Travel Day + Photo Journal – Tulelake, CA

Wednesday, (June 23): Another beautiful sunny morning in Prineville and my last day in Oregon. I got an earlier start than usual and got moving before 10:00 AM.

A last peek at the Oregon peaks, as seen from east of Bend
1964 Chevy Van
I found my next project!
Collier State Park was burned out last year. The campground is still closed.
“Going down that long, lonesome highway…” was the theme song from what TV series? No fair googling.

I was considering making a push and doing the whole distance to the Lassen area in one day. The idea fizzled when I learned that no camping spots were available at the location of the A-frame Rally, the Merrill Campground at Eagle Lake. I stayed committed to my original plan: to stop near the halfway point and spend the night. I had seen some camping options at the Tulelake/Butte Fairgrounds, just south of the Oregon border. I was able to acquire a full hookup spot upon arrival.

The RV Park is located on the fairgrounds property, near the back corner. The fairgrounds are small yet attractive. I can imagine this place during the annual fair, with the crowded livestock barns, food vendors and musical entertainment. I noticed a destruction derby is planned during this year’s fair in September.

Tulelake/Butte Fairgrounds
The Tulelake/Butte Fairgrounds are quiet – the fair is scheduled for September. The RV parking area is right behind where I’m standing.
Tulelake/Butte Fairgrounds
Tulelake/Butte Fairgrounds
Tulelake/Butte Fairgrounds
Choices, choices

The town of Tulelake is a rural town center. One edge of town hugs the main highway (139) and a bright white water tower boldly announces the town name. Many of the buildings along the main streets are boarded up, most of them appear to have been closed for many years (not just Covid-related). A couple of markets are open, as well as a burger place.

Main Street, Tulelake CA
Main Street, Tulelake CA
Tulelake CA
There is a DMV in town, too.
Tulelake CA
One word: vacancy

Tule Lanes appears to be a former bowling alley – oh, what I would give to be allowed to enter that building with my camera! (Assuming some of the old bowling alley equipment is still present.) Remnants of The Dude!

Main Street, Tulelake CA
My next business venture!
Tulelake CA
It seems they used to make pillows here.
Tulelake CA
I want all of those for my bookshelf at home.
Tulelake CA
I’m not scared, you’re scared.
That might be a fun project, too.
Local high school athletics are well supported in Tulelake.

I didn’t take any photos of the RV park, it appears that many of the patrons are long term residents and I would feel a little too conspicuous snapping photos. Let’s just say we’ll all agree to leave each other in peace.

Tulelake CA
Drive 500 feet out of town and this is what you see.

Tomorrow I’ll make the second leg of this travel stint and should arrive at the A-frame Rally in the early afternoon. It looks like there are some lane-closures on my route, so it might take a little longer than normal. Whatever “normal” is around here.

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EDIT: after publishing this post, I stepped outside and saw this last light of the day. This photo is taken in the RV park after all.

California sunsets are pretty nice, too.

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