I worked at the ranch for a couple of summers in the mid 70's. Reading Debbie's memories of the ranch brought back memories of my own! I would get to the stable in the morning and saddle up horses to guide guests through some of the most beautiful country in the world - The Crater Lake valley. Places along those trails I recall are the head of Fort Creek, an old quarry, remnants of the old army fort, and a view of the creek from above that was "Aqua Velva" blue. In the evenings I helped in the rustic dining room setting tables and serving guests. Dot would serve fabulous home cooked meals from the kitchen, and she allowed me to watch/help her prepare in between washing dishes and my other duties. I remember the friend /mentor Deb was to me as a teen, the long talks and fun times together. In 2010 I attended my 30th high school reunion in Chiloquin. While there I took time to head out to Ft Klamath as it had been years since I'd been there. I spoke to the woman who was running the museum across the highway and she filled me in on the little she knew about the abandoned ranch. The buildings still stand, although in disrepair. That day I found my way to the head of Fort Creek by car rather than horseback. It was like time had stood still as I took in the beauty. After a short while I left before ravenous mosquitoes threatened to eat me alive! Such fond memories of Take it Easy Ranch in Ft Klamath Oregon.
Would you email me please, have some questions about your relatives if you have time.
Ps... CTH, thanks for the info, if you have any more to share, please do.
email me please if you can, have info on Donomore Meadows.
Thanks for the reply Bruce. Of all the lake's in there I have still never hiked to it, LOL. Always to dam tired. Flown over it many time and hiked Halifax several times as well. Nice country tho. Nice work on trials.
The cabin is gone but there is another one on the other side of the meadow that hikers use. It's a beautiful meadow and it's huge. Go there sometime if you can.
These ole tractors have worked hard in this valley. Now they sit, waiting to work again.
Nice shot dear friend,Thanks for share,Good luck.
The ole Judge Waldo Tree. If you look closely you can see the date, 1888. This tree is by Island Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.
At the southeast end of Island Lake is the Waldo Tree. This inscribed Shasta Red Fir bears the carved names of early-day Oregon conservationist Judge John B. Waldo and four companions. In 1888, these men journeyed south along the crest of the Cascades, from Waldo Lake to Mt. Shasta, the first recorded party to travel much of the general route of what is now the Pacific Crest Trail. ( Quoted from the back page of the Rogue River National Forest, Sky Lakes Wilderness map ) ~ www.billgass.com ~