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Jul 31, 2010 - Crooked River Ranch, OR - Smith Rock State Park

Several miles distant from our park we could see sheer rock walls rising out of the desert and we were curious. So off we went to check out Smith Rock State Park. Wow! The scenery is incredible. This park is an internationally renowned destination for rock climbing, and we were lucky enough to see a couple of rock climbers quite high up on the rocks. In the first photo, we had been looking at the rock wall and thought we saw something move. We did – someone was climbing up the rock! It was fun to watch him go up, then sideways, and then...

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Jul 26, 2010 - Crooked River Ranch, OR - Sisters

On another beautiful, sunny day, we headed west toward Sisters, OR. On the way we took some unobstructed photos of Mount Jefferson, the Three Sisters (Faith, Hope and Charity), and Broken Top. These mountains feature prominently in the area and are absolutely beautiful, whatever your viewpoint. We stopped by the side of the road and saw a bunch of kids playing in the water far below. Their shouts of joy filled the air – it was a wonderful sound. Further along we passed by an Alpaca Farm. They were just so darn cute and quite curious, too....

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Jul 24, 2010 - Crooked River Ranch, OR - Fort Rock

In the late 1800s there came to this desolate area in the high desert of Central Oregon a hearty band of settlers looking to take advantage of free land. And so it was that the McCallam place ("Old Horse Ranch") and the Olmstead Ranch were next to each other. As fate would have it, Ruth McCallam and Sam Olmstead eventually got married and had five sons. They lived there until the early 1940s. Their eldest son was Dave's father! This was Dave's first ever visit to the old ranch and it was very interesting. We were accompanied by his younger...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Crooked River Ranch, OR

We came to Redmond, OR to visit Dave's youngest brother and his family. Although they live in Bend - 20+ miles south - we chose to stay here since the RV parks nearer to Bend are very expensive. We had a quiet site - and the scenery! The grassy area where the deer was grazing was not more than 50 yards directly in front of our coach. And a short 5-10 minute walk from our site took us to the observation platform overlooking Crooked River Gorge. After seeing the Grand Canyon you might say that this gorge wasn't much. We would say that each...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Goodbye Washington

After two days of sightseeing, we hitched back up this morning for our drive east to Yakima, WA on US 12 and then south through the Indian Reservation on US 97 to the Oregon border. We have never driven through eastern Washington and Oregon before. We were surprised to see how much it kinda looked like Utah. This evening we ended up at Crooked River Ranch RV Resort. The place was pretty empty. Here are some shots of the campground. Next time we're in the area, we'll take more shots of the scenery along the way.

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Washington 2009