An interesting fact about Oregon is that while the western half experiences heavy rainfall each year, the eastern half is high-desert country. The chain of magnificent towering volcanic peaks that makes up the Cascade Range separates the state into these two extremes. Here, you're looking at my favorite shade of GOLD in NE Oregon's wheat fields. This is your view as you approach Pendleton from the West, on Hwy 84. I got this shot as we crested Rieth Ridge, 7 miles west of Pendleton, which lays in the bottom of a 'cereal bowl' valley.