Deschutes County Fairground
Smith Rock State Park has some great hiking trails and rock formations. Some of our RV friends, Dave & Dianne and Jim & Diana had just been here so I had to put it on the list to see while we were here. It was going to be a hot day but we thought we'd get up early and go for it.
I call this Chicken Rock. It reminded me of one of those old pottery collectables from Avon.
We crossed a small scree field.
Well, the shade didn't last long enough and the temperature really started to climb as the trail did.
Getting steeper and hotter!
You could see the large eagle nests up high in the rock. They close some of the trails during nesting.
The colors of the rock really stand out.
The last difficult part was the steep walk back up! So do I still hike? Still do. Always will! Now to go find some ice cream!
We drove through the cute town of Prineville to look around, cache a little and get an early dinner.
The old courthouse.
The memorial statue.
We kept seeing signs for caves and ran across them by accident looking for a geocache. They are located right in the backside of town in a large empty, undeveloped area. Kind of forgotten. If it weren't for the sign, you'd never know they were there.
There are 5 there that you can actually walk into. Some go back a bit deeper and two of them connect. The area isn't really taken care of. There is some graffiti on the cave openings and some garbage. I wouldn't go into any of them. Kind of creepy. No one around either.
You can see Steve above the opening in the middle (above the sign) to get an idea of the size.
More neighborhood transportation.
Good Night. Next we move up by Salem to see more waterfalls!