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.
Also, follow along with our journey in real time by clicking here.