I found out about the High Desert Museum as we were driving in to Bend, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been craving a good natural history museum visit since we moved to the Northwest, and natural history museums on Thanksgiving had kind of become our thing. There wasn’t a lot of taxidermy at this place, but there were lots of live animals (burrowing owls!) and I really enjoyed the Lynda Lanker art exhibit Tough by Nature. I always feel like Thanksgiving is a holiday that calls for a real, conscious contemplation of the day’s origins, so I appreciated learning about the Indians of the Columbia River Plateau. We spent a long while in that exhibit, then ventured outside to explore the 1904 Miller Family Ranch and Sawmill, all alone, probably because of the snow. It was a good day.
All photos from November are here