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Posted: November 04 2018 at 5:38pm | IP Logged Quote M700

A favorite trip of mine, I spent the weekend with good friends, wandering and camping in the sagebrush covered hillsides & canyons of Central Washington, just a hop, skip and a jump from home. It's a mildly challenging 4wd route. This fall we enjoyed terrific weather! Sunny, with highs in the 60's and a fair bit of wind. Last year? Same trip, some of the same folks, and we got snow! :)

I'll post up some photos I grabbed today & yesterday, sort of explain the trip that way.

Allstown (or Alston) a semi-ghost town in wheat country:


Moses Coulee - part of the "great floods" when the ice dams broke. Now ranches, and a bizarre failed 1970's resort community...


Just up from the entrance to Slack Canyon. That's Douglas Creek running below. This country is vast. I often hunt here for mule deer & chukar, sometimes for coyote:


The fall leaves are mostly gone, the wind has stripped them away. These are in a sheltered canyon and remain. For now:


Crossing Douglas Creek on Saturday. No, that's NOT my Jeep! :) Belongs to my friend Judy. Our Jeeps are near twins. Hers is an actual Rubicon, mine is a pretend Rubicon. ;)


Judy's Rubicon climbing the rocky slope on wet tires:


JR is Judy's husband, driving his old Toyota and doing a mighty fine job of it. 325,000 miles on that thing now!


JR built last night's campfire!


My campsite:


Breakfast this morning. A three-egg omlette, with jalapeno pepper jack cheese and some overly scorched onion bits, as well as some good coffee:


Today, on the way home. I live in the valley below, where the Columbia River flows:


Great weekend, great people, pretty good weather, incredible scenery. Quite a bit of wildlife, but sightings were fleeting. I had my 30-30 Glenfield in the Jeep, and a compact 9mm Kahr on my belt. We were a pretty well-armed group. Some of the route we took out of there today was pretty danged hairy. Everyone handled the steep climbs, washouts, rocks etc just fine. :)

Guy


Edited by M700 on November 05 2018 at 12:04am
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Posted: November 19 2018 at 10:45am | IP Logged Quote BigBoreWizard

Very nice pics. Beautiful country for sure. Ive never
been up that way, but looks like a great time. Oh, and
the eggs look delicious. lol. Thanks for the pics. Look
forward to seeing more. Take care

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Posted: December 17 2018 at 1:03pm | IP Logged Quote Slick

Terrific pix as always!

I was over in Moses Lake a few months ago to visit some folks and will have to get back over there to look around for some good off-roading.

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Posted: December 20 2018 at 7:12am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Dry Falls is an interesting place, and the whole theory of how that area was formed, it pretty much changed a lot of the long held beliefs about geology.
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Posted: December 21 2018 at 7:10am | IP Logged Quote M700

Haven't stopped at Dry Falls in a while. You're right, very interesting place!

Some pretty doggone good fly fishing for trout there as well.

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Posted: December 22 2018 at 6:43am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

A majority of the rocks in that country started out in Montana, some of them ended up of the coast near Portland.

All a result of the failed ice dam that drained lake Missoula.
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