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The Chalk Basin 3: Monday

Before leaving the Chalk Basin, Michael and I took one last hike.  This hike took us cross county to an area above the lower Owyhee River knows as the chalk cliffs.  On the float trips I have made on the lower Owyhee river, we have camped below these formations on the second night of rafting.  I have always want to see this area from above. I finally fulfilled that desire.

PS I did successfully drive the Cherokee out to the road, although not as boldly as Michael 🙂

 

Chalk Cliffs , Owyhee River

Knap weed
Chalk cliffs Oregon
Chalk cliffs Oregon
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River. Michael is standing on top of this dome. I joined him later.
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River
Chalk cliffs Oregon, Owyhee River
I snapped this picture of Michael taking a picture of this lizard just as it ran, Note the dust and shadow.

 

The Cherokee finally gets a bath!

The Chalk Basin 2: Sunday

Sunday began with the kind of sunrise that spoke  peace and oneness and concluded with a sunset that invited deep sleep. In between, Michael and I made a major hike through gullys and canyons amidst incredible ash and rock formations. The rain that had challenged us driving here left trickles of water in what are normally dry washes.  The air was cool, the damp “dry” wash walk refreshing.

 

We reached the Owyhee river and ate lunch.  I napped while Michael fished.  Afterwards we discovered an exciting canyon with the most intriguing and colorful formations we had seen that day. Definitely like Moab, UT, but without the crowds.

 

Michael found a beautiful agate thunder egg.  He hauled this thirty pound rock back to our campsite as my Father’s Day gift.  What an outstanding son! Scott, the man we had extricated from the mud hole (see the first Chalk Basin post) came over before dinner.  We enjoyed a wide ranging discussion about the presence of God in our lives, and the transformational nature of His deep love for us.

 

Campsite sunrise, Chalk basin, Owyhee River
Starting the hike, Chalk basin, Owyhee River
. Michael in side canyon, Chalk Basin
The damp wash we walked down, Chalk Basin, Owyhee River
a slot canyon that is normally dry, Chalk Basin
Chalk Basin, Michael fishing the Owyhee river
Chalk Basin, Michael below pinnacles, Owyhee River
Chalk Basin, Owyhee river pinnacles
Chalk Basin, Owyhee river pinnacles
Chalk Basin, Owyhee river pinnacles
Chalk Basin, Michael between pinnacles
Chalk Basin, Michael holding thunder egg
Chalk basin campsite, Owyhee river

Binding ourselves to God

This passage attributed to St Patrick is a great reminder that God is the source of everything that I am. What matters is my total commitment/relationship to Him, not merely my “thoughts” about Him.

“I bind myself today to the power of God to hold and lead,

his eye to watch, his might to stay, his ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach, his hand to guide, his shield to ward,
the Word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard.”

attributed to St Patrick,  c. 420 

Meg and I loved how this spring, its source unknown to us.
brought refreshing beauty to this dry sagebrush of SE Oregon.

The Birch Creek ranch on the lower Owyhee River of SE Oregon