Time to head inland and we left the coast at a chilly 14 degrees and arrived at McKenzie Bridge/Rainbow at 33 degrees. Central Oregon is what is known as high desert with a very dry climate having around 300 days of sunshine a year. Along the McKenzie River the area was once more spectacular lined with huge Douglas Pine trees. We were heading for the old town of Sisters but becase the area was so stunning and it was getting late we found a wonderful litte campsite for one night and ended up staying for two. It was brand new and run by a German woman and her husband and they gave us the details for a couple of hikes. We went the next day along the river to three different waterfalls and then drove to the next place which was a six mile loop hike which climbed to the source of the McKenzie River which turned out to be a big brilliantly clear deep blue pool which was fed by water coming up into the pond from underground lava streams. The stunningly blue cloudless sky reflected in the pool making it a very deep blue colour.