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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

Oyyhee Country: The Honeycombs of SE Oregon

For at least a decade I have wanted to visit to Honeycombs in the Owyhee Country of south eastern Oregon. Finally, after turning back in my earlier Suburu and my Highlander attempts,  I purchased a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The road is not extreme 4 wheeling, but it does require clearance, caution, and a good skid plate if an error is made. Fortunately, no errors, and the trip was uneventful. I went with my Pacific Crest Trail hiking partner, Bob. This Owyhee country is remote and spectacular!

 

Early evening in the Honeycomb country
Early evening in the Honeycomb country
Honeycomb country. wild horses
Honeycomb country. wild horses
Honeycomb walls
Honeycomb walls
Honeycombs. Mariposa lily
Honeycombs. Mariposa lily
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Owyhee country color
Owyhee country color
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country

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Road into the Honeycombs
Road into the Honeycombs
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Honeycombs
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Honeycombs
Honeycomb walls
Honeycomb walls
Road into the Honeycombs
Road into the Honeycombs
Sunrise light above the Honeycombs
Sunrise light above the Honeycombs