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Old 05-04-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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Just another one of my solo camping trips/rides in the desert to document. Here is the lip of the Owyhee River canyon before I got to my camping spot Friday night. I left Homedale, ID at 6:05 after stopping for a sandwich. Three hours later I am almost to my camping spot for the night. Now I have a two mile descent in fading light to get to my riverside camping spot. I was on this road 18 years ago in my pickup, so it's not real familiar to me.



Made it with no drama. I was amazed that I had driven my pickup down this road years ago. Much quicker and smoother on the DR.



The view Saturday morning through the mesh of the tent.



I unzipped the door for this pic.



See if you can spot my friendly neighbor in this pic.



Packed up and ready to go. 80 forecast for today.



The view upriver. My plan was to wade/swim across the river and check out a hot springs on that side of the river. But the river was still running a little too swift and deep for me to try. Just a good excuse to come back later for another try.



The hot springs is down there.



I was camped down there.



To be continued.....

EDIT: This is why I know it was 18 years ago.

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I went and checked out this old ranch. Rock corral. Pitchfork up on the post.





What's left of the house.



It even had cloth wallpaper.



Root cellar wall.







A bigger rock corral out there.





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Old 05-04-2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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Beautiful area -- especially this pic!

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Old 05-05-2012, 07:41 AM   #5
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I likie so far!

Kinda neat when you are riding/hiking around and stumble across old remnants of previous, more modern(ish) humans occupancy.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:50 AM   #6
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Your picture of the view from the tent made me envious. If I did go camping out anywhere around here, the view would more likely be a pine tree. Thanks for posting.
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Kinda neat when you are riding/hiking around and stumble across old remnants of previous, more modern(ish) humans occupancy.
Thanks for looking. Yeah there is a lot of that stuff out in the desert for sure.

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Your picture of the view from the tent made me envious. If I did go camping out anywhere around here, the view would more likely be a pine tree. Thanks for posting.
You can definitely get away from it all out here.
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You realize you're not normal right? The majority of people don't see beauty in the desert. You must be a desert rat like me.
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On the way back out of the canyon. Rocky hill that I had to go up to get to the old ranch. Steeper and rockier than it looks of course. It was one of those come around the corner, look up and say: "Whoa crap! Should I tackle that or not?" It actually stopped me in my tracks for a few seconds while I made up my mind.



Bye Bye Owyhee River Canyon.



Bogus Creek Ranch.





Steens Mountain in the distance.






Saddle Butte.



The end of a side road I took to the edge of the canyon.



This looked like a place they used to move cattle in and out of the canyon. Definitely not getting up or down it on anything motorized. A good trials bike rider could do it maybe. Again it's worse than it looks in the pic.



Stay tuned, I've only covered up to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
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Thank you for the great trip report, you guy's that have eastern oregon and thereabouts in your backyards have it good. Beautiful country, I ran down the Owyhee in an 8 ft kayak a few years back and will do it again when the grandkids are old enough to go along. Denny
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Time for lunch at Rome Station.



Last year Tyson, Ed and I tried this route over the Sheepshead Mountains a week later and this dry lake was a wet lake. We had to turn back. No problem this year.



I kept seeing a lot of wild horse sign (huge piles of horse crap in the middle of the road) and I was wondering if I was ever going to see them in the flesh. Came up over a rise and horses were running everywhere out of the waterhole.





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Getting pretty close to Steens Mountain.





Coyote Lake in the distance.





Mickey Basin.



Coming up to the Alvord Desert.





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High Desert

You are depicting the high desert very well. I'm loving it! In you photo above the ranch, more rock corals. Guess it's hard to build wood fence when there ain't much wood. Very cool photo (ranch), well they are all. Also, I noticed the "Free Beer" sign on the beam rafter thingy in the Rome Station.Really?

One day I'll have to take a trip to the Steens Mtn, and Alvord Desert area. Looks very interesting.
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Thanks for posting, love the solo rides. I only touched the tip of the iceburg on my ride up there two years when I met you and your friends north of Soulder Meadows. The beauty and solitude of the desert draws you in. Hope to make it to that hot pring some day.
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Thanks for posting, love the solo rides. I only touched the tip of the iceburg on my ride up there two years when I met you and your friends north of Soulder Meadows. The beauty and solitude of the desert draws you in. Hope to make it to that hot pring some day.
Did you make it back up to Oregon last year? I read where you were planning a trip. I never saw a ride report. You better not be holding out.
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Did you make it back up to Oregon last year? I read where you were planning a trip. I never saw a ride report. You better not be holding out.
Yes I did. Took the fifthwheel, Wify and Husky in tow, more of an rv vacation so no report. We started out at the ADV White Mtn. ride near Bishop Ca. and than headed north. Camped at Bog Hot Spring and I found the bomber crash site. Had breakfast at Fields Station and took the wife on the Husky over the Steens Loop. It was great sharing with the wife some of what I get to see and do. Sorry for the slight hijack.
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