Shaun and I just returned from a trip to the Steens Mts and the Alvord Desert. Though we've both been to the Steens a dozen times over the past 20 years, neither of us had ventured down to the Alvord Desert so easily visible from the summit.
We spent the first, very cold night at Fish Lake. After that we packed up and headed to the top where we hiked in to our usual spot and camped next to Wildhorse Lake. The next day we packed up, hiked out and headed down the mountain to drive around to the desert side.
There's a great place to stop for a burger and a milshake called the Fields Station. The cook there talked us out of the double burgers thankfully.
We stopped mid afternoon for a soak at the Alvord hot springs and were soon joined by a whole crew of guys who had just ridden quads over from Bend on dirt roads.
After that, we headed to Mann lake to camp for the night. We met a fisherman from Bend named Steve, who was camping in the most awesome Dodge camper van decorated with pink flamingos and violet lights. We shared some great stories and some of his smoked salmon. It was a very windy night and we likely slept better than he did as the wind shook his van pretty steadily through the night.
The next morning after a beautiful sunrise, we headed back across the state. Amazing trip, new adventures and a few things to revisit for sure.
If you didn't already notice, that's a pumpkin beer. The first taste has a really smooth traditional lager vibe, but once that passes, a wave of pumpkin pie flavor lingers. Cool.
We had a fantastic Sunday. Attended the worship service at Imago Dei Community and saw lots of good friends, met up at Russel St BBQ with some of them for lunch and then spent the evening at the Hotchkiss's house to listen to Dr. Garry Friesen read a couple chapters of The Magician's Nephew.
Though the boys started yesterday, today is Aislynn's first day of Kindergarten. She is awfully excited and I think you can see it on her face. The boys came along and made sure she made it to her classroom with Ms. Callaway.
Another milepost passed.
This shot of me and my oldest son Caedon was taken by my younger son Gavin in aperture Priority mode with my new 24mm Zeiss lens. He's taken an interest in photography and I've walked him through a basic tutorial on Depth of field as you can see in this second shot. Manual focus as well.
Emily and I got invited to the last of the Oregon Zoo concerts for this year. The Doobie Brothers' music brings back so many childhood memories for both of us.
They really nailed it and the whole show was great. I expected no less as these guys have certainly had a lot of practice.
We spent a couple hours in the pool and then ate pizza and watched a movie. Not a bad Saturday!