Last week I went on another photographic outing — this time to Oregon's Deschutes River,
east of the Cascades.
I got up at 5:00 AM, left by 5:45, arrived at the Deschutes around 10:00 at the village of Maupin,
which clings to the western wall of the Deschutes River
Like all other rivers in the United States, the distance along the Deschutes River from it's mouth (at the Columbia River
) is indicated in river miles.
Maupin is located between river mile 51 and 52. For this outing, I started at Maupin and drove south along the riverside to river mile 59. I parked there, and then walked further south to about river mile 63.5. Once I finally made it back to Maupin, I started again at river mile 51, but headed north this time, driving along the Deschutes to river mile 43.5 before heading away from the canyon. So, in total, I explored about 20 miles of the Deschutes River — and took lots of photos each step of the way!
During my drive and walk south along the river earlier in the day, I had been passed by various workers driving further south. After walking back for a couple of hours, I was so exhausted, and my feet hurt so much that, knowing these workers needed to go home by the same road, I was praying that God would send one sooner than later to give me a ride. I still had another mile-and-a-half to go to reach my truck. I walked about another half mile when I heard the sound of a vehicle approaching from behind me. So I stopped and put out my thumb — the FIRST time in my life! The guy stopped, and agreed to give me a ride to my truck. I had already walked nearly eight miles that day, so I suppose cutting out the last mile was really no big deal, but for me it was a real lifesaver! I was SO grateful! Once I got back to my truck, I took off my boots, gobbled down some cookies, dranks some cold water and a coke, and sat in my truck with the air conditioner on, trying to recover, before continuing my journey!
After driving as far north along the Deschutes as I was going to that day, I crossed the river at Sherars Bridge.
Then I drove quite a ways on backroads to Mount Hood
to have dinner, and finally arrived back home at 10:00 PM. What a day! I got some great photos — 310 in all. I've narrowed them down to the 84 best, and put them in this album for your viewing enjoyment.