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On a bright, sunny day on the east side of the Cascades, I decided to take a drive by Green Ridge to an overlook of Lake Billy Chinook.
I stopped often to explore the woods.
Near the Lake the landscape was dominated with juniper trees, a few ponderosa pines and plenty of sagebrush.
While hiking in an open area in the early afternoon with the sun shining, I spotted a large group of hoodoos with balancing rocks on top. A truly remarkable volcanic landscape.
On the way back I decided to drive to the top of McKenzie Pass. It’s always a good spot to see the Sisters and Mt. Washington up close.
How did Lake Billy Chinook get it’s name? Who was he?
He was a Native American of the Wasco tribe who traveled with John Frémont and Kit Carson in the 1840s.
Beautiful pics! What kind of wine? 🙂
Pinot Noir. Domaine Serene makes some of the very best.
For what it is worth, the third image is actually Middle Sister. The large snowy area is the Collier Glacier. The peak on the fifth image is Mount Jefferson.
Thanks for the corrections. Looking at the photos again, I believe you’re spot on.