Smith Rock State Park was, in a word, magical. I didn’t even know places like this existed in Oregon, but apparently they do (there’s actually a decent amount of desert area there). Just goes to show, you don’t have to go all the way to Arizona for this type of view!
When we took these photos, there was a small group of people near us camping…their hammock set up, some slow jamz playing, one girl reading with her feet dipped in the river – her friends rock climbing not far away. Can you imagine camping in a place like this!?
Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud on these trips. Friends always ask how our vacation was, and by the photos, yes, you might think oh they had such a peaceful time travelling, while in actuality we are spending most of the day driving from location to location, chasing the sun and fuelling ourselves with Taco Bell (love me some Taco Bell). This was in fact one instance where I felt I was able to take everything in.
How can you not feel overwhelming peace in a place like this? Sometimes I am so taken aback by creation when I discover this kind of beauty. It makes you feel so small and insignificant, but I don’t seem to mind at all.
photos by justine milton