|The Dodge Prospector, our wilderness home for seven days.|
A forest path leads to the place where water tumbles headlong off a basalt cliff, plunging 226 feet to a stream below. It looks more like bridal veiling than water and its thunder is in distinct variance to the quiet of the surrounding forest. The creek that feeds it has its start on a shoulder of North Sister, one of the Three Sisters (North, Middle and South) Volcanic Peaks that make up part of Oregon's Cascade Range. Eldest son, B, and I were exploring this part of the country just 65 miles from Eugene where he makes his home.
|Just above the current highway is part of the original wagon road.|
Shortly before sunset we reached the Dee Wright Observatory, a small stone enclosure built during the Great Depression by the CCC and named for the crew's foreman who'd been a forest ranger for 24 years. From this vantage point we could see Mt. Jefferson, two of the three Sisters (North and Middle), Belnap Crater, and Mt. Washington.
|From the windows you can see various volcanic peaks.|
|Another view of the Dee Wright Observatory built of lava rock.|
|Like a scene from the Hobbit.|
|Following the interpretive trail through giant walls of lava.|
|Campsite at Ochoco Lake.|
Here's a teaser... http://www.nps.gov/joda/planyourvisit/painted_hills_unit.htm