I took a very scenic drive this afternoon from Portland to Bend, Oregon. The highway between the two wound past two dams, through a “lake” of moss covered volcanic boulders and ended in a severely charred forest. On the way we stopped to cross the Detroit Lake Dam, and it was an amazing to see how calm the lake was on one side when the water was shooting out under high pressure on the other. It gives you a whole new appreciation for what the Army Corps of Engineers can do.
The Cascades have seen a lot of volcanic activity. The mountains are large and cone shaped, capped by snow even in early October. The trees and shrubs are turning red and gold and make the landscape look like something out of a painting. Living in San Francisco I don’t often get to see the leaves turn, so this is an extra delight for me.