Steens Mountain Loop – The Highest Road In Oregon

When asked to ponder the highest points in Oregon, which place come to mind? Most certainly Mount Hood, as it is the highest and best-known.  How about the highest-reaching road in Oregon?  Easy, the road to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, right?  Guess again.  At 6,000 feet, Timberline Lodge is a well-known and premier high-elevation […]... Read More

Vale – The Crossroads Of Art And History

About 15 miles west of Ontario, Oregon sits the quiet, unassuming town of Vale.  With a population of 1,874 residents, Vale serves as the county seat of Malheur County and is one of a small handful of cities and towns in Oregon that sit in the Mountain Time Zone.   Vale’s origins date back to […]... Read More

Geologic Wonders Of Succor Creek Canyon & Leslie Gulch – Part 2

As you may recall, Part 1 of this adventure focused on the exploration of Succor Creek Canyon.  Feel free to go back and review Part 1.  Part 2 will focus on Leslie Gulch.  Let’s keep exploring! After driving 10 miles south of the Succor Creek State Natural Area campground, we arrived at the turn-off for […]... Read More

Geologic Wonders Of Succor Creek Canyon & Leslie Gulch – Part 1

If rock hounding, exploring geologic formations, and viewing wildlife all sound appealing, Oregon has the perfect place for it.  Located between Adrian and Jordan Valley, Oregon, the Succor Creek State Recreation Area features spectacular scenery and an abundance of the thunderegg.  Designated the Oregon state rock on March 30, 1965, the thunderegg is prevalent in several areas of […]... Read More

How Far Can You Go?

Have you ever opened a map of Oregon, looked at the far corners of the borders, and wondered what was there?  Sure, these are merely lines on a map, but what is actually out there?  This curiosity inspired and resulted in a truly unique excursion that I will forever remember. The goal:  Reach the very southeastern corner […]... Read More