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To get to the Painted Hills you need to pitch your tent in the little town of Mitchell. It is a very small place lost in the Oregonian high desert and was once the drain for the logging companies operating in the Strawberry Mountains. Those times are long gone and the little town fights against being forgotten. One TE member even posted a shot here with the title of “Ghost Town”. That is certainly exaggerated, although certain part of the town really gives that impression.

The heart of the town is in front of the only gas station, the Oregon Hotel (where we stayed for 3 nights), the Little Pine Cafe (where we had our ‘healthy’ and greasy dinners) and Wheeler County Trading Co. Groceries. That is the place where you will meet Mitchell’s people. Those are strong, tough, experienced, versatile people … people that have for example a black bear named Henry as their pet as Hugh does. Have you ever met someone that has a black bear as a pet and wrestles with it? In Mitchell you will! By the way, he is also the gas station owner, the Oregon Hotel owner and who knows what else.

You will see characters of all type in the heart of Mitchell … and you also will see the mercurial type of guy that knows it all and saw it all and tries to sell you all type of stories such as having fished the biggest fish ever out of the John Day River. A fish that measured 12 feet and weight more than 350 pounds and while he tells you the story he smirks and gives you that face – WE got another tourist and TE member to believe in this fairy tell.

Yeap, that is Mr. Story-Teller standing in front of his old truck at the gas station! :-)))


Technical Data:
Nikon D200
2008/04/26 15:31:24.1
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 70-200mm F/2.8 G
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/320 sec - F/4
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Image Comment: 2008 © P. Böhringer
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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