We took a nice drive on Quartzville Road through the Cascades today, from Marion Forks to Sweet Home. The sun was shining and the berries were ripe along the scenic route. We were detoured onto a gravel road that took us high into the mountains where we had views of Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood from new perspectives. We returned to the Quartzville Creek canyon when we descended from the heights and had great viewpoints of waterfalls, green tinted pools and whitewater. The ghost town of Quartzville is somewhere along the route, perhaps the area we were detoured around. The creek must become a torrent during part of the year, or has in the past, evidenced by this washed out bridge. Our sightseeing was curtailed somewhat by a boiling battery. It’s a good thing the diesel truck has two batteries, so we could unhook the bad battery and continue on our tour without shutting the truck off!