Yesterday I took my dog for a run on the rolling flats to the south of Windmill Lane, just to the east side of the freeway in Baker City. Although the north side of the hill beyond the flats was snow-covered, I decided to hike up to get a good view of the valley.
As I approached the hill, memories came flooding back to me. The old 4-wheel trail up the side of this slope had become a pair of ragged ditches, eroded away over the decades and threatening to high-center any foolish adventurer trying the climb. It is visible for miles around.
But back in 1971, it was different.