Sarah and my first destination in central Oregon was Smith Rock State Park.
After crossing the Cascades, the environment gets very desert. The lush forests of evergreens are replaced with tumbleweeds, brush, and rocks aplenty.
Smith Rock is located just north of Redmond, OR. Sarah and I hiked one particularly beautiful path that circled around to a well known rock known as Monkey Face, so named because it looks like a monkey’s face.
There were a few climbers who were working on the Monkey Face column while we were there. A brief look through the rockclimbing.com route listing didn’t immediately reveal the difficulty of this particular route. Most of the place is bolted, so these climbers were going sport style.
Overall, the vistas were beautiful. Again and again we stopped to take pictures, most of which were leaning to the left by about 10 degrees.
Sarah and I
hiked sauntered for about two and a half hours around the route.
Afterwards, we continued onward to Bend where I ordered my favorite west coast root beer, Henry Weinhard. It’s a shame we can’t get it on the East Coast.