As we headed to Northeastern Oregon, there were a few places to checkout.
John Day Fossil Beds and Painted Hills National Monument
Colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years. Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon.
The Painted Hills Unit is located about 9 miles northwest of the town of Mitchell, Oregon. Distinguished by varied stripes of red, tan, orange, and black, this area preserves a sequence of past climate change. The Painted Hills also contains leaf fossils aging 39-30 million years old.
The paleo art color
Red formed from oxidizing irons from the volcanic ash during warm and wet periods.
Yellow formed from the hardwood forest during the dry cooler periods.
There are many short trails located in the Painted Hills Unit of the monument and vary in length from 1.6 miles to 0.25 miles.
The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center which is open to the public is located in the Sheep Rock Unit.
A volunteer retired paleontologist was interesting and made the stop enjoyable and easy to understand. The Cezoic Age was between the Age of Dinosaurs and Ice Age. This was a very nice exhibit with great murals depicting each era.
|We did not get to hike in the northern Clarno Unit where tiny four toed horses once ran and could have spent more time at the Sheep Unit.|
|Our campground at the fairgrounds in the trees|
Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site
The 45 minute tour was time well spent and the items are preserved so well. His stories about the Chinese culture and how they were treated kept us interested. The building had been closed up when Ing Hay left for the last time intending to return. The arid conditions preserved everything very well.
|The apothecary with Chinese handwriting on the boxes.|
|The general store|
The 173 mile Old West Bikeway can be quite strenuous with 30 miles of moderate terrain for me. There were quite a few touring cyclists on the roads.
Canyon City, OR
The Chinese were run out of Canyon City to John Day which is basically the same town with a sign between the streets.
|Pretty cool food truck dinner|
|Cabin from 1866|
Our visit to John Day was short but a good place to rest before heading to the Wallowa Mountains in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Oregon.