  We’re gonna replace these guys!


Now come on mothers throughout the land, pack your bags for Washington,
Come on fathers don’t hesitate, save your family before its too late,
Time is tickin’ on all our clocks, It’s time to march and wear holes in our socks!

 
CHORUS
 
And its 1,2,3 what are we fightin’ for?
Please ask us we do give a dam, our next stop is Washington,
and its 5,6,7 open up the White House gates. 
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why…WHOOPIE! –  It’s time to fix the lies!
Neo-Nazis have no place, Not in the U.S. – not the human race.
Come on America, extinguish all this hate.
It’s time to rise up and show these guys the gate!
CHORUS
 
And its 1,2,3 what are we fightin’ for?
Please ask us we do give a dam, our next stop is Washington,
and its 5,6,7 open up the White House gates. 
Well there ain’t no time to wonder why…WHOOPIE! –  Let’s sing for Trump’s bye-bye!


 

 

Brooks Lake – Wyoming

This photo album is our fly fishing trip on Brooks Lake in late June 2017 with guide (EXTRAORDINAIRE) Mark QuigleyBrooks Lake is situated within a high mountain basin in the Rocky Mountains at 9200 feet above sea level. It is one mile from the North American Continental Divide and has spectacular views of the Pinnacle Buttes, Austin’s Peak, and Brooks Mountain…..and the Rainbow TROUT are HUNGRY and PLENTIFUL!!!

This is one of the most gorgeous natural landscapes in the Rockies, outside the National Parks (and FAR FEWER PEOPLE!!!). Make sure you call Mark Quigley at 602-690-5901 to arrange a fly fishing and outdoor adventure that you will ALWAYS treasure.

Beware – the lake and lodge are situated in the midst of Grizzly Bear country. BE BEAR AWARE!!! ALWAYS CARRY BEAR SPRAY IN THIS AREA…AND STAY ALERT!!!

These are high quality images NOT intended to be viewed on a cell phone. CLICK HERE to go to the photo album – then – go to FULL SCREEN and/or SLIDE SHOW — or – just click on the image below.

Brooks Lake - Wyoming


 

ENJOY! We certainly did!!!

Glacier National Park

The following photo album captures Glacier National Park – a ten day journey that includes the ALL sections of the Park during  July 2017. These images include Going to the Sun Road, Logan Pass, Many Glacier area, middle fork of the Flathead River, Bowman Lake, St. Mary, Montana Whitefish, Montana. The wildlife here are amazing. You should truly plan to spend three weeks exploring this vast national treasure.

These are high quality images NOT intended to be viewed on a cell phone. These are copyrighted images and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Copyright 2017 by Bill Dahl.

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Glacier National Park

 


 

ENJOY!