In my last post I showed you what it's like in the Alvord Desert of Oregon. It was an amazing experience and one which I won't forget any time soon! The next part of my adventure with Melissa was basically our trip back home, with some awesome rest stops along the way.
After our Hot Springs soak and breakfast we set out from the desert at around 9AM on Tuesday 30th June. We had spent the previous night and early that morning photographing the impressive Steens mountain cliff face, so it only seemed fitting to then take a drive to the top of said mountain to have a look at the desert from a a higher view at 9,734'.
Each turn we took up the mountain offered a spectacular new perspective. From the changing shape of the land from valleys to high ridges, roads disappearing into the distance, to wild flowers and lady bugs. Driving up Steens mountain was beautiful.
Once we reached the summit we could take in the entire vista of the desert and the distant horizon.
The next part of our trip was slightly less exciting, it was very hot and we had a long drive to our next awesome destination - The Painted Hills. We eventually made it at around 8.00PM later that night just in time for another beautiful sunset and moonrise.
The Painted Hills are so damn cool! I think my words were something like "Holy f*cking sh*t, this is AMAZING!" They are literally hills of clay, and with millions of years of minerals building up these beautiful "paint strokes" are revealed all over the hills.
Seriously, magical place.
We camped in Mitchell that night and were up bright and early again the next morning for sunrise shots of the hills. It wasn't quite as easy to get up this time, let alone wake up! It took Melissa prodding me and telling me to wake up for around 10 minutes before my brain registered what was happening!
We had captured some great shots of the hills in the morning, and then started the long drive back home to Portland. We decided last minute that since it was only slightly out of the way we should also stop in to have a look at Smith Rock.
It was worth the detour. Above is part of Smith Rock, and the three sisters in the distance.
Melissa providing some perspective.
Seriously big rocks.
Can you spot the mini specks which are people?
Smith Rock was the final destination in an incredible adventure. It was so much fun making a new friend for life along the way too. You can check out Melissa's amazing photography here: https://rouxroamer.wordpress.com/
We eventually made it home to Portland late in the afternoon on July 1st. I was totally exhausted, and after showering off the new layer of camping/desert/driving grime I passed out for 2 hours, got up to eat dinner and then went back to bed and slept another 10ish hours! I like sleep, and when I miss out on it, it requires catch time.
Thanks for following along on my journey!
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