Monday, June 8, 2009

Making Progress

Yes, I know this picture is not Bend, Oregon but was taken in Nyssa, Oregon which is situated on the Idaho border. Bend is filled with people driving Volvos, Lexus', Audis and every imaginable SUV, and is a striking anomaly to most of Central and Eastern Oregon. There is time enough to show you the modern, tastefully designed fire house situated discreetly among the pines near my house.

For Ruby Tuesday, this picture serves as a reminder there is a whole other world out there. This fire truck probably serves some ranch, which could be 50 miles or more from the nearest town. Many times I have seen pickups backed up in front of the market being loaded down by a feller in a cowboy hat and boots with enough groceries to last for weeks. I think back as a child when I crossed this country by car several times, nose pressed to the backseat passenger window of our '53 Chevrolet, and treasured the diversity I saw. Even though so much of this is gone, this isolated area of our country offers remnants of the past for the nostalgic within us to appreciate.

14 comments:

Jacob said...

That is just fascinating. It looks like it will never make it out of town much less to some ranch 50 miles away...

Great shot, Lee!

amanda said...

Oh Lee, this is priceless, I love old fire trucks... Hell I love new ones as well!

Ivon said...

Awesome photo and great catch. I like old things. Thanks for sharing.

Carletta said...

What a great find!
I love your sentiment -'for the nostalgic within us to appreciate.' I'm right there with you. My post is also nostalgic. :)
Carletta’s Captures.

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Carletta said...

Hi Lee,
Thanks for visiting. I came back to answer your question. I'm about 85 miles from Charleston just outside Parkersburg, WV if you know either of those.
BTW - love your Sky Watch shot below - vibrant colors - beautiful.

Robin said...

What a great post - we should all take the time to discover the old byways more often, before they disappear completely under a sea of conformity.

Rebecca said...

LOVE the truck!

Stephanie V said...

That's a wonderful old fire truck. Great photo.

srp said...

Nyssa, Oregon... one of the results each time I Google my daughters name... yes, her name is Nyssa, pronounced the same way as the town, the y has a short i sound as does the a. Love the old fire truck... that is really, really old.

cieldequimper said...

Oh what a fantastic "old" shot! Much better than SUVs.

Raven said...

Great shot! It really is amazing how in a world as small and connected as ours, lives only hours apart can be so very different. I live two hours outside NYC in what is in many ways an alternate universe.

Prospero said...

Eye catching picture. Old perhaps, but better than no fire truck.

laurelgrace00 said...

Love the fire truck, it is so neat!