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Distant View of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

This very distant view is from the Bluff Overlook in the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, just south of Alamosa, Colorado.

Sangre de Cristo Mtns from Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge; Michael Liebhaber, Digital Drawing, 2019.
Sangre de Cristo Mtns from Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge; Michael Liebhaber, Digital Drawing, 2019. [© Michael Liebhaber, 2019]

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White River at Keeps Mill

Apparently, Keeps Mill was a stop on an alternative route around Mt. Hood on the Oregon trail. If that’s true, how people got wagons in and out of here, I do not know. The hillsides rise quite quickly from both sides of the river. The White River flows from the White Glacier on Mt Hood. Keeps Mill is a primitive, secluded campground at the end of Forest Road 2120 (note to self: Watch for speed bump at end of pavement). The last mile is down a rocky, narrow, steep, exposed hillside. Did I mention a really tight switchback and talus fields?

Oil painting of White River in a forest
White River at Keeps Mill, Michael Liebhaber, 2019, Oil on panel, 40 x 30 inches
[© Michael Liebhaber, 2019]