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September 11-13, 2019, days 7-9 Rome, OR to Nampa, ID, ~0 miles, ~92 miles total The last few days haven't gone as planned but all sorts of good things have happened too. Wednesday morning in Rome we realized we needed to head to town so Gabriel could see a medical care provider about the infection … Continue reading Nampa detour
September 10, 2019, day 6 Rome, OR, ~0 miles, ~92 miles total Woke up this morning as the tent blew off me and rain started pouring down. Gabriel was already up and fixing the stakes. (It rains 5 out of every 6 days on the ODT.) I was a little discombobulated as I remembered we … Continue reading Golf cart tour of Rome!
September 9, 2019, day 5 Owyhee River (OC 129) to Rome, OR, ~23 miles, ~92 miles total Sometime around 2 am a rain cell came over us as we slept out under the stars. Our cowboy camp was getting wet in a hurry. We groggily snapped up the mid in a couple of minutes. A … Continue reading All roads lead to Rome
September 8, 2019, day 4 Wild Rose Reservoir to Owyhee River (OC 129), ~27 miles, ~64 miles total We got up an hour earlier than we have been to ensure we'd make it to the next reliable water source. Headlamp walking the first half hour with jackrabbits hopping about. Around dawn overcast skies hardly revealed … Continue reading Road a walkin’ to mountain and canyon views
September 7, 2019, day 3 Juniper Gulch to Wild Rose Reservoir, ~15 miles, ~42 miles total What does a Cascade scramble duck say? Schwack schwack! What does a Cascade scramble duck say when it takes a swim? Schwim schwim! Maybe you had to be swimming along the shores of Lake Owyhee for that to be … Continue reading Cascade scramble ducks
September 6, 2019, day 2 North Sheepshead Spring to Juniper Gulch, ~17 miles, ~27 miles total Gabriel's Day 2 pictures are here. So far, it rains every day here in eastern Oregon. But rain sounds more dramatic from the inside of a silnylon tent then walking outside in it. We packed up and were walking … Continue reading So this is Owyhee Country
September 5, 2019, day 1 Lake Owyhee State Park to North Sheepshead Spring, ~10 miles Gabriel's Day 1 pictures are here. Friends of the Owyhee ED Tim Davis picked us up this morning and took us to the eastern terminus of the ODT. It was really special to get a ride from Tim and a … Continue reading Adjusting to the heat
We're on the Oregon-Idaho border here in Ontario and embracing life on Mountain Daylight Savings Time. Our bus was late getting to Bend, so we rolled into Ontario after dark. We've studied the maps and amazing water updates from DNR. Now all there is to do is get some sleep and make it to the … Continue reading On the road to Ontario
It's possible to fall in love with a place before ever setting foot on the ground. That's how I felt about the Steens since looking at the mountain and the surrounding Basin and Range country on a map. I'd imagine the hillsides of aspen on a sky-island (a 5,000 foot fault block of a mountain) … Continue reading Checked all the boxes – pre-ODT