Twice I’ve driven by Smith Rock. Once I could barely able to make it out in the fog. The other time it was crawling with triathletes. It seemed… OK.
Perhaps I should explain.
I’m not really a rock person. I don’t love the red rock and desert landscapes of the southwest. Arid landscapes make my skin – and my soul – itch. But people kept asking “Have you been to Smith Rock?”
So I made a quick detour on my way home from Bend on a cold but clear winter morning. I wasn’t at all set up for hiking, but I did have my camera and decided to see what I could see in a half hour or so.
To all of the people I deterred from adding this place to their Oregon vacation… I owe you one. Come back, and don’t listen to my bad travel advice again. (But bring your hiking gear so you can explore this wonderful park in more depth.)
All pictures taken by me with a Nikon D3400.