|Tumalo Falls - sounds glorious!|
|Like other creeks this year, this one is bank-to-bank and moving fast.|
I'm bummed to find that the Imagination Gallery has closed in Sisters - it was the only place I bought any art when we were fulltime on the road, and I was looking forward to finding another piece for the house :-( Instead we find a lovely eatery next door to the now empty space - The Open Door has a small but interesting menu in a very pretty setting. An eclectic gallery shares the indoor space. Nothing catches my eye to take with me.
|Meat balls and marina with shaved parmesan.|
Friday is the last of the cooler days in the forecast so we head for Prineville Reservoir State Park about 30 miles east (we drove through the town of Prineville on our way here). The wildlife area back road is a beautiful drive, and I'm looking forward to exploring it again.
|Wonderful to see a full reservoir.|
|A large herd of geese in the cove.|
With the back road closed we opt for the highway to the little market at Post. It marks the geographic center of Oregon. Crooked Creek, alfalfa and Sudan grass fields, more cattle, rock formations - it's a nice alternative on a blue-sky day. It's easy to see how a dirt road might be closed with all the signs of major flooding over the highway here.
|A tall ghost makes a quick getaway from this old cabin.|
|Looking back I note this exact same photo from our last visit - it is definitely worth capturing :-)|
|The actual very, very center is on private land nearby.|
|I can't believe it! Four years later and it's less temporary now with a shaded sitting area :-) Sadly it's also closed today.|
|Lake Simtustus above the Pelton Dam on the Deschutes.|
|The Deschutes meanders through the narrow valley.|
|Crooked River Bridge is a pretty stop, but these signs in the parking lot send me back to the Jeep with Tessa!|
The area is surrounded by many snow-capped peaks with access to Mt Bachelor and Broken Top along the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway. It's a beautiful drive along several small lakes, through forests of Ponderosa pines, and beside large lava flows. The mountains peek out, as do the occasional long views. At 82 degrees the last thing we're expecting is snow along the road! In many places it's 2-3 feet deep under the trees. The Elk Lake Loop is open but very rough, and the entrance to Elk Lake is still closed.
|A pretty stop along the river where mosquitos immediately find me :-(|
|Little Lava Lake - more mosquitos.|
|Lava Lake - yep, here too. Fortunately almost no people.|
|We see a lot of downed trees throughout the day.|
|Lots of snow at 5000 feet.|
|Devil's Lake - gorgeous colors.|
|Mt Bachelor across the marshes.|
|The blessing of azure skies.|
|Massive lava flows.|
|Long views at the end of a short trail.|
|Breathing in the butterscotch scent of the pines.|
|Reese and Penelope hold down their parents in the Atlantic coast winds.|
|Reese and Penelope holding down the cuteness.|
|Ezra (with his summer short hair!) shows off Mommy's name on the college graduation program. |
Good job Shalise - we're so proud!!
|Elliott checks in - hi everybody!|