In fact, it's rainy and COLD-
cold enough to turn the heat on for the first time this autumn.
wet and cold enough that I decided any travels today
would consist of browsing through
this autumn's trip photos from the warmth of our home!
(In the PNW you learn to be very flexible with your travel plans--
I am pretending it is warm and sunny in the PNW
and I'm on the road again.
Want to come with me?
Part I: Of Ancient Rocks.
Have you ever passed a sign that captured your interest?
That spoke of times long ago?
Of times when the world was really, really cold they say?
Well I had--
in fact, I had passed the sign to the Glacial Rock several times before while in that area..finally I decided it was time to wonder no more what laid beyond that sign;
The trailhead isn't as far as I thought it would be from the main road that goes through the area...when you get there you'll park in a little pull out area across from the trail.
The sign says short trail...and actually it is; only 1/4 mile.
But it isn't a flat, level path-nope!
it gets much steeper!
(My friend thought my moans, groans and strange walking quite funny BTW-
but since she is a really great friend, it is OK. Besides it was funny!)
Finally when you are winded and your legs are telling you -
EXERCISE silly woman
you are there!
As you can see it is pretty large--this is a photo of my friend next to it
(well at least part of my friend)
there IS a reason we BOTH took off our shoes and made the trip down
and mountains beyond.
Hillside vineyards and trees.
More mountains and valley views.
And last but not least...
a very interesting tree---
I'm so glad we finally stopped here!
Photos: Oregon's Erratic Rock State Natural Site as photographed in autumn 2010.
Note: the road signs on the highway say Glacial Rock and are not very large. For more information you can google 'erratic rock' or Oregon State Park
(make sure it is the official site).