Leaving Salem, and the NW Tandem Rally behind, we headed for eastern Oregon, sunshine and warm weather. We camped at a National campground slightly southeast of Bend. We were now in the pines and would be in predominately pine forests until we returned to the NW. The firs, cedars and hemlocks would be more rare as the pines and oaks began to dominate (beautifully) our landscapes. There's something about the smell of pines and oaks and sun and dry grass and the sages and other fragrant herbs that is intoxicating. Fragrance stimulates my childhood memories and provides the first hint of my golden California roots.
|Glorious snow capped mountains|
|Beautiful pine forests|
|Fog in the valley|
|Drying our our soaking-wet biking clothes|
|Ed and our little camp trailer|
|Warm, dry and beautiful -- such a contrast from Whidbey's wet spring|
|Beautiful grasses of eastern Oregon|