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John Day Fossil Beds and Dayville Oregon

"Any good poet, in our age at least, must begin with the scientific view of the world; and any scientist worth listening to must be something of a poet, must posses the ability to communicate to the rest of us his sense of love and wonder at what his work discovers."   ~ Edward Abbey

Between Bend Oregon and La Grande Oregon you can find the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  It covers 40 Million years and over 14,000 acres in three separate park units.  We visited only one of them, the Painted Hills.

We based out of the seemingly miss-named Fish House Inn and RV Park in Dayville.  We located in one of their "overflow" sites which despite lacking hookups, was the choice spot in this small park.

Our day in the Park was a Ranger led hike into the Blue Basin area.  Here the Ranger explained the volcanic history for the entire area.  There is evidence in this place from every volcanic area where we have visited on the west coast, and many more that we have not.  T…

Mount Rainier National Park

Between visiting friends in Walla Walla and Olympia, Washington we stopped for a visit at Mount Rainier National Park.  Here is the deal about visiting Rainer, you often do not get to see the mountain itself.

It is a difficult thing to miss with an elevation of 14,410 and 20 some glaciers.  It is the tallest of the Cascade Volcanos (for the time being!) and the most glaciated peak in the continental United States.  Like many visitors before us, and the many to follow we saw it mostly in clouds.

We camped at the Ohanapecosh Campground, on the Southeast side for four nights, and the weekend before the 4th of July.  I think that we keep "lucking" our way into great campsites on holiday weekends.  We dry-camped, giving us a chance to use the solar.  Because it is Washington State, the low clouds required that we use our generator more than relying on the sun!

This National Park campground is settled along the Ohanapecosh River, and among these massive Douglas Fir, Red Cedar and …

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

We found ourselves in Moab Utah a week  earlier than a scheduled Mountain Bike Adventure with our son and his boys.  It could have been worse!  We took full advantage and visited these the two National Parks that are in the neighborhood.

One of the realities of how we travel is that we often run into the unexpected.  It this case it was Easter Jeep Week Safari, Moab's largest gathering of off-roaders of the year.  We were lucky to find a campground that had room for us.  There were Jeeps of all types, modified to drive anywhere.  A bonus was unexpectedly visiting friends from Nederland.  Paul and Amy who are THE Adventure Tool Company.  They had set up shop at the Jeep Week Expo, and maintained a brisk business. What fun it was seeing them here.  They have some of the best tool bags and accessories you will find.

We first visited Arches National Park.  Arches is a small and very accessible park, that gets A LOT of
visitors.  The park is unique in that it has the largest consol…