Recently we went on a hike to the Oregon Badlands Wilderness and I have to say if you get the chance you should go, you will not be disappointed. The hike is relatively level so it's not anything technical or extra tiring. There are some volcanic rocks you can climb too. I think over 100 species of birds out there too! We also saw some really neat blue lizards, I don't think I got any pictures but they were definitely something I haven't seen before.
It is so peaceful and quiet out here. There were a few other people out here but families encumbered with a ton of stuff, they took the short hike out and back. We took the longer hike, but then also got disoriented and took the wrong trail back, resulting in what was supposed to be 3 miles turning into 8.
But it was beautiful and I I didn't care. It was a little warm and at one point but I was okay, it serene calm of the landscape is really therapeutic.
When we started seeing signs we didn't recognize from on the way out we knew something was wrong. We were on a trail, so at least we knew we would end up somewhere sooner or later.
This is Flatiron Rock. We climbed on top of this and hung out up here for a while. When we climbed off the rock, we made the mistake of coming down the back of it--that's where we picked up the wrong trail.
View from the top.
Hot molten-ass shit going down here 40 billion years ago!
Rock Wren, hanging out with us and loving my camera's auto-focus noise.
More information about the Oregon Badlands Wilderness can be found here:
Also, if you liked these pictures I have a bazillion more up on my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwickafwee/sets/72157630231298812/