Well, not all offroad, but it does seem pretty much just like what a lot of you other folks have posted here. This is kind of an indtroduction as well. I have posted this elsewhere, and though there are some who post at the other places, not everyone does, so hope y'all don't mind.
So without further ado, here I go.
The lighting and my choice of camera settings didn't make for really good pictures on this trip; really I have taken better.
For years now I have been in the habit of leaving early from work and getting a few miles on in the afternoon/evening instead of leaving in the morning. It feels like I get quite a 'jump start' on my trip. First night camping in a dispersed area west of Goldendale, WA:
Day One. Next day I got out on the road again heading south. Most of this day was on pavement. Here is a fair picture of Shaniko:
Here's a couple more of Shaniko:
This old house south of Shaniko:
Here's a good one from Antelope:
On the way out of Antelope:
I am still on pavement and won't leave it until much later this day. So I had better try to skip forward more. I am heading east on OR 218. Here's a quick shot of Fossil, OR. Hehe, Fossil fuel:
I stopped in Fossil for some provisions as I knew that would be the last town of any size I would pass through on my way to second night camp.
Another shot of Fossil:
Here's a really bad picture of the `shoe tree' on US 26 in Oregon:
Here's a picture or two of the Painted Hills in Oregon:
Finally, on my way to camp, DIRT!:
And second night camp. This is in the Ochoco NF, the campground is Wildwood:
I'm going to throw a note in here. I usually camp dispersed, `cowboy' style on the ground with the sky as my roof, however with the upside down wetness the last few years in the Northwest, I find I need to have a table to sleep with a tarp overhead so my bag doesn't get wet. But for the record, everywhere I stayed in a developed campground on this trip was totally vacant except for me. If it wasn't, I moved on.
This day’s track should be here on Everytrail:
Day Two. I took the dirt roads towards the Ochoco Reservoir as there is a rockhound site on the north side. That was one of my many goals on this trip; exploring, rockhounding, ghost towning, camping; with as many dirt roads as I could fit into my busy schedule! However this day was again mostly highway, as I headed straight down towards Christmas Valley; but stopped short and camped near Green Mountain. Pretty much no pictures until after I went east from La Pine, OR.
Got caught in a hail storm on the way to Fort Rock:
The wind was terrible and the lighting stank. I think I have a better pic of the "Crack in the Ground" on my PC, but this is all I have of it on Photobucket:
I went up on Green Mountain, but as I said the wind was terrible. Even though I saw no warnings, I wasn't about to chance a fire so I found this place to cold camp in a little draw somewhat shielded from the wind:
Day Two's Everytrail, but I didn't start it until I got to Fort Rock and some of it is out of order: