Monday, September 11, 2017

Day 38, Monday, September 11, 2017 - Page Springs BLM Campground, Frenchglen, OR, Day 2 & Steens Mountain

Kiger Gorge, Steens Mountain

Monday, September 11, 2017 - Page Springs BLM Campground, Frenchglen, OR, Day 2 & Steens Mountain, 0 Miles, 678.9 Towing Miles For the Trip

It got cold last night! Down to 47°F. I'm not sure if it was the slight change in altitude from the narrows, or just weather, but I looked at my weather app & it looks like cold nights for most of the week.

After breakfast I decided to drive to the top of Steens Mountain. It is a good quality gravel road (although some serious washboarding) that has a 35MPH speed limit. My truck suspension was happy at 40MPH, so that is what I did when possible. Lots of dust, but 40MPH didn't make any more than those crawling along at 20MPH. I wish I could get out & suggest that they find the sweet spot for their suspension rather than shaking their teeth driving slow, but I couldn't.

I was hoping for some color at Jackman Park where there is a grove of Aspen, but it looks to be a bit early. Some color, but not much.

I took lots of photos, including the AT&T tower at the top of the mountain. I Facetimed my friend Anne from the top & for some reason, got a good signal! There were many propane tanks that are used by the cell & radio towers for power (although I didn't hear a generator running). I really wonder how they refill the tanks. They are up a very steep, rough road that is gated. I've never seen a 4 wheel drive propane delivery truck, but that is what it would take. I met a forest service truck on the way down, stopped and asked if they knew how the tanks got filled, but they didn't. Lots more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

After getting back to the campground, I made a sausage & rice dinner, and watched the deer wander around the trailer.

Until next time -

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