May 12, 2008

Road Trip

Saturday, we drove over the mountain to the Willamette Valley to spend the day with our mothers.

The changing landscape of our road trip:
Leaving home - 3000' elevation, juniper forest

Pine forests at 4800' elevation

Fir forests - 2500'

Stopping for a break at Detroit Lake - 1600'
(not sure what the cross is for)

Deciduous trees on the valley floor - 500'

Leaving the Silverton countryside on the way home...a rainbow

23 comments:

Sarah McBride said...

bequtiful pictures. I really miss the mountains. You take the best road trips...seriously I am jealous.
glad you liked my new Av in the forums, I changed it for avatar sunday-the theme was "cheesecake prints/pin up girls"

Helen said...

What beautiful pictures. The landscape is fantastic! I especially love the last pic :)

Hey Harriet said...

What a lovely scenic drive. Hope you had an enjoyable visit!

Scott Bulger Photography said...

One of my favorite parts about a long drive is watching the landscape change.

nuvonova said...

I like the first photo, it reminded me of the irony in films, you see when a group of young people go on a road trip and it's all very beautiful, but then it all goes terribly wrong!

Shiny Black Shoes said...

beautiful!

Star of the East said...

It is always amazing how landscapes changes so often on a trip, nice pics!

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Thanks for taking these photos; letting all of us live vicariously through your beautiful surroundings :~) Love the rainbow, what a lucky moment!

Caroline said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous landscape. Some day I will visit Oregon. Did I ever tell you that's where my mom is from? I have a few relatives scattered out your way. :)

Rosebud Collection said...

What wonderful pictures...You do so good taking pictures..Just beautiful.

Victoria said...

Breathtaking at each and every level!

jkziel said...

love the rainbow!

Sandra Ree said...

Love to take pictures also, beautiful Desert Diva! When you see a cross, it means someone died near that spot in an accident... at least down south that's what it means.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Beautiful photos! It's nice to see water back in Detroit Lake!

Mrs.French said...

the rainbow is beatiful. I usually don't enjoy sitting in the car, but the scenery is so beautiful on this trip that I really don't mind.

Tiger Food said...

I know that road well as a native Central Oregonian now living on the wetside! Beautiful representation of the transition from the high to low country.

-Clare

Lisa B. said...

Makes me miss the moutains. Thanks for the memories.

XUE said...

beautiful pics. The Chinese word for America is aptly "Mei Guo" which means Beautiful Country. From July, we will be in a camper van (first time!) from LA thru various national parks & on to Vegas !!! Looking forward to those awesome landscapes again!

Rocki's Rock 'n Beads said...

We haven't been on a road trip in a while and seeing yours makes me want to get up and go. Nature is simply breathtaking.
☼ Rocki

Cicada Studio said...

Thanks for the trip! I needed that.

That rainbow is icing on the cake.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

What a beautiful, varied landscape...many opportunities seem to present themselves to take wonderful photos.

M.KATE said...

So wonderful to see trees lining up the road. I see there's more progress on the garden.

Totally love the old picture of you sisters and your mom, so beautiful.

Cambodia was really out of this world. People are extremely humble. My husband was not so agreeing on the trip, he was worried for my safety. I had to SMS him every day to advise that I am very much alive :)

The temples had long and very interesting history. The only down part was I could not photograph Angkor Wat during the sunset :( it rained on the last day I was there for the sunset shot. In the morning the entire temple look greyish but in the evening, it turns golden due to the sun.

Sent you a postcard from Siem Reap, that's the town where all the temples are. Hope it reaches you safely. Overall, surprisingly, cambodia is slightly more expensive than Thailand, considering this is one of the poorest country in the world. The entire Siem Reap town revolves around tourism, so it was very safe.

While I was happy to experience the history of all the temples, nothing prepared me when i visited the Tonle Sap lake..it was poverty beyond anyone's imagination. I am humbled by the sight of it, a reminder of how lucky I am back in Malayisa. Most of the Cambodian people suffered long hardship, they age fast and many have few jobs a day, skipped meals and living on a 'beg a day-eat a day' policy. I can understand how Cambodia touched AJolie's heart.

Am sending something via the mail this week, let me know when you receive it :)

Big hug and lots of love :)

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