Summer of 2001 ment hard times in the resort town of Detroit,
Oregon. Months of drought, in the Pacific Northwest, brought low stream
flows. Detroit Lake is a reservoir impounded by the large Detroit
Dam. Rather than turning off generators and saving as much of the precious
lake water as possible, the region's hunger for electricity and down stream
salmon habitat took priority. Water was kept flowing through the dam
thus dropping Detroit Lake to extremely low levels. This spelled economic
problems for a lake side town dependent on fishing and boating. One
would see "Save Our Lake" signs all over town.
Hard to say if they could ever convince the rest of the world to use less power, from the dam, so more water could be saved in their lake during dry years. It seemed like a case of the needs of one small community pitted against the thirst of a large region.
Someone from the fairie conference,
that I had just been to at Breitenbush, suggested Detroit could have an economic
boom if the stores would stock old clothing supplies for drag queens headed
to the conference. "This boom could happen, two times per year, while
conference people pass through." "Maybe drag supplies could be kept
behind cat food down at the store."
Below: Picture of Mount Jefferson over Detroit Lake.
Image taken in 2000
A few miles away is a great counter culture style resort called Breitenbush Hot Springs. It is often booked for conferences on such things as "hatha yogurt," --- I mean hatha yoga, but other times it is open to travelers. It is good to check in advance. The Radical Fairies, a gay social network, has gatherings there also.
It was open to the public as I passed through
the area so I stayed there and relaxed around the hot tubs. Met a
lot of nice people including someone who had just been to a conference that
my brother had given. My brother lives clear across the country, but
it's still a "small world." Soon after meeting the friend of my brother's,
a person, I knew, from Bellingham, walked up. He was thinking of moving