Janine Wolf

Janine Wolf

Janine Wolf


Check Out Pictures from Janine's Oregon Vacation

Camp Sherman at the head of the Metolius River

The 8-day journey started in Camp Sherman for 3 nights, just north of Sisters and Bend, one of my favorite places. We stayed at Camp Sherman Lodges in a small cabin right on the Metolius River, which is known for fly fishing and it's beauty. There's plenty to do including biking, hiking and kayaking at nearby Suttle Lake. You can't tell from the picture, but it was windy that day and a lot of work kayaking through white caps.

Kayaking at Suttle Lake

The next 2 days were spent in Terrebonne, Oregon. We stayed near a golf course there and hiked at Smith Rock State Park, which is spectacular!

Yurt-like motel in Terrebonne area, Smith Rock Resort
Smith Rock State Park
Hiking in Smith Rock State Park

Also near Terrebonne is Cove Palisades/Lake Billy Chinook, great for camping and kayaking.

Lake Billy Chinook/Cove Palisades
Lake Billy Chinook...really hot & beautiful!

Then it was on to Steens Mountain in Eastern Oregon, a place I've wanted to go to for years, ever since someone gave me a book about it. It was not disappointing, but pictures cannot capture the beauty and grandeur of Steens. It's so big you'd think it's a mountain range, but it's one huge mountain. We took the loop tour, which goes around the mountain on a gravel road for 60 miles. That ride includes canyons, meadows, a lake and lots of wildlife like Golden Eagles.

Going into Steens...didn't know my navigation did this (new car)
Steens Mountain south side
Steens Mountain south side
Steens Mountain
Very dusty on the Steens Mountain gravel road loop

There are basically 2 places to stay near Steens Mountain, one is very close to the opening to the loop and that is Frenchglen, which has an historic hotel. The other place is Diamond which is at a dead end in the road, literally. I chose Diamond, partly because Hotel Diamond is known for its home-cooked, amazing meals...it did not disappoint. I highly recommend staying here, very nice accomodations, great hospitality...and the food!

Hotel Diamond
Notice the population...it used to be 7!

The last day was spent driving back to Portland through the John Day Fossil Beds, which I had seen before, but won't mind seeing many times again.

Along the way in John Day Fossil Beds
Painted Hills in John Day Fossil Beds
Proof I was there!

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