September 7, 2019, day 3
Juniper Gulch to Wild Rose Reservoir, ~16.5 miles, ~42.7 miles total
Gabriel’s Day 3 pictures are here.
Sharing a few pictures and videos that I took with my camera and didn’t have easy access to while we were on trail.
Juniper Gulch in the morning. Spires, pinnacles and other geologic wonders – the bulk of which formed from tuff (volcanic ash). This rhyolite ash erupted from nearby Mahogany Mountain (a caldera) in a series of events some 15.5 million years ago. Oregon’s geology is fascinating to me! To think, 150 million years ago, this was ocean front along the edge of the North American plate (i.e. Idaho had beaches).
Heading out from camp to explore more of Juniper Gulch. Mahogany Mountain in the distance. Quiet mornings wandering through canyons are a highlight of life!
Looking back up Juniper Gulch just before the sun peeks over the ridge. We came over the notch/saddle yesterday evening.
Even the road in Leslie Gulch is beautiful!
Sunflowers in Leslie Gulch.
A roadside attraction that reminds me of a song by one of my favorite musicians – Corb Lund – who likes to sing: “Good Copenhagen is better than bad cocaine.” I’ll take his word for it. Here’s a live version of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu-E8qB9sHI
Team Gabriel and Marmot!
Walking along the shores of the Owyhee River reservoir.
After the swimming section (during which, my electronics were all stowed away) the shores became easy walking.
Cow “blessed” lake shores. Only when we walked by this did we realize all that we’d just waded and swam through… yuck. Could this have been a major contributor to Gabriel’s toe infection or my stomach parasite-thingy? We’ll never know, but it was smelly, gunky looking water.
Coyote near Willow Creek Canyon.
Nearing the top of Willow Creek Canyon.
Globe mallow – cheery flower friend of many beloved deserts.
Stuff that ODT dreams are made of! One of Powder River’s finest troughs with cold, clear spring water, covered in duckweeds.
Taking some time to plan our line. Gabriel takes a baring.
Cows around and abound on the straight traverse to Wild Rose Reservoir.
The shores of Wild Rose Reservoir.
Sunset at camp. Pink evening skies. The stuff that ODT dreams are made of.