Plein Air Painting Trip Part 9: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Cone at Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID.

Cone at Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID.

After 4 days of cool temperatures, no wind and nights sleeping in the back of the truck in upper 30’s temperatures, we had a change of everything. We drove about 70 miles southeast to Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho. It was over 90° and windy.

Lava tower

Lava tower

Lava tower

Lava tower

We hiked around the lava and cinder cones and checked out the view. We even saw a horse pulled wagon along the road as its part of the Oregon Trail. Someone was reliving the past!

On the Oregon Trail in Idaho by Craters of the Moon National Monument.

On the Oregon Trail in Idaho by Craters of the Moon National Monument.

We checked out the lava tube caves and I sketched an extinct cone and lava fields in the broiling sun and wind. Allen & Tova were under a limber pine at a picnic table enjoying themselves.

Lava craters

Lava craters

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Plein Air Painting Trip Part 7: Plein Air painting in Idaho

Hiking out along the Harriman Trail near Easely Creek, ID.

Hiking out along the Harriman Trail near Easely Creek, ID.

The day after we got together with the McKelvy family, I got to do some painting! Tova and I hiked out into a field with a great view of Silver Peak.

Me, painting Silver Peak

Me, painting Silver Peak

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

Tova has a certain distinct style of assisting me when I’m painting. I am documenting it.

Tova, en Plein Air assistant!

Tova, en Plein Air assistant!

Plein Air Painting Trip Part 6: Going to the Sawtooths in Idaho

Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth mountains in Idaho.

Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth mountains in Idaho.

After Wenatchee, we drove on through Baker City, OR. The next day we drove through Boise, ID to meet up with our friends, the McKelvy family, in Easely, OR. Sue is my best friend and fellow plein air painter. We didn’t have time to paint at all as a large family gathering was taking place: We were scattering her mother and father’s ashes around the family summer cabin they owned over 30 years ago.

The view from the Visitor's Center at Redfish Lake, ID

The view from the Visitor’s Center at Redfish Lake, ID

Afterwards we all drove over to Redfish Lake. What a beautiful spot! Sue & I lamented our lack of Plein Air time but we took a lot of photos. The view of the Sawtooth Range from just over Galena Summit was breathtaking.

The Sawtooth Range in Idaho.

The Sawtooth Range in Idaho.

Plein Air Painting Trip Part 3

Tova, riding in a crazy oversized wagon in Oregon, on the trail of course.

Tova, riding in a crazy oversized wagon in Oregon, on the trail of course.

On our way through Oregon, we camped at Malheur National Forest on the South Fork of the Burnt River. So did a whole town of people on OHV’s and in RV’s with loud generators. I did a little sketching of the trees as lots were over 100 feet tall.

Clear Creek in the Malheur National Forest, Oregon.

Clear Creek in the Malheur National Forest, Oregon.

In the morning we headed out to look for a quiet spot where I could paint and a wide shoulder where Allen could ride his bicycle. I managed a nice painting of some cows in a flower filled field and a creek in the morning.

Tova, guarding the cattle guard and the Plein Air gear.

Tova, guarding the cattle guard and the Plein Air gear.

After an early lunch, I did another painting of some young Douglas Fir trees. I even managed to rig up an auto sun shade on my Strada easel which worked very nicely.

Painting in the Malheur National Forest.

Painting in the Malheur National Forest.

The auto sun shade in action on my Strada mini.

The auto sun shade in action on my Strada mini.

Thanks to Kim Casebeer for the tips on that one! Tomorrow we are on our way to our friends house in Wenatchee, Washington and more Plein Air painting.

Plein Air Painting Trip Part 2

Pronghorn antelope at a cattle salt lick, NV.

Pronghorn antelope at a cattle salt lick, NV.

The next stop was Wild Horse Crossing campgrounds in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, still in Nevada. Again rain stopped my painting so I turned to my sketch book while hunched under my umbrella. But the winds and hail drove us into the cab of the truck. We left in the morning, taking a Forest Service road through some wild lands and got to see pronghorn and wild horses.

Allen photographing an antelope

Allen photographing an antelope

Threatening skies kept us going to our next stop in Oregon at the Malheur National Forest.

Plein Air Painting Trip Part 1

Snake Range with a storm rolling in.

Snake Range with a storm rolling in.

Allen & I have started our camping trip by staying the first night at the Great Basin National Park in Nevada. It was a beautiful location. Lower in elevation the weather was warm and at the higher elevations, it was cool. The weather was a bit fickle as it rained every afternoon and evening. I got rained on several times.

Wheeler Peak, NV in the Great Basin National Park with my easel and painting

Wheeler Peak, NV in the Great Basin National Park with my easel and painting

Plein Air Wheeler Peak, NV

Plein Air Wheeler Peak, NV

One time we had to pack up the painting gear in a big hurry when a dangerous lightening storm blew in extremely fast while we were at the Nevada Land Trust Ranch exhibit. There was a shelter to paint underneath, but it was all metal with a metal roof. We high tailed it out of there fast!

Painting the Snake Range, Nevada.

Painting the Snake Range, Nevada.

Tova, holding down the shelter's floor.

Tova, holding down the shelter’s floor.

Thanks to the Nevada Land Trust for that great exhibit and the awesome shelter!

Thanks to the Nevada Land Trust for that great exhibit and the awesome shelter!

Under a shade near the Great Basin National Park