It was a beautiful spring Friday, May 17, 2019 when we departed Bend, Oregon for a short (75 mile) journey to the Glass Buttes Obsidian Collection area just off of Hwy 20. Accompanying us on this trip were our Bend friends Jim and Amy Shores. Jim Shores is a wonderful photographer and virtually all the photos in this blog post are his. Many thanks to Jim for memorializing this fun obsidian collection trip.
We left Bend at about 10:00 am. Hwy 20 going East is a rather open and desolate stretch of road so after traveling about 45 miles we came upon a “stage stop” at the hamlet/ghost town/roadside stop of Brothers, Oregon.
A trip to the Brothers Stage Stop in and of itself is a worthy journey! The establishment is truly unique and an unsung gem. While we didn't have a burger when there (we had a picnic lunch planned), we would surely consider a trip there JUST to have a burger! See more great Jim Shors photos in the slide show below.
After spending about 45 minutes exploring the Brothers Stage Stop and environs we proceeded on to the Glass Buttes turnoff. Once into the obsidian collection area we began our "rockhounding".
After some serious obsidian collecting we packed up our finds and searched out a place for our picnic lunch. Thanks to Amy and Jim, we dined in style!
After lunch we packed up and headed home. Jim and Amy, being the creative people they are already had wonderful thoughts for how to use their new obsidian treasures!