HIKING -- I made some footprints on the BLM's Pacific Lake/Lakeview Ranch near Odessa on Wednesday. The 40-degree day was perfect for hiking this dry country studded with magnificent basalt rock formations.
The area's signature end-to-end hike is featured in my guidebook, 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.
Downside to hiking this week: The wildflowers are not yet blooming.
Upside: The tick's aren't active.