Google showed two ways to get from the Columbia River Gorge to Jackson Wyoming. The first, suggested that I take 84 all the way through Oregon and get off at Twin Falls to head over the pass in to Wyoming. The other, route, had me go down through Madras and then cut through central and eastern Oregon, eventually crossing in to Idaho near Ontario. This route added a few hours of total travel but saved countless tedious hours slogging with trucks at 55 MPH in a 75 MPG zone. I was in no rush and opted for the long route. Leaving on a Monday morning, I took the familiar route over Mt Hood and dropped in to Central Oregon. The April weathered oscillated between mid winter and spring as I head east. Over the passes, the occasional rain showers turned to snow, giving the feeling that the seasons were changing from winter to spring every half an hour so.
The days were getting longer, with sunrise happening shortly after 5 and setting around 7:30, traipsing around mountains late in the afternoon felt out of season. These photos are from 10 days spent chasing snow and hot springs during the last half of April.
Following Alex Yoder's camper into National Forest for a night of camping.
Lucy, Alex's constant companion.
Kale waking up in Eastern Oregon.
Warming up at a hot springs.
A view west from Jackson Hole.
Letting the flames die down to start cooking on a cow pie fire.
Lucy Guarding my snowshoes.
The start of mud season in Idaho.
A meet up of fellow travelers in the Jackson Hole parking lot.
The Tetons at sunset.
Hunkered down waiting for the storm to pass.
Sleeping under the stars.
This marks the end of my third winter living in a camper, I'm ready to dry out and enjoy the longer days.
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