11-Feb-2007 -- This was the second of seven confluences on a trip out to Portland to see my sister.
I turned south on US-197 from I-84 and the Columbia River. It was a very grey day at the river. I passed through the town of Maupin on the Deschutes river – it looked like nearly everybody in town owns a school bus for river raft transportation during the summer.
I found the confluence on an east facing slope not too far from US-197. I pulled over just south of the point at the only spot with a wide enough shoulder and then hiked up a gently sloping hill that was very muddy, with cow prints and cow droppings everywhere.
There were several bands of fast-moving low clouds and fog rolling through. On my way back, I found that it was easier to walk straight back to the road and then south to my van. The confluence is almost directly west of mile marker 61 but the shoulder of the road is not wide enough to pull over or park there. Luckily, there were no ticks today.
Picture #1 looks east and shows proximity to US-197. The land on the east side of the highway is owned by the R2 ranch and is posted. There were no signs on the west of the highway. Picture #2 looks south and shows a misty fog about to pass over me. Picture #3 looks west. Picture #4 looks north. Picture #5 shows my GPS receiver location. Picture #6 shows fourteen zeroes!
Time from US-84 was just about an hour. Total hike time was under 30 minutes (confluence dance and waiting for low clouds to go by) and 1.2 km.
Onward to 45-124!