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Well, fall is here and I thought it might be a safe, she scared of snakes more than me, time to take the wife down in the Owyhee River Canyon area I've been exploring this summer. We would take the camper with horse trailer and camp next to the airstrip at the Morrison Ranch, just down river from Birch Creek.

Other highlights I took her too: Hattie Harrel Ranch, Watson Post Office ruins, and I (we) finally made it to the Watson Cemetery.

Looking south, here is our camp spot for the weekend with my rig to the right along the tree's. A dad & son were deer hunting and camped further south along the tree's. Dad confirmed my suspicion this old alfalfa field was/is used as an airstrip. Sometimes called Pinnacle Airstrip. About a mile north of here on the other side of the river is another airstrip with white X's meaning a closed airstrip. Not sure, but BLM refers to this as the Pinnacle Airstrip also. I confused on name, but hey, I don't fly!


Early in the morning while the wifey sleeps, I take a hike and take in the sights at the north end of the Morrison Ranch. Viewing north.


On the other side of the gate viewing south.


Across the field from our camp spot I see this rock wall. Not sure what it was for as it doesn't look completed nor connected to anything else. Cool looking though.


Perpetrator's have been near our camp. Probably Mr. Buck Muledeer as the dew claws are noticeable.


With the picnic basket loaded, we finally get-a-going for a full (FULL!!!) day of riding.


If you look close you can see the heard of mule deer on the side of the hill


Of course, I'm always ready to go.


Onward to Watson...more to come
 

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After climbing out of Birch Creek and down into Blue Canyon (Watson area), our first stop is the old homestead ruins where I found a geocache on my Hattie Harrell Ranch ride. Leaves just starting to turn color as fall creeps in. Didn't get to explore around here long before my wife finds a snake. She panics, and I escort her from the ruins back to her ATV. I comfort her for a bit, then we depart.


Heading south towards Hattie Harrell Ranch, I point out to her "The Finger". It's really called this. It's also the river crossing
I completed a few weeks back. You can see the trail out of the water on the other side below the finger.


Don't feel offended, they didn't mention which finger they were referring too!:p



Hattie Harrell Ranch House. Can see the original house and the addition




Next stop, Watson Cemetery...more to come
 

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Of course, I'm always ready to go.


Onward to Watson...more to come
Nice do. But it kinda looks like Georgie's totally rethinking the Watson thing with you..
 

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This is my 4th trip down here and I finally found the Watson Cemetery, which was my initial goal when I started riding down here a month or two ago.

...and here it is!


We had a little rain on the way here and are putting the rain gear away.




Can only see 6 headstones


If I remember correclty, 4 of the 6 headstones are marked with the "End Dates" between 1915-1918


Well, our 3 hour tour turned into a 10 hour tour. We're only halfway back to camp and I sense we gonna get back after dark:eek:


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The Next Day

we were pretty tired and wore out, so we just road around the local Birch Creek and Morrison ranches.

We mostly just looked at the cool (to me) old farm equipment in the "Bone Yard".

I think this was a truck converted into a hay forklift


McCormick Deering Co. No. 22 Thrasher and Combine


Did a little www picture searching and I think this is a horse drawn John Deere Plow


...and I got a little closer look at one of the irrigation waterwheel's found at different ranches along the river. This one shows the delivery system which leads to the irrigation ditches down to the fields of the Morrison Ranch


Got more photo's, but you get the idea of the Bone Yard. Hope you enjoy
 

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nice that you get to ride with the Mrs. Thanks for taking us along too. TIM
 

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If I remember correclty, 4 of the 6 headstones are marked with the "End Dates" between 1915-1918
i had some great aunts and uncles that died in the spanish influenza....


Well, our 3 hour tour turned into a 10 hour tour. We're only halfway back to camp and I sense we gonna get back after dark:eek:


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i'm glad the weather didn't start to get rough.... the tiny TW being tossed....

a beautiful area yet again. what kind of snake? rattler? i like snakes, but i get how they make one squirm.
 

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That's a beautiful area with lots of history. I find the graveyards for man and machine quite interesting, and appreciate the pictures. I'm glad you achieved your goal. Now you'll have to look for something else to find. My Father in law spent some time in the Atlanta area northeast of Boise when he was growing up. I'd like to get up there someday and check it out. Beautiful pic of the sunset. Thanks for sharing your ride with us!
 

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I too enjoyed seeing the graveyards for both man and machines but especially the machines. Very interesting. Nice country! Thanks.
 
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