Monday, July 13th:
This is already our third full day at the Smiling River Campground on the Metolius River near Camp Sherman, Oregon and we are again ready for a wonderful day of exploring the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon. Today Joan has planned for us two major new experiences. The first is a trip to the Dee Wright Observatory in the Willamette National Forest. The observatory is located at the McKenzie Pass on Hwy 242 about 15 miles southwest of Sisters at an elevation of 5,325 feet above sea level. Our second experience will be a visit to a McKenzie river falls known as the Sahalie Falls.
We love this photograph of Kathy and I and of course Cabo with North Sister Mountain in the background. One thing that naturally does not show in this photograph is the wind and the 60 degree temperature and while we loved our walk on the trail through the volcanic rocks at McKenzie Pass, we were also happy to get back in the car, warm up a bit, and head on to Sahalie Falls.
Tuesday, July 14th:
Today we head north on a drive of approximately 180 miles that should take us approximately four hours. The highlight of the drive is clearly our drive past Oregon's tallest mountain, Mt Hood, that rises to a height of around 11,200 feet. At best we can determine the road that we follow north, Hwy 26, passes very close to the base of Mt Hood where we traverse a pass at an elevation of about 3,950 feet. What we discovered as we traveled north was that we could see the top of Mt Hood for almost an hour before we actually passed it on our west side. Kathy took this photo of Mt Hood from our car maybe 20 miles or so before we actually passed the mountain. It was obviously the highlight of our drive north this morning.