For the third time this summer, we trekked to my folks’ place in Dufur, OR after a stay in Central Oregon! Labor Day weekend is always a good one to stay put at home and that works great for my folks but our home is on wheels and we needed somewhere to stay soooooo……
It was a nice quiet and relaxing visit in sleepy little Dufur, Oregon.
Went for a drive one afternoon to see if we could find a multi geocache that Dad had to DNF a few years ago and never returned to look again. Got it this time after having to expand our search radius somewhat.
Apparently I didn’t get many pics of the campout either! Cold and rainy weather kept most of us in our cabins or RV’s much of the time.
Granddaughter Kyla came out from Bend to hang out with us for a few days. She braved the weather in a tent!
Kyla got bored with just kayaking……
One really interesting place we checked out was the Lava Cast Forest just north of the caldera. Nice interpretive trail here. Strange hollow “casts” left after lava flowed through a forest!
After the campout, we moved over to East Lake (3 miles away) for an extension of our time here. We were joined after a couple of days by my cousin and his wife. They brought kayaks so the four of us went kayaking one day.
Still hanging in central Oregon for another week but moved into the Ochoco National Forest for our first multi-day dry camping experience.
Hoping to cool off at higher elevations, we spent four nights in a tiny USFS campground between Prineville and Mitchell called Ochoco Divide CG. No services other than vault toilets. Despite the lack of amenities, we really enjoyed our stay there! Several sites large enough to accommodate the RV and situated in my favorite setting….conifer forest!
Geocaching-wise, there were three memorable accomplishments:
 Hike to some mountain top caches like the one at Cougar Butte called Cougar Cache. The bonus for this cache was that it hadn’t been found by a geocacher in over four years! Love getting those lonely caches!
 Spending a day hiking and caching with Oregon’s top geocacher, elkjim Buckley! He saw that I was in the area and offered to come along on whatever adventure I had planned that day. Hiked and cached a neat trail system just outside Prineville called the Iron Horse Trail then ventured a bit further for a couple elkjim caches at Barnes Butte. You Meet The Nicest People Geocaching!
Prineville & Ochoco Geocaching
Patricia and I also drove around the forest looking for the fabled wild horses roaming these parts! While driving around, a local stopped to make fun of the kayaks mounted atop the Honda. When he learned that we were wanting to see the horses he mentioned a general area then said “Just follow the poop!” Sure enough, we took side road until we found fresh poop and followed it! We found wild horses! Great advice!
With our first week of the nomadic life under our belts, we moved on from family visiting in Dufur, OR to central Oregon for summer photography, kayaking and hiking. For two weeks we ventured from our La Pine area base on daily excursions.
Deschutes County Caching – Cache Listing at Bottom of Page
All Cozy in La Pine State Park
It was great to get the kayaks out on the water a couple of times. One day on East Lake, another on Hosmer Lake. Caches to find on both, of course!