Playa Residency – Part 2 (Fort Rock)

One of the wonderful things about being at the Playa residency was its location. It was remote, so we were disconnected from internet, phones, TVs, etc. More importantly was that it was in a beautiful natural location. I could walk out my cabin door, follow the trails through some grasses and be on the playa. 

If I looked across the road, I would see rocks rising high to form Winter Rim (Ridge). Even with all that beauty within walking distance, I decided to venture out one day to see some other areas of natural beauty. Driving a little over an hour, I visited Fort Rock State Natural Area.  A horseshoe shape ring of rocks rises from the flat area surrounding it.

 

Fort Rock in Oregon

I had planned to spend most of the day on this adventure of seeing Fort Rock, driving to Crack in the Ground (which was about an hour or more from Fort Rock) and then returning to Playa in time for dinner. I knew I wanted to take my time at each place, take lots of pictures and do some sketching. There was no hurry.

 

Fort Rock in Oregon

Fort Rock in Oregon

Fort Rock in Oregon

 

Fort Rock in Oregon

The lines in and shapes of the rocks were so interesting. I walked around the inside of the “fort” and climbed up through some of the rocks. I did not walk around the outside as I thought I needed to move on.

I did one sketch at Fort Rock. It is in a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ hardbound sketchbook that I also used as my journal for the residency.

 

Sketch of Fort Rock

 

I had quite an experience driving to the next stop, Crack in the Ground. But I’ll save that story for another time.

 

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