April 06, 2008
Both images from Visit Bend
Smith Rock State Park covers 650 acres in Oregon's high desert...less than 10 miles away from where we live. I consider it eye candy. A hike along the Crooked River, with these rock walls along side.... breathtaking. The air here is crisp, and clean. And smells of juniper. Home.
Interested in rock climbing? There are 1500 climb routes here...some of which are the best in the world. See here for more information.
Just to give you a little glimpse of how different the weather can be...yesterday we left Central Oregon for the Willamette Valley. We had sunny, blue skies here, and then the mountain pass:
I'll spare you pictures of the valley....gray skies, 50 degrees and raining. It was good to get back to the desert!