Two days ago Ed and I visited the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. The Museum was established in 1972 by Donald M. Kerr and includes inside and outside exhibits on local culture, natural resources, wildlife and art. Kerr’s premise for the museum was “simple: the better people know this region, the better equipped they will be to decide the course of its future”. We were there for 3 hours and weren’t able to experience it all but thoroughly enjoyed each exhibit we took in. We walked through a diorama called The Spirit of the Old West and were able to get a sense of what life was like for the settlers who came to this area of the country to start a new and better life. I decided I would have never made it traveling across country in a covered wagon. I get uncomfortable if I’m in the car too long without a break! We learned much about the animals that inhabit the high desert. The museum takes in animals and birds that can no longer make it alone in the wild and gives them great homes in which to live out their lives and in so doing is able to educate the public. We saw otters, a porcupine, a bobcat, a lynx, a Gila monster, many raptors, and much more. Our favorite experience was the “Raptors Show” which took place in a clearing in the Ponderosa Pine forest that the museum is located in. If you are ever in the area, don’t miss this museum.
A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren’t we like this wise old bird?
Perseverance has the turtle
As she patiently travels along.
In her slowness she missed nothing,
For she hears Mother Earth’s song.
Patience, old wisdom, I’ll learn from you,
Deep forest secrets and earth magic true.