We are back from 5 days in the ruggedly beautiful desert of eastern Oregon. Highlights included seeing the incredibly pastoral John Day River (which brought on intense daydreams of getting our raft in the water), walks in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, digging for (and finding!) fossils, Amirah's first horseback ride, learning about Chinese workers in Oregon 130+ years ago, and missing the 11 visits from realtors that happened while we were gone.
The air was bright and fresh. The sun poured down. We battled the GPS that kept telling us that the "better route" was on one-lane dirt roads full of potholes. We enjoyed the extra-friendly hospitality at the Best Western in John Day, where we were surprised with a 2-room suite with three queen beds and a crib. Made a 5-day stay in a hotel very pleasant! We usually prefer vacation home rentals or yurts, but there were no yurts and very few vacation homes. We almost had a house, but it had to undergo emergency repairs.
So, we're exhausted, but really had a great time. I'll post pictures soon, especially the ones of a blissed-out Amirah on horseback.