Eastern Oregon is another world from the Willamette Valley. Geologically it’s the northern end of the Great Basin, which is mostly in the Northern half of Nevada. The climate is dry and sunny, and much of it is high desert punctuated by giant dry lake bed valleys and some beautiful mountain ranges. The towns are small, and getting smaller, as natural resource extraction either has petered out or has become highly mechanized.
I’m always happy to be out there, where the air smells like juniper and sage, and the population (and traffic) density is sparse. Curtis Perry uploaded some shots from what Spears to be a recent sojourn to that area, with cars shot in Burns, Vale, and Shaniko. Oh, and the cars don’t rust out here, except at glacial rates. And then it’s surface rust. Like on this ’49 Studebaker Champion.