Almost all of this drive was through trees: skinny high desert trees, pygmy trees, Lodgepole Pines, and finally, once we were into the Rogue drainage, serious temperate rain forest trees. The water is Lost Creek Lake, a catchment on the poor over-dammed upper Rogue River, much cursed with unnecessary “flood control” dams. The Russian Orthodox Church is just outside of the town of Rogue River ...and what would you say that crop is, there in the lower left corner? (Sorry, it's fuzzy, but we saw acres of the stuff duly fenced in here in Oregon. Grows like a weed...)
All through this part of the drive, the rain was merely annoying, coming in spurts requiring regular windshield wiping, the rest of the time some level of intermittent ...and just about the time the wipers were adjusted correctly, a change...
Right before Grants Pass, a triumphant story: the Rogue above the Savage Rapids Dam, built in 1921 and removed in 2009, is just beginning, a decade later, to look like a real river again. Long Live Salmon!