I shy away from superlatives and hyperbole as much as I can. When making a statement, I want it to ring true and not be diluted by previous associations. That said, I have never seen a sight so astounding and magnificent as what took place in the sky over Oregon on Monday. Nothing compares. It was a wonder on a plane of its own, etched into my mind with the clarity of the sharpening shadows that preceded totality. From start to finish, as shown in the image above, the eclipse was awesome in the truest sense of the word. As Muir said, "This grand show is eternal." I would argue that Monday was far grander than average, when the Sun, the Moon, and our eyes were perfectly aligned.
Falling behind: two weeks, and thus two adventures, have gone by. The first was a hike through the Oregon Badlands Wilderness to Flatiron Rock. The second was a sunset hike up Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park. As always, there are words and photos to be found over at Back of Beyond on Medium, so why not click those hyperlinks and check them out?
A two day adventure through Oregon's remote southeastern corner was never going to be enough to take in the full grandeur of those landscapes, but it was truly grand nonetheless. Follow this link for eight minutes of words and plenty of photos detailing our searches for birds, lizards, hot springs, and wonder in the desert surrounding Steens Mountain.
I spent last Thursday hiking alongside the falls, rapids, and pools of the McKenzie River, just across the Cascades from Bend. From Sahalie Falls to Blue Pool and back, here is a recount of my adventure in the damp forest that surrounds that glorious river. Read, look, then, of course, go see it for yourself!