The Great Pacific Northwest – Part 2

  “Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.”
Carl Sagan

From Boise we traveled west to John Day, OR and stayed at the Grant County Fairgrounds, the fairground is located close to town and it is in a very central location for exploring this awesome area.

We hiked around Magone Lake, there is a well maintained trail that circles the lake.  It was peaceful, beautiful and I wish we camped here!

We also toured the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, it was an amazing experience to see this place and learn about history and life during this time period in eastern Oregon.

Our next stop was Dayville OR, we stayed at the Fish House Inn and RV park.  The RV park was a beautiful place to stay, the grounds were so lovingly cared for by the owners.  The location was perfect for exploring the John Day Fossil Beds.

We were able to experience 4th of July in Dayville, OR, 2017.  A community proudly coming together to celebrate our freedom and independence!

The pups got to check out the festivities too!

We enjoyed exploring the John Day Fossil Beds, the fossil beds encompass nearly 20,000 sq. miles and is considered to be one of the richest fossil beds on earth.

We also toured the Cant Ranch, which is listed in the national register of historic places.

One of the highlights of exploring this amazing area was digging for fossils at Fossil behind Wheeler High School.  It was a super cool experience, especially if you enjoy paleontology.  We were able to collect fossils and brought some pieces home.  They ask for a donation and offer free tools (honor system).

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From Dayville we drove to Redmond OR,

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we stayed at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Expo center RV park.  It is a relatively new rv park with clean facilities and friendly staff.  Highlights of visiting the area were Smith Rock State Park and eating at Terrebonne Depot (we have eaten there twice and haven’t been disappointed, loved the Pork Belly wraps)

Our next stop was Bend, OR., one of our favorite cities in Oregon.  We have made multiple trips to Bend and always enjoy the area.  Here are some of the things we enjoyed experiencing in Bend:

Bend Summer Festival, High Desert Museum ( *Raptors of the Desert Sky, great show), Newberry Volcanic National Monument, Lava River Cave, 10 Barrel Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Crux, Bend Ale trail, 5 Fusion, The Sparrow Bakery , Free Summer Concerts in the Parks and Geo Caching!

We stayed at Crown Villa RV Resort (We highly recommend this resort, best park to stay at when visiting the area, reservations are highly recommended), Scandia RV Park (Closest rv park to town, owners are very nice, park needs some TLC) and Bend Sisters Garden RV ( much farther out of town but very well maintained)

Sunset in Bend, Oregon 🙂

Sunset in Bend, Or

We also enjoyed the End of the Oregon Trail Park in Oregon City!  Favorite eating places in Portland include: Ike’s Pok Pok Chicken, Salt and Straw, Cool Moon, Pieology, Fathead, Portland Food Trucks and having dinner at The Ox – James Beard winners for Best Chefs in the NW, delicious experience!  IMG_4476

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