Jun 15, 2014

June 15 - Central Oregon's Journey Thru Time

Wildcat Creek CG to Clyde Holliday SP near John Day OR
147 miles

Slept so soundly we didn’t stir until after 8am. There must be something about this mountain air. Got rolling about 10:30am. Weather good, mostly sunny but cool.

Stopped for a short visit at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument - the Painted Hills unit; then stopped briefly at the Sheep Rock Unit and Visitor Center for lunch. It was a bright clear day and very dry air that made the colorful hills really pop.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument - Painted Hills Unit

There’s a lot to see in the less traveled parts of States like Oregon. Mountains and canyons and history blend together to form a fabric that wears well. Volcanic processes, erosion, and time have literally exposed the past... which is why the drive through here is called the "Journey Thru Time".

Knocked off early at Clyde Holliday State Park CG. We stayed here once before, about 5 years ago, with the bushouse and were impressed with the facility and the folks taking care of the place. It’s really top notch. Most sites are level, paved, and relatively secluded. We ran into the town of John Day for fuel and a few supplies, then enjoyed campfire. Hot dogs on fire for dinner -- livin’ high tonight.

Beyond Branson; Pondering Future Travel

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