Hotel Diamond-Steens Mountain

March 12-15, 1996

On Tuesday morning, eight Obsidians headed east in my van. It was overcast and cold but as we went east it looked better all the time. We arrived at Hotel Diamond mid-afternoon after having stopped at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. We checked in, then headed out to visit Pete French’s round barn. By the time we returned to the hotel a family style dinner was ready — and was it ever something! We went to bed early in one of the cleanest public establishments I’ve ever been in. Every part of that old hotel just shone. The next day we drove all the way around Steens Mountain so everyone had a chance to see the east side and the Alvord Desert. We looked at some pictographs, hot springs, historic old barns at the Alvord Ranch, and had burgers and old fashioned milk shakes at the Fields Store. After several took walks around Diamond, we had another huge dinner. Next day we headed for Jordan Valley. On the way we drove out into the desert and went into one of the Owyhee Caverns. We only went into the caverns about a quarter mile but found them to be interesting and very large. Lunch was eaten at Burns Junction with everyone enjoying the home-made soup and very large burgers. After checking in at the Basque Station Motel in Jordan Valley, we headed out for Leslie Gulch. The drive was beautiful in the late afternoon sun. We had dinner that night in the historic old Basque Cafe. Each day the weather got a little better and by Friday there was not a cloud. Our drive home was uneventful and we were in Eugene by four o’clock. My thanks to all for making this a fun trip. Making the trip were Elaine & Dick Barrar, Jane Hackett, Joe Lowry, Marilyn Murdock, Royal Murdock, Sharon Ritchie and Bob Dark, leader.

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