Some of the most stunningly beautiful views I’ve ever seen around the rural northwest, are on a nearly 60 miles stretch of dirt road from Fields, OR to State Route 78, Steens Highway which takes you back toward the town of Burns.
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Here just a few miles north of Fields, is the Alvord Desert,
a dry lake bed where some enthusiasts come to attempt land speed records.
An unofficial women’s world land speed record was set here in 1976 by Kitty O’Neil reaching a speed of 512 miles per hour.
The dry Alvord Lake bed is the very light blonde area to the right in my image.
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Fields is a very tiny community with a population of 86,
and has a two room school where an average of 15 to 20 students in K-8th grades study,
high school students are bused to another location for class.
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Driving north from Fields along the Fields-Denio Road,
a well maintained dirt and gravel road running between Burns, (112 miles NW, population 2,316)
and Denio NV, (22 miles SE, population 110).
Also, the dirt/gravel road passing over Steens Mountain from the tiny community of Frenchglen
(54 miles NW, population 89) drops down the mountain a mile or so outside Fields.
Driving the dirt/gravel road over this 9,736′ mountain felt magical.
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The drive up through the Wild Horse Valley is honestly in my humble opinion,
some of the most beautiful rural, country I’ve ever seen, and I kept thinking ‘Wow!, wow, WOW!’
The late February day my husband and I were here it was cold,
but very bright and the clouds hung lazily over the high desert
that unfolded mile by mile along Steens Mountain.
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Some of my favorite images I’ve ever taken anywhere,
were taken in this valley along our journey back to Burns.
This valley is on my short list of places I’m going to return to
and spend a lot more time exploring.
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A good blog friend Karen, lives and ranches in this beautiful valley with her husband,
they call their place ‘Rough String Ranch.’
She shares here on RBH, you’ve probably visited her blog and enjoyed it as much as I do,
when you stop in,
tell Karen I sent you!
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