ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

Frozen fog over the mountains

It looks like frost on the ground

The Cove Palisade State Park near Culver, Oregon

Beautiful views 1

View 2

Jerry got Ollie out of the car to see

View 3

View 4

The Marina was closed for the winter

They even have house boat rentals in the summer & much more..

A stop at Crooked River Day Use Park

Canadian Geese & Loons were everywhere

Just beautiful!!!

Jerry checking out the picnic area

Another view

Our picnic set up

Back on the road, View 5

It was a beautiful drive around this huge park

More geese

We crossed over two bridges in the park, one was a single...

View 6

View 7

This was called Ship Rock, you can see why :-)

Petroglyph Info

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The Petroglyph

Another view

We found a geocache here too.... named.. "Ancient Grafitti" :-)

They have a ton of trails in the park

The one lane bridge we crossed

Looking back at the bridge we crossed, it was way down..

An Incredible place!!

Another view of the bridge

Jerry tossed a rock :-)

The Deschutes Campground, one of two in the park

Mule deer were all over the campground

Back on the loop around the park

Culver, Oregon

Our next stop was Peter Skene Ogden Park

The bridge for cars

Info about the train bridge

We were lucky and saw a train crossing

Looking straight down

Another view

Last one!


Today we decided to drive about 40 miles from Bend to a small town called Culver, Oregon. We went to visit the Cove Palisades State Park. It is a large park located at the convergence of three rivers, the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius. Each river has formed its own 600 foot deep canyon with sheer rock walls. There are 2 large campgrounds in the park. The Crooked River Campground is on the eastern rim of the Crooked River canyon. The Deschutes Campground is in a lower area between the Crooked and Deschutes rivers. It's a 5 mile drive between the two that takes you down into the Crooked River Canyon, across a couple of suspension bridges and back up out of the canyon. It is a truly breathtaking scene.

Lake Billy Chinook, named after a Wasco Indian guide of explorer John C. Fremont is a paradise for boaters and anglers casting for kokanee, small and largemouth bass and trout. It was created with the completion of Round Butte Dam, built to control the flow of the area's three main rivers. They also have a marina with boat rentals. The marina was closed for the winter as well as one of the campgrounds. I imagine this place is hopping when the weather is warmer, it was awesome!!!

We have been amazed at all the natural beauty around the city of Bend. After we left this park we stopped on the way back home at a little park called Peter Ogden. It has two bridges crossing a huge gorge called the Crooked River Gorge. One is for cars and the other is an old railroad bridge built in 1911. The gorge was over 300 feet down and was another awesome site. I have added a ton of pictures to tell you the rest of the story. I hope you enjoy them much. More later from Bend.

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