We’d planned to travel southeast to Winnemucca, NV but at the last minute changed our plans and headed northeast to Burns, OR. It proved a wise decision.
one of the largest lakes in Oregon, with no outlet, water can only leave by evaporation. As a result, sodium carbonates and other salts become concentrated in the lake’s waters and the shore line is lined with a white field of rocks.
We’ve never seen a body of water that size with absolutely no development anywhere along its incredibly beautiful shores.
At the northern end of the 14 mile long, 60 square mile lake, the gentle shoreline is a mix of alkaline and grasslands which are now grazing lands for cattle.
Climbing out of the valley,there were long stretches of road through some stark but beautiful country.
When you grow up and live in places like the New England and the Northeast it is easy to fail to grasp how many large and uninhabited exist in North America!