John & Anne Wiley

2011/09/04

Flying Monkey Face

The day we flew from Ashland to Smiley Creek was also beautiful, though there was haze from distant fires. The first really striking scene was Crater Lake, even with haze and scattered clouds. Some day maybe we’ll climb to the altitude required to fly over the top, but even so it was beautiful. Here’s a different angle from the one I posted a few weeks ago just after the flight.

3770 Crater Lake & Distant Peaks

3770 Crater Lake & Distant Peaks

There are some great peaks in the distance, and one of the nearer ones is especially craggy.

3788 Small Craggy Peak

3788 Small Craggy Peak

It’s not all that far (by plane) from Mt. Hood, which also has a craggy top probably related to the type of rock along with similar volcanic and glacial forces shaping it. Nearer are the Three Sisters and their extended family of smaller relations. I guess that’s Hood and maybe Adams in the distance.

3804 Sisters & Family

3804 Sisters & Family

A little further along in the Deschutes area the rapids were awash with kayaks, rafts, and a few boats like this one that’s probably resting up from a run. Hope that blue life ring wasn’t needed.

3825 Rapid Runners

3825 Rapid Runners

In case you’re wondering about the title of this post, it has to do with this last pic of today. For reasons I don’t understand, this apparently volcanic cone has a feature that reminds me of the faces on those scary flying monkeys from the old Wizard of Oz flick. So you see it, tilted to the right?

3810 Flying Monkey Face

3810 Flying Monkey Face

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