Happy 4th of July!
We head south on Route 97 toward Redmond. We stop at the Peter Skene Ogden Scenic Overview.
The overview is of a three hundred foot deep canyon. We look down on the Crooked River. We cross the pedestrian bridge and take a nature walk. It is a great way to start the day.
We are learning the names of the peaks we see. Mt. Hood is visible to the north. Next are Mt. Jefferson, the Three Sisters, The Husband and Mt. Bachelor. The sky is clear and the views are wonderful. Snow covers them all.
We make our Wal-Mart stop in Redmond. Our refrigerator is empty again.
We head to Smith Rock State Park. It is nearby. Rock climbing is the main attraction. I know I am not taking up rock climbing so I expect this to be a short stop.
We have our lunch here and spend the afternoon. The scenery is beautiful and we watch the climbers. There are plenty to watch.
There are trails everywhere. You can hike to one of the summits or you can climb. One of the climbs is rated as one of the top three most difficult in the world.
Oregon knows how to provide areas for recreation! This stop is another pleasant Oregon surprise.
Campground: Central Oregon KOA