We recently drove 2800 miles from Portland Oregon to Oklahoma City following the Old Spanish Trail and then Route 66– two well worn routes through the west.
The “west” actually begins not far from Portland. Highway 26 goes right across the state and once one leaves the wet green Cascade Mountains the scenery turns drier and more spacious-and more cowboys. Above–The John Day River Valley.
Above-Sheeprock in the John Day Fossil Beds.
Above–The Painted Hills near Mitchell on Hwy 26 in eastern Oregon.
Below-Far away from the freeways and cities of southern Idaho is The City Of Rocks.
Quite a remote spot almost into Utah.
Below– Our camp in the boulders.
Below– Fish Lake in Utah.
South of Salt Lake City in the Escalante Mountains.
Above– The old Lodge built by the WPA in the thirties.
At 9000 feet the aspens were already- in September changing to bright yellow.
Below -A Happy accident? What were the holes or eyes for?
Above-Leaving the highlands of The Escalante Mountains named by those original Spanish wanderers long before there was an Oregon or a Utah.
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