January 23

Appointments in town made me leave the ranch. It was an uneventful trip; hair cut, acupuncture  groceries, hardware store, and feed store.

Getting close to home, Steens Mountain seemed to be lit up with sunshine on the horizon to the south through the crack of light in the clouds.

Steens Mountain

See the second cow from the right? Our place is just above that cow where the sage brush meets the snow and rim rock; about four miles away.

Steens Mountain is about 40 miles further as the crow flies. It’s one of the last pristine areas left in Oregon.

The Steens can be full of surprises. A month ago, there were some workers up on top that got caught in a sudden snow storm and were stuck up there for three nights before they were able to be rescued. You can read the story HERE.

If you ever get a chance to visit SE Oregon, Steens Mountain is a must see on your agenda! There is a road that reaches all the way to the top (10,000 feet) and is usually open from July 1 through some time in October. The gorges are spectacular. We’ve ridden our horses up three of the four gorges…totally amazing. Mother Nature at her finest.

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