The Alvord Playa (and Alvord Desert around it) has become one of our favorite sort-of-nearby-places to visit. Remote, beautiful, and full of seldom-explored wonders, we've been back several times and I'm sure will return for years to come.
Our trip this time however, was with a purpose - we have unfinished business to attend to in the region, and I'm not the type of person who likes to leave any sort of adventure, unfinished.
- Summiting Steens Mountain. It's been over three years now since we first laid eyes on this beauty, and with the highest road in Oregon, we needed to find our way to the top.
- Making it through Big Sand Gap on the eastern edge of the Alvord Playa. It'd gotten the better of us last time, and we needed to change that.
- Finally, in what would become the most moving moments of the trip, we wanted to find the final tracks of Jessi Combs. Jessi was chasing the women's land speed record when her car crashed on the Alvord Playa, killing her, a few months before.
This was an adventure into the known, but one where we'd experience many firsts.
The Alvord is an awesome place. Check out the
Index to the Alvord Desert
for all our trips and places to see.