Beaty Butte Wild Horse - click on the link for more information on their rehabilitation and adoption of mustangs to keep them out of slaughterhouses. It was well worth the time we took.
It turns out that the cowboy who is invited us to visit this rescue operation is Ken Kestner, Lake County Commissioner. He told us that the county, the largest in Oregon, has a population of about 8,000 and he is one of three commissioners though there are supposed to be four. That means the safety of petroglyphs as well as the Summer Lake Wildlife Area, which has been in the news lately for their work in bringing trumpeter swans back from near extinction - all are in his territory.
He explained the process in rehabilitating the horses, something he is clearly passionate about. Andries gave him his card and told him to shoot him an email next time they have an adoption and he'll help publicize it.
The Greaser Petroglyph was our last stop of the day.
The separate piece on the right with the fat lizard was vandalized, then later recovered and placed approximately in the sport where it had been removed from. These were the best yet, and there are many more sites if we decide on another trip. Al was making a list for "next time" as we drove back.
It would probably have been 30 minutes shorter had we just gone back the way we came but we voted to go north along Lake Abert, an inland sea remnant, and through Christmas Valley and Fort Rock, home to the largest homesteader museum. None of us had been there before and I knew Ian and I wouldn't go there on our own. We had left at 8:00 and didn't get back until after 9:00, and though we were exhausted, we were exhilarated.