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!
I'd missed my chances earlier in the winter. I wasn't going to let this one slip by. Last week's grand exploration was a sunrise summit of Tumalo Mountain, surrounded by the splendor of the Cascades. Check out the whole story here!