We spent the last two days on a Central Oregon roadtrip, chasing geology.
The first stop was Fort Rock, Oregon— where a bizarre formation juts out of the Lake County desert, southeast of LaPine, Oregon. Fort Rock was once an island in a giant inland sea that covered the area, and the erosion you see in the photo below was from waves lapping the shore.
This area was the site of a major archaeological discovery in Oregon — 9,000 year-old sage brush sandals. They were discovered in nearby Fort Rock Cave. For more on Fort Rock and the archaeological find, check out Bill Sullivan’s book, Hiking Oregon’s History.
The ancient volcanic formation is the shape of a crescent and a trail runs along the inside of the rim. KP and I had the entire park to ourselves Saturday morning (aside from a park host in an RV). We spotted a few big jack rabbits, but couldn’t get close enough for a photo.