It’s not a short drive over Highway 20 to Ontario, Oregon, but the high desert/ Great Basin area is gorgeously austere. This sagebrush country presents a different mosaic of green than the Cascades. Farms and ranches dot the valleys cut through by branches of the Malheur River, which enters the Snake near Ontario.
Spent a couple of nights at McKenzie Bridge, at Cedarwood Lodge. My cabin was one of the oldest on the property, about 80-years-old. The McKenzie is yards away; you can hear it rushing by. The couple who own Cedarwood Lodge, Michael and Carolyn Giorgio, have operated this place for several years; they’re wonderful proprietors. Here are some photos of the area. St. Benedict’s Lodge and Retreat Center is across the river, about a 20-minute walk from Cedarwood.
Scattered showers over the desert, clouds over the mountains. And a stop at the beautiful Lithic Bookstore in Fruita, Colorado.