A few months ago I posed a question about some possible war games that were held just before the US became involved in WWII. I had heard from my grandfather that he was in eastern Oregon at one point early in his Army career before heading to England to go to the beach, so to speak. I thought it was more likely that it was in Washington, since he was at Ft. Lewis for some time but I wanted to know more. I was pointed toward a Wikipedia entry. Say what you want about Wiki, it was a great resource as I became more interested in what went on, and the desire to visit some of these places. I also had some places that I wanted to visit that I somehow had passed by before. I planned to do the trip alone, but as I discussed it at a Thursday meetup I found an interested party. Flyosh had some days off from work and was thinking about a ride so he went along. Always better to have company! First things first. On the way out I wanted to ride McKenzie Pass, OR-242. Somehow I have never done it before. This is a perfect twisting snake of a road through the ferns and firs. At the top is a large lava field. In reading the Wikipedia article, I found that the only surviving structure from the war games in 1943 was the officers mess hall at Camp Abbott, which is now the Great Hall at Sunriver resort. I asked Grandpa about it and he said he was never at Camp Abbott, but since its the only remaining structure from that time I wanted to visit. Seems pretty opulent for military. The first guests were arriving for a wedding and the motorcycle heathens got some funny looks. Dont for a second think that I didnt want to roost the lawn on the way out. We then headed south and east toward Fort Rock. I had ridden past Fort Rock and looked at it from a distance a handful of times but I wanted to get a closer look. Theres also an old town site right next to the current town. We camped down 15 miles of gravel road on BLM land just outside town. It got dark And then it got cold. Which was fun because we couldnt have a fire. But in the morning it warmed up quickly and we were on our way. More ..