Diamond Craters and Round Barn

Next up was an exploration of Oregon’s Diamond Craters, an area that – other than the craters – has more lava flows, cinder cones, and spatter cones. Located in a fairly remote area and not maintained by the Bureau of Land Management which oversees it, the do-it-yourself kind of tour was somewhat challenging to follow, but worth if it you (really) like volcanic stuff.

Red Bomb Crater, a cinder pit where ejected volcanic pumice collected around the vent, Diamond Craters, Oregon

Red Bomb Crater, a cinder pit where ejected volcanic pumice collected around the vent, Diamond Craters, Oregon

Sides of Lava Pit Crater showing cracked basalt that once welled from the volcanic crater, Diamond Craters, Oregon

Sides of Lava Pit Crater showing cracked basalt that once welled from the volcanic crater, Diamond Craters, Oregon

Graben Dome, a collapsed shield volcano, Diamond Craters, Oregon

Graben Dome, a collapsed shield volcano, Diamond Craters, Oregon

East Twin Crater, Diamond Craters, Oregon

East Twin Crater, Diamond Craters, Oregon

On my way from Diamond Craters I passed Round Barn, which was a revolutionary structure built in the 1880s for training and keeping working ranch horses in shape during the brutal winters. The 20 foot wide (indoor) paddock circles the barn and stalls, all under the umbrella-shaped trusses.

Paddock around the perimeter of Round Barn, Oregon

Paddock around the perimeter of Round Barn, Oregon

View of the umbrella truss structure, Round Barn, Oregon

View of the umbrella truss structure, Round Barn, Oregon

And with that, I was Idaho bound!

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