What a beautiful area around Bend, Oregon. High enough in the tree line to be cool at night, warm(this week hot) during the day and dry. Over a half dozen snow covered peaks can be seen from in town.
One of them experienced a major forest fire several years ago. Recovery takes time, lots of time. It is a shame that the tree huggers, the people who claim to care about protecting the trees are actually responsible for aiding uncontrollable forest fires. In their strident efforts to protect "all" trees, they have prevented the responsible thinning of underbrush and unhealthy trees, thus adding to the amount of dead underbrush which contributes fuel to forest fires. Thus making them burn hotter, causing more damage to the healthy trees and vegetation, slowing the forest's recovery period.
That major fire several years ago was around Mount Washington, just north of Bend.
Check out the foreground.
Spotted a perfect camping wagon for my next trip.
Da'mit, do you think you can pull it?
"What, you sleep in where it is nice and dry, even warm while I sleep outside? Cold, wet and miserable? And you want me to pull it too? No way, Jose!"