My mom and I are heading out of town to the Oregon Outback (yes, that really is what it’s called), because she’s never seen Steens Mountain and I have decided that it’s my solemn duty to show it to her. Steens is a gorgeous, gigantic fault-block mountain, rising nearly a vertical mile above the Alvord Desert. Because of its fault-block construction, when you drive up the west slope, the grade is gentle and you really don’t feel the rise in altitude — until you get to the summit. When you step to the edge, that one-mile drop is dang close to straight down. It’s very, very impressive.
Of course, there will be photographs later. But I doubt they’ll do justice to the majesty of this place.
The blog will be quiet for a few days, because Steens really is out in the middle of nowhere. As the brochure for our hotel says, “The rooms have no television or phone, but cell phone coverage gets better every year.” That’s the Oregon Outback for you.