Sept. 23: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno and Painted Hills Units

Day Eight (September 23rd) was spent mostly driving, but was my favourite so far. We left our campsite in Washington to cross the Bridge of the Gods back into Cascade Locks, Oregon around 7:15. We spent about 45 minutes in Cascade Locks, using the free wifi at the town's Marine Park.

From Cascade Locks we drove south for about three hours (stopping a few times to get gas along the way) to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Clarno Unit. We spent about 1.5 hours there eating lunch and walking the trails. We then left the Clarno Unit and headed to the Painted Hills unit, which we arrived at around 15:30.

We spent quite a bit of time at Painted Hills, as it was incredibly beautiful. We walked many of the various trails and then left to make camp at about 17:00.

We spent the night along the John Day River at one of the Bureau of Land Management's free campgrounds in the area. Our campsite was right beside the water, and we spent the evening cooking and eating and then editing pictures.

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno Unit

Leaf Fossils Imprinted in the Stone

An abandoned ranch, across from the Clarno Unit.

The hills behind the above abandoned ranch.

Danielle enjoying lunch at the Clarno Unit picnic area.

Impromptu desert sunflower/daisy-like flowers photo shoot on the way from the Clarno Unit to the Painted Hills Unit.

Arrival at the Painted Hills Unit.

The John Day River, as seen from our campsite.