Thursday, March 24, 2022

Changed And Unchanged

Unfortunately, after the 2020 fire, the Forest Service permitted lots of clearcutting around Breitenbush - on the road from Detroit, next to the guest parking lot and in the summer home area. Breitenbush also cut many fire damaged trees on the property including the whole guest cabin area and around where the Sanctuary and massage buildings were. The stumps were pulled and some areas have been replanted.

 

Some areas on the drive from Detroit look like this

 
 
Breitenbush is getting some big work done


The entrance is no longer tree-lined


The parking lot and the grounds are less crowded


You can now see Devils Ridge from the parking lot


The smoking shelter is now exposed


The old cabin area with Buddha's Playhouse on the left


Former A row cabin ridge with Buddha's Playhouse on the right


The missing Sanctuary and old recycle shed area is replanted


Massage building and trees gone above the bridge


The now exposed ridge above the bridge


Near meadow pool


Magic pool is intact but not the woods behind


Inner Path is now very short


The Boneyard has a view now


The Hill Cabin is getting remodeled into lodging spaces


Some new changing buildings in the meadow


Milky Way is moved to where the guest bathhouse was


Far meadow pool's view is still great


The bridge's downstream view is the same


Upstream view is the same except no dam now


Labyrinth is still there


Paths are intact


Platform tent area looks the same


Lodge and lawn are good


Lobby and dining now in the lodge north wing



Monday, January 4, 2021

Sounds of Breitenbush

Breitenbush River 
 

 

Snow Falling


Sauna In The Dark


 Tiny Stream


Hot Spring Shrine At Night


Walking In Snow Before Dawn


Saturday, December 26, 2020

Fire In Detroit And N. Santiam Canyon

On Labor Day Sept. 7 strong hot dry winds fanned a forest fire through Breitenbush and the North Santiam Canyon burning many buildings. Breitenbush was forced to close and it's residents to evacuate quickly. Breitenbush and the road to it are still closed indefinitely until damages can be repaired. I was able to go on the property to get some possessions in early Dec. and took many photos. I am making 3 posts of them. One is what Breitenbush lost to the fire, one shows what survived and the third shows damage to Detroit and other areas.

 

The town of Detroit and the N. Santiam Canyon were hit hard by forest fire in Sept. Most of the commercial buildings and half of the homes in Detroit burned. Many people lost their cabins in the Summer Homes area and along the N. Santiam River.

 

some mountains around Detroit Lake burned


some areas did not burn


the gas station and marina by it burned


All Seasons Motel is gone 


Mountain High store survived and hopes to open in March

Cedars restaraunt and bar didn't make it
   
 
 
half of the Lodge at Detroit Lake burned
 
the post office is still standing but not open yet

 City Hall and the fire station are gone
 
 
Kane's Marina burned


many trailers by Kane's Marina burned




















































































the old hardware store, fire station, city hall buildings

 
the store at the far end of town
 
 
church not spared
 
 
homes gone
 
 
must be a good joke here
 
the new city park survived
 
 
the improvements at Detroit Flats also survived


lots of salvage logging happening in the 1st 3 miles from Detroit on Hwy 46


when will clear cutting stop being the norm?


along the road in
 
 
the last 7 miles of Hwy 46 before Breitenbush looks pretty good
 
 
at least the Breitenbush Campground escaped damage