Friday, September 25, 2015

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

We're spending two days at Clyde Holliday State Park in Eastern Oregon.  It is one of the prettiest state parks we have ever seen.  It is a well manicured park set among pine, aspen and maple trees alongside a gently flowing river.  We are backed-up in the perfect spot to hear the water flowing past.

The reason we are stopped here along Highway 395 is to get to visit and hike John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  The good reviews I read were correct and we have enjoyed seeing this national park.

Our first hike up Blue Basin.

They have displays of prehistoric fossils of animals that
were captured inside these rocks.

Eva gets a water break in a small spot of shade along the trail.
It was a warm hike in the mid 80's sunshine.  My photos don't capture the blue/green colors of the canyon very well.  It is an unusual sight to be in a blue canyon.

Our second hike was the "Flood of Fire Trail".  It was a short hike to the edge of a cliff.  It ended with a view down into a valley between two mountains.  I did not see any "Flood of Fire".

On the drive back we stopped and looked at Cathedral Rock.  The beautiful John Day River flows through the park.

It's Friday which can mean only one thing.  It's time to find a Mexican restaurant for dinner tonight.  We're headed to the big town for dinner and grocery shopping.  I know how to show Terri a good time.

Life is good.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't that a great park for being in the middle of nowhere. Check out the old Kam Wah Chung Stae Herritage site in John Day. The tour is worth it.