One of the benefits of living in the Intermountain West is the ability to get away fast! One hour in any direction from my home in Ontario Oregon and you are in the mountains! However that's not where we went Sunday. We were only a half hour from home.
We took our 4 wheeler and went looking for Love Reservoir. We'd heard it mentioned for years knew vaguely where it was and had often talked about going there.
We Google mapped it earlier. It is south of Huntington Oregon in the desert along the ORegon Trail. The area has lots of "roads" think Baja lol. These serve as ways for the ranchers to get to the fences to fix them and to put food and salt blocks out for the cattle. We went for about 8 miles of absolute solitude - that's priceless right there. We came upon the reservoir and were attempting to drive around it, we were going along a fenceline and suddenly the earth opened up. There was a 50-75 foot deep chasm with rushing water and two waterfalls! I'm sure spring is the only time the waterfalls will be that strong, it was spectacular. The water was being diverted from elsewhere and the stream bed had also been changed. Interesting and we're researching why right now.
We both felt refreshed and restored. It doesn't take a big whoopteedoo to have fun - outdoor recreation's availability is one big reason people locate here. There are only 36000 people in my whole county! But if you want the city shopping and cultural happenings Boise is only 50 minutes away!