Tuesday July 29, 2014
It was a short drive from John Day to the Fall Mountain Lookout. The turnoff is just before the Starr campground. It was then about 4 miles on a good dirt road and a final 1 mile on a rougher dirt road which was no problem for our Honda Civic before we arrived at the lookout.
The lookout is a pole style lookout standing 18 feet above the ground. We climbed up the 30 steps, unlocked and slide open the floor/door to the catwalk. First job was to raise the first set of wood shutters so we could access the door. They are held up by a couple hinged wood poles (2×4) and latched by a hairpin cotter pin.
The cabin was build in 1933 and the poles and stairs have been replaced. G went around the catwalk raising all the shutter. Inside was cozy with an electric stove, a refrigerator, microwave, futon for sleeping and lots of cabins and even pots, pans and dishes. We loved the 360 window walls. And even my Verizon internet worked!
We started hauling our gear up. We brought our bedding, ice chest, food, clothing and a couple of packs. Once we were organized, we opened up a couple of beers to enjoy the sunset. Peace. Quiet. Serenity.