The Great Basin of eastern Oregon – 95 miles of emptiness

 

Until the Great Basin, the ride across Wyoming from roughly Cherokee to Jackson had been the most foreboding space that I drove across.

Eastern Oregon is actually growing – see below.

The following massive sand dune made me feel very dependent on my car’s reliability. 

Settlers adapted to the arid high desert climate through sustainable ranching, agriculture, and trade.

Some examples of high desert vegetation. 

The unavailability of lumber for fence posts necessitated the construction of rock cribs to provide support.