Sunday, July 19, 2009
We went to see the trees today. It is a 1 hour drive to the turn off and then another 10 miles into the forest. Our forests are mostly Ponderosa Pine with some Tamarack (Western Larch) with White Fire in the higher elevations. We stopped at the first campground and had a picnic and just enjoyed the trees. You need to understand that where we live in Eastern Oregon, except for trees planted in town, there are NO trees. You can drive to the top of a hill south of town and see for at least 50 miles and not see 1 tree. We are in what is called The Great Basin High Desert, with an average rainfall of 12 inches, mostly in the form of snow.
After the picnic we drove up the road and, after driving for 3 hours, came to a ranching region called Drewsey after the hamlet of the same name. From there it was a quick 75 miles to home on one of the main highways that pass through our area. We put a little over 200 miles on the car during our Sunday drive. Check out some of the pictures we took.