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Hiking Dry River Canyon

Sunday, November 04, 2012

We had a great hike today through a beautiful canyon east of Bend Oregon, Dry River Canyon. The canyon was carved out during the Ice Age, when the Millican Valley was covered by a giant lake, and a small river drained out of the lake, carving a very dramatic canyon out of the lava rock. I had a larger group of hikers (15) so I am glad that John agreed be my assistant leader on the hike. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that my camera got re-set to video instead of photos, so many of my favorite photos from the hike had to be tossed out -- a film of a cave, a golden eagle nest, or beautiful canyon walls is not very dynamic!

We hiked about 5-6 miles; mostly fairly easy but with one difficult rock scramble. Here are my three surviving photos!

Hikers at the trailhead (canyon walls in the background)

Some of the juniper trees are twisted like peppermint sticks. Other trees have twisting holes all the way through the tree -- but they are still living trees

Hiking group
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  • DAWN14163
    What a beautiful area to hike in. Thank you for sharing!
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    1958 days ago
    Very cool! Thanks for sharing! Sending Best Wishes for a great November! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1963 days ago
  • DR1939
    Loved the pictures.
    1964 days ago
    What a nice, big group of hikers and I love the picture of the tree. I have done the same thing with my camera before~ugh! Sounds like it was a great hike. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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    1964 days ago
    Ohhh, I love twisty, gnarled trees. I always look for them on my hikes. I have a friend who looks for heart-shaped rocks. Me? Gnarled wood. Heheh. We don't have juniper trees here so thanks for sharing!
    1965 days ago
    Someday I'm going on a hike with you! You just look like you're having so much fun! Love the twisted tree! Is it possible for you to capture some stills from the video? I've never tried it myself, but I think it's possible.

    1965 days ago
    Such a shame about the photos? Can't you upload one of the video's or did they not make it either? Check out my new blog, photos of our walks and a visit to the ocean (video)!
    It is great how you love to hike! And such a nice area too! Love those rocky areas!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Oh, I forgot to mention I love that tree trunk! I am a big fan of unusual trees! We see so many here in FL. and some quite old too.
    1965 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/4/2012 12:57:48 AM
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