Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fairbanks Hall

As promised in the comments section of my last post, I got a few pictures of Oregon State University's Fairbanks Hall for Martha, aka Tiny Puppetmaster over at Living Among Tourists.  FYI - She has a gem of a site and I suggest you check it out if you haven't seen it.  Her photos are beautiful and she has a great wit.

Yesterday I had some time prior to meeting everyone for Saturday Morning Coffee so I grabbed the camera and jumped in the car.  It was sprinkling and I didn't really want to navigate campus on the bike.

I headed out and turned east on Western Blvd with the intent of turning north on 26th to where it intersects with Jefferson.  Fairbanks Hall is located on the corner of 26th and Jefferson.  Sounds easy right?  Not when campus is involved.

At some point I couldn't go any further north as 26th turned into a one-way heading south.  Doh!  

No problem I thought, I'll just do a little jog over to the West and up a street and loop around and......... dead end.   Doh! 

Frick, frick, frickity,  frick frick.  Bad words were said.  

Alrighty.  Backtrack west again, then north a few more blocks to make a bigger loop as I tried make my way to 26th.  I finally turned into a large parking lot hoping it would cut through to another street.  No such luck.  I parked the car in one of the spots hoping no one needed the Engineering or Student Health Services early on a Saturday morning.  I managed to get less that one block to the east and about a block and a half to the north of the Hall.

I locked the car and headed off at a good pace hoping not to get any kind of parking ticket.

As I got closer I recognized the Women's Building from my walk last weekend and saw how many trees were in front of Fairbanks Hall.  I was focusing on brick buildings last weekend and I think that is why I totally missed this one.

I present to you Fairbanks Hall, built in 1892 as a dormitory for men:

Do I get extra credit if someone I knew rode by on their bike while I was taking the picture?

As I walked closer I got distracted by a squirrel looking to bury a nut.

Back to the Hall.

I am sure it has changed a little since Martha attend school here. I am thinking the trees and shrubbery have grown.

As I headed back to the car I cut through the Memorial Union Quad.  I'd spotted a tree blooming pink and wanted a picture.

There was another squirrel running around it's trunk, but he was moving too fast to get him in the picture. The wind was gusting, but I managed to get at least one picture of the blossoms in focus.

(Spring is nigh upon us)

- Au Revoir
" A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn." - Author Unknown


  1. Lovely pictures Trobairitz! I give you a 1+ for the motorcycle. Too bad that wasn't 29in29 - lol. Aren't you going to be so glad when it gets warm? I am so looking forward to that.

    1. Thanks. I agree, where were all those motorcycles when I was looking for moto photos.

      Yes, I'll be very glad when it warms up a bit. We are heading into spring rains so I'll be glad when it dries out too. It was dry enough on Friday I managed to get the front lawns mowed before the rains came back on Saturday.

  2. Oh my. Thank you so much not only your thoughtfulness and your considerable effort, but thank you for bringing back some very complex memories. Even the green grass and that spectacular glorious pink flowering tree brought back memories of the wet sidewalks on the way to class and the smells of cedar and what seemed to be a mix of peppermint and eucalyptus in the air- always.

    Fairbanks was white, then, I think, and seemed smaller...but that must have been just me. Beautiful photos. You get lots of extra credit.

    1. You are very welcome. I didn't mind doing it. I should have known not to try and drive around campus though.

      I am glad they brought back memories. If you ever would like a photo of somewhere in the area to see how it has changed, feel free to let me know. It is a good excuse to ride and take a picture.

  3. Trobairitz:

    I don't blame you for not walking another 6 miles, but wouldn't a bicycle be better if there is no FREE parking available ?

    How come there is never anyone in these photos ?

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. I think people were inside since it was the weekend. The students were probably hungover or still sleeping. Were you hoping for some pics of the college girls?

      Summer and fall are the best times for those. Warm weather months they have a tendency to wear less clothing. Well, that and Halloween.

      A bicycle probably would have been a better option, but on Saturday I was heading to coffee after which is uphill north of town and was on a time constraint and my bicycle is hanging from the garage rafters in a place I can't get it down. Hubby has to get it down from up there for me.

  4. Really? You'd rather drive around campus than bike!! (or walk)? I hate trying to drive around campus - grrr! I'm pretty sure I've done a few wrong way streets with a general attitude of oh f*** it - I'm going....

    Another nice series of photos. Nice serendipity with the bike! :) I love the little pink tree - very delicate.

    Amazing no ticket...They are generally very thorough in their parking ticket practices so I hear.

    1. With the rain I really didn't feel like dealing with the -turns and crap on the bike. I prefer to just go where I'm going at that point. I hate to f**k around and get lost while riding. Must be a confidence thing. If I get lost I'd rather be in the car, warm and dry. My preference is to walk around campus.

      I think I didn't get a ticket because it was so early on a Saturday morning or maybe people were allowed to park in that lot, not sure. I didn't have a parking permit stuck to the car so it was in the back of my mind. If I got a ticket it was just taking one for the team.