Welcome to Our Treasures. This is a fully functional site that is currently used for testing WordPress themes, plugins, Gutenberg blocks, and as a test bed for exploring the limits of the latest iteration of WordPress.

There isn’t and won’t be a lot to see here and because it is testing pieces as time allows, the content will make little sense. But since you’re here you might as well have a look at my neighborhood – Oroville, Washington.

Oroville is in the northernmost part of the great inland desert that begins with the Sonora Desert at the Mexican border. This is not the Sonoran desert, it is the Okanogan Desert. It is in a very unique climate zone and for a desert it has a stunning amount of water but very little rainfall. We have 300 growing days of sunshine, vast highlands that extend to Idaho, and networks of glacial plains, valleys, and benches that are remnants of the last great advance of the North American glaciers.

The rolling hills were formed by ocean tectonic plates diving under the North American Plate and are accumulations of old sea floor mud and fragments scraped from oceanic tectonic plates that were driven deep underground. There was a time when the Pacific Ocean covered this region. Some of these tectonic deep divers have returned to the surface as lava from our chain of volcanoes and great fissures that opened up to produce the miles thick lava sheets that cover Washington, Oregon, and California’s inland regions. There are also splinters of the ancient plates that were pushed up and then unburied by glacial erosion. The result is the creation of stunning views – the following being a 5 minute drive from my home and is what we wake up to each morning outside our windows.

Mount Hull, Oroville, Washington seen across the Okanogan River valley
This was once on the bottom of the sea. It has been raised and tilted 90ΓΈ through tectonic activity