Thursday, October 11, 2007

Eastern Oregon - Day 2

The day before we arrived at the Steens Mtns, guess what! It snowed!
That's the top of the Steens (10,000 ft) on the left and Kiger Gorge on the right.
Kiger Gorge is a beautiful U-shaped valley carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age less than 2 million years ago.
We'll get another view from the top a bit later.
Kiger Gorge was named for Reuben and Minerva Kiger, who moved to the area in the 1860s.
One of the amazing sights, if you can find them, are the Kiger Mustangs.
They are managed in this area and are thought to be one of the purest herds of Spanish mustangs in the wild.
Each year the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) offers a certain number for adoption.
The highest price paid so far was $19,000!
We found them hard to get close to!
Another animal that shares this area is the Pronghorn antelope.
We saw several herds numbering close to 20.
Of course, hunting season will reduce their numbers.

2 comments:

Mike said...

Looks wild and beautiful. Lovely shots.

travelphilippines said...

yes indeed wild and beautiful never look scary in there.