by LINDA GALLOWAY Cascade AE FeatureWriter
Take a journey into the rustic Oregon outback country. Within two hours you can be in the rugged countryside, where you will find Summer Lake Hot Springs, petroglyphs, caves, fishing, hiking much more.
Summer Lake Hot Springs with an elevation of 4,200 feet is located in Paisley sits on 145 acres with 21 RV hookups, two houses four cabins, two of which are br new structures. The property has been owned operated by Duane Graham since 1997. It boasts four natural hot springs. The bath house is covered has showers dressing rooms. Just outside the bath house are two rock bathing pools, which have a peaceful view of the lake.
The houses cabins are heated by radiant heat in the floors which is supplied from the hot springs. There is no television no phones. So bring your cell phone in case of emergencies, but you won’t want to use it as this is a place for relaxing getting away from the daily grind.
Watching nature is a perfect way to unwind from your hectic everyday life. There is a wildlife preserve for those who love to bird watch. The night sky is full of magnificent stars watching the sun come up or go done in the wide open space is spectacular. Don’t forget to watch the clouds as they come in many forms.
Petroglyphs are found in Basalt outcroppings, caverns boulders along the Oregon Outback Scenic Byway, these images are close to 10,000 years old. Lake County has some of the finest examples of Neolithic art in North America. These images are an important form of pre-writing expressionism. The petroglyph sites are found between Silver Lake Summer Lake in Picture Rocks Pass. Some of the designs you will find are of human figures, concentric circles, rectangular grids, horned humans, coyotes, horses mounted humans.
The preservation of the elements varies suggests that the elements were drawn or cut at different times. Information: www.ohs.org/education/oregonhistory/historical
The Summer Lake Basin is home to The Paisley Caves which are located just north of Paisley in south-central Oregon. There are eight caves rock shelters in a west facing ridge. Information: pages.uoregon.edu/ftrock/paisley_caves_description.php
Harvey Pass is a great hike to view pristine mountain lakes, pine forests amazing panoramas of the Summer Lake basin the hot springs.
Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge has all kinds of migrating birds from humming birds to four-foot cranes.
Biking mountain biking is available in the area. In Paisley there is a perfect ride up the Chewaucan Canyon along the river.
Rock Hunting at The Dust Devil Mine allows people to collect semi-precious stones for a minimal fee. This is the state stone for Oregon considered an alternative version of a diamond. Information: www.dustdevilmining.com.
Music Festival: The Coyote Music festival will be held in June 2011.