View from the Round Top fire lookout north of Sams Valley, Oregon. Round Top (elev. 4,656') still had spotty snow patches & the summit area is slowly getting overgrown again. A view south yielded nice views of the Rogue Valley, Siskiyou Mountains, & much of the Klamath Mountains & High Cascades leading up to Crater Lake & beyond. Mt. McLoughlin & Mt. Shasta above Pilot Rock formed prominent points in the backdrop. The fire lookout site was built in 1950, though this current structure was built in 1973 & has been staffed every summer. There have been a few vandalism occurrences reported in 1971 & 1993. During the summer of 1950 there were a number of UFO flying saucers witnessed hovering over this site before they disappeared to the south.
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.