Deschutes River Canyon outside of Maupin, OR
The first night of a short trip - I zoomed up the Columbia gorge chased by small showers until I got to the Dalles, then cut South to Maupin. Maupin is a launching point for rafting trips on the Dechutes River. I'm camped in a little riverside forest service campground - only 12 small sites. There are a series of small campgrounds all along the river. Mostly set up for tent campers, there's usually a few sites that can fit a small rig like mine. Weekdays the fee is $8; weekends $12.
I can hear the river and the crickets; overhead a hawk rides the afternoon thermals. I have cheese, crackers and wine - the sun is shining . . . ahhhhh!
|The view beyond my picnic table|
There's a train track across the river and like most camping in river canyons, there's no hiking - pretty much just watch the water run. It might be fun to stay the weekend and watch the rafters go by - but I'm thinking I don't want to listen to all the traffic as outfitters ferry folks back from various take-outs.
So, I'll probably head out tomorrow towards the John Day area - pretty rocks, dinosaur bones, and perhaps some good bird watching.