Saturday, February 7, 2009
Today we drove to Pendleton to pick up about 350 lbs of beef that was raised by some relatives. I love homegrown beef; it is so superior in taste and freshness to anything you could buy in a grocery store. We met them at the Wildhorse Casino which is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and about halfway to their house. That was quite an interesting place. It is in the middle of nowhere - rolling hills all around. We wandered through the casino and overall I was saddened by what I saw... lots of elderly people staring blankly through thick cigarette smoke at the pale glow of 800 slot machines (as advertised on the sign near the freeway). Later we went into Pendleton which has some really stellar old architecture which I happily snapped away at with my SLR as the sun traveled lower and lower into the sky. I got some great texture shots too. We headed home after we were too cold to continue.
Above is the spread from my Moleskine from the drive. The road was a bit bumpy, and so are the lines, which I think gives it character.
I also must give a shout-out to Tommy Kane for sending me his awesome armed squirrel stickers... check out his blog at tommykane.blogspot.com. His art is awesome. I put a squirrel sticker on my Moleskine to inspire me...thanks Tommy!