Often in October, we come to Central Oregon and to what is known as high desert country. Most of the time, we have great summer-like weather. The dry climate is a welcomed change, and the scents of pine and juniper fill the air. At night, the stars are brilliant, and I have no trouble spotting several constellations.
I love escaping here just as much as I enjoy venturing to the Oregon coast. We are fortunate to have so many different climates in one state, as well as such spectacular scenic views. It makes you feel as if you are visiting another part of the country. For that I feel very lucky and blessed to have Oregon as my home.
The only difference this time is that we are staying in a chalet. It is like having our own house,which is a huge relief for me because some in our group have loud, boisterous voices. In fact, last year when we stayed in a condo here, we received a “please keep your voices down” phone call from the management at 8pm! This year I don’t have to cringe so much.
One day remains in this beautiful vista near Redmond. The yearly getaway comes and goes quickly. There are some good and certainly not so good things about staying with such a large group, especially when political and world views differ radically. Yet as always, I can depend on this desert environment to quietly soothe my frazzled nerves, and all becomes forgotten rather quickly.