We drove to Cottonwood Canyon, a new state park on the John Day River. To get there, we drove up the Columbia Gorge and then south from Biggs through the high wheat fields and wind turbines. It's a beautiful drive and the sky was pretty too, with lots of puffy layered clouds.
The photos start near The Dalles, which is about 90 miles from Portland on Interstate 84.
Driving through the wheat fields and wind turbines.
Arriving at Cottonwood Canyon
Hiking the trail
We got caught in a traffic jam on the way home (all those Washingtonians who work in Portland but don't live there). Route 84 has a split to 205, but they won't stay in their own lanes. They have to plug up 84 and then cut over at the last minute. I was cursing them cuz I wanted to get home to Ozy. We had been gone too long for comfort. And sure enough, he was going low. Another hour or so and it would have been bad.