Brian's Photo Blog — Article 84
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Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
Tuesday 17 April 2012   —   Category: Outings

Today was a long day full of adventure! I was out and about for 12 hours, and drove 185 miles, mostly on unpaved roads. This trip to Eastern Oregon is the first time I've been making good use of my 2009 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pickup since I got it about 3 years ago! Some of the “roads” I drove today are definitely “roads less traveled” — I would not have wanted to been driving our Subaru Outback, even though it’s all-wheel-drive, because it does not have the clearance the Tacoma does.

I left around 6:00 this morning, and drove 50 miles to the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge headquarters — again, mostly on gravel roads. Along the way, I met the park ranger, and got some good shots of a small herd of antelope.

Then I proceeded to the Hot Springs Campground, arriving there around 9:00. I wanted to test the waters, but I didn’t have my bathing suit. Since I was the only one around, I went skinny-dipping in the hot springs — and I've got the photos to prove it!

After my quick dip, I found a sheltered camp site, set up my camping stove, and cooked some bratwurst and pork-and-beans for a 10:00 brunch (or second breakfast, or elevenses, or dix-heures, or whatever you want to call it). Then I spent the next few hours exploring the refuge. Later in the afternoon I headed west to the hamlet of Plush (not!) to get some gas. Gas stations are few and far between in this part of Oregon, so you have to get it when and where you can.

I hightailed it back to my “base camp” at Frenchglen, making the 73 miles from Plush in just about two hours — remember, mostly on gravel roads — with a minimum of photo stops.

Now I’m backing up today’s photos, eating supper, cleaning my lenses, and generally getting ready for another interesting day tomorrow exploring the Diamond area of Southeastern Oregon. Nighty-night!
For a complete list of all the blog entries and photo albums resulting from my trip to Eastern Oregon, be sure to check out the April 2012 Eastern Oregon Photo Outing Recap
Brian's Photo Blog — Article 84
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