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Smith Rocks State Park

July 8, 2009

These photos were taken on Gary and Becky’s front porch, eating cherries a few weeks ago at the beginning of the trip.  Steve Russell, a photography student and roommate there, managed to catch a few genuine shots of Mazie Jane and Holt.

August Holt, three


We’ve pitched a tent in really beautiful country just north of Bend tonight, juniper and sage with striking craggy spires and cliffs with a green river path, and climbers camped all around.    n44 21.6646′  w121 08.5316′ for your GoogleEarth searching pleasure, Dad.  There’s a huge play climbing rock for kids with a cave on the way up and great handholds, maybe 14′ high, with a route for every age from three up to skilled and daring.  Both the kids have been a little free on top.  Our campsite comes sprinkled with volcanic pumice and enchanted by bunnies.

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Nice place for a nap

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A fall in the creek crossing left Mazie Jane's shirt wet enough to cool her hot brother's neck.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2009 4:26 pm

    Love, love the pictures. I actually had these printed and framed. Sounds like you are in a delightful spot. Soak it up!!!

    We love you,

  2. brie permalink
    July 11, 2009 5:49 am

    Beautiful Pics! Kept hoping you would hit Helena b4 you left for good! Best of luck! Just visited the Mission Valley, what a place!

  3. Mom permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:01 am

    Loved seeing those sweet sunkissed faces. The spire rocks look like the country described in the book, The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek. Happy to hear from you as you mosey on towards Eugene. I saw Lynne M in town. She said Melanie’s property is a little piece of heaven for camping.

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