This past week John and I drove south through central Oregon. It was a two day trip that we took in our tow car and which necessitated us to spend one night in Bend, Oregon. Initially we drove through very dense forests Douglas firs, cedar and hemlock. Being a fairly wet area, there are also many ferns which dot the roadside. This is the western side of the Cascades, which receives about 40-100 inches of rain a year.