Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas in the High Desert

We decided to do something different for Christmas this year - camp in a cabin! Although it was a bit overwhelming to pack all of Christmas, not to mention our camping gear, five people, and a dog, into our minivan, we really had a great time. After opening presents on Christmas morning, we decided to head even further east to Fort Rock. A stunning volcanic remain that towers out of the desert floor, Fort Rock is a great place to explore around. It used to be situated on the edge of a gigantic lake, and in caves nearby, the distinctive Fort Rock sagebrush sandals (world's oldest shoes) have been discovered, many pairs carbon dating 9,000 to 10,000 years old. Part of the rock on one side has been worn away by the ancient water, leaving a horshoe-shaped ring of rock that you can explore around.

There are so many different, and beautiful rock layers that make up Fort Rock, everywhere you turn it looks like a completely different rock landscape. It's one of my favorite places to visit, and the kids (and adults) had a wonderful time exploring around.

Here's some more photos:


ironjenny said...

How extremely cool is that???

Joanne said...

Looks like a good time. Beautiful pictures! Who was the 5th person? I only see four in the picture.

Robin said...

There's actually six of us: our immediate family of four, my sister (in the blue jacket on the rock), and my brother-in-law (standing on top of the rock outcropping in silhouette).

Joanne said...

That's so cool! What a great way to spend the holidays. :-)