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Full Name :   Vance Fowler
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Age :   73
State :   Utah
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On Donner...on Blitzen...
sub-category : Backpacking
img 10-06-2010

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Headed off alone to the Donner and Blitzen Canyon of the Steens Mountains, Oregon. 3 days. Warm, ragged, volcanic rock infested desert. Whew. Great experience. Saw antelope, deer, sandhill cranes, pelicans, prairie dogs and dozen other critters. Found canyon after spending night in desert. Began backpacking through the brush. Massive canyons and cataracts, lightning struck trees, Indian encampment, artifacts, old line shacks from hundred years back, iron bedframe next to river 50 miles from anywhere, firey wildflower meadows and even a few rainbows for dinner. Exhausting trek but relaxed in camp next to Blitzen River and read some Louis L'Amour which was setting perfect. Hot, dusty miles to hike out and by 3rd day I smelly. Vulture picked up on it and and figured I was dead man walking. Followed me 5 miles snapping beak and being patient. He swooped within 10 feet of me. No joy for him. Man, I love the primitive stuff...AND a good shower.
 
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