The Hershberger Mountain fire lookout is a D-6 cupola-type structure built in 1925 & has nice views extending into the Upper Rogue River region near Union Creek, Oregon. From here one can see views of Crater Lake, Mt. Thielsen & Mt. Bailey, & down towards the Sky Lakes Wilderness towards Mt. McLoughlin & distant Mt. Shasta. The twin andesite towers known as the Rabbit Ears can be seen jutting out of the trees to the south a few miles away. It is housed just below the true top of Hershberger Mountain on the Rogue-Umpqua Divide. The structure has been restored & is on the National Register of Historic Places, still often staffed by the US Forest Service particularly during the 2015 fire season while monitoring the nearby National Creek fire complex. A neat experience, this was my first time in the attic of a cupola tower, which requires ascending a ladder from the bottom room, markers along top wall indicate the direction of landmark mountains.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.