Tall Snowy Mountains and a Volcano

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May 27th 2012
Published: May 28th 2012
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Mt. HoodMt. HoodMt. Hood

Oregon's big mountain
It was overcast and damp when we left Troutdale this morning. We found Hwy 26 and made our way toward the Mt. Hood recreational areas. There was a good bit of traffic heading that way, lots of cars with snow boards on the roof. As we climbed higher we could see there was still plenty of snow in the higher elevations. We climbed into the clouds and realized we might not get to see Mt. Hood, but you sure can’t control the weather. After Blue Box Pass, elevation 4,024’, we descended into the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. First we drove through thick woods, then beautiful pastures with many horses grazing, then up into high desert and rocky mesas. What wonderful vistas. Off to the west we could snow-covered Mt. Jefferson at 10,497’. At some point we recrossed the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and the north pole. Bob called us on the radio and told us to look back and find a spot to pull over so we could see Mt. Hood. The sun had finally dispersed most of the clouds (just a few were left way up at the top.) Mt. Hood is the tallest mountain in Oregon at 11,239’. There were quite a few snowy mountains in the Cascade Range to our west. The easiest to pick out were the 3 Sister Mountains, each over 10,000’.

We stopped at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which we hadn’t known existed until we saw it on the map. There they preserved a huge caldera, encompassing 17 square miles. It hasn’t erupted in 1,300 years and is considered to be historically low in seismicity (I like that word.) It has a large cinder cone and lots of lava and obsidian. Actually its volume is 20 times that of Mt. St. Helens’.

We’ve eased on down to Crescent, where we are camped for tonight. Tomorrow we head to Crater Lake NP.

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Mt. JeffersonMt. Jefferson
Mt. Jefferson

Oregon's Cascade Range
Warm Springs ReservationWarm Springs Reservation
Warm Springs Reservation

beautiful valley
3 Sister Mountains3 Sister Mountains
3 Sister Mountains

I almost missed the South Sister.
Rainbow TroutRainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout

at High Desert Museum
Cinder DomeCinder Dome
Cinder Dome

at Newberry Natl Volcanic Monument
Lava/Obsidian FlowLava/Obsidian Flow
Lava/Obsidian Flow

at Newberry Volcanic

28th May 2012

Lava/Obsidian and Seismicity
Kerry---your pictures of the Lava/Obsidian flow turned out GREAT---is that seismicity means?
28th May 2012

AWESOME pictures!!!!!! Happy Memorial Day!
28th May 2012

Oregon background
Thought you'd like to know that when John and I first got married, we lived just outside of Madras in this very nice double wide with a million dollar view of Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters. I worked in Bend at the community college and John was one of 5 deputies working for the Jefferson County Sheriff's office - yes it was VERY small back then! We lived so far in the sticks that mail and newspapers weren't delivered. We have very fond memories of that area. Glad you saw the High Desert Museum and Newberry crater. And you got to see how beautiful Mt Hood is!!
31st May 2012

Mount Hood, wow wow wow
4th June 2012

So happy to see you enjoying all these places we have been to several times over the years. The High Desert Museum was always one of the boys favorite places. We use to vacation along the Deschutes River. I wish I was with you!!!

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