So, on a Sunday in late June, we packed up the van and were off. My Mom decided to stop by Mt. Hood first, since it was on the way.
|After an hour or two of driving Mt. Hood was in sight.|
|Eating lunch in the ski center.|
|This big fireplace was in the lobby. The iron that Gemma is|
sitting between is actually train rails.
|In front of the lodge.|
|After a quick tour of the lodge, we took a little walk.|
|Gemma loves to pose! She thought she could climb to the top.|
|Exploring a creek. Can you see us?|
|This picture's for you Grandma!|
|Very suddenly, the landscape went from tall firs and ferns to|
pines and sagebrush.
|There was a thin layer of basalt on the plateaus|
(as it said in a book Mom was reading to us about
geology in Central Oregon).
|The basalt columns had pretty formations. Below the columns|
is volcanic ash from 20-30 million years ago.
|The Deschutes river.|
|After an hour and a half of driving, we finally made it to the|
Ranch with only ten minuets to spare.
|The Ranch had lots of cool birds including peacocks, chickens, Guinea|
fowl, and emus (as seen in this picture).
|There were all SORTS of rocks outside the shop. Piles and piles|
and piles of local and non local rocks.
|Sedric had fun chasing the rooster through the piles.|
|James is standing next to the assorted rocks pile. We found a lot|
really cool rocks in the pile.
|Choosing rocks to buy.|
|Lots of pretty jewelry.|
|My Mom found some Polka dot agate in the assorted pile.|
It's from the next rockhounding place over.
|It was fun to see all of the different plants grown in Central Oregon.|
|For dinner we went to a Texas/Mexican kind of place.|
The food was very good.
|Celeste liked the food!|
|Sedric liked the hot tub.|
|Celeste got to go in the pool with us and she LOVED it!|
Stay tuned for day two!