Donnie, Alan and I had a free weekend, so we opted for the best weather within a couple hours of Portland, which happened to be 90 minutes east, in dry country.
Park n ride at the town of Friend, Oregon, near Tygh Valley. We scored on day 1 with 50 F degrees and sunny conditions.
Into the White River National Wildlife area we go
Deer spike on the trail
Whiskey break- one of many
While we had great weather, just a short distance away towards Mt.Hood, it was snowing like crazy
Inside an old schoolhouse
Trusty old Pug
Day 2- We had a trace amount of snow overnight, which highlighted the trail a bit
Dalles Mountain area, on the Washington side of the Columbia river gorge
All total on the weekend- 1 herd of 20 elk, 6 bald eagles, a deer antler, a bunch of whiskey, two breakfasts at Burgerville, two nights in tents while in the low 20's.
Day 2 ride profile not listed- we might have been trespassing