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Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Friday, April 20, 2012

Going to the Frogs

Milton-Freewater is a small town in northeastern Oregon, about 25 miles east of Pendleton.  To say there is not much going on there is an understatement.  They do harvest a lot of sweet peas but that’s about it.

Oh, for over 30 years they have had the annual Muddy Frogwater Festival, which is somewhat of a local fair.

Several years ago, the town fathers decide they needed something to draw visitors to Milton-Freewater.  They hired a consultant and after much deliberation, the decision was made to go with FROGS…yes, frogs!  Even though, other than tree frogs, the amphibians are not indigenous to Milton-Freewater, the theme seemed to tie in with the annual festival.

So Frogs it was!  Many merchants and homeowners jumped on board and put up frogs…all over town…frogs, everywhere.  Not the cute little croaking ones but big, fat plaster ones!!  There is one that’s a builder, one for an orthopedic clinic, a baker, a library patron…the list goes on.  And while the frogs are interesting and quirky, it doesn’t seem like they have done a lot to make Milton-Freewater a tourist destination.

We enjoyed our froggy tour and I hope you will enjoy this video I put together to highlight a few of the frogs we saw.  There are more…believe me, there are more.  You can run, but you can’t hide!

Click on photo to see video.  For some reason I am having trouble with embedding video from the laptop.  It’s a short video but I think you will enjoy it.

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14 comments:

  1. Ribbet... ribbet.... that video is so cute! I love towns with a theme... like the gators in Lake Charles, LA... or the Indy cars in Indianapolis... or.... the frogs in Oregon ;-). Actually we were in a town in Louisiana (Rani ?... which I think is the scientific name for frog) which also had frogs... murals of frogs everywhere. Whatever brings in the tourists is good for the economy... so... ribbet, ribbet, ribbet!

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  2. How clever! I enjoyed your video very much ;)

    haaa sweet peas and frogs... sounds good to me!

    Conway, Arkansas - about 30 minutes from Little Rock has an annual Toad Suck Daze Festival... hilarious!

    They train frogs all year for the big race... love it

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  3. Short but Sweet. We found out when we stayed in Salome, Arizona (All Desert) They honor a frog......

    That Salome Frog. I'm Seven Years Old and I Cannot Swim So don't Blame Me for Looking Grim. When a Frog has to Carry a Big Canteen And Water his Back to Keep it Green And Prime Himself if he Wants to Cry When his Belly gets Burned with Alkali Where Grass Grows Brown instead of Green A Frog Can't Help but Feeling Mean I'm an Old Bull Frog - and Dang My Hide I Can't Swim Because I never Tried. The Salome Frog made famous by Dick Wick Hall was not, as many think a myth. His relatives live dormant beneath the surface of the desert around Salome. When rain falls in this district they come to the surface to soak themselves in the water but seldom find enough for a swim.

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  4. I really enjoyed the video, but I was looking for a Cameo by Russ.

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  5. Cute little video! It seems to me that just about every little town or city are trying to come up with a theme to try and bring in some tourism. I hope it works for this little town.

    Kevin and Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  6. Donna, u are SO clever!!! Cute video. Just occurred to me u may head back to Eugene thru this area, if u go on 395. If u do call me, would love to met u somewhere in Central Oregon. I am in Redmond (541-610-6410) Travel Safe..

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  7. You are the queen of videos, Donna! I really enjoyed the music along with the frogs and their ribbits.

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  8. Frogs? Who'd a thunk? Nice video.

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  9. Ribbit! We had elephants and donkeys decorating the streets of DC for a while. Wanted to do the walking tour to take pictures, but never got around to it -- now they're all gone :-)

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  10. Frogs are fun. They are singing loudly here in Rocky Point at night, spring time is finally here. Of course, I lived for four years near the most famous frog town in the world, Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California, home of Mark Twain and home of the annual frog jumping contest. Yeah, gotta love those frogs.

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  11. we may be there tomorrow - let you know! Are you still in the Wild Horse Casino RV? Kim and DOn

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  12. Haha, I clicked the like button!

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