Day 6: Field camp field trip

Field trip!

 Panoramic view of Fort Rock, OR. Not pictured: students scrambling to take advantage of unexpected cellular service.

Panoramic view of Fort Rock, OR. Not pictured: students scrambling to take advantage of unexpected cellular service.

Two destinations today: Crack-in-the-Ground--yes, an actual place name--and Fort Rock. Our travels also took us through Christmas Valley, which definitely wins the day's "Least Accurate Name" award.

Quite a bit of fascinating geology. Imagining the gigantic lake that stretched over the region after looking at the evidence of its ancient shoreline, etched into the Fort Rock rock, is just the kind of mental exercise that I always imagined paleontologists performing.

Alas, our schedule didn't permit a chance to visit the caves of Fort Rock, wherein archaeologists found the world's oldest shoe. That's Oregon for you: always at the forefront of fashion.