We did a ramble in SE Oregon, revisiting old favorites and exploring some new country.
There’s a phone booth with a working phone at Coleman’s service station/store/bar in Harper, Oregon.
Coleman’s Service is where Harper gets gas, chips, beer, and all the local news.
Proprietor Brian Coleman runs the place, as did his parents and grandparents before him. Price for a beer? $2.50
Crane Hot Springs in Crane, Oregon. The big pool was about 95 degrees and the smaller soaking pool about 100. Plenty of dry camp spots and some with RV hookups.
One of Larry’s secret spots: a little desert stream with big native redband trout.
A nice place to camp, especially if you want a dark dark dark sky for star gazing.
If you don’t want your rig to get muddy, this is not the road for you.
If you don’t want your rig to get scratched, this is not the road for you. With little traffic, much of it from the ATV crowd, a spiny bush locally known as greasewood is taking over the road.
People who complain lately that everyone’s out camping have never come here. We drove for several days and saw nobody.
Once upon a time, windmills were common. Now, I rarely see one. The cowboys have gone to solar pumps. More convenient, no doubt, but not as lovely as this.
We spent a very windy and dusty night on this ancient lake bed.
An undeveloped desert hot spring
Moby meets the Alvord Desert, an ancient lakebed that reminded me of Death Valley.
No road needed. Larry drove with his eyes closed until I made him stop.
The Alvord Desert is roughly 12 miles long and 7 miles wide. Without any visual cues, it looks much smaller. I estimated I could walk across it in less than an hour . . . But if it’s 7 miles . . . No way!
Alvord Hot Springs
(Photo from their website)
Leaving the Alvord Desert via Big Sand Gap.
This is the road! If you don’t want to get stuck in sand, this is not the road for you. (But Moby did fine.)
A “secret” wild horse range. We drove up here just to see what we could see and found wild horse herds and lots of tiny new foals.
Another A+ campsite.
Nobody home but us and the horses. So lovely.
Get your binoculars, take a walk, wander around and see what you can see.