Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Crack in the Ground Oregon

Part of our vacation was spent on a geological tour/study of Southeast Oregon.  We visited many fascinating places.  One of these was Crack in the Ground Oregon.  Crack in the Ground is a large, deep fissure approximately 2 miles long and 70 feet deep and ten feet across.  What makes this fissure unique is that it has remained open for 1,000 years.  The fissure is in two parts.  We hiked the first section of the fissure, followed the trail as it climbed to the surface and then hiked back to our starting point.  Let me take you on our hike...



We descended into the crack...


One look back to the surface before moving forward...


The two sides pulled apart.  You can see how they would fit back together again....it was fascinating.


Follow the trail...


The trail twists and winds...


Peculiar formations along the way...


This section looked a little rough...I was thirsty...time to head back.



Crack in the Ground is outside of Christmas Valley and is worth making the trip.  We enjoyed exploring the fissure!

It is time to share the great outdoors with one another.  Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.  Hop over and visit all of the bloggers sharing.

6 comments:

  1. This looks to be an amazing place to visit just from viewing your photos. What a challenge to descend into the area. Much more interesting than a day at the beach for sure!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. Terrific photos, Kate. What an interesting place. Crack in the Ground, isn't that right next to Hole in the Wall?

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  3. It's gorgeous there Kate. Sounds like you've had a great time.
    Sam

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  4. Thanks for taking us on this hike Kate. I travelled through Oregon on the bus but was disappointed that it was dark. Someday I may make it to Portland.

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  5. Wow, what an interesting place and your photos are great!

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  6. We need to explore S.Oregon one of these days. We just drive through on our way to California and don't stop. Ada Lake and the Crack in the Ground sound fascinating.

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