It was another day of driving and worrisome weather. All's well that ends well, though, and we made it into Bend, Oregon, with no problems at all. Before we left, Smitty was snuggled up in a quilt. It was cold outside, even if it was warm inside.
is one of the highest fault scarps in the United States. It rises 2,490 feet (760 m) above the valley floor, finishing with an 820-foot (250 m) sheer-sided basalt cap. It was formed during the Miocene epoch. At that time basaltic flood lavas covered much of eastern Oregon. In subsequent faulting, great blocks were tilted and Abert Rim is at the western end of one of these blocks, while Lake Abert lies on top of another. Stretching more than 30 miles (48 km) from Lakeview north to Alkali Lake, Abert Rim is also the longest exposed fault scarp in North America.
Cool! You know I love this stuff. It stretched on beyond us for many miles.
On cue, Abert Lake came into view. It was immense. No way I could capture it in a single image, and so I'll show you a series of images.
I was wishing I could have gotten this from a different angle, but the colors of the landscape reflecting in the water were interesting.
It too went on for miles as we drove by. Wikipedia tells us that Abert Lake
is a large, shallow, alkali lake in Lake County, Oregon, United States. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) long and 7 miles (11 km) wide at its widest point. It is located 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of the small, unincorporated community of Valley Falls, Oregon. The lake was named in honor of Colonel John James Abert by explorer John C. Fremont during his 1843 expedition into Central Oregon. No fish live in the alkaline waters of the lake; however, its dense population of brine shrimp supports a variety of shorebirds. The lake is also an important stop on the bird migration route known as the Pacific flyway.
Just up the road was another huge lake called Alkali Lake, but it wasn't as interesting photography-wise. From there, it was just a long, long road through the uninhabited landscape.
We saw a lot of what you see below, stretching out for many miles in all directions.
Eventually, we rounded a bend, and the Cascade mountain range came into view. The area approaching Bend and Sisters is breath-taking.
As we approached Bend, it looked like this. We were happy for the clear roads and for no snow on the ground.
So we spent the night in an RV park just outside of Sisters, Oregon. It's a very nice park, and it was warm enough to be out with just a light jacket. It was kind of nice to roll in a little earlier in the day.
I spent some time with my slow-stitching. I've filled enough of this portion, and so I decided to move my hoop to the bottom of the piece.
Now, I'm at the bottom, and I expect I'll have the embroidery finished within the next few days.
The kitties are chomping at the bit to get home, as you can plainly see. They've had to work hard keeping us awake at night this trip. Sadie has given all her toys extra attention, and we often hear her chattering with them in the middle of the night.
We thought we might have to avoid the Santiam Pass over the mountains, which would have added several hours and many miles to our trip. As it turns out, traffic cams show the pass clear, and so we should be home in early afternoon. I'm hoping, hoping, hoping I haven't miss the bloom of the crocus. We're told there's significant damage to our trees, and those crocus blossoms will certainly offset the shock of all the limbs we're expecting to find on the ground.
Next time I write, I'll be sitting at my desk. Until then...happy trails. I hope you've enjoyed the trip.