|A finger of Malheur Lake as seen from the Princeton-Narrows Road east of the refuge|
|I spied a pair of pronghorn antelope on the way to the Round Barn|
He bought what the refuge calls P Ranch from a man named Porter who sold his squatter rights, a small herd of cattle, and his P brand. Pete French built his ranch up to 160,000 to 200,00 acres, covering three valleys.
He broke thousands of horses each year and designed three round barns so the horses could be broken through the winter. Only one barn still exists. (And the refuge owns the P Ranch now.)
The round barn is 100 feet in diameter and thirty feet high. It has an interior corral made of stone that is 60 feet in diameter. You can see the barn from the highway. It looks like a huge coolie hat sitting in a field. I was there all by myself and felt a great peace when walking around inside. I could almost smell the lovely warm smell of horses and hear their nickers and stomps. But it was empty except for a raven that appeared to be building a nest on top of the corral wall.
|The Round Bard as seen from the approach|
|The working side is behind the barn.|
|The horses were worked around this outside "donut"|
|The center part was used as a corral|
|This is the 30 foot long center cedar post with the roof supports coming off of it|
|The gates were built with mortise and tenon joints|
I get to go to the Carp workshop for the next three days. Thursday I'm going on a tour and will record the conversation, then come back and transcribe it. I've been figuring out how to turn carp into various foods. The hard part is getting the skin off of it and then cutting fillets without bones. But I'm hoping to become an expert on it.