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Owyhee Canyonlands (May 2016)

It was just like any other work week. Or at least, any other week where you go to work for half a day Monday; take a 24-hour flight to India at 6pm; work in India for 34 hours; and then arrive back in Seattle at 7am Friday morning after 24 more hours in the air. Except it wasn't. Memorial Day the following Monday meant a four-day weekend, and that meant that this was the perfect week for an extended camping trip.

Where would we go? Being May, our normal haunts in the Pacific Northwest were still largely under snow, and we were headed down to northern California later in the summer - so that was out. But southwest, in Oregon, we found the perfect solution - the Owyhee Canyonlands.

On our itinerary - Chalk Basin, Jordan Craters, Three Forks, and The Honeycombs - would turn out to be just perfect over a long spring weekend, the hills covered in green grass, all of it billowing in the wind.

 

A trip to the Owyhee Canyonlands (May 2016) A trip to the Owyhee Canyonlands (May 2016) - May 27, 2016. It was just like any other work week. Or at least, any other week where you go to work for half a day Monday; take a 24-hour flight to India at 6pm; work in India for 34 hours; and then arrive back in Seattle at 7am Friday…
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