Oh wow, a tour that combines three of my loves: Oregon, geology, and photography! I have got to hop on this one.
Alas, that’s not an embedded video (curses upon WordPress), but if you click it you’ll be taken to the Oregon Field Guide page featuring this particular episode. At 7:30 minutes, it’s a lovely glimpse of some of Oregon’s least-seen geology, down in the southeast corner of the state where almost no one ever goes.
I once took off for a three-week exploration of eastern Oregon, and in the back seat of my car was a crate of books: bird ID, tree ID, wildflower ID, and Roadside Geology of Oregon. But that’s not nearly the same thing as having an expert right there with you, explaining what you’re looking at and building vivid pictures of how it was formed. This is a cool tour.
One note: when I was on my self-guided trip, I also came across a rattlesnake in the road, just like the folks in the video. Having not seen it in time to stop, I straddled it with my car (easy, since it was coiled up) and stopped immediately after. Leaping out with my camera, I ran back to take a photo — only to see the tail of the rattler disappearing into the roadside grasses. Dangit! And it didn’t listen when I called out that I just wanted a photo.