Smith Rock

Max on the path hiking Smith Rock (it's not quite as dangerous as it looks)

Max on the path hiking Smith Rock (it’s not quite as dangerous as it looks)

On Monday we hiked Smith Rock, in Oregon’s high desert (and before our road trip we hadn’t even known that Oregon had a desert). Its sheer cliffs are made of volcanic tuff and basalt, which colour it strikingly, but also create good climbing routes.

It was a fiendishly hot day and by halfway Gabriella had a mild case of sunstroke, so I took her back to the RV while Ian and Max hiked to the top. They came back with purple faces, but feeling very pleased with themselves.

Smith Rock, in all its glory

Smith Rock, in all its glory

Weirdly coloured rock

Weirdly coloured rock

Balancing above the path. Max did this too.

Balancing above the path. Max did this too.

Cooling down in the river. Really, really cooling down; the water was f-f-f-freezing.

Cooling down in the river. Really, really cooling down; the water was f-f-f-freezing.

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About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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