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“Amazing highway.”

Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Sisters
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Owner description: Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Jaw dropping highway. We arrived at the observatory in time to watch the sunset.

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Reviewed October 19, 2011

We're going to have to go back and visit the side hikes we didn't do. Spent the day doing this loop, just amazing drive and hikes. Of course, it helped that we had wonderful weather, not a cloud in the sky.

Thank CaliforniaNana
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Reviewed April 25, 2006

Ancient Camps of the McKenzie Pass

It was a summer weekend exploring Oregon’s McKenzie Pass west of the town of Sisters. My wife and I were walking the shoreline of a pristine cross-country lake late in the afternoon. Slanting rays of golden sunshine softly lit the pine forest, where a warm breeze made a gentle, flute-like sound of tranquility. As we came around the lake, the snow-mantled brilliance of the Three Sisters came into view above the treetops. We lingered at the picturesque vantage point, an ancient meadow where daydreams of contentment seemed to dwell. As we looked about the area, we noticed many glistening objects lying on the ground amid the driftwood. We found them to be fragments of obsidian, evoking an image of Indian hunters chipping at arrowheads within the view of the Three Sisters. As each chip hits the ground, the arrowhead slowly takes shape; becoming a fine tool worthy of the game it will bring the hunter. Every few minutes the Indian looks up at the Three Sisters, as if drawing inspiration from this family of lofty mountain peaks. Perhaps he thinks of his own family camped nearby, dependent on his hunting prowess for their livelihood. He returns to his task, finishing the obsidian to razor sharpness. Considering this for a few minutes, we were “lost in space and time” as my wife sagely put it.
Native Americans traded obsidian from central Oregon all over the west. It has been found as far away as British Columbia and Mexico. The techniques used to chip off a sharp edge on obsidian and flint are similar, but in general flint was more widely used because of its availability and the fact it held an edge better. Here in the Pacific Northwest obsidian was more commonly used, often found in campsites scattered throughout Oregon. In these places the daydreams of Stone-Age hunters still carry across the millennium.

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Reviewed November 11, 2017
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Reviewed October 15, 2015
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