It's cold and dank in Southwestern Oregon. Our lonely Four Wheel Camper is balanced on saw horses and drained of fluids for the winter. Sigh. I am missing the freedom it provides for quick get-aways. But of course camping trips close to home are not that desirable November through February so....nostalgia. One of our best trips ever was to Oregon's Steens Mountains in September 2012.
PK, long an enemy of invasive species, pulls the evil puncture vine weed from around the juniper tree camp and piles it into a fire pit.
|In the meantime, his sandals picked up|
|Something pretty near the juniper tree camp.|
|After walking for 10 minutes from the juniper tree, we finally know we're on an official|
trail into the wilderness.
|Pike Creek is an up and down trail with stream crossings as well as slide crossings such as this. We walked for about 2 hours before deciding it was getting late and time to turn back.|
It's great having a traveling partner who always wants to knowwhere he is and where he's going. Then I don't have to navigate.
|Where is he now? A hot springs in the Alvord Desert just down the road from our juniper tree camp.|
|Typical cattle sighting along the East Steens Road, AKA Folly Farm Road.|
|Wildhorse Lake as seen from a trail dropping in from the Steens Mountain Loop Road. We walked about 1.5 miles to this point and decided against the steep descent to the lake.|
|The Kiger Gorge, carved by a glacier, from the Steens Mountain Loop Road.|
|Looking east from atop the Steens Mountain Loop Road.|
|I cook. PK cleans up.|
|En route home, we scout a potential road biking route out of Klamath Falls. After a few hours, we decide poor road conditions, mediocre scenery, and relentless hills make this route undesirable.|
|Night night in the camper. Lights off. I'm climbing into our cozy queen-sized bed soon.|