Heading Southwest On High Desert Roads Through Oregon

Thursday September 30, 2021 Oregon Trip Heading Southwest

Traveling southwest through Oregon

We broke camp this morning and headed south on this good highway 205.road205

 

Refuges

We were going to drive through some animal and bird refuges today.

We stopped at one here which I’ve forgotten the name of but this viewing tower was interesting and no we did not go up it. All the visitor center stuff was closed.tower2

 

Very bad washboards

We travelled down the refuge patrol road that mostly sucked as it had real bad washboards which would shake the heck out of the vans. This looked like it would be an interesting area when it was green.washboard3

 

Eventually we got back on Highway 205 and continued south going by these cattle.cattle4

 

This was the only little town we went by, Frenchglen.frenchglen5

 

We had to go through the Hart Wild Life Refuge which also had very bad washboard roads for miles. These bikers where stopped and working on one of the bikes so I slowed down to see if they needed anything. No, they said, they just got a tire patched up. Thanks.bikers6

 

Lunch time

We stopped by this reservoir for lunch and a break before continuing on.lunch7

 

Hunting for a camp spot

We were looking for a place to camp but one needed a permit to camp in the refuges and we don’t do permits or pay camp grounds as we like to get away from that sort of thing so we have to hunt to find a boon docking site sometimes which we were doing now.

Shows promise for a camp spot

We’d been crossing a refuge of very bad washboard roads for the last twenty  miles when we finally dropped down and off the refuge to a much better road. There are a bunch of shallow lakes down there at the bottom where we hope to find a camp spot for the night.view8

 

Shallow lakes area

On the way down the hill we stopped to have a look at some of the shallow lakes down there.lakes9

 

Tonight’s camp spot

We were watching for any roads off to the right to find a camp spot and checked out a couple of them before taking this one CR-3 for a couple of miles where we found another dirt road off it that looked promising and it was. We were on the edge of one of the shallow lakes dried up for now.camp10

 

A view from our camp spot looking over the dry lake bed.lakebed

 

And the view to our right looking out where I was going for a short walk soon which I did.walk11

 

Nice day.

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